SteamWorld Heist Review (3DS)

If I could sum up SteamWorld Heist in one word it would simply be: fun. This game oozes personality and fulfilling turn-based strategy goodness. On top of that include witty humor, intense strategic battles, and more guns than I can count and you have a game with high-replay value that serves the SteamWorld universe proud.

SteamWorld Heist brings us deep into space where a group of adventurous robots (or steambots) led by Piper Faraday get tangled up into a plot that threatens their very existence. At first our fellow steambot protagonists are just trying to make enough water (this world’s currency) to make ends meet when suddenly an unknown group of ‘scrapper’ steambots attacking the locals set a memorable adventure in motion.

The plot in SteamWorld Heist serves its purpose and keeps you interested and invested enough the entire time but nothing much past that. The constant one-liners and humor however keep the story moving forward in a light-mannered way that suits this game perfectly.

GAMEPLAY

The game sets the player out to explore, collect loot, and evacuate various space ships one turn at a time. The Super Mario Bros. 3 style overworld map lets you select which location or mission you’d like to travel to and also allows for missions to be replayed. Just in case you aren’t happy with your previous score or if you’d like to try again with a different crew and loadout, this adds a lot of replayability to an already great game.

Missions allow you to bring along 1 to 4 characters who can be recruited at a plethora of different bars and shops across the galaxy. Recruiting these different steambots is one of my favorite parts of the game as every character feels unique and each have their own personality.

Before missions begin you must chose which steambots you’d like to bring along and their loadouts. This consists of a main weapon, two item slots, and of course a hat slot, because why not. Each gun and item have different stats and ranges creating plenty of room for strategy considering just how many guns there are! 

SteamWorld Heist Review

Once the mission begins it is a turn based shootout that pins you against all different kinds of enemies from turrets activating on a turn-based timer, massive shielded units, and even oil and flame spraying robots. During these battles you will need to take cover behind barrels, shields, and aim carefully to ensure each of your steambots survive. If any of your comrades fall in battle they do not gain experience so plan carefully!

Abilities are what bring a lot more depth and strategy to the gameplay that can turn defeats into glorious victories. Each character has a different set of abilities and they each gain one upon leveling up. My favorite ability was from the farm girl Sally who has an ability that gives her another shot if she kills a steambot in one shot. The sense of progression through these abilities can make you feel pretty unstoppable by the time you reach the end of the game.

After each mission, you’re rated on how well you did, the loot you acquired is displayed, and each of your living companions gain experience and/or abilities. Then it’s on to the next level!

SteamWorld Heist Steambots

Final Thoughts

There’s tons o’ fun to be had with SteamWorld Heist. I had a blast banking shots off of walls, collecting all of the treasure to 100% missions, and loved watching those o-so-sweet slow-motion kill animations. The humor and witty commentary will keep you smiling whilst you explore the galaxy for the sweetest swag around.

One of the only downsides that I found with SteamWorld Heist is that the missions were not that different from one another. Yes, the locations, enemies, and strategies needed to complete each mission were all different, but the mission types alone were more or less the same. That being said, what is there is extremely fun and the sense of progression and personality that this game gives you is just downright fantastic. With a new game plus mode and a huge amount of weapons, items, and hats to find in the game I can see 3DS owners leading their adventurous steambots into battle for a long time to come.

Simply put, Steamworld Heist is an excellent title that any 3DS owner will love. I give SteamWorld Heist a 8.5/10.

SteamWorld Heist Review (3DS)
There's tons o' fun to be had with SteamWorld Heist. I had a blast banking shots off of walls, collecting all of the treasure to 100% missions, and loved watching those o-so-sweet slow-motion kill animations. The humor and witty commentary will keep you smiling whilst you explore the galaxy for the sweetest swag around.
Pros
  • Fun gameplay with replayability
  • Hats galore!
  • Witty and hilarious dialogue
Cons
  • Missions objectives remain largely similar through the game
8.5Overall Score
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