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Heat Signature Review

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Posted: 6 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Heat Signature is a tactical shooting game where you break into spaceships on missions to hijack them, steal important technology, assassinate crew members and rescue captives. With simple visuals, viewed from above, you can approach this in many ways using the game's in-depth simulation of combat. With the flexibility and realism comes high consequences that mean you will die a lot and try again.

You direct your character to the target ship in a small undetectable shuttle. Once on board you creep around the ship to take down enemies and find objectives. Unusually, you can pause at any time to plan chained-together attacking or stealth moves.

The range of approaches on offer make the game unique. You can do the usual switching of weapons, picking up or dropping inventory items and remote control of the shuttle. But you can also pick up weapons of a fallen enemy, equip it, and use it against another target. Or you can use a gadget to swap places with an enemy, making them shoot themselves. Or you can break the window so they are sucked into space.

Working through these different heists, the goal is to liberate the strongholds of each of the four factions in a randomly-generated nebula. As you do this you gain new guns, gadgets, explosives, or pods.

Along with the novel set-up, it's your ability to get out of impossible situations by pausing the game to figure out a clever plan that makes the game really stand out. You have a wide range of gadgets with clever uses, and you can switch, aim and fire them with no time pressure at all, letting you pull off ridiculously cool tricks without needing twitch skills.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @GunpointGame


Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

The game isn't photorealistic but does have a lot of blood splatter and effects when opponents die, often in slow motion.


You can pause the action to plan out your moves. This offers some lower pressured moments in amongst the relatively stressful combat. You can select missions of different difficulty.
Our Heat Signature Accessibility Report documents 10 accessibility features:

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