Never judge a thief by his or her stature

Thieves are everywhere you look. Raccoons swipe our garbage; ants steal our food crumbs. It’s the way of nature, whether we like it or not. And as some of you (sadly) know from experience, this pertains to humans as well. Some people are no-good bandits, as the upcoming Tiny Thief—published by Rovio and developed by 5 Ants—deftly reminds us. In fact, if you play the game, you’ll be taking part in all sorts of burgling. Pardon me while I phone the police.

Tiny Thief is a 2D puzzle-platformer with a heavy emphasis on chicanery. You assume the role of a thief, and set up various traps and diversions to cloak the fact that you’re robbing people blind. But it’s hard to feel bad, because you’re an adorable little mini-thief, and there’s a good chance you got into this business to compensate for your height. Poor little dude/dudette.

The trailer (above) shows a handful of heists in action; some of them are simple, others appear to be a little more elaborate. I’m particularly looking forward to the one where you help a dog steal a sausage from a vendor, but that’s mostly because I’m an animal lover. Maybe you’ll better appreciate the one where you break into a building and steal a sack of money behind a painting. I ain’t judgin’!*

Tiny Thief

Tiny Thief is known to be coming to iPhone and iPad, but with Rovio in charge of publishing, it’s possible it will show up on every platform under the sun. And while we’re on the subject, the game is expected to launch sometime in spring. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop about all that, and in fact you can be alerted of the game’s release by clicking the “follow” button on top of this page!

*I might be judgin’ a little bit. Sorry.