Simogo may be fairly new on the development scene, but they’ve already made a name for themselves with games like Bumpy Road and Kosmo Spin. As odd as both of those games are, Beat Sneak Bandit takes the insanity to a whole new level. It has an offbeat concept, requiring you to tap in time with the music to move through puzzles. There’s really nothing else quite like it on the App Store.
The plot of Beat Sneak Bandit is just as crazy as every other aspect of the game. Duke Clockface has snatched up all of the world’s clocks, and it’s up to Beat Sneak Bandit, with the assistance of his frog friend Herbie, to sneak into his lair and take them back. Clockface is a clever cat, however, setting traps for our righteous thief that force him to move with the beat.
Time is money.
Beat Sneak Bandit’s level design and controls all revolve around rhythm. Every set of 14 levels features variations on a tune, with different audio cues controlling parts of the environment, like trapdoors and alarms. Figuring out each level’s rhythmic pattern is the key to successfully stealing back the clocks. The goal of each level is to collect the large clock as well as four smaller clocks.
The Bandit will only move when you tap to the beat. Tap out of time, and any clock on the same floor as him will explode. The time signature for every level is 4/4, which makes it easy to grasp the concept. However, we wish Simogo had mixed up the soundtrack with different time signatures.
This security guard is still on the clock.
Collecting the optional, smaller clocks unlocks bonus shadow levels. What makes these special is that there are no colors, making some elements of the game (such as color-coded switches) more challenging to use. These bonus levels help shake up the formula, and collecting all of the clocks is a great goal for a second playthrough. In total, there are 57 levels, the last of which is a boss fight that will put your rhythm tapping skills to the test.
As much as we enjoyed Beat Sneak Bandit, it may be considered an acquired taste for some. For the rhythmically challenged, or those who hate playing games with the sound on, you might not enjoy Simogo’s latest composition as much as we did. However, if you love crazy indie games, then you’re destined to love Beat Sneak Bandit as well.