SteamWorld Heist (Nintendo 3DS) Preview

By Adam Riley 01.10.2015 1

Review for SteamWorld Heist on Nintendo 3DS

Not content with ruling the world with SteamWorld Dig, its highly addictive platform adventure with a twist of puzzle goodness, now the experts at Image & Form are back with a slightly different than expected successor - the turn-based outing, SteamWorld Heist, which is launching on Nintendo 3DS eShop first, before moving onto other formats. After a look at an early PC demo back in early August, Cubed3 had chance to try a special 3DS eShop build at this year's EGX.

The guys at Image & Form are no slouches, not merely wanting to rest on their laurels after the immense success of SteamWorld Dig. After polishing the diamond until it could shine no brighter, launching its magnum opus across any format able to run it, instead of jumping onto a sequel, SteamWorld Heist was borne. Just a follow-up under another name? Nope! Imagine a careful fusing of 2D action with turn-based Fire Emblem-esque tactical gameplay, and a huge dose of that Image & Form charm. From the mannerisms of characters mid-conversation, and the sarcastic quips, through to the smooth gameplay and razor-sharp physics when skeletal remains are scattered, this is a true spectacle. 3DS eShop may be the lead platform again, but it does not mean the team has scrimped on its meticulous attention to detail.

Screenshot for SteamWorld Heist on Nintendo 3DS

More enemies, time limits, racing to reach the end before energy levels go beyond critical - the pace may have been almost sedentary in the early build tested, yet that was purely because being a rookie, the main man, Brjann of Image & Form, was being generous and showing off what basically acted as a tutorial mode. The difficulty can be adjusted to suit any level of gamer, so there is no need to be concerned about this being either too hardcore or a walk in the park.

It is also a streamlined experience, for instance, sometimes in strategy titles there is a frustration of moving too far along the permitted path and then not being able to nudge back a bit to fire at enemies due to the designated amount of moves per turn being exhausted. Here, the solution is to try to fire bullets to ricochet off certain objects at clever angles. Equally, when too near to a foe, rather than not being able to attack, full stop, a fist fight can ensue. It is cute, charming, smart, easy to get to grips with, and has plenty of story unfolding as play goes on to ensure interest levels are kept high.

Screenshot for SteamWorld Heist on Nintendo 3DS

Final Thoughts

Some may think that the change in gameplay style will alienate fans of Dig, yet SteamWorld Heist shows that Image & Form has managed to take the core from its highly acclaimed debut and carefully overlay it onto the turn-based strategy mould to make this almost like an entry-level RTS, but with extra depth available for veterans of the genre. The final release cannot come soon enough.


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C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

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Loved Dig, can't wait for this.

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