Game Review: Invisible Inc.
By Ramon Mejia
Pros: easy to learn, options to make harder, randomly generated levels,
Cons: short main story (5-6 hours), pretty tough on harder settings
Details: Available May 12, 2015. Produced by Klei Entertainment. Turn based strategy. Available for Windows, IOS, and Linux. $19.99 but currently 10% off.
Invisible Incorporated (Invisible, Inc.) is a turn-based tactical espionage game. Take control of Invisible's agents in the field and infiltrate the world's most dangerous corporations. Stealth, precision, and teamwork are essential in high-stakes, high-profit missions, where every move may cost an agent their life.
Each mission is randomly generated so there is great replay value. You play the operator, guiding your chosen agents to capture new tech or steal data. Each level has optional safes to hack for money and tech to steal. You can choose to complete the mission quickly taking few risks and minimizing detection. However, you can also explore the level, increasing the risk of detection and mission failure, but possibly stealing more money and tech to better equip your agents. As you play the game, win or lose, you gain experience that unlocks agents (with different powers) and hacking programs. You get to choose a limited number of missions to prepare your agents with new tech and abilities before completing the final story mission. So choosing the best missions becomes very strategic.
Speaking of strategy, there are a variety of ways to complete each mission. Stealth is always important but with the right augmentations you can kill all the guards and no one will be the wiser. Or you can hack your way through security and turn the automated defenses against the corporations. . Every turn security increases, making hacking and sneaking harder. Regardless of your play style your agents will be discovered and your agents will be killed. Thankfully there is a rewind feature (limited uses) that lets you go back turns to make better choices.
Our Opinion: For $20 this game is a pretty good value if you like turn based strategy games. I easily played the game for 10 hours and believe the designers plan to release DLC that will expand the main story. Unlocking new agents and tech, the randomly generated levels, and option to increase difficulty give the game significant replay value. We give the game a 7/10.