Do you always play RPGs as a sneak archer?

Do you love action game missions that require handling in the shadow? If so, undoubtedly on your list of favourite games are titles from the sub-genre of stealth games! You probably have your favourite titles, but surely, you are looking for others with similar mechanics.

Today, we will present you with a list of several of the best stealth games of all time!

Criteria for Selection

Quiet infiltration of enemy camps, taking down enemies one by one, by surprise, silently bypassing and stealing bosses’ treasures, and as a cherry on top – eliminating enemies by slipping straight into their pockets poison or explosive charges.

Does all of this sound exciting to you?

We have prepared a few games with the best stealth mechanics for you. Thanks to this, you will be able to experience adventures from hiding, just as you like it the most!

On our list, you will find both typical infiltrating games and titles belonging to the action genre, and even those with mechanics typical of FPS (shooter) games. However, they all share one thing – a superbly developed and refined ability to move… in the shadows.

Thief 2014-02-27 Action Eidos Montréal
Metal Gear Solid V The Definitive Experience 2015-09-01 Adventure Kojima Productions
Dishonored Definitive Edition 2012-10-11 Action Arkane Studios
Thief Gold 1998-11-30 Simulation developer
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance 2014-01-09 Action & Shooter PlatinumGames
Dishonored 2 2016-11-11 Action Arkane Studios
Thief II The Metal Age 2000-03-21 Simulation Looking Glass Studios
Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol1 2023-10-24 Action Konami
Hitman World Of Assassination 2022-01-20 Action IO Interactive
Styx Shards Of Darkness 2017-03-14 Adventure Cyanide Studio
Mark Of The Ninja 2012-10-16 Adventure Klei Entertainment
Dishonored Death Of The Outsider 2017-09-15 Action Arkane Studios
Styx Master Of Shadows 2014-10-07 Action Cyanide Studio
Hitman Absolution 2012-11-19 Action & Shooter IO Interactive
Deus Ex Collection 2017-01-06 Adventure SQUARE ENIX
Hitman 2 2018-11-13 Action IO Interactive
Hitman Blood Money 2006-05-30 Action & Shooter IO Interactive
Hitman 3 2022-01-20 Stealth IO Interactive
Assassins Creed Syndicate 2015-11-19 Adventure Ubisoft Québec
Deus Ex Goty 2000-06-22 RPG Ion Storm
Assassins Creed Iv Black Flag Freedom Cry Standalone 2014-02-25 Adventure Ubisoft Montreal
Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut 2013-10-25 Action & Shooter Eidos Montréal
Assassins Creed Valhalla 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft Montreal

Thief: The Dark Project

Release date:1998
Genre:Action game
Developer:Looking Glass Studios

The first part of the cult Thief series, set in a semi-fantastic, somewhat steampunk world resembling the late Middle Ages.

We also recommend exploring other parts of this fantastic FPS (first-person sneaker) series.

Image credit: Looking Glass Studios

In this title, you take on the role of a young Garrett – a professional thief and former member of The Keepers, a guild dedicated to maintaining the balance between magic and technology. Garrett left the ranks of the organization to start a thieving career on his own. Now he faces a series of challenges.

It is one of the games in the stealth genre where the premise is simple – confrontation with the enemy usually ends in defeat. Even though these enemies are often ordinary passers-by, residents of robbed estates, or guards, it’s better to simply avoid them or potentially eliminate them quietly.

Key features
  • The first installment of the great Thief series
  • Gameplay focused on quiet exploration of diverse locations and avoiding confrontations
  • An interesting storyline full of dark secrets

Metal Gear Series

Release date:1987-2018
Genre:Action / Stealth game

Metal Gear is a series of spy games created by the legendary Hideo Kojima, which are now considered cult classics and have laid the foundations for the entire genre.

The entire series is renowned for its intricate, multithreaded storyline that combines themes of politics, war, and genetic engineering, as well as a specific sense of humour that regularly breaks the fourth wall. The main protagonist is usually special agent Solid Snake (although in subsequent installments, we also play as other characters related to him, but we don’t want to spoil it!), whose task is to quietly explore various facilities and bases to gather information, infiltrate enemy forces, or rescue hostages.

The titular Metal Gears are special machines of mass destruction, walking tanks equipped with nuclear warheads, which pose a serious threat to the world but also a reason for many political struggles.

The production of the first Metal Gear itself was a massive breakthrough. Kojima aimed to create a game where all the fun would focus on quiet and unnoticed movement around the map – which was to be the opposite of all the action-oriented titles of the time.

Key features
  • Truly iconic and incredibly popular series that has inspired many later stealth games
  • Outstanding, intricate, and heavily developed storyline full of intrigue, political maneuvers, and mysteries
  • The series currently includes 14 main installments and 9 spin-offs
  • Available on a wide variety of platforms

Dishonored Series

Release date:2012-2021
Developer:Arkane Studios

A great series published by Bethesda Softworks that combines elements of adventure, action RPG, stealth, and first-person shooter.

Similar to the Thief series, here too we are dealing with a steampunk world where magic clashes with technology, and the setting resembles Victorian times. The game’s plot is set in the fictional Empire of the Isles and revolves around intrigues related to the royal family.

This title offers a lot of freedom in gameplay – both chaotic and peaceful actions from the shadows are possible. Our characters are usually equipped with additional psychic powers, and the endings of the games depend on the level of Chaos (the number of enemies eliminated).

Key features
  • Interesting action games that include elements typical of FPS and stealth games
  • Interesting steampunk/dieselpunk setting inspired by Victorian times
  • The storyline of the first two parts focuses on intrigues and political battles
  • Combining technology with magic, as well as time travels

Hitman Series

Release date:2000-2022
Developer:IO Interactive

When it comes to infiltrating games, our list cannot miss the cult Hitman series. These titles combine action-based gameplay with that based on quietly eliminating enemies.

In all installments of the series, we play as Agent 47 – one of the ruthless, lab-created clones born from the DNA of several top assassins from different nationalities. These agents were created as super soldiers, designed for killing, and were to serve the individuals to whom they were assigned. However, Agent 47 escaped control, and throughout various instalments of the series, we follow his “adventures”.

Interestingly, the Hitman saga has resulted not only in games but also in a series of comics and even movies. The entire series is based on moving unnoticed, and the elimination of various targets.

Key features
  • A cult series of games where we play as a modern assassin
  • Excellently developed stealth mechanics, including hiding, disguising, etc.
  • Available on many different platforms

Assassin’s Creed Series

Release date:2007-2024
Developer:Ubisoft Québec

Another of the cult game series that everyone knows and loves, precisely because of its excellent mechanics combining action-packed chases, battles, climbing buildings with moving unnoticed and quietly eliminating designated targets.

In almost every game in the series, we play as two different characters – living in modern times, the user of the ANIMUS machine, and their ancestor belonging to the titular brotherhood of assassins (or fighting to join it). The game is full of various mysteries, conspiracies, and secrets that are surprising every time, but it also includes humorous elements and various Easter Eggs referring to both previous installments and entirely different works of pop culture.

With the release of Origins, the series underwent some transformations, introducing elements typical of adventure games and RPGs, but it still retains the spirit of AC. In 2024, the latest installment AC: Shadows will be released.

Key features
  • A 17-year-old series telling the story of a mysterious order
  • Great combination of action with stealth mechanics
  • A plethora of secrets and mysteries, as well as interesting Easter Eggs waiting to be discovered

Deus Ex series

Release date:2000-2016
Developer:Ion Storm, Eidos Montreal, N-Fusion

A great series that surely all fans of games set in the cyberpunk world of the future love. The first two parts were released at the beginning of the 2000s, and its revival came almost a decade later, after the franchise was taken over by the previous publisher – Eidos.

The storyline of each game is set in a dystopian, cyberpunk future, from 2027 (Human Revolution, Mankind Divided) to the 2070s. Interestingly, the third and fourth installments, where we play as Adam Jensen, are prequels to the first two, centered around the Denton brothers.

Each game is a great, worthwhile story of a fairly serious tone. In each game, action and dynamic combat combine with well-developed stealth mechanics, allowing us to complete tasks without bloodshed.

Key features
  • Games highly rated among players and critics alike
  • Serious, full of intrigue and mystery stories
  • Well-developed stealth mechanics, hacking, use of body upgrades

Mark of the Ninja

Release date:2012-10-16
Developer:Klei Entertainment

A very well-received stealth game that has been given a refreshed version in 2018.

Interestingly, the action in this title is observed from the side, similar to platformer games.

In this title, we play as a ninja warrior from the Hisomu clan, whose task is to discover who is behind the attack on his dojo. Because this is a typical stealth game, we have a rich arsenal of various weapons and equipment at our disposal, allowing for silent bypassing and elimination of enemies.

The game has an interesting and very atmospheric 2D graphic design, reminiscent of animated films.

Key features
  • A stealth game based on evading and unnoticed elimination of enemies
  • Interesting, animated 2D graphics and a side view typical of platformers
  • A wide range of interesting weapons and equipment


If you enjoy games where you can act from the shadows, our list will certainly interest you. If you haven’t had the chance to play any of the titles mentioned by us or are not familiar with the mentioned series, you must definitely expand your gaming library with them! Especially since many of the games mentioned by us are available on a wide variety of devices!