Rob the castle with a ghost in this stealth, turn-based game

While I rob dungeons and luxurious castles, in my spare time I often think about how easy it would be to have a friendly ghost help me out. Spirit Thief lets you fulfill that fantasy in a series of stealthy, turn-based, top-down heists. Better yet, it will sneak into PCs this summer and have a experiment available now.

The Spirited Thieves’ thefts were split into two halves. The first is scouting, as Minn’s soul glides through the levels to detect enemy locations, spot traps, and most importantly, find treasure. Next is the execution with the thief Elaj, and you’ll need to use everything you’ve learned to successfully retrieve the treasure and get out. It’s a setup I’ve never thought of before, but executing a well thought out plan sounds very satisfying.

The trailer shows off some of the heck you can do as a duo. Minn can move through walls, distract guards, and seem to swap bodies with enemies, jumping from mind to mind. Elaj, on the other hand, needed to sneak past the guards, avoid their sight, and stay put, all while taking turns moving with the enemy. Even so, Elaj still has access to cool moves like stealth, and you can unlock more with expensive gems you steal. It kind of reminds me of Arkane’s role-playing sims. Levels you can pass in different ways, secret supernatural abilities and mess with humble guardians? Test, test and test.

One-man developer Koi Snowman Games has teamed up with Ishtar Games to publish Spirited Thieves and I’ll definitely keep an eye on this when it comes out on… Steam this summer. You can also check out the demo right now.


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