Thief II: The Metal Age (Windows)

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Following Garrett's previous adventure, the repercussions of his actions have changed the political landscape. The Hammerite religion has crumbled and a new leader named Karras has risen up to convert many of these fanatics over to the mysterious Order of Mechanists. Meanwhile, a new Sheriff has arrived in town and has been effective at cleaning up crime - maybe too much so. This is bad news for Garrett, whose profession of master thief puts him on the wrong side of the law. As the risk increases however, so too does the amount of treasure available to a skilled thief.

Thief II: The Metal Age keeps much of the same gameplay and abilities from the original Thief: The Dark Project, but also offers a few new items for the protagonist to use. Among them are scouting orbs, which can be thrown to see around corners and flash mines. The heart of the gameplay is still stealth, made up of Garrett's ability to stay quiet, stay hidden and keep signs of trouble out of anyone's view. Garrett's main weapons are his sword, his blackjack and an assortment of arrows, each with a special power. Each level features a variety of objectives as well as several items which don't belong to the protagonist, but are nonetheless valuable and can be stolen.


Thief II: The Metal Age Windows Through the city on top of houses. That's as good as the engine gets.
Thief II: The Metal Age Windows It's important to prepare for a new mission and buy the proper tools.
Thief II: The Metal Age Windows Charge! Nice fountain, by the way.
Thief II: The Metal Age Windows After hours in the bank lobby.

Alternate Titles

  • "TMA" -- Informal title
  • "Thief II: Эпоха металла" -- Russian spelling
  • "Thief 2" -- Informal title
  • "Dark Project II: The Metal Age" -- German title
  • "Dark Project II: L'Age de Métal" -- French title

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User Reviews

An inspired masterpiece that surpasses the original. An a most excellent farewell gift from LG Zovni (9326) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Great game only gets better with sequel Chris Gordy (4) unrated
Classy and original but you can see why it didn't sell Shazbut (158) unrated
Thief II : Is it better then the beer-coke/pepsi-pizza combo? Yep. Jeremy Johnson (737) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
How did Looking Glass go out of business with games like this? Cyric (50) unrated
Immersive, incredible gaming Terrence Bosky (5226) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Brilliant! Daniel Martin (17) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Atmospheric stealing... Heikki Sairanen (105) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

Komputer Świat GRY Jan, 2003 6 out of 6 100
Gaming Age Apr 16, 2000 A- 91
Pelit May, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Computer Games Magazine Apr 04, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Games ( Apr 21, 2000 85 out of 100 85 2000 81 out of 100 81
incite PC Gaming Jun, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) Apr 21, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Clubic Apr 30, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 2000 79 out of 100 79


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Shadows of the Metal Age 13 St. Martyne (3539)
Jul 04, 2008


1001 Video Games

Thief II: The Metal Age appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Covermount release

Computer Gaming World shipped the complete game on their January 2004 DVD.


Thief II was developed with an enhanced version of the Dark Engine.


On many of the menus used in Thief II, you can see moving gears and machinery through the glass which may look familiar. In fact the menus are identical to those of the original Thief: The Dark Project, only a faceplate ("fancy covering") has been added over the graphics of the machinery. As a result the sound of the machinery is also muted.


In May 2005, five years after the original release, fans of the game presented their unofficial expansion: T2X: Shadows of the Metal Age, with 13 new levels, 10 new weapons, new characters and over 3.000 spoken lines. You play as a female thief, Zaya. The expansion can be downloaded here.


Brahm Gervaisius' ill-fated librarian in missions 13 & 14 is named Giles. It's probably not a coincidence that in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy's watcher Giles was the school librarian.


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    • 2011 – #23 Top PC Game of the 2000s
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Will D (787) added Thief II: The Metal Age (Windows) on Apr 02, 2000