Thief: The Dark Project Review

I’m alone. Outnumbered. Under-equipped, though that’s my fault. In fact, I’m barely even prepared. I see movement ahead and I freeze. I’m afraid. I can’t be seen… and then it hits me – I cannot be seen.

I have not been seen.

They have not seen me.

And I strike; with a ‘thwack’ of my blackjack the guard is unconscious – I could have stabbed him with my sword, such is the level of choice here, but I’ve chosen to let him live another guarding day.

The treasure is mine. I am successful. I’ve spent the last half an hour skulking around in the shadows, but it’s all been worth it.

And boy can you see how worth it it is! Thief really does push your 3DFX hardware to its limits – though you can still play it fine without the additional hardware (you will need at least a P200 chip without the 3D card, mind you).

This means that all of those awesome crimes you commit through Thief: The Dark Project’s 12 levels look as brilliant as you could hope – this is a game where all the walls, doors, tables and chairs are there to be checked out, looked at and taken in. Though you can’t steal all of them!

Thief is a kind of Doom-clone we haven’t seen much of before, meaning you have a level of freedom when you take on its levels. It’s not like Star Wars: Dark Forces where you just go from start to the finish – it has more in common with Duke Nukem 3D, as you’re allowed to explore.

Though there are less nudie birds in Thief, unfortunately – sorry lads!

With Half-Life coming out recently and showing us one way the post-Quake world is heading, it’s brilliant to see something like Thief showing us there is another for computer games to go. Here’s hoping for a bright future of Doom, Quake, Rise of the Triad – and now Half-Life and Thief – clones!

Played for 15 years. We're still waiting for Square Enix to send us Thief review code...

7 / 10

  • It's like you're really there.
  • Incredible 3D graphics.
  • Feels old.
  • Needs a ninja PC.

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User Comments

NylePudding's Avatar


Haha, this totally fooled me, good stuff.
Posted 09:04 on 25 February 2014


I really was a bit confused at the beginning, you got me there for a second :P

The Dark Project was and is a very cool Game. Memory is a bit wishy-washy, because its many Years ago since I played it, but I bought on GoG again a while ago and really want to play it again.
Posted 15:40 on 24 February 2014
Lalaland's Avatar


Nothing says confidence in your product like 'forgetting' to send out review code! The original is still boss I got so bent out of shape by that designer saying the new game 'isn't about spending 9 hours crouched' really buddy? I can't wait to see what you're suggesting Thief is about otherwise. I love this game and if it's crappy I'll cray and cry and cry (or wait 18 months and buy it for a €5 on a steam sale).
Posted 14:52 on 24 February 2014
Mintyrebel's Avatar

Mintyrebel@ Bloodstorm

Yeah well I got a whole gigamabyte of those ram thingy's!
Posted 14:42 on 24 February 2014
Bloodstorm's Avatar


MAAAAATE, i have a hardcore dual-core processor (get on my level scrubs) but i need to upgrade my voodoo card.
Posted 14:19 on 24 February 2014


It's a good game, I can't believe it had a tutorial, what is this 1998? Games should naturally integrate all their various elements over the course of the game, rather than making you play a boring tutorial at the start.
Posted 13:44 on 24 February 2014


I can't believe you didn't talk about the engine. Of all the things, and you didn't talk about the engine. That Dark Engine, I mean, just... phwoar. I heard Irrational were using it to make a spacey-type game. Can't wait for that.

*tongue may be ever-so-slightly lodged in cheek.
Posted 13:34 on 24 February 2014
aidey6's Avatar


I wonder which will have the better score ?!
Posted 13:29 on 24 February 2014


Oh you guys.
Posted 13:12 on 24 February 2014
CheekyLee's Avatar


I approve.
Posted 13:10 on 24 February 2014


I've been whisked back to 1998!
It's literally a review of the ORIGINAL Thief.
Posted 13:06 on 24 February 2014


I see what you did there.

This is why I like videogamer.
Posted 13:03 on 24 February 2014


I should of known :)
Posted 13:02 on 24 February 2014

Game Stats

Thief: The Dark Project
Out of 10
Thief: The Dark Project
  • It's like you're really there.
  • Incredible 3D graphics.
  • Feels old.
  • Needs a ninja PC.
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Release Date: TBA
Platform: PC
Developer: Looking Glass Studios
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Stealth
Rating: TBC
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