Garrett, discovered on the streets as a beggar, is taken in and trained by the secretive organization known as the Keepers. However, Garrett's plans for his training is different than that of his masters and so Garrett soon parts company. Surfacing as a master thief, Garrett must enter forbidden places and appropriate the treasures of the rich and the powerful. Of course this line of work is offensive to many people including the rich nobles, the town guard and the religious order of the Hammerites. If Garrett can keep his head while he relieves these forces of their valuable trinkets, he should be able to do quite well....Thief: The Dark Project
is a first person game focused on stealth. Garrett's main skills are in using the shadows to avoid being seen (the level of visibility indicated by a "light gem") and to avoid being heard (different surfaces make different noises). Guards can be alerted by either, and remaining hidden is ever important.
At Garrett's disposal is a wide range of equipment; including lockpicks, a blackjack, a sword, flash bombs, holy water, explosive mines, and a bow which fires normal arrows in addition to water, fire, moss and noisemaker arrows. Loot gained from Garrett's thieving can be used to purchase additional equipment for the mission ahead.
- "Thief: o Projeto Negro" -- Brazilian title
- "The Dark" -- Working title
- "TDP" -- Informal name
- "Dark Project - L'Ombra del Ladro" -- Italian title
- "Dark project : La guilde des voleurs" -- French title
- "Dark Project - Der Meisterdieb" -- German title
- "Dark Camelot" -- Working title
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The Press Says
Like other Looking Glass games like System Shock
and System Shock 2
, this game also contains a hidden basketball court. (See Tips & Tricks for details on accessing it.)
was to be a game called Dark Camelot
where Merlin was a time-traveler but it eventually became Thief
... before that it was a game involving Communist zombies!
fans requested the level editor, so Looking Glass Studios released DromEd (subsequently included on the Thief (Gold)
and Thief II
disks), there are now hundreds of fan missions available for download.
"The Hammer of Light" in the game are a group of religious warrior/knights, similar to the Knights Templar during the height of their power in Europe
Members of the design team have said that books by Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose
among others) were a big inspiration for the atmosphere and setting of the game.
According to an interview made by the now defunct PC accelerator to project designer Steve Pearsall the word "Taffer", which many fans went to great lengths to define as some sort of long-lost "olden" word, was actually created by level designer Laura Baldwin. It was originally meant to be some sort of slang for common criminal but it evolved from that point on.
There is a group of people working on a free Thief
inspired conversion for Unreal Tournament
. It can be accessed it from http://www.thieveryut.com
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- April 1999 (Issue #177) – Runner-up as Best Action Game of the Year
- 2001 – #40 Top Game of All Time
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #45 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- Issue 03/2000 - Most Innovative Game in 1999
- Issue 12/2008 - One of the "10 Coolest Levels" (For "The Sword". It uses the player's expectations against him - instead of the usual quick burglary, it sends him on a horror trip which manages to wear out Garret's earned self-confidence.)
- PC Gamer
- April 2000 - #27 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games Poll" (tied with Tribes)
- PC Player (Germany)
- Issue 01/2000 - Best 3D Stealth Game in 1999
- Power Play
- Issue 02/1999 – Best Action-Adventure in 1998
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by robotriot (8642)
on Nov 01, 1999.