Steamworld Heist Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Steam-powered robots fighting for space supremacy sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie. As in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related games (SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Quest), SteamWorld Heist requires you to build a merry band of robots to take on the challenges of space’s vast frontier.

The turn-taking gameplay lets newcomers take their time with each shot or movement. For experts, trick shots and optimising progress demand the development of intricate strategies.
This may look like just another shooting game, but play it for a few minutes and you’ll discover a joyously irreverent take on space combat that demands both attention and skill.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Stadia.

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing, Shooting and Turn-Based.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. To complete the main story-levels will take about 14 hours, depending on difficulty settings. To see everything in the game extends this to over 20 hours.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

In-game purchase for "The Outsider" content that adds new missions with brand-new weapons, gear and more of the collectable hats.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

The game was rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence towards fantasy characters. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence in the game is, in the main caused by the use of firearms of various size and calibre, this is supplemented at times by the use of exploding barrels. When shot or blown up the characters will fall apart. The violence is non-realistic.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

High Contrast Mode: You can adjust the contrast of the game to be high-contrast.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank.

Head-Up-Display Visibility

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

System Settings

The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

.. read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @uncannyvivek and Andy Robertson


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