Thief Simulator is a downloadable first-person sandbox that has you take on the role of one of the best thieves in the business, where your task is to simply steal everything you can get your hands on. Developed by Noble Muffins, a team that’s only really known for Demolish & Build 2017 and 2018, Thief Simulator is considered one of their best games by far. Originally released on the 9th November 2018, Thief Simulator is simple, addictive fun that keeps you coming back for more and more.
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Thief Simulator Review
There isn’t much to the story of Thief Simulator – you play the role of a thief, who simply wants a bit of extra money to play around with. As the thief, you can either stick to simple jobs that are more befitting your playstyle, or you can try and aim for more expensive and richer houses to increase your overall haul for the night. In terms of why you’re doing this for the money, it’s typically just to buy more gear and equipment so you can do it again and steal even more than you did previously.
Playing in a first-person perspective, your job as a thief is to pretty much take everything that isn’t nailed down and sell it for some cash. You can steal pretty much anything you can see in the game, from cold-hard cash, all the way up to other people’s cars. Before you decide to go into a house, you can stake out the place and see what exactly they have inside.
Either look from nearby windows and see what exactly is inside the home or look from a distance using a pair of binoculars, you can stake out the building as much as you like. By any chance you’re not pleased with how easy or difficult the house is to steal from, you can simply ignore it and go to another one, as the game allows you to play in a more sandbox setting.
After you’re satisfied with a house and wish to give it a go, you can break in through the front door, look for an open window or somewhere similar or even smash your way in, grab everything you can, and go before the police show up. Preferably, though, you’re probably going to want to be a bit sneakier about it and avoid detection at all costs.
Many items can simply be clicked on and they’ll be transferred to your person, but certain objects require a small mini-game to be completed. For instance, some doors are going to be locked and you’ll need to manually lockpick them to get inside, and with cars, you’re going to have to hotwire them to get them to go anywhere.
Once you’ve acquired everything you intend to steal, you can head to a black-market dealer, sell all of your items on-hand and with the money you’re free to spend it on new upgrades, such as better tools or hi-tech equipment to make your next job easier.
In terms of comparisons, the game sort of acts like a combination of the popular Thief series and popular simulator titles, such as House Flipper, by borrowing a lot of gameplay mechanics from the both of them to make this amalgamation of a game.
Anyone that's really into simulators that don't take themselves too seriously and are easy to get into, Thief Simulator is a great game to pick up. The gameplay loop is fun and satisfying, and since you're always working towards a new goal, it's hard to find yourself getting stuck for what to do.
- Open-world sandbox gives you plenty of variety
- New tools and equipment to always work towards
- Simple gameplay, but challenging enough to not become stale
- Start the game and go without having to worry about learning complex mechanics
- Animations aren't perfect and could use a little bit of work
- NPC AI isn't exactly the smartest