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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. 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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  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 8, 2018
    10
    I just loveeeeee those SteamBots......and the music! I've been playing Steamworld Dig (Wii U and 3DS), Steamworld Heist (Wii U and 3DS),I just loveeeeee those SteamBots......and the music! I've been playing Steamworld Dig (Wii U and 3DS), Steamworld Heist (Wii U and 3DS), Steamworld Dig 2 (Switch) .... I just need it for my primary concole.....SWEEETTTT SWITCH!
    The game is as awesome as it was the first time.....I just love the games from Image&Form, keep it up swedish guys!!!!
    If you love the universe, tacky steambot humor + music from Steam Powered Giraffe.....AND mix it
    with strategy/turn-based game, OHHH YES!!!!
    PS. I can easily replay the whole story over and over......!!!!
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  3. Mar 26, 2018
    9
    It's extremely engaging. I honestly didn't expect this game to suck me in so mightily, but it did just so without any issues. It's tactical,It's extremely engaging. I honestly didn't expect this game to suck me in so mightily, but it did just so without any issues. It's tactical, but not tedious. It's fun, but never too easy to dismiss. It has solid story, massive amount of loot, plenty of characters to include in your teams, randomly generated levels to go through and is just such a great blast for anyone, who enjoys a turn-based tactical combat.

    The best part for me is kitbashing your team to suit your playstyle. Characters differ a lot with their utility and roles, and so you can tailor your team to your liking. For example my usual 3 robot team consist of a massive tank with huge HP pool and powerful, explosive weaponry. A swift flanker that can cross the level rapidly and get into great positions to shotgun enemies in their backs. And of course the stalwart captain with her sniper weapon for precision headshots and splendid set of restorative abilities. But you can also have self-repairing attacker with cover-ignoring lightning, a beefy melee fighter, a berserker that deals more damage when hurt, a specialist that disables opponents, a combat engineer with piercing shots and smoke grenades... Add to that plenty of weapons and items to mix and you can really customize your team every time you go into battle.

    Game looks great, sounds great and plays great.
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  4. May 12, 2018
    9
    If Steamworld Heist wanted to be *just* a good game, then it would have the right numbers. It's based on a brilliant idea: take theIf Steamworld Heist wanted to be *just* a good game, then it would have the right numbers. It's based on a brilliant idea: take the traditionally hardcore genre of turn-based tactical combat, and make it accessible to everybody. The characters and setting are easy to love, like steampunk-comedy space robot pirates can be. The levels are perfect for both a full play session, or a quick game on the go. If you take them separately, those elements would make for a pretty nice tactical shooter.

    However, Steamworld Heist does much more than that. Like a good chef, it turns good ingredients into a perfectly balanced recipe. From the very beginning to the rolling credits, this game is just a lot of fun. The RPG-like progression at the core of the system feels perfectly natural–not once I felt like I was playing to grind experience points. Everything in Heist hits that elusive sweet spot that makes you feel challenged without frustration, and hooked without repetition.

    Like people who're really good at what they do, Image & Form make game design look easy. More than a few triple A games should look at Steamworld Heist and learn how it's done. Play it–you won't regret it.
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  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. Jul 27, 2018
    8
    Steamworld Heist on the Switch is my first experience with the Steamworld universe, and there's a lot of things I like about it. So I'll listSteamworld Heist on the Switch is my first experience with the Steamworld universe, and there's a lot of things I like about it. So I'll list out several individual things I want to mention that left any kind of an impression on my, starting with the combat system:

    -Gameplay/Combat system:
    The combat system in this game is very unique. I've never played anything quite like it. Setting up complicated trick shots, and attempting to angle myself just right to hit an opponent on the opposite end of the map, was always satisfying when they landed, especially when I happened to be using a weapon without a scope. And while there's quite a bit here worth thinking about, by the end a got a distinct impression that there could have been just a little bit more there. I'm not sure what it is, but with a lot of things in this game, I found myself wanting just a little bit more.

    -Artwork/Graphics:
    It's decent. Not the most gorgeous independently produced 2D game I've ever played, but it does have nice artwork. I just wish there was more variation in the layouts and styles of each map, and maybe a little more depth in the backgrounds, but as it is, it's nice to look at, there's just nothing awe inspiring.

    -Story/Characters:
    Also decent. There's some mildly humorous dialogue exchanges, though nothing laugh out loud funny. Once I sunk into the general rhythm of the game, I wasn't sure how the story, as it was going, was going to sustain a feature length game, but then the game subverts your expectations for what the ending is going to be, and it turns out there's a whole new plot to resolve after the initial plot was resolved, which was a nice, surprising change of pace. There was nothing mind blowing, or relentlessly gripping, but the at least you can tell the developers had plenty of ideas, and they didn't simply slap a half baked story together in order to justify some contrived fight sequences, so they could put a unique battle system to arbitrary use.

    Music/Sound:
    I think, at least for me personally, this was probably the weakest component of the game. I mean, it's fine. There's nothing wrong with it, and there are some neat songs (especially when "No More Queens" starts playing after one particular boss fight, which sounded really cool), but overall, the music and sound effects are just okay. Nothing wrong, but also nothing extraordinary.

    Overall:
    I liked it, especially playing it on the Switch. The general rhythm of the game makes it very easy to pick up and put down between battles, and battles never go on for longer than ten minutes or so, which makes it perfectly ideal for the Switch's convenience, especially if you play a lot on the go. I guess my main complaint is that I just wanted a bit more, and I wanted the combat system stretched just a bit farther. But if my biggest complaint about a game, is that I just wanted a little more of it, then that isn't really a bad thing. I enjoyed the world, I enjoyed the ideas, I enjoyed the combat system, and it made me want to go back and check out the first two Steamworlds. A definite recommend.
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  7. May 5, 2018
    6
    Ok game, but feels a bit repetitive after a while. You're doing the same things over and over with no big change and nothing to discover, andOk game, but feels a bit repetitive after a while. You're doing the same things over and over with no big change and nothing to discover, and in comparison, I enjoyed more Mario and rabbids kingdom (unfair comparison), which at least has a fun theme and 2D tactical move. Expand

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