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Over the App Store’s five year existence, its best games have evolved into categories such as role-playing, first-person shooter, action, physics-based and social. But back in the PC era one popular genre was point and click. When you think of the best all-time iOS games, you can’t help but put Angry Birds on your list.  Rovio’s publishing label’s Rovio’s Stars has just released its second game with a mesh of both classes of genres with its release of its latest, Tiny Thief. It’s a fun and smart puzzle game – but is it enough to attract Rovio’s biggest fans? Read on to find out.

What I Like

Tiny Thief first appears as a clone of Angry Birds, with a similar layout and screenplay. Delve into the first level and you quickly realize this game is much different. For starters this is a point and click adventure, you navigate each screen using touch controls. The object of the game is to get to the end of each screen by sneaking past a guard. To do so you must interact with various objects to distract the guard. This type of gameplay reminds me of the Sam and Max and Monkey Island games I enjoyed on DOS.

Unlike Rovio’s 800 pound elephant in the room, Tiny Thief is filled with mind-bending puzzles. I found myself stuck on a number of levels, often laughing at myself that I occasionally needed to click the little book icon in the upper right corner to see the hints. The game won’t frustrate you too much, as with games like Angry Birds, you can repeatedly start at a point you left off if you were spotted by a guard.

Gameplay is intuitive and simple. With each location you navigate your thief, an action hint is displayed guiding you how and what to do next. Animations are smooth and fast, game audio is pleasant and fun, and the puzzles never feel like they repeat.

What I Don’t Like

Despite its surprising arduous puzzles, Tiny Thief’s pace can be slow at times. I found myself playing levels for long periods of time, sometimes around 25 minutes apiece. And although the puzzles are great and differ with each level, the premise stays the same (one could argue that this is the case with all Rovio based games).

To Buy/Not to Buy

Tiny Thief is available in the App Store for $2.99, which may turn off some casual-level gamers who I believe to be the target audience for this game. But with a whopping 76 levels of mind bending fun, Tiny Thief is a BUY!

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