Third Eye Crime - a unique mix of pathfinding gameplay and film noir


Third Eye Crime is a promising puzzle game for iOS that we got to spend some time playing at GDC 2013. Players have to guide a thief through a maze filled with security guards without getting caught. Sounds simple, right? Wait until you see how many guards there are later on in the game and how big their guns are. Luckily, your character can read minds, so you can see where guards have visibility, and around which corners they think you are. To keep things interesting, each level has a comic book style interstitial which tells the game's chilling tale of intrigue.


Though the premise of a psychic art burglar in a film noir graphic novel setting is a little out there, the developer explained that it really came from a common artificial intelligence mechanic. Basically, when you play any game with AI opponents, these visibility cones and pathfinding maps already exist in some capacity, except they're typically hidden in the background. By explicitly showing these regions, levels can be made much more difficult, and some might say interesting.

I'm pretty excited to try out Third Eye Crime when it comes out in early June. 80 - 90 levels should be plenty to chew on for awhile.  What do you guys think?

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Third Eye Crime - a unique mix of pathfinding gameplay and film noir


Looks pretty fun, and I like the swipe for movement and how much you can control it. Should be quite fun later on with more guards and guns coming into play.

At first it looked like it would be easy and maybe get boring but at the end of the clip it looked like it gets challenging pretty quickly. Seems like an interesting and fun game.

Great coverage of all these games Simon!

The appears to be a fun game. This week has shown some interesting games to be released soon. Great job iMore on the previews!

Looks like a great game. I too think it will get pretty should be an interesting challenge. I will have to get this one. I have to get an iPad first...haha. I love these game reviews especially from GDC. Its cool to see how far developers are taking the mobile gaming space. Thanks.

Looks refreshing. Not a luxury IMHO, the touch platform needs more original games instead of so-so console adaptations.

Looks amazing! I love puzzles and whenever I play MMOs I always play a thief class. While this isn't an MMO, I love the aspect of playing a thief anything. Gets your blood going not to make a mistake. I hope this runs smoothly on my iPad 1!