Percentile Rank

SteamWorld Heist is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

95%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Dec 10, 2015

I don't enjoy rating a game by the price, but I'll step in to say that this is definitely fair. SteamWorld Heist's main campaign only lasts about 10 hours, but thanks to five different difficulty levels, plenty of "rare" weapons to seek out, randomly generated dungeons, abilities tucked away at higher levels, the reputation and other New Game+ options, Image & Form's latest provides the bang for all those bucks.

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Nintendojo
A or higher
A or higher
Dec 21, 2015

SteamWorld Heist might be small, yet it can compete with heavy weights like Fire Emblem in terms of overall quality. SteamWorld Heist is one of the most well thought-out and fully realized gaming experiences I've had throughout this year. If you're itching for a fantastic turn-based space adventure, look no further.

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Jun 7, 2016
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Dec 10, 2015

Free aiming and ricochet shots bring wild life to this exquisite turn-based blaster.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 24, 2015

Despite the SteamWorld Heist's shortcomings when it comes to mission failure and inventory management, the game is a blast. As a lover of turn-based tactics games, SteamWorld Heist scratched that itch, offering just enough depth and strategy bundled up in a charming game. Difficulty scales rather nicely and you can always adjust it, which means the game is very accessible to everyone.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 7, 2016

I thoroughly recommend it, for those looking for something erring much more toward the more casual end of the strategy world, the only region of the genre with which I'm comfortable. It's bright, breezy, light and fun, and perhaps, after all, that's enough.

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Scored Reviews

Without the Sarcasm
Jul 9, 2016

SteamWorld Heist takes elements of tactical strategy and blends it with skill-based combat. The resulting combination is (like the robots it features) more than the sum of its parts. On top of that, Steamworld Heist is polished to a gleaming shine. Do yourself a favor and play this game.

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USgamer
Dec 10, 2015

What more can I say? I loved SteamWorld Heist and I think everyone should play it. Even if you don't normally like tactics games, Heist might be able to change your mind. It might not make a lot of Game of the Year lists, but I can assure you that it is one of 2015's best.

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We Got This Covered
Dec 9, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is the best Nintendo 3DS game released in 2015, and its multiple difficulties ensure that both new and veteran tactical gamers can have fun in its wonderful world of robot pirates.

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Saving Content
Jun 13, 2016

SteamWorld Heist's excellence permeates through every aspect of the game, and the translation from 3DS to PC and PlayStation 4 is nothing short of exemplary. The aiming mechanic for ricochets or headshots is so satisfying. SteamWorld Heist is a masterclass in turn-based strategy with RPG stylings making it a standout on platforms to display this at higher resolutions. Whether you're looking for a casual introduction to the genre or a crushing challenge for veterans, SteamWorld Heist offers both in truly stellar ways.

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Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Dec 21, 2015

Imagine & Form proved themselves to be formidable developers with the release of SteamWorld Dig, but SteamWorld Heist just takes it to another level in so many ways. It's simple yet ambitious with a presentation as charming as its execution.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2015

Heist is easy to pick up and play, yet tough to master. Any fan of tactical strategy games is going to feel right at home. Image & Form has created a great addition to the SteamWorld universe.

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Nintendo News
4.9 / 5.0
4.9 / 5.0
Dec 14, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is another huge leap forward for Image & Form. It's more than just a worthy successor: it's a magnificent showcase for an entire genre.

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Niche Gamer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

You might have already guessed by reading the above, but everything works so well together it's shocking. This is one of the most polished products I have played in the last 5 years, standing out as a real labor of love.

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Nindie Spotlight
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2018

With multiple skill levels available SteamWorld Heist is a game that anyone, from a tactical strategy newbie to a grizzled veteran, should be able to enjoy. Well-designed, looking fabulous on Switch, and thoroughly engaging it offers a rewarding combination of careful planning and then execution in aiming that I can’t get enough of. Pulling off a tricky ricochet shot from across the room is such a rush, just remember that when you inadvertently end up blowing up a crewmate a little later because you didn’t plan it out well. While battles can be aggravating at times the great news is that every time you try placements and layouts will tend to vary either a little or a lot so you may have just had a bad break. If you haven’t yet checked out SteamWorld Heist you owe it to yourself to give it a shot, it is unquestionably one of the best games on the Switch.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2016

Image and Form has been on their game with the SteamWorld series for years, and this is the definitive version of their best game to date. SteamWorld Heist is one of the best things any download service has to offer.

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GameCynic
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2016

Quirky, easy to dive into, and great fun to play around with, SteamWorld Heist is a modern classic and one of our favorite turn-based titles of recent years. Easily recommended.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2015

Because it's so different from the past games, the fact that it comes under the Steamworld umbrella is a bit jarring, but the whole Western cowboy theme fits in nicely with the game. The already great storyline is complimented very well by the dark-and-gritty atmosphere, and the beautiful visuals. Just like Dig, Heist can prove to be very addicting, primarily because it's so frustrating. But that is the beauty of it all; it forces you to learn right from wrong on your own, and it makes you better for it. Image & Form has done a great job with their hybrid title. Nothing really seems out of place, and it's something that I would love to see them continue in the near future.

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Nintendo News
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 30, 2016

SteamWorld Heist does little to take advantage of Wii U's capabilities, but is still one of the best indie games on the system.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is a fantastic strategy game that you will not want to miss, featuring amazing combat will keep you coming back.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is another gem. The universe and its inhabitants are joyful to play with and kept me coming back for more. Image & Form took a bold step by not opting for the easy route, instead choosing to expand on an already interesting theme. Heist is as good as any full priced 3DS game out there; and in most cases, even better. With hours and hours of gameplay, it's a steal at just $16.99.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 9, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is an entirely different proposition to its predecessor, and that's no bad thing. Its quirky blend of a 2D perspective, allied with turn-based strategy and skill-based attacks, is a surprisingly addictive combination. There's impressive depth to the overall mechanics, and it's all topped off with a level of presentation that's both charming and accomplished. Whether seeking challenging strategy or an entertaining story, this title delivers both in its own unique way and has certainly stolen plenty of our time; we haven't even got all the hats yet.

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GameSkinny
Apr 18, 2016

SteamWorld Heist is an amazing, brave and ambitious indirect sequel that keeps true to the SteamWorld universe.

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Gamestyle
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 16, 2016

SteamWorld Heist is one of the most charming, playful, glorious games you will play this year and cannot come recommended enough. Go on, treat yourself.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2016

All in all, Image & Form have once again knocked it out of the park with Steamworld Heist. Fun, addictive and comical, it has everything in needs to become another success for the Icelandic studio.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2016

SteamWorld Heist's mash-up of action and turn-based strategy makes for a deeply satisfying experience that feels like it's over a touch too soon.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2016

While I still don't think the game is as successful or accessible as SteamWorld Dig, I applaud Image & Form for flipping the series entirely on its head while still being able to provide an amazing game. If you are new to the series or genre and want to try it out, SteamWorld Heist should be a no-brainer to pick up. Meanwhile, more hardcore turn-based strategy fans should be able to enjoy the interesting setting, light-hearted humor and graduated difficulty modes.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2016

SteamWorld Heist is a delight right from the very beginning. A beautiful stripped-back strategy game that ditches many of the genres bells and whistles in order to focus on the action, it offers an appealingly new perspective on one of the oldest genres in video games.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2016

SteamWorld Heist continues the series' tradition of being simple yet compelling. The game may be easy to grasp, but it delivers a nice difficulty boost that feels fair. The aiming system proves to be a great way to add some strategy to the title while also solving the limits of the 2-D perspective. The whole thing is fun to play, and with a good presentation accompanying a great game length, SteamWorld Heist is a worthy addition to any game library.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 3, 2016

SteamWorld Heist on Wii U is exactly what we expected - a high quality Wii U iteration of a game that was already fantastic on 3DS. The wider field of view and sharper graphics are certainly appealing, and this remains a game that can easily keep players engaged for hour after hour. Image & Form struck gold with its blend of turn-based strategy and skill-based combat, and it's stolen our affections all over again now that it's arrived on Nintendo's home console.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 14, 2016

Steamworld Heist is what many would consider a AAA indie title, with Image and Form pulling out all the stops to craft a near flawless experience that's both fresh and unique. The gameplay may differ largely from Steamworld Dig, but it's a ride that's just as good, if not better. There's plenty of content to delve into in the base game, with greater difficulties and randomly generated levels serving up a new challenge to players who have already beaten it. For those who enjoyed the previous instalment, go ahead and pick this up right now!

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 9, 2015

While not a narrative that would be found in a larger-scale RPG, the story is engaging enough to make keeping track of all the various factions and personalities not only worthwhile, but entertaining. By itself, the gameplay is enough to keep the action moving at an excellent pace, and the mission length is perfect for long grinds, or quick sessions on the go. The adjustable difficulty curve and "easy to learn, hard to master" combat makes it a great starting point for those just getting into turn-based strategy titles, and a point of mastery for genre veterans. Image & Form really showcases its ability to tackle new styles of play, and succeeds on nearly every level with SteamWorld Heist.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2015

Steamworld Heist stole my heart. The characters are charming, the combat is addictive, and the Firefly-style adventure made every battle a blast. Besides some annoying instances of post-battle maintenance, I rarely felt the need to power down these robots.

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Play Some Video Games
87 / 100
87 / 100
Feb 26, 2017

There’s nothing quite like it (especially on a 3DS) and for that reason it was easy to keep coming back. Missions are ideal for portable play and in my time with the game, the affinity for Steamworld Heist grew larger with each mission passed. My only real faults with Steamworld Heist is I find movement overall too slow and the game does become repetitive by the end of the campaign.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2015

Fans of strategy titles won't want to bypass this under-the-radar hit

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2016

Great, and not just "for an indie studio"

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is both a great entry point for people who normally shy away from strategy games and a good recommendation for veterans. With a deep combat system and a sliding difficulty scale, pretty much everyone can find something they'll like.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2015

Steamworld Dig was a fun romp, but Steamworld Heist shows that Image & Form isn't a one-trick pony. Steamworld Heist is one of the most enjoyable budget RPGs I've ever played. It's accessible, fast-paced and balanced. Only a lackluster story and some minor complaints about the combat hold it back, and neither is more than a minor blemish. If you're at all looking for a handheld take on the tactical RPG genre, you'll have a hard time finding a better example than Steamworld Heist. The $20 price tag might seem high, but Heist is enjoyable enough to justify it.

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Sirus Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2016

SteamWorld Heist, like the other SteamWorld games before it, is simple yet complex. It is a very accessible turn-based RPG with a lot of character. The characters are interesting and the core gameplay is very engaging. All of that wrapped up in a Firefly-like space adventure makes this a game that is very difficult for me to put down.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2017

SteamWorld Heist was an excellent game when it launched in 2015, and it's still excellent today on the Switch. Offering a familiar world and style with a new way to play amid the robots, it's a strategy game that belongs on every Switch

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Handsome Phantom
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2017

SteamWorld Heist has very few flaws, especially if a turn based robot strategy game is what you’re looking for.

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SwitchWatch
85%
85%
Jan 6, 2018

Steamworld Heist offers up over 10 hours of main campaign and its a blast, battles can become slightly repetitive as is normal with this type of tactical game but the fact that you are aiming, each ship is randomly generated and there is a strong story supported by excellent visuals and a toe-tapping soundtrack kept me engaged from beginning to end. Along with Mario vs Rabbids this is the best strategy game on the Switch to date for me and a must purchase.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 27, 2016

Considering how wildly different SteamWorld Heist is from its predecessor, this was clearly a bit of a risk for Image & Form. Fortunately for us, it is one that really pays off.

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Player.One
Dec 28, 2015

SteamWorld Heist snuck onto the 3DS eShop earlier this month, without much fanfare or discussion. But SteamWorld Heist might be the best tactical strategy game to grace the platform in 2015.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2015

SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy game technically delicious and unexpectedly deep. A small jewel that fans should not miss.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 9, 2015

Still, the fact that I want to go back and grind some missions to level up my less developed characters speaks to SteamWorld Heist's longevity and satisfying appeal. Image & Form has another retro-inspired gem here, and has further established that like its denizens, SteamWorld stands for piecing together something great from a box of spare parts.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 22, 2015

SteamWorld Heist exudes charm and goodwill.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2015

An incredibly fun combat mechanics is the basis for one of the most enjoyable 3DS games this year.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 9, 2015

A superb mix of action and strategy that should be enough to convince everyone that turn-based doesn't have to mean slow or serious.

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Digitally Downloaded
Dec 18, 2015

Being left with a real desire for a much bigger game is certainly preferable than struggling to care about it at all, but Image & Form has been teasing us with the potential for SteamWorld for some time now, and while I hope this is a big success for the team, because I want to see SteamWorld continue to grow, I really need for the next game in the series to be truly ambitious.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jun 16, 2016

Seeing as how every level is randomly generated there could be a lot more to offer than the meandering and side-questing that is there.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 29, 2016

So far, its been a great year for turn based strategy games on PlayStation 4, and SteamWorld Heist has added further to the bounty. With its addictive and accessible gameplay, not only is it the perfect title for players of any skill level to test their metal, but you'll also have such a good time playing it that you'll quickly forget it isn't the direct sequel to SteamWorld Dig that you may have been hoping for.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 20, 2015

While I wasn't completely sold on the limited inventory space available, the penalties for death, and the initial ease of the game, Steamworld Heist made for a great time. Tactical combat on a 2D plane is hard to make engaging and the occasional urgency of the short levels made for some badass moments where a sharp shot sealed the deal. A competent, if completely different second outing in the SteamWorld universe.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 23, 2016

Tense combat, complex mechanics, and witty dialogue make this 2D turn-based strategy game an unexpected but worthwhile successor to 2013's SteamWorld Dig.

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PushStartPlay
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2016

The combat is satisfying and full of strategy, the world is interesting and visually pleasing – the whole steampunk, western, space aesthetic is great, and even extends to the music with the band Steam Powered Giraffe providing the saloon band style soundtrack – and the story is quirky and comes with a nice twist.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 13, 2016

Image & Form should be commended for rewarding players seeking a challenge without penalizing those just looking for a good time

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The Cube
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 17, 2016

It didn't seem this way at first, but ImageForm proved Steamworld Heist to be the next logical step after Steamworld Dig. On top of fabulous gameplay and overall intuitiveness, it grasps a personality some other indie games could only dream of. Just get ready for a fun space challenge.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2016

A unique take on the turn based shooter, and a fun character-driven space adventure.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 22, 2017

A steampunk aesthetic with pirate robots in space who engage in an RPG/strategy game and require careful aiming from the player is exactly what SteamWorld Heist excels at and the marvelous audiovisual environment in which all this takes place only makes it better. This truly is a remarkable game that puts the players in the middle of the funniest steampunk space pirates adventure ever made.

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Video Chums
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2016

Complaints aside, SteamWorld Heist is a must-buy title for anyone looking for an enjoyable strategy game set in an endearing world.

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The Escapist
Dec 9, 2015

Steamworld Heist is an absorbing world wrapped around a decent game whose technical bits take away from a stellar personality.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 8, 2017

SteamWorld Heist is a decent length when factoring in the wide range of difficulty settings, and the fact you will be playing some missions a few times. Essentially, this is a well-made squad-based strategy that gives a choice: go in guns blazing…. or go in gun blazing. While the game is heavy on the tactics, it's never heavy on subtlety. It's nice it wastes little time, but it also suffers from a lack of diversity because of it. It's thus probably better for those looking for a game to play on/off rather than binge over.

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ComiConverse
Sep 26, 2016

A decent 2D turn-based tactical shooter which takes a while to get going but gets a lot better once the tactical options increase. Probably best to get on handheld where its probably more enjoyable to play in short bursts.

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