Video Game: The Art of Theft
"As I said, I like stealth games. Kicking the door in and holding down 'fire' until all organic matter has fused with the wallpaper feels like it should be a last resort, while getting out unnoticed feels like the real show of skill."A spinoff
of the Chzo Mythos
game series by Ben Croshaw
. The game features Trilby in his former life as a master thief and your goal, of course, is to steal various things using a grappling hook and other gear.
Unlike the games in the main series, this is a Stealth-Based Game
rather than an adventure game. The plot is also unconnected to the Chzo Mythos
, apart from Trilby's presence.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Various outfits are unlocked throughout, such as a reference to the source material, an outfit to make you all but visible when not pressed against the wall in complete darkness, an outfit to eliminate all alarm and taser limits, or an outfit which, combined with the right perk, makes you completely invisible, even in full light.
- That said, though, both said outfit and the perk are difficult to get. In order to get the outfit, you need to A-rank the story mode, which only leaves the bonus heist that you might not have completed yet, and any level on which you don't already have the Trilby-rank, to use it on, and the perk costs a lot of reputation points. Still worth it, though.
- Anti-Hero: Much like Garret of the Thief series, Trilby steals partly for himself, but also mostly out of a personal crusade against what he sees as idleness and greed, only stealing things that the owner does not need, and targeting mainly the rich in a Robin Hood fashion. Yahtzee himself later has noted that this behaviour is slightly delusional, and Trilby eventually discards it during the Chzo Mythos when he realises that this goal is utterly insignificant compared to much, much more terrifying problems...
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Incriminating files you can find at Protocorp include sex scandals, participation in Ku Klux Klan rallies, illegal toxic dumping and covering up work-related injuries, connections to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, and a complete list of Protocorp employee salaries. "Maybe this will interest middle management."
- Badass: Trilby. He destroys the Company headquarters, and stole everything of value in the process. And canonically, he never attacked any security or was even seen.
- Well, except when he was beaten up, captured, tied up and subjected to brainwashing, of course.
- Black and Grey Morality: Amoral thief versus the undeserving rich and an evil conspiracy with a penchant for brainwashing.
- Brainwashed: Almost befalls Trilby.
- Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": Although Trilby gets money from his various heists, he never actually does anything with it. Instead, in-game skill upgrades are purchased with "Reputation Points," which he earns for particularly impressive exploits.
- Call Forward: In the best ending, Trilby decides to go back to England and start breaking into manors of the recently deceased, figuring it would be safer. He does this in 5 Days A Stranger: It backfires horribly.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: Trilby.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dominic Perota. You get to steal some files that show just how corrupt he is.
- Double Agent: Elizabeth Perota. Or rather, a triple agent.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Trilby will automatically abort the mission if he sets off too many alarms or tases too many guards. The upgrade that lets him tase more guards is called "Sadism".
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: The guards' habit of shrugging what they see off as nothing if you get out of their sight in time already applies, but if they do sound the alarm, all they do is stand in place and act scared... Even though they're supposed to apprehend you.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Yahtzee's voice is very easy to spot if a guard detects you.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: But being a cat burglar, it's expected.
- Lighter and Softer: While life as a burglar isn't all sunshine and roses, it's not a patch on some of the horrors of the parent series.
- MacGuffin: The XJ unit. Its purpose is never explained, but the Company are very keen to have it.
- Nintendo Hard: But so, so worth it.
- Parasol of Pain: Trilby's grolly, which has a taser for knocking out guards.
- Rank Inflation: Your overall grade can be C, B, A or Trilby Hat.
- Shaggy Dog Story: As Trilby recovers the pictures of his face that were used as blackmail against him and got him involved the whole Company business in the first place, he notices they are incredibly blurry and that even the best analysis equipment would be unable to get anything useful of them, meaning that the Company's threats of revealing his identity were completely empty.
- Spiritual Successor: Gunpoint, a game developed by someone who once interviewed Yahtzee, so it's likely that some inspiration was taken.
- Trial-and-Error Gameplay: There's no way to identify which wire you need to cut in the fusebox for the first time. It's always the same wire, at least.
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: One of the skills you can buy. It lets you move through enclosed spaces, as well as being somewhat quicker than walking.
- Urban Legend of Zelda: If you beat the bonus mission using the Lazy Sunday Suit (which makes it more difficult to hide), you'll get a very, very special surprise... An intentional use of this trope by Yahtzee, as the real reward for doing this is a message suggesting that the player spreads word of a hidden secret in its place, like, for example, a Welder mini-game. Naturally, the intentional rumour worked extremely well.