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Most think PopCap and go, "Oh, stupid little casual games." Well, some are, but some aren't.
Bookworm Adventure Deluxe is the result of mixing a word game and a turn-based RPG. Don't confuse this with the original Bookworm, which was a word-based puzzle game only.
You attack in turns and the more complex the word you spelled, the greater damage it potentially does to the enemy. Gem-based word tiles (a green gem word tile means it heals you, whereas a red game word tile sets the enemy on fire) can alter your attacks as well. Potions are simple: one type heals you, one cures you (takes away all negative effects) and the other enhances your attack.
You can gain items which enhance your offensive, defensive or gem/potion collecting abilities. Different enemies are weak or resistant to various attacks and effects and others can poison you, freeze you, set you on fire and do a whole lot more.
The story is broken into three chapters based on different mythologies (Greek, Arabian, and Eastern European) which add flavor to what could be otherwise be a game full of boring enemies. Some of the enemies are really strange, too, but that's part of the game's humor.
All in all, I'd recommend getting this (preferably on a Steam sale) if you like puzzle games or RPGs at all. The second game isn't as good, so just get this one.
If you like stealth games and you've already beaten the Deus Ex series, Thief series, Death to Spies series and the first three Splinter Cell games, but still want more, I'd strongly recommend Mark of the Ninja.
MotN is definitely an action-stealth game, so combat plays a heavier role (in the form of stealth kills) than in the aforementioned stealth titles. That said, you can generally avoid combat and sometimes that's a smarter tactic anyway.
If you're generally anti-console, don't let the fact this game was first released for XBox Live put you off. It works great with a mouse-and-keyboard setup (and most controllers work too).
The one downside to MotN is its save game system, which shows its console roots: it only saves between levels and uses checkpoints during them, so you can't save when and where you want. The good news, however, is that checkpoints are all over the place and at most you'll find yourself set back maybe a few minutes if you die.
You play a Soviet counter-intelligence officer during World War II and your job is to infiltrate the Nazis, steal secrets, kill certain individuals and help dismantle the enemy from the inside.
I'm still in the process of playing this game and I love it. It's incredibly difficult at times as the enemy AI is pretty smart and will recognize odd behavior (which can vary depending on which uniform you've disguised yourself in). This is a game that takes stealthy undercover spy work very seriously. If you run-and-gun, you're as good as dead.
The best part is that you're free to complete your objectives however you see fit! Say there's a high ranking Nazi official you've got to assassinate. Do you want to plant explosives on the runway so his plane explodes when he lands or do you want to impersonate an SS officer, get the official alone and stab him? How about take him out from a distance with a sniper rifle? Those options (and tons more) are available.