Review: SteamWorld Heist (3DS)

Play as the admirable tactician Captain Piper and her ragtag team of fellow steambots as they explore outer space in pursuit of the galaxy’s dwindling water reserves. Your adventures will take you on board many enemy ships ready to defend their loot, so you’ll need to think tactically in order to survive tense turn-based side-scrolling shootouts. As your loot starts to pile, be prepared to defend your own ship from invading factions as well!

SteamWorld Heist (1)


  • Graphics follow the same excellent palette used in Steam World Dig.
  • Options: show damage numbers, Skip enemy turns, Aim sensitivity, subtitles and confirm guard stance on/off.
  • Five difficulties: Casual, Regular, Experienced, Veteran and Elite.
  • You can change difficulty before each level every time.
  • Auto saves regularly. When you go to quit the game it will tell you how long ago it saved.
  • Turn based action platformer style gameplay.
  • Collect and open loot that is scattered throughout the level.
  • Earn EXP and level up to unlock new abilities and powers.
  • Opening tutorial area with ongoing help if needed.
  • Recruit new team members bringing different skills to the fight.
  • Pre level loadout. Here you can pick which members to take and change equipment slots.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Crew members have special moves and can be triggered via the touchscreen. Weapons and items can also add new moves.
  • Touchscreen is used for specials and shows the map as you uncover it.
  • Full 3D implementation.
  • Simple controls that are easy to learn.
  • Hats: Very important! You can shoot off enemies hats and add them to your collection. Nice little touch.
  • Compelling story.  Will easily take 12 plus hours to go through it.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Levels are layered and contain secret rooms and passageways meaning there is usually always multiple ways to attack an objective.
  • Fluid fun combat with turn based and move limits in place. A handy marker shows you how far you can move and shoot. This marker changes upon weapon and character choice.
  • Guns are varied and offer many, many different play styles. Some have scopes, Some allow further movement for just a few examples.
  • Enemies are varied and offer truly unique memorable fights.
  • If you raise the difficulty you get better rewards.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Hub is your ship. Here you can choose the level and also chat with your crew.
  • Level select is a world map.
  • Each level has a set amount of stash loot, By stash loot it is basically saying you have x amount of guaranteed loot but can still get other loot from enemy drops.
  • You can pan the camera around freely and even in combat mode.
  • Once you complete tthe level you have to make it to the exit. You can take your time unless otherwise directed.
  • Levels evolve in terms of new mechanics get added, New enviromental things happen.
  • Combat is simple yet engrossing. You can hide behind barrels and crates, Shoot out the cover etc.

SteamWorld Heist (2)


  • Slow starter, Takes a while to get going.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Cannot do inventory in game, Only before missions.
  • Takes a while to get used to the game play. I mean its simple enough but the feel of the game is very open and sometimes have you forgetting its actually a turn based game.

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Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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