The makers of widespread thief simulator Thief Simulator are going again in time. American Theft 80s is the following open world thieving sport from developer Noble Muffins, and there is a free demo out now so you can begin slipping into homes at the hours of darkness and filling your backpack with defunct electronics and chilly arduous money.
Right here within the Nineteen Eighties you will be stealing lots of VCRs (keep in mind these?), cassette tapes (keep in mind these?) and vinyl data (these are literally nonetheless round). The strategies of breaking into individuals’s houses and relieving them of their possessions aren’t all that completely different up to now, nonetheless. Take a mission out of your scuzzy crime boss, sneakily observe the residents of the house or enterprise to study their patterns and schedules, after which sneak in and steal the merchandise you are after. Whereas skulking round on your goal you possibly can root round in drawers and nightstands for additional money and objects to fence so you possibly can construct up your checking account.
I’ve performed about 90 minutes of the surprisingly intensive demo and I’ve already robbed a bunch of houses and companies. Serving to all of it really feel very scummy and gritty is that you just’re not strolling out with priceless work and valuable jewels, however low-cost stuff you possibly can promote at a pawnshop to afford new instruments like a crowbar to jimmy open home windows or a hammer to smash off doorknobs. There are additionally disguises—I posed as an electrician and rang the doorbell of 1 home, and the resident let me in. I then stole a key to the door and slipped again in that night to swipe a guitar, a tape deck, and a handful of money.
Small objects can go into your backpack, although there’s not all that a lot room, so elevating your appraisal ability is necessary so you possibly can establish which objects will promote for a very good worth and which you need to ignore. I actually like that stealing larger objects, like a microwave or boxy ’80s tv, requires you to hold them out in your fingers, which is hard while you’re making an attempt to be stealthy. You will need to muscle it out a door or drop it out a window, then open the trunk of your automobile and place the merchandise inside. You’ll be able to’t crouch-walk whereas doing any of that, so you actually need to maintain a watch out for potential witnesses.
There are additionally extra advanced heists with a number of levels, plus a grimy cop in a dive bar who can promote you inside information on varied residences and what costly items you will discover there. And the residents of the city you are robbing blind aren’t any pushovers. In the event that they hear you they’re going to come examine, and in the event that they see you they’re going to name the cops (from a landline, presumably) and even attempt to seize you themselves.
There isn’t any launch date but for American Theft 80s, however the Steam web page says it is “coming quickly.”