It's hard not to gush about Tiny Thief. Earlier this morning at GDC in San Francisco, 5 Ants, a freshly assembled studio based in Barcelona, gave us a quick peek at its initial title, which merges stealth with traditional point-and-click. Simply put, it's gorgeous, and has the kind of mechanical pop that we all want for The Next Big Thing.

As the game's titular Tiny Thief, your job is to steal treasures like diamonds without betraying your presence. Thief can hide in wardrobes and crates, hang on chandeliers or banners, and even sneak into bed next to a sleeping sheriff's wife. This is all in the name of avoiding conflict, of course. Thief is the world's smallest burglar; he doesn't have the means to defend himself.

In addition to hiding, Thief can also freely use items around his immediate environment to accomplish his goals. In one level, for example, Thief needs to use a cuckoo clock to wake a sleeping feline and its owners long enough for him to sneak closer to his goal. These solutions are never readily apparent, as each level boasts a number of interactive items, and the game logic keeps the utility of them rather fuzzy.

In our short demo, we were impressed by the sheer amount of interactive objects in the levels, as well as the hand-drawn visuals. This thing is dripping with cutesy, as you'll see in the trailer below:

Tiny Thief is split into five themed chapters, all of which have five levels. This kind of structure in particular is intriguing: Tiny Thief relies on a lot of trial-and-error as you try to find the right combination of actions and hiding, but its instanced action seems to keeps the puzzles small and, you, as a result, focused and not annoyed.

Game is due out in the next three months. We'll be following this one pretty closely as it hurdles towards release. Stay tuned.

  • E_7

    I want this. Right now.

    But five chapters with five levels - does that mean there will only be 2 levels all up? If the puzzles are all single-screen, I'm afraid it might be over far too quickly.

    Still, looking forward to this one.

  • knoids

    I have never seen a game like this before. If there is one, tell me! I really want this!!!

    • Eric Farraro

      It looks a little bit like 'Hapland' (and the sequels), which is/was a popular Flash game.

    • nickmorgs

      I assume you guys had it in the US too but there was a game called 'Neighbor from Hell'

      It had you creeping round, hiding in cupboards and setting up traps for the angry neighbor to fall foul of.  It was fun.

      Tiny Thief sounds more interactive and creative than that game so i'm looking forward to this one.

  • http://twitter.com/teh_tommy Tommy

    This looks like something I want right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dimitris-Katsafouros/666754640 Dimitris Katsafouros

    very interesting game. From the looks of it, it's a instabuy for me...

  • Dũng Lê

    It look great..!!
    But available for PC & iPad, not iPhone?!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEPFI6SVLNWASPNYKKQ2JR5ARU Arien

      No iPhone!? NOOOOOOOOOO! :(

  • http://twitter.com/max_bev Max Bevilacqua

    Hey guys, I'm one of the ants working on this title :) Its great to see you all excited about the game, I hope it lives up to your expectations!

  • famousringo

    An adorable 2D version of Thief? I'm having a hard time containing my SQUEEE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rogers/1369203091 Scott Rogers

    This looks great! Can't wait for it!

  • Jared Ponder

    Please tell me it will be ported to Iphone PLEEEEASE!