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James Bond: The Stealth Affair

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
84
3.6
Atari ST
...
3.7
DOS
74
3.6
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Description

The Stealth Affair is a graphic adventure game with a point-and-click interface. The player controls the famous secret agent James Bond (John Glames in the European version), whose task is to travel to South America in order to locate and retrieve a newly designed F-19 stealth plane, which was stolen from the Naval Air Station in Miramar, California.

The game is controlled by the same pop-up command menu consisting of six verbs that was introduced in Delphine's debut Future Wars: Adventures in Time. However, it's been slightly improved and does now allow interaction with the inventory, like examining and combining items. The player can use many typical special agent's gadgets, beginning with a passport forgery kit and ending with explosive cigarettes. Apart from solving puzzles, the player has to make it through some arcade sequences: escape the labyrinth, dive with limited breath, and dodge the evil guy's minions.

Screenshots

James Bond: The Stealth Affair Atari ST Hotel stairway.
James Bond: The Stealth Affair Amiga Outside the bank.
James Bond: The Stealth Affair DOS Inside the sub after receiving orders from your boss.
James Bond: The Stealth Affair DOS Another secret room...

Alternate Titles

  • "Operation Stealth: Secret Defense" -- French title
  • "Operation Stealth" -- European Title

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The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga Oct, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Format Amiga Oct, 1990 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Amiga Sep, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The One Amiga Sep, 1990 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Sep, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Tilt DOS Jul, 1991 13 out of 20 65
A Force for Good DOS Dec, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

References

There's a reference to Delphine's earlier game Future Wars in Operation Stealth. At the beginning of the game in the airport you have to get a newspaper from a newspaper machine similar to the way you had to get one from a newspaper machine in the future subway in Future Wars. The game displays a message when you do this and says "Don't even think about being in another century."

Special edition

Delphine published a special 1990 Christmas box of Operation Stealth. Apart from the normal contents, it included an audio CD with the original music from the game.

Version differences

There are three different versions of this game: It was originally released in Europe as an EGA version under the name of Operation Stealth. A few months later, Delphine released a VGA-only follow-up. For the US market, Interplay got its hands on the official James Bond license and decided to spice up the game with the famous agent's name. Thus, the game (VGA version) was released as James Bond: The Stealth Affair. Apart from a few name changes (Glames to Bond, obviously, but also the chief of the research department becomes Q) there were no differences.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #3 Best Adventure Game in 1990
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #46 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #1 Best Adventure Game in 1990
    • January 1993 (issue #42) – #13 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Ricky Derocher

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