Usually stealth games go for spy-thriller plots and realistic modern-day settings. Since this requires oodles of resources to make a believable, modern-day area to sneak around in, the smaller indie developers usually need to take a more abstract approach. Such is the multi-colored NES-era world of Searchlight.
Searchlight is a 2D, stealth platformer where you are avoiding traps and searchlights and bypassing timed gates in order to steal treasure chests. Every level is timed, and in addition to the standard run and jump mechanics of platforming, you also have a speed dash that will let you dash horizontally across the screen.
Your character has to face many searchlights moving throughout the level. If you touch one, you're spotted and you have to restart. There's also moving platformers, switches that move blocks, timed gates, one-way platforms and several other elements introduced as the game progresses. It quickly moves from being just a test of jumping skill to being more of a puzzle game, where you're timed on completion.
The art is nothing special—a very anime-inspired 8-bit palette that certainly gets the job done—though it does seem to contain a ton of flashing lights, so keep that in mind if you suffer from epilepsy. The music is a similar 8-bit creation, full of pounding beats and soaring chiptune bleeps. Personally I kinda wish there was a way to turn the music off.
Still there's tons of gameplay to explore here, with 50 levels to explore. The difficulty ramps up considerably after they start, introducing multiple obstacle types for each level. The timer adds another level to the challenge, with each level being rated on how fast you complete it. You can replay any level at any time, whether or not you have completed it previously.
Why You Should Check This Out: Searchlight is a very 8-bit inspired game, with levels that introduce simple mechanics and then layer them over each other to provide an interesting challenge. The timer adds even more to the challenge; if you go for the highest rating, you had better bring your A-game.