The Sting!

  • Developer: neo Software Produktions GmbH
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Originally on: Windows
  • Runs on PC, Windows
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This has nothing to do with the classic film of the same name, and nothing to do with the former lead singer of The Police. The busies do feature heavily though, as it's the latest in a minor genre of burgle 'em ups, or as the box describes it, "the blag simulation". It's certainly blag, but only in the sense that it's utterly worthless.

We see some crap here, but occasionally a game turns up that is so bad as to frankly beggar belief. This is one of them, and it is so flawed it's difficult to know where to begin. The concept is sound enough - get together a firm and embark on a life of crime -but unfortunately it's executed in such a cack-handed fashion as to make you want to stop playing it at the earliest possible opportunity.

Graphically, it's an appalling mess, hampered by clipping, fogging and ridiculously basic textures. According to the accompanying literature, this gives the game a unique style. This is the same literature that claims the perennial fogging is because the game is set in a foggy city, "the largest virtual 3D city ever seen in a computer game," no less. Absolute bollocks.

Essentially, you wander around, make contacts and carry out robberies, assisted by a variety of tools and the best getaway car you can afford. The interface for the robberies is perverse, and involves recording the action and watching it back to see where you went wrong. The problem with this is it's almost impossible to fail a mission, as you simply rewind the action and have another go if you mess anything up. This also gives you a limitless amount of time to think about each puzzle.

It's an ill-conceived idea and fails to elevate The Sting!from the mire. Asking 30 for this rubbish is nothing short of daylight robbery.

System Requirements

PC compatible,

Systems:  Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game features: The Sting! supports single modeSingle game mode

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