Feeds
90%
Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone game icon

Beat Sneak Bandit

Clock rock

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Different drum

Like every great puzzler, Beat Sneak Bandit draws you into its infuriation-elation reward cycle by starting off simple and gradually upping the challenge. As you inch towards the game's thrilling final boss battle, new mechanisms are layered upon each other: airborne vacuums that pursue and suck you up, teleporters that flash you to different floors and levers that freeze time.

Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone game screenshot

For all its wonderful rhythm, the game's true challenge arrives through dissonance. Moving to individual beats, it can be tough enough to pick out the mechanisms' squeaks, buzzes and swooshes from the hypnotic backbeats, but it's their visual disharmony that most distracts.

Success demands nothing less than Herculean levels of visual and aural focus, as you strain to recognise mechanical patterns through the cacophony of movement and sound. Lengthy play can prove exhausting - especially given the music.

Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone game screenshot

It's all highly infectious drum machine stuff, with catchy hooks sticking in the mind for hours afterwards, but it's too unvaried to prevent tedium during continuous play, meaning Beat Sneak Bandit is best consumed in ten-minute bites.

Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone game screenshot

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

That tedium only detracts slightly from the aesthetic charm and near-flawless mechanics. Like the clocks you're compelled to collect, it's a game exquisitely engineered with meticulous precision. Simple to pick up and difficult to put down, Beat Sneak Bandits easily claims a place alongside the top iOS games. ®

iGamer covers the latest in mobile gaming on Android and iOS. If you think there's a great game we really should cover, please let us know.

More iGamer

Ten top
Android games
Infinity
Blade II
OnLive The Dark
Meadow
Epoch

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

90%
Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone game icon

Beat Sneak Bandit

A precisely engineered rhythm-puzzler. For iDevices only.
Price: £1.99 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.