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Matt Tucker became famous as a master criminal, he was good at breaking and entering and others knew this too. Because of this, the police set up an elaborate trap and put Matt away to prison for several years. Now Matt's time has been served, and he returns penniless to a city that has changed while he was gone. Luckily he still has a couple of friends who can help him out, and as for the rest of it: burglary is like riding a bike, you never quite forget...

The Sting is a crime adventure/sim, played with an overhead view (though there is a first person view toggle). Starting out, Matt Tucker has been reduced to a small-time "hood" who must scout out locations that might be good to steal from. There are different shops such as the Hardware Store and the Pawn shop as well as taxis to take him between locations. Matt will meet different shady characters who can act as accomplices on his different heists... in exchange for a cut of course. Each of these persons will have different proficiencies at different tasks, as well as a different weight. Matt must also be sure to choose a vehicle that is fast enough and able to store enough to make the robbery worthwhile.

All this planning is done from Matt's apartment where actions and movements are carefully laid out, before going "live" to find out if the plan works or if everyone has gotten caught. Different locations can include patrolling guards and police, security systems, locked doors and cabinets and other obstacles. At the same time, Matt's different tools are useful in different situations as well as making different levels of noise. As Matt successfully completes a string of robberies, his reputation in the underworld goes up and skills improve, allowing him to take harder and harder jobs, all the way up to a masterpiece Sting! against the mysterious Ministry of Light which runs the city.


The Sting! Windows This dude doesn't like my face...
The Sting! Windows The mini-map is your best friend for finding directions
The Sting! Windows The intro really sets the mood.
The Sting! Windows Title from the intro

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ва-банк!" -- Russian spelling
  • "Va-Bank!" -- Russian title
  • "The Sting!: The Blag Simulation" -- Manual reference
  • "The Sting!: Kariera Gangstera" -- Polish title
  • "Der Clou! 2: Die Einbruchsimulation" -- German title
  • "Der Clou 2: City of Darkness" -- Working title
  • "Der Clou 2" -- European title

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User Reviews

An interesting variation on the puzzle genre, with a decent plot! Kasey Chang (4617) unrated

Critic Reviews

Komputer Świat GRY Apr, 2003 5 out of 6 83 Apr 19, 2001 71 out of 100 71
PC Player (Germany) May, 2001 71 out of 100 71 May 13, 2001 69 out of 100 69
PC Games (Germany) Jun 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
GameZone Sep 25, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Gamer Oct, 2001 64 out of 100 64 Dec 28, 2001 12 out of 20 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 06, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The main character's name was changed from Matt Stuvysunt (from The Clue!, the prequel) to Matt Tucker for The Sting.

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Kasey Chang (4617) added The Sting! (Windows) on Jun 13, 2001