For a stealth based adventure game, Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles is completely at a loss for stealth missions that aren’t absolutely broken by always-aware enemy AI. Even the “sneak button” has no effect in the world, as guards are always aware of who you are and what you plan on doing to their faces with your sword.
It’s impossible to get the drop on a snoozing sap when he or his oblivious buddies suddenly become aware of your presence without explanation.
It makes for a frustrating experience that is only further hampered by a crummy camera and clunky combat as well as counter-intuitive touch screen controls and a save system that will hurt you more than it will help you. While it does pay respect to its Creed console cousin, Altaïr’s Chronicles features a lot less of what made the original title fun and more of what makes videogames boring.
Fortunately, this 3D platformer/action/adventure/ game does have a hefty amount of redeeming qualities, though they’re ultimately outweighed by mediocrity that screams “lack of effort”.