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Play Keef the Thief, a promising young thief who finds himself on the outskirts of the Mercon the Merchant City. Considering the penalty of thievery is the removal of certain body parts, our young hero must be careful in his profession and ultimately (among others) train himself to access and steal from the city treasury.

Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick is a first-person perspective role-playing game. It has elements of parody, clearly identifiable from various descriptions in the game and enemy names during combat. One of the goals in the game is to steal everything in sight - at least in the city. The game map itself includes, beside the city, various dungeons, jungles, and an arena, among others.

The game introduces four vital elements of game play: Thievery, Adventuring, Combat, and Alchemy:
  • Thievery
    The thievery element is based on the ability to disarm traps before the player can loot treasure. There are many houses or other places where the player can steal valuable objects (at least within the city walls). The higher the skills, the more options the player has to rightly pick which course the player wants to choose to disarm a trap.

  • Adventuring
    When the player has stolen everything valuable from underwear to gold crowns from the city, eventually the player will have to venture outside the city into the unknown depths of the surrounding jungle. There are a lot of places that has yet to be discovered in the game. Just be sure to be well equipped with armor and weapons. Monsters have a bad habit of popping up, almost always!

  • Combat
    The first-person real-time combat setting comes complete with a top-down radar indicating the player's positioning and the enemies. In the combat screen the player can melee to victory or just shoot them from a distance. That is if the player has the appropriate weapons available.

  • Alchemy
    For the most part it's alchemy, though magic spells are also created through this process. Collecting ingredients is one thing, experimenting on what works is another. Sometimes the player may get lucky and find a recipe. Sometimes.


Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick DOS Ah...Mercon - the city of opportunity for a young thief as yourself. Time to get busy, eh?
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick DOS The mighty Merchant King and his beautiful daughter. Wonder if you can "steal" her heart, eh?
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick DOS The Drunk'n Dragon is the place when you need to buy food or get place room for the night. The local patrons may provide valuable information also.
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick DOS Oooh Mama! Now finally all those years of lock picking with toothpicks and pickpocketing beggars will certainly pay off! That is if you survive disarming the least you'll die thinking rich!

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I have mixed emotions for this RPG... Indra was here (20930) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1990 8.5 out of 12 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Feb, 1990 36 out of 100 36


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Keef was a classic sword and sorcery role-playing game. While we were making it, Andy entered sarcastic text as a place holder for what we believed would be the real text in the final release. EA liked the humor so much that they decided to make the entire game a comedy. The effect that this decision had on sales was no joke, however.

Will D (941) added Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick (DOS) on Apr 09, 2000
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