A-Star Theft is a game focused around strategically executed heists.
Analyse the scenario and choose your own playstyle.


Game play Mechanics


STEALTH: Be careful and pay close attention to everything in the building when you try to sneak in. Make sure no guards or civilians spot you, otherwise you must hurry tying them up or they will call the police.
Avoid cameras and laser beams to stay hidden, any triggered alarm will alert the police.

Choose between picking the locks or drilling them open. Picking the lock is silent but may take a longer time, valuable time you have before the cameras turn to see you. Drilling might be faster but it is loud, any nearby guards and civilian will take action if they hear you.
Disabling circuit boxes will kill the electricity and is another way to stay a ghost.


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LOUD: When an alarm is triggered, you must hurry to prepare before the police arrive at the crime scene.
The initial police enforcement is easy to handle, but as the heist goes on they will realize how tough you are and send in a SWAT Team and snipers!


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Features

Multiple ways to execute the heists
Make your crew perform different tasks
Different weapons, including pistols, rifles and shotguns
Equipment to help assisting you during a heist
Different types of enemies: Guards, Police, SWAT and Snipers
Different mini games to proceed through the levels

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A New Game

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1.5 Years

It has been a long time since the last article about this game.
During this time, the game's direction has changed drastically.
It was originally intended to feature a long and intensive storyline.
With time, I realized how this was too ambitious. One person alone
cannot create a project of this size while maintaining a reasonable game quality.
This is why I shifted my priorites and now focus on the more important parts of the game.
Here is a summary of what I have done during the last 1.5 years.



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A New Structure

With new priorities come new game mechanics.
As part of a changed focus, the game now encourages a more strategic play style
with new stealth-based features designed to make you think.
The story-centered structure that it once had is replaced
by a more simple level select system with 16 challenging scenarios.

Some levels include:

- Apartments
- Police Station
- Courthouse
- Gold Reserve



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Variety in Gameplay

In order to support several different playstyles,
I have changed my level design philosophy to think about
every decision a player can make, and design the levels with that in mind.
The weapons and equipment are re-designed, the minigames are better
and there are more features for both the silent and loud approaches.



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Lighting Engine

It has always felt like the game was lacking depth.

After extensive experimentation, I discovered how important the lighting can be for a game.

With a lighting engine implemented, it is more immersive to play

and the game looks better than it ever has before.



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Other Significant Improvements Include

- Improved player movement
- A tutorial level
- Smoother path finding
- Patrolling guards
- Rebalanced enemies
- Reaction indicators
- Electronic doors
- More minigames
- Optional loot
- Map details
- Object shadows
- Pause screen
- Added settings
- Multiple save file support
- Better UI animations



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Beta Testing

With the game being close to completion, I have begun small scale beta testing.
The early feedback as already been insightful,
and I am open to any ideas that could make the game even better.



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Every single addition has its place, and I am working towards creating an updated demo of the game.


Thank you for reading.


Mini Games and Story

Mini Games and Story

News

To make the game more interesting, I have added mini games instead of waiting for actions for complete. More of the story has been completed.

Adapting to GMS2, Character Images and more detailed environment

Adapting to GMS2, Character Images and more detailed environment

News

Most importantly is the upgrade to Game Maker Studio 2. As characters speak they will now appear on the screen, so the player gets to know them better.

Game View Improved, Destructible Environment updates, more level details and Tripmines!

Game View Improved, Destructible Environment updates, more level details and Tripmines!

News

The Game View is now more zoomed in to get you closer to the action! Destructible Environment has some new features, Surrounding details, such as bushes...

Huge Visual Improvements

Huge Visual Improvements

News

New visual effects have been added, which makes the game much more pleasant to look at and play.

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[OUTDATED] A-Star Theft Demo 2 v1.1

[OUTDATED] A-Star Theft Demo 2 v1.1

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The second demo is here and includes better graphics, more weapons, improved AI and more gameplay functionality!

[OUTDATED] A-Star Theft Demo 1 v1.0

[OUTDATED] A-Star Theft Demo 1 v1.0

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NOTE: THIS DEMO IS VERY OUTDATED AND IS NOTHING LIKE THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE GAME! A NEW DEMO IS NOW LIVE. PLEASE PLAY THAT ONE INSTEAD UNLESS YOU...

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wettestmean42
wettestmean42

Amazing game please keep making more updates!

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KehlerCreations Creator
KehlerCreations

Thank you soo much! I will try to be more frequent with articles in the future, it has been so long before this new one.

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TehWizard
TehWizard

I tried your demo. Its a really cool game but you need to work on a lot of things!

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vojtasonic
vojtasonic

Kenny should have an mask when he wants to rob a bank or something.

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KehlerCreations Creator
KehlerCreations

That's true, I'll think about adding that. :D

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TehWizard
TehWizard

I really like your game this is the kind of game I want to make but I'am having a hard time with the programming part. Anyways when can we download the game?

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KehlerCreations Creator
KehlerCreations

Ooh, sorry, I accidentally voted this comment down, I miss pressed, I wanted to vote it up. Just so you know.
Now I feel ashamed :/

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KehlerCreations Creator
KehlerCreations

Thanks for the comment, I don't know exactly when you will be able to download it, since it's not even nearly finished yet. But I could upload a demo with one or two levels for you. :)

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TehWizard
TehWizard

Thank you!

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fallingstar01
fallingstar01

Cool idea

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KehlerCreations Creator
KehlerCreations

Thank you very much! :D I have updated the version a lot since I last updated here. If you're interested; I can hurry and upload a few pictures and a new traier. :)

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