Beat Sneak Bandit: Half Music, Half Game, All Amazing
Key Moment: The Searchlight Shuffle
At first, Beat Sneak seems mostly like a puzzle platformer with a nifty rhythmic underlay. But as you progress, its melodic nature asserts itself. On the more complex levels, each obstacle you face takes on the characteristic of a musical phrase. You find the pattern in the sounds of the stage, you wait for your cue, and when it comes, you tap out your part with precision.
When you pull it off, as above, your bandit glides past danger with a groovy grace. Then you set up for the next movement and do it all again. As this ritualistic cycle repeats, playing the game begins to feel remarkably like practicing an instrument. This is what makes Beat Sneak Bandit one of the truly outstanding titles on the platform—the gameplay and music harmonize with each other, doing things together neither could alone.