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  • Summary: Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier byJoin Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats! Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2018
    95
    If you missed it the first time around, the Switch is a great place to play this truly fantastic game. [Issue #32 – March/April 2018, p. 20]
  2. 95
    With five difficulty levels and randomly generated ships, I can honestly recommend SteamWorld Heist to anyone. The world is rich, the combat is engaging and the portability of the Switch pairs perfectly with the short missions (even if the game is beautiful on a big TV). Plug in your headphones and play this game.
  3. Jan 22, 2018
    91
    SteamWorld Heist has always been a great game and the Switch version might just be the best way to experience it. Since it was originally designed on 3DS, the game is perfectly suited for portable play and the touch controls are replicated perfectly, here. Of course, it also helps that the core gameplay remains just as good thanks to great design and a unique take on the strategy genre that has yet to really be challenged by other developers. Thanks to these strengths and the incredibly charming and polished audio/visual design, SteamWorld Heist’s minor flaws are easy to overlook, thus making this version well worth experiencing for newcomers and for those who played previous versions.
  4. Dec 27, 2017
    90
    Ultimate Edition is a fantastic port of a fantastic game, and it fits perfectly on the Switch. Deep, engaging gameplay and stylish presentation combine to make this one of the standout indie releases of the year; this is a great example of a well put-together game. If you are at all a fan of strategy games, or are just looking for a fun diversion to occupy your time over the next couple weeks, pick up this game. It puts a neat twist on standard turn-based strategy gameplay, and stands as another fantastic entry in the SteamWorld series.
  5. Jan 25, 2018
    90
    SteamWorld Heist is a phenomenal addition to the Switch library. Its story might not be the most gripping of tales, but its deep and varied combat ensures that players will come back to it time and time again to test their wits and take on more challenging difficulties. Clocking in at around 15 hours, there's also quite a lot of bang for your buck to go around. It might be a spinoff and a port, but for those interested in a deep yet accessible SRPG that you can take on the go, SteamWorld Heist deserves to be on your radar.
  6. Jan 3, 2018
    90
    SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition brings together everything that made the original release such a breath of fresh air in a crowded turn-based strategy field, and adds in all the post-release content to well and truly make this live up to its name. With perfect touch-screen controls throughout in handheld mode, added to the already excellent controller support from other iterations, this is easily one of the most accessible games in the genre, and definitely one of the most enjoyable on Nintendo Switch, full stop.
  7. Dec 27, 2017
    85
    SteamWorld Heist was an excellent game when it launched in 2015, and it’s still excellent today on the Switch. Offering a familiar world and style with a new way to play amid the robots, it’s a strategy game that belongs on every Switch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Feb 5, 2018
    10
    I was eagerly anticipating this game after being introduced to the Steamworld franchise with Steamworld Dig 2. I’ve always loved strategyI was eagerly anticipating this game after being introduced to the Steamworld franchise with Steamworld Dig 2. I’ve always loved strategy games and this one surpassed my expectations. With difficulty settings to suit the veteran gamer or newcomer and amazing characters and story!

    I would love a sequel to this game honestly!
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  2. Jan 6, 2021
    10
    I have completed this game 3 times, two of them on Elite difficulty, and let me tell you: this game is unbelievably well balanced. At yourI have completed this game 3 times, two of them on Elite difficulty, and let me tell you: this game is unbelievably well balanced. At your first playthrough, some characters might look useless, but I can guarantee you each one has its own strong niche to play in. The procedural generation also almost never feels unfair but does spice it up so no 2 levels are the same. The DLC is also well implemented in the story and said DLC character is neither too strong or weak.
    If I had to name some flaws, the game suffers from the age-old "endgame boss is actually easier because you have stronger endgame gear", the save system feels kinda punishing at times, and the achievement system is kind of jank.
    But the game is still fun, poses a decent challenge both for new players and veterans alike, the characters are charming,the game looks great yet is not demanding even for old PCs, the story is rather lenghty... what more do you want? This game is as good as it gets if you want a turn based strategic shooter.
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  3. Mar 11, 2020
    9
    Really awesome game. I wish it was just a bit longer, the Vectron saga left me wishing for more!
  4. May 1, 2020
    9
    All a surprise that I did not know. This turn-based RPG is impressive in its artistic and playable section. Long, challenging and packed withAll a surprise that I did not know. This turn-based RPG is impressive in its artistic and playable section. Long, challenging and packed with content. Required for those with a switch. Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2017
    9
    If you played Steamworld Dig 2 on your Nintendo Switch, then you are already a fan of this cooky universe created by Image and Form. With theIf you played Steamworld Dig 2 on your Nintendo Switch, then you are already a fan of this cooky universe created by Image and Form. With the same 2d comic like art style, this adventure is out of this world. Quite literally, as a space scrapper you travel through the galaxy bar hopping and linking to enemy ships to fight enemies to gain water. The currency in the post apocalyptic economy. Along with water you collect loot and allies to join you as you battle your way through the map.

    Bullet Heaven
    Steamworld Heist is a tactical turn-based shooter that really keeps you on yours toes. When you select your turn-based attack you then have to aim and shoot at juuuuuust the right moment to hit your mark. If done properly a headshot will reward you with more damage, which makes it worth it to fine tune your aiming. When you don’t have a direct line of sight, don’t fret, because you can ricochet bullets off the walls. While easy when using you laser sight, it’s a hell of a challenge when your robo-enemy is behind cover across the screen.

    Loot there it is!
    In each level alongside regular loot, you pick up your epic swag. Which could be a new weapon, utility, or armor. Each character having a specialty weapon and abilities, it’s a rewarding challenge trying different gear combinations to scrap together a battle ready team. When your characters level up they unlock very unique abilities, that turn the tides of the shoot out in a flash.
    As you don't have a large inventory you have to sell off old items as you get new ones, which is frustrating as first. However, it forces you to jump out of your comfort zone and try new items which will continue to reward you as the game goes on.

    A touchy subject
    The Ultimate Edition of SteamWorld Heist includes all of the DLC which is great because when you get into deep space, you won’t want the game to end. Taking advantage of the Switch’s tablet like nature, you have the option to play entirely with touch controls. It works great, but as someone with Shrek like hands, I like to keep em on the joycons and keep my screen pristine.

    Verdict
    SteamWorld Heist is an amazing gameplay experience with thrilling combat, rewarding squad progression, and tons of content to keep you blasting your way through the galaxy for many hours to come.

    Please watch my video review at YouTube channel TheFlannelFox
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  6. Mar 5, 2020
    8
    Considering it a 5 bucks independent game, it's a very solid turn based tactical. The story is very light but the gameplay is fun and theConsidering it a 5 bucks independent game, it's a very solid turn based tactical. The story is very light but the gameplay is fun and the areas are randomly generater, allowing some kind of replayability. Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2021
    1
    Did I play a different game? This game is so unmemorable and impossible to come back and play between playing other, actually fun, games. ThisDid I play a different game? This game is so unmemorable and impossible to come back and play between playing other, actually fun, games. This game sucks and should stay in Europe where people think mundane garbage is art. Expand

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