- Publisher: Image & Form
- Release Date: Dec 28, 2017
- Also On: 3DS, iPhone/iPad, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Stadia, Wii U
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Nintendo Force MagazineFeb 26, 2018If 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]
Jan 2, 2018With 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.
Jan 22, 2018SteamWorld 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.
Feb 20, 2018Steamworld Heist maintains the wit, charm, and humour found in the mainline 'Dig' series, swapping spades and shovels for some satisfyingly addictive turn-based action that both newcomers and veterans will enjoy.
Jan 25, 2018SteamWorld 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.
Jan 3, 2018SteamWorld 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.
Dec 27, 2017Ultimate 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.
Dec 27, 2017SteamWorld 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.
Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 148 out of 187
Mixed: 25 out of 187
Negative: 14 out of 187
Dec 28, 2017If 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.
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.
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.
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Feb 5, 2018I 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!… Full Review »
Jan 9, 2018This is a fantastic little tactical RPG. It's XCOM light, basically. Thoroughly enjoyable and a perfect game for the Switch because it's superThis is a fantastic little tactical RPG. It's XCOM light, basically. Thoroughly enjoyable and a perfect game for the Switch because it's super easy to pause the game and swap between the different play modes. At only $20, it's pretty much an auto-include in any Switch library. I played through the game completely on the 3DS when it came out and I rebought it for the Switch day one as well, and I am enjoying it all over a second time. Great music, great controls, great characters and even the story helps beef out the universe a little bit. I am eagerly anticipating Steamworld Heist 2.… Full Review »