Some of the best games involve relatable experiences. Level 22 tells the story of Gary, a frequently tardy employee who just overslept yet again after a night of drinking; even if due to other factors, most of us can relate to being late for work and wanting to sneak in unnoticed. We can’t necessarily relate to the need to use newspapers, donuts and laxatives to sneak past a variety of uniformed guards, but it’s precisely those comically structured scenarios that elevate Level 22 past being a bland stealth experience to being an enjoyable trek towards the top.
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Despite some clunky controls and some glitches, Level 22 is an fun stealth game that adds some quirkiness to a genre that can feel stale at times. It’s just the right length to avoid overstaying its welcome, and humorous aspects help the player see past what – at the end of the day – is a fairly elementary, albeit relatable, story.