SteamWorld Heist [official site], sez John, is “a turn-based combat even a great big dolt like me can enjoy”. That was after a hands-on session with the game last year and I’ve been waiting for the game ever since, as have dolts everywhere. Set in the same world as Steamworld Dig, it’s an entirely different kind of game, being based around side-scrolling turn-based tactical combat. It looks great and it’s out next week, on June 7th.
Like its predecessor, Heist has been available on 3DS for some time before making the jump to other platforms. At least part of the intent behind the design is to replace the random chance of a dice roll with skill-based shooting. That’s where those ricochets and redirected shots come in, as seen in the video above.
Thanks to the handheld release, there are critiques aplenty to read already, and Eurogamer’s was a positive take.
SteamWorld Heist is filled with wit and invention, in other words. Like any master burglar, it’s plundered wisely, but it’s got plenty of its own tricks to balance that out.
I don’t think you need to a great big dolt to be excited about this one. I certainly am.
Excited, that is.