Of course we would never endorse one of our readers going on a worldwide tour of thievery and heists in real life.
Thief Lupin 2 is a blast to play and from the moment you open up the game, you’ll get your heart stolen by the smooth, beautiful graphics and design. It starts you out with a spritely theme song, half-jazz and half-chiptune, which sets the fun, active tone for the game.
Featuring cel-shaded cartoon visuals, it has almost more of an anime feel from Miyazaki than a Saturday morning children’s toon.
The level design runs the gamut from practically haunted castles to underwater exploration and in each environment the crisp character design and rich backgrounds really pop.
The menus also carry the cel-shading style and present the gameplay options, character selection, equipment, etc. in solid, colorful tones. The overall design is a little on the dark side for most levels and characters, but of course, what thief does his work in broad daylight?
Concept and Functionality
Thief Lupin 2 plays a little like an endless runner and a little like a side-scrolling platformer. You’ll select a character, starting off with the titular thief and eventually unlocking more, each of which has their own unique skills, equipment, and gameplay style.
As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock equipment which adds to your health, defense, or abilities, and each level also offers up single-use thieves’ tools like magnets and crosshairs to make you that much more effective.
Jumping into the levels, the game presents a surprisingly wide variety of gameplay options for such a simple concept. Every level asks you to raid one of the world’s most popular (and wealthy) landmarks to steal rubies, defeat bosses, and ultimately take their great treasures.
Along the way, you’ll be dodging obstacles, timing jumps and dives, and using special abilities like slowing time to reach the top floor of each level.
We found in our demo that because each stage had a different play style, some requiring jumps, others requiring waiting, and others requiring dodge mechanics, it can get a little confusing especially after you’ve trained your reflexes to one style and the next level changes it. But of course that just adds to the challenge.
With unobtrusive IAP and the occasional ad, Thief Lupin 2 presents a freemium game challenge with a stylistic flair that rivals any other casual game on the Play Store. And since the game is free to download, it’s practically a steal!
You’d have to be locked away in the slammer not to want to give Thief Lupin 2 a try.
Thief Lupin 2 requires Android 4.0+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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