Cyberpunk Strategic Heaven
To save you the trouble of reading our review of SteamWorld Heist for the Wii U, I will summarize it for you.
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If you are still with us, then this will be an exercise in futility as nothing else really needs to be said about this game.
Originally released for the Nintendo 3DS back in December of 2015, SteamWorld Heist has kept the same charm as the original but upgraded its visuals, which not only allow us to appreciate even more the world that Image and Form International AB has created, but also help when strategically trying to place shots that ricochet against walls until they find their target.
SteamWorld Heist is a strategy game pure and simple. One that finds you in control of Captain Piper Faraday and her group of robots/pirates/freedom fighters as they battle enemy forces in the galaxy. The game is presented in 2D turn-based fashion taking place in a cyberpunk steam world, where you move your characters around different areas within a stage to position them in the best possible area so they can find cover, reach specific steps on the ground, or fire at enemies. Each stage gives you the option to use up to 4 characters (normally 3) and each character has specific abilities which allows you to strategize on what character combination you want to use before going on a mission.
At the end of each battle, you are awarded credits to purchase weapons. Items which range from armor that increases your hit points, shoes that add one or two steps to your moving area, and additional bombs or projectiles are also earned by collecting swag during the levels. You are also awarded hats, which range from generic military ones to stylistic ones if you want to make a fashion statement.
For those familiar with games like Angry Birds, the overworld of this game is laid out in similar fashion. Each time you complete a stage, you earn rewards and stars. The amount of stars you receive depend on if you were able to defeat the stage without any friendly casualties and if you were able to collect all of the ‘epic swag’. Then, depending on the amount of stars you have, it allows you to open up additional areas where you have access to additional stages, better gear, or new team-members to join your cause.
The story of SteamWorld Heist is told in similar fashion to a graphic novel, with the art style similar to a futuristic dystopia where humans are not the dominant race, or even seen at all throughout the game. The voice acting is great and the music is fantastically played by musical guests which inhabit the different cantinas accross the galaxy.
SteamWorld Heist is one of the best strategic games I have played in years and it is a welcomed addition to the Wii U library. Be prepared to spend anywhere from 12 to 15 hours if you want to collect every star in the game. Leveling up your characters to the highest levels will take even longer.
SteamWorld Heist is now available for the Wii U as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for $19.99. SteamWorld Collection, which includes both Dig and Heist, retails for $29.99.