Remember Vincent Cassel as the breakdancing burglar from the movie "Ocean's Twelve"? He played a classy art thief who weaved his way through security by dancing around a series of laser beams. His character blended the art of thievery with rhythmic precision. In no way do we at Download.com condone any sort of theft...outside the walls of Clockwork Mansion.
Beat Sneak Bandit trains players in the art of breaking in with breaking beats. Duke Clockface has stolen all the clocks, so it's up to you as the Bandit to infiltrate Clockwork Mansion and take them back. The game's objective is to collect all the clocks in each room without getting caught. The only catch is that your Bandit can only move to the beat. Players control the Bandit by tapping according to the music. It's a simple mechanism that, when combined with an animated series of synchronized puzzles, creates a rich, musical, and puzzling experience on iOS.
Every obstacle, from trap doors to security guards, all move in rhythm to the funky soundtrack. Although the majority of the gameplay is metronomic, it's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, trap placements frequently disrupt your rhythmic route, and Beat Sneak Bandit's level designs really start to shine in later levels.
Though the game is identical on both the iPhone and iPad, the tablet's larger screen economy left me yearning for more interactive gestures then just the monotonous tapping. Maybe throw in some multitouch functions like holding switches and simultaneous taps? Play as Herbie? This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but perhaps considerations for a future sequel. Either way, it's a solid title and definitely one of the star apps in the music/rhythm genre.
When these elements are combined with a polished art style and a stellar soundtrack, Beat Sneak Bandit easily justifies and exceeds its value at the $2.99 price. If you like puzzles or music/rhythm action games, you should definitely check it out.