If you enjoy tile-based sliding puzzle games then there is a new one on the market for you from publisher eastasiasoft and developer YeTa Games. Tricky Thief is out now on all major platforms and has you trying to steal a bunch of coins while avoiding the guards. Here is my review of the PlayStation 5 version.
Tricky Thief is one of those puzzle games where when you move in a certain direction you continue sliding until you collide with something that stops you. Each level is presented from a top-down perspective and is set on a single screen. The goal in each level is to collect every coin and then make it to the exit that appears. If that was it then it would be pretty simple but you have to avoid traps and avoid running into the sight of the patrolling security guards. The guards have a fixed path so you really just have to pay attention and avoid that.
There isn’t a whole lot more to the game that what I just described really. Your only control is to go sliding left, right, up, or down and you’ll continue to move that way until you hit a wall, an object, or a tile that stops you. The levels start off pretty easy and get a little more challenging as you go but really, I never found the levels that hard to solve. No new mechanics are introduced along the way really so you’ll know what to expect pretty early on. The visuals are colorful and have a pretty simple style to them and the soundtrack just kind of blended into the background as I played. Trophy hunters will find 13 trophies including a Platinum and it’s another easy one. Collect some coins and beat certain levels and you’ll earn them all.
Tricky Thief is a simple, colorful sliding tile puzzle game and not much more than that. It doesn’t do anything to stand out from similar games but it can be a fun, cheap little time waster if you enjoy such things.
*Tricky Thief is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.