Sometimes, I do not need a large scale adventure to satisfy my boredom. It does not have to be a game of deathmatch in a first-person shooter, or getting lost in a big open world to feel gratified. That is where Spy Chameleon - RGB Agent comes in. At first glance there may not be much on the surface to this nimble puzzle game. Given some time though, you will see that Spy Chameleon is worth giving a look.
Gameplay consists of getting from one end of the stage to the other while blending into the environment and navigating obstacles along the way. In the event you fail to do so, you have to either start the stage over or at a checkpoint. Blending in with the environment is simple, it is just a button press away. The best way to play is with an Xbox 360 or One controller, as the color your stealthy chameleon changes to are mapped to the corresponding button (B button is red, therefore he changes to red). Changing from one color to another is simple and easy thanks to the straightforward control scheme. Whenever you get caught disguised in the wrong color, it feels more of an error on the player's part rather than the game. Mastering quickly switching colors will be necessary in the game's later puzzles.
When you are not switching colors to blend in with various objects on the ground, you will need to carefully navigate through numerous hazards. Robots scan the environment, as well as running around the floor. Robots who scan the floor have a vision cone which you will need to avoid. Early on, these scanning robots are easy to avoid while you are still learning the ropes; but like other obstacles in the game, these scanners get more challenging as you progress through the levels. Fast moving lab rats, wide vision goldfish, and security cameras are some of the other things looking to end your sneaky ways. All of these get combined later in the game for some challenging puzzles that can take several tries before you finally progress. All of these hazards and obstacles are introduced in a relatively easy way to show the mechanics before making things difficult in later levels.
The levels themselves are not terribly long, which can be quite refreshing. Levels can take anywhere from under 30 seconds to complete, to a few minutes depending on how carefully- or recklessly you proceed. If you are using a controller, a quick use of the right stick can give you a better glimpse of the level before you tackle it. Checkpoints are appropriately placed giving players a breather in the tougher sections. Respawns are quick and easy after you get caught, with the option to go back to a checkpoint or restart the level. The pace does not get stale as getting back to sneaking around happens quickly.
With 75 levels to tackle, it will take you a couple of hours to get through all of them. All levels contain three challenges: collect all flies, ladybugs, and beat a certain time. Even if you go through the levels quickly, these three challenges will have you coming back to test your skill. A harder difficulty and some specific achievements add an even greater challenge. It is smart editions like these that add replay value to a somewhat short game.
No matter how long you spend with Spy Chameleon, it is worth your time. The music has a great vibe, the controls are easy to learn, and the challenge increases at a steady pace. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just learning how to play, the game is easy to pickup and enjoy. It is easy to underestimate Spy Chameleon, but it is a steal at $5.
- + Easy to pickup gameplay
- + Levels are quick to runthrough
- + Charming music
- - A little short
Time played: 4 hours (on Steam)
Available platforms: Steam, Wii U and Xbox One