Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Dec 22, 2015
    Imagine & Form proved themselves to be formidable developers with the release of SteamWorld Dig, but SteamWorld Heist just takes it to another level in so many ways. It’s simple yet ambitious with a presentation as charming as its execution. Becoming a robotic tactician never felt so good with its stellar combat mechanics.
  2. Dec 21, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is one of the most well thought-out and fully realized gaming experiences I’ve had throughout this year. If you’re itching for a fantastic turn-based space adventure, look no further.
  3. Dec 14, 2015
    Whether you were a fan of SteamWorld Dig or not, I think you’ll find that Heist offers up a considerable departure from the previous game, along with a much lengthier and challenging campaign.
  4. Dec 9, 2015
    What more can I say? I loved SteamWorld Heist and I think everyone should play it. Even if you don't normally like tactics games, Heist might be able to change your mind. It might not make a lot of Game of the Year lists, but I can assure you that it is one of 2015's best.
  5. 100
    SteamWorld Heist is the best Nintendo 3DS game released in 2015, and its multiple difficulties ensure that both new and veteran tactical gamers can have fun in its wonderful world of robot pirates.
  6. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Feb 4, 2016
    SteamWorld Heist is easily the best 3DS eShop game I played in 2015, and one of the best 3DS games I've played, period. [Issue #19 – January/February 2016, p.26]
  7. 95
    SteamWorld Heist is another excellent game from the folks at Image & Form. While I wish that the skill trees were less linear, I honestly have nothing else to complain about.
  8. CD-Action
    Mar 4, 2016
    Image & Form once again proves that enjoyable basic mechanics are key to success. Shooting is so well executed in SteamWorld Heist that it kept me excited throughout the whole over a dozen hours long campaign. [02/2016, p.69]
  9. Jan 18, 2016
    Steamworld Heist is a ton of fun, and developer Image and Form are doing a great job of trying new things following the surprise success of Steamworld Dig.
  10. Jan 6, 2016
    If we had to pick a definitive steampunk space robot pirates tactical role playing strategy game, this one would have to take the cake. You will lose quite a lot of hours in SteamWorld Heist.
  11. Jan 3, 2016
    Steamworld Heist is a package full of brightness: addictive gameplay, superb presentation, hours of strategic action, fun characters and a complete space adventure. Without a doubt this is one of the best digital games on Nintendo 3DS for beginners or experimented gamers.
  12. Dec 22, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is another gem. The universe and its inhabitants are joyful to play with and kept me coming back for more. Image & Form took a bold step by not opting for the easy route, instead choosing to expand on an already interesting theme. Heist is as good as any full priced 3DS game out there; and in most cases, even better.
  13. Dec 21, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is one of the biggest surprises of 2015. Pleasant turn-based gameplay is never boring and the humorous aspect is only positive. Most importantly, the fighting system is extremely engaging, even at the very beginning.
  14. Dec 9, 2015
    While not a narrative that would be found in a larger-scale RPG, the story is engaging enough to make keeping track of all the various factions and personalities not only worthwhile, but entertaining.
  15. 90
    Because it’s so different from the past games, the fact that it comes under the Steamworld umbrella is a bit jarring, but the whole Western cowboy theme fits in nicely with the game.
  16. Dec 9, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is an entirely different proposition to its predecessor, and that's no bad thing. Its quirky blend of a 2D perspective, allied with turn-based strategy and skill-based attacks, is a surprisingly addictive combination.
  17. Games Master UK
    Feb 26, 2016
    The inventory system's a little rusty but SteamWorld Heist still gives you plenty of bang for your buck. [Feb 2016, p.81]
  18. Dec 18, 2015
    Steamworld Heist stole my heart. The characters are charming, the combat is addictive, and the Firefly-style adventure made every battle a blast. Besides some annoying instances of post-battle maintenance, I rarely felt the need to power down these robots.
  19. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 3, 2016
    Light, but highly addicting. [Feb 2016]
  20. Dec 9, 2015
    Its strategy gameplay is a lot of fun, and the adventure has a good length and lots of replay value. Image & Form tries something different from Dig and succeeds again with one of the best download-only games of the year for the 3DS.
  21. Jan 4, 2016
    It’s a brisk change of pace from its predecessor: balanced, fun, and always challenging, this little gem is better than most of the strategy games on Nintendo’s portable console. After a good debut, Image & Form confirmed its talent.
  22. Jan 1, 2016
    SteamWorld Heist is a fascinating game; a strategy RPG through and through, but with a central hook that sets it apart and makes it worth a look even for people with little interest in the genre. It’s not a good game, “for an indie studio” - it’s just a great game, and one that anyone with a 3DS should look into.
  23. Dec 21, 2015
    In spite of SteamWorld Heist’s limited inventory system, I recommend making space on your 3DS for this charming title. Its unique 2D strategy never feels as deep as something like XCOM, but I never grew tired of ricocheting a pistol shot off a wall and into the red eyes of a villainous space thug.
  24. Dec 20, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is an excellent strategy game. The single player is nice and long, the missions are challenging and there is enough depth to do every mission like you want to. Even if you usually don't like this sort of game, you will probably love this one.
  25. Dec 14, 2015
    Steamworld Heist is one of the most enjoyable budget RPGs I've ever played. It's accessible, fast-paced and balanced.
  26. Dec 11, 2015
    It's an original and interesting turn based strategy experience, one that shows an incredible amount of care and love for the small details.
  27. Dec 10, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is a great turn based strategy game with a brilliant art style and funny action.
  28. Dec 9, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is both a great entry point for people who normally shy away from strategy games and a good recommendation for veterans. With a deep combat system and a sliding difficulty scale, pretty much everyone can find something they'll like.
  29. Dec 11, 2015
    Steamworld Heist could be a bit repetitive on the long run, but it manages to offer an interesting and charming turn based experience.
  30. Edge Magazine
    Feb 16, 2016
    Missions are wonderfully compact and briskly-paced, sweeping you though a substantial campaign with style to match. [Feb 2016, p.119]
  31. Feb 4, 2016
    A unique take on the turn based shooter, and a fun character-driven space adventure. As a 3DS title this game is flying below the radar for now, but upon its larger release, I can see this game picking up a lot of steam. After the jump from Dig to here, who knows where Image & Form will take us next.
  32. Jan 23, 2016
    SteamWorld Heist is an absorbing tactical experience with well-crafted mechanics and systems that in spite of its story and repetitive missions, is worth recommending. As a package, it has a sense of quality in its content that'll keep you engaged well after completing it. Heist is an accessible strategy game with nuanced mechanics and systems that make its ever-shifting challenges a joy to play.
  33. Jan 9, 2016
    This is the friendliest, most approachable tactics game I've seen in a while, and it's a credit to the 3DS.
  34. Jan 3, 2016
    The core gameplay might well be extremely simple, but this is a deceptively deep experience, one that manages to effortlessly balance challenge and accessibility.
  35. Dec 22, 2015
    One of the best and most surprising Nintendo 3DS game in 2015. Steamworld Heist is perfect for tactical games newcomers and veterans.
  36. Dec 22, 2015
    The combat can feel a little repetitive in long play sessions because it essentially is, but overall SteamWorld Heist is an excellent merger of role playing and turn-based combat.
  37. Dec 21, 2015
    While I wasn’t completely sold on the limited inventory space available, the penalties for death, and the initial ease of the game, Steamworld Heist made for a great time. Tactical combat on a 2D plane is hard to make engaging and the occasional urgency of the short levels made for some badass moments where a sharp shot sealed the deal. A competent, if completely different second outing in the SteamWorld universe.
  38. Dec 19, 2015
    Steamworld Heist is an involving, demanding and flawless strategy RPG which features a marvelous visual ambiance, a well balanced risk and reward system and a gameplay that will fit perfectly with the expectations of the fans of the genre.
  39. 80
    More than anything else, though, I badly wanted more from SteamWorld Heist, and that’s a reflection of the quality that’s already in there. I wanted more storytelling, I wanted more missions, and more variety in them. What’s there is genuinely entertaining – the kind of game that you will sit at for hours because it does a remarkable job in building the “just one more turn” compulsion. But there’s just not enough of it.
  40. Dec 12, 2015
    An incredibly fun combat mechanics is the basis for one of the most enjoyable 3DS games this year.
  41. Dec 10, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy game technically delicious and unexpectedly deep. A small jewel that fans should not miss.
  42. Dec 10, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is an unexpected and super-satisfying strategy smash - if you've enjoyed games like Codename STEAM or Fire Emblem, then consider this little gem an essential purchase.
  43. Dec 9, 2015
    SteamWorld Heist is a great turn-based strategy game: long and replayable. Taking into account it's not the most popular genre on consoles, we're sure many players we'll be happy with this title.
  44. Dec 9, 2015
    The fact that I want to go back and grind some missions to level up my less developed characters speaks to SteamWorld Heist's longevity and satisfying appeal. Image & Form has another retro-inspired gem here, and has further established that like its denizens, SteamWorld stands for piecing together something great from a box of spare parts.
  45. 80
    A superb mix of action and strategy that should be enough to convince everyone that turn-based doesn’t have to mean slow or serious.
  46. Dec 18, 2015
    A balanced, but difficult title. A safe bet if you like the genre. If it had also had a multiplayer that was less monotonous...
  47. Dec 10, 2015
    Steamworld Heist is an absorbing world wrapped around a decent game whose technical bits take away from a stellar personality.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 90
  2. Negative: 10 out of 90
  1. Dec 14, 2015
    This is a very fun game. It makes me think that the creators of the game played Codename Steam and said "how can we make that game moreThis is a very fun game. It makes me think that the creators of the game played Codename Steam and said "how can we make that game more streamlined, engaging and accesible." The graphics are crisp and fresh. The characters are diverse and their various class skills (which level up with XP) add depth to the combat (which feels fair and challenging). The combat itself is very easy to grasp but as you progress through the game you gain new weapons the combat becomes more nuanced and allows you to play the way you want to.

    I don't know why there would be negative reviews (unless someone simply doesn't like the strategy genre). The game excutes very well at what it intended to do. Enjoy!
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  2. Dec 28, 2015
    To put it in a sentence, SteamWorld Heist is the best game I played on 3DS in 2015. It achieved everything it was aiming for, to create anTo put it in a sentence, SteamWorld Heist is the best game I played on 3DS in 2015. It achieved everything it was aiming for, to create an enjoyable 2D tacictal RPG à la XCOM in the SteamWorld universe.
    TRPG often tend to be repetitive, and filled with grind (FE:Awakening). However, like XCOM, SteamWorld Heist is neither of that.
    Though the story itself is quite straightforward, the background of the game benefits from a fantastic soundtrack, engaging graphics and funny characters.
    This game is definitely a must have for every 3DS owner.
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  3. Dec 23, 2015
    I'd skipped this the first week it was out despite being a HUGE fan of SteamWorld Dig. It just didn't look as good to me.
    Well, I was wrong.
    I'd skipped this the first week it was out despite being a HUGE fan of SteamWorld Dig. It just didn't look as good to me.
    Well, I was wrong. Heist is an essential strategy game with a great light RPG element. It's perfect for gaming on the go with quick levels (~15 minutes) if you play smartly. The visuals are wonderful, and it is one of the few games that JUST SHINES in 3D.
    Strategy is a tough category, but if you like strategy, or SteamWorld games, or masterfully crafted awesome gaming experiences, you should check this game out! I am glad someone convinced me to give it a try, I think you will be too!
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