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Gunpoint

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9: Gunpoint

Developer: Suspicious Developments
Publisher: Suspicious Developments

Gunpoint does two important jobs on this list. Firstly, it’s a bloody great puzzle game that absolutely everybody should play. Secondly, it stands as a totem to all the wonderful 80s Speccy, Amiga and ST puzzle games that are unplayable today.

It’s a puzzle game that feels timeless, partly thanks to its superb pixel graphics, and partly because the stealthy burgling feels like a good idea that could have happened at any point. Given a series of missions, you’re tasked with breaking into buildings, stealing items, taking out guards, and most importantly, rewiring.

At any point you can scroll your mousewheel, and then rewire a building to your advantage, using the superbly clean and simple method of drawing lines from switches to doors, lights, and so on. And in doing so, improvise your own traps to lure guards, create safe, silent pathways, or trap people where you want to keep them. Then RUN AND JUMP THROUGH A WINDOW.

The innovative controls are already being copied by games, something developer Tom Francis fully endorses. Play it and you’ll see why.

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