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ZOOM The Sting!
$4.95 (Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (RETAIL) (THESTINGPR)


Publisher: JoWood

Game

Ratings:

from Four Fat Chicks

Outplan The Crooks....Outsmart The Cops....

Have fun learning to be a burglar! Petty crime does not and will not improve your standings in the professional thief community, so you have to undertake the most spectacular and stylish robbery ever, the "Sting"… The player has to work towards this objective, increasing his fame, or rather notoriety. Getting to know the "right" people and doing successful "jobs" are the stepping-stones to this goal. However, there is no way you can do a "job" alone, you need "mates" to help you, and they will all want their share of the loot. It makes sense to keep their number as low as possible. Of course, the better known they are, the better they perform. … and then comes the sinister Ministry of Power.

Features:

The Sting! has the biggest virtual town ever seen in a computer game! Complex and idiosyncratic life forms

20 large places to burgle, such as a food factory, the grave digger's house, the freight terminal, the bank, …

70 additional buildings, several of which can be broken into.

A vivid town with passers-by, traffic and a taxi system.

Over 60 different NPCs, most of whom are ready to commit burglary.

Over 50 different getaway vehicles; trucks, sports cars, etc.

Security measures to overcome: alarm systems, CCTV, sensors, microphones

Requirements for software version 2.0e: Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP: Pentium II 300 MHz Pentium, 64MB of RAM, 4x CD ROM Drive, 200MB of hard drive space, DirectX compatible sound card, DirectX 7/8 compatible 3D graphics card with 16 MB or higher. Supports up to 1600x1200 resolution.

Tested OK on Windows XP.

Reviews:

Four Fat Chicks by the Old Rooster

"JoWood Productions has delivered one of the most interesting and intriguing games I've seen in some time. It's almost impossible to categorize—try "simulation/strategy/puzzle/adventure." The Sting! is really for a certain kind of gamer—one who enjoys meticulous planning and has a high level of patience, as well as high frustration tolerance. It's a hard and huge game—both in terms of the virtual world and number of missions—that is also tremendous fun, can be approached in pieces for a half-hour or so at a time, and can be a real midnight-oil burner for a player with a particular (peculiar?) mindset."

"The Sting! has bite! It's a hit. There may be some rough edges (blocky graphics, clunky camera, spastic movement), but the overall play and fun far outweigh such picky faultfinding. This is a different (very different), inventive, large game that gives great value for the ridiculously low price. With its small HD footprint of 100 MB, it will stay with me a long time, while I retry some missions for more loot and better results. The game is very much a matter of taste and does require a love of detailed planning and the patient willingness to try, try again. But if you enjoy the preparation phase of Rainbow 6, the sneaky/burglary emphasis of Thief, the puzzle/strategy aspect of Commandos, and the joy of watching the results of selections in Majesty, I can't help but conclude you will share my surprise and delight with The Sting!"



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