SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

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SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Apr 23, 2019

A card-battling RPG enlivened with wit and character.

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pressakey.com
Recommended
Recommended
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is another showcase for the creative talent at Image & Form who have crafted yet another charming robot adventure in a new genre, that, once again, manages to entertain with lovely characters, strong gameplay systems and slick presentation - even though the freshness wears off after a while of playing as the game relies a bit too heavily on its card-based battles and deck building.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 25, 2019

The latest must-own Nintendo Switch game is SteamWorld Quest

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Checkpoint Gaming
Loved
Loved
Apr 25, 2019

...truly an enthralling experience and I would urge anyone who is a fan of either turn-based strategy games or card based games to give this title a look.

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SwitchRPG
Loved
Loved
Apr 23, 2019

Though its narrative leans more towards humor with a few sparing and surprising character moments, this first run at the Role-playing genre shows that the developers are more than capable of striking gold by pairing their SteamWorld characters with solid and balanced mechanics.

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Scored Reviews

Saving Content
May 16, 2019

If there is one primary take-away you should have, it’s that Image & Form’s attention to detail in their game design is exquisite, as it is hugely evident that they set out to create an RPG that focuses on the fun aspects of the genre and thoroughly eliminates the tedium which can so easily bog it down. Your time spent with SteamWorld Quest is time actually playing the game; doing battles, collecting loot, and advancing the story. The fun is all there, easy to access and unhindered in its execution. You have only to pick up your Switch and press start to experience it.

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Handsome Phantom
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is a marvel in its own right, and a victory in a genre full of eternally popular bestsellers and beloved franchises.

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OnlySP
Apr 22, 2019

SteamWorld Quest: The Hand of Gilgamech is a wonderful, fun RPG adventure that has a lot of depth to delve into, secrets to explore, and story to uncover. The game looks beautiful, sounds brilliant, and has a smooth and absorbing gameplay flow. SteamWorld Quest, is surprisingly easy to get completely sucked in to, with the card game elements providing an impressive amount of complexity to the combat. Any RPG fan should give serious consideration to adding the title to their Nintendo Switch library and fans of previous SteamWorld games will find a lot to enjoy in the art and lore, too.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

A delightfully whimsical steampunk-RPG romp and you'd have to be malfunctioning to miss out on it.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest may be Image & Form's finest game yet, presenting a charming tale and a nuanced combat system wrapped up in a wonderfully cohesive style.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2019

If you like turn-based RPG’s or card battlers you will adore this game. If you like both of these genres you may as well stop reading and go buy Steamworld Quest now.

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Switching Worlds
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Image & Form continues to impress. When tackling other genres and adding their own flare they never cease to amaze me. SteamWorld Quest is a properly balanced RPG whose visual and audible are equally beautiful with the humor and charm that you know and love. It's a straightforward, more linear journey and that's okay because some games should be especially when there's wiggle room for discovering secrets. Play times may vary between 20-30 hours and upwards 40 for those truly committed. It's a nice dose of an RPG that is just downright fun to play. Its formula now has me wanting to see what more can be done.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Despite a few issues with map design and clunky dungeon controls, SteamWorld Quest is a gem of a game, and a must-play for anyone with a Nintendo Switch.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Outside of the Colosseum challenges and the three difficulty modes (Squire, Knight, and Legend), I don't see much of a reason to return after completing the game, but I found the length to be just right. My time with SteamWorld Quest was thoroughly satisfying, and in between playing lengthy Final Fantasy ports, I was glad to have a more compact experience close at hand. Rather than running out of steam, Hand of Gilgamech plays its cards rather perfectly.

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Screen Rant
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest, a card-based RPG, is an all-around pleasure: challenging but not too complicated, accessible but not too simple, fun at every point.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is an excellent addition to the Steamworld lineup and a fantastic game on its own merits. The story is simple but charming, and the gameplay alone is strong enough to carry players to the end. The sheer amount of customization and variety in character builds and combat offers a lot of enjoyable content to players both casual and hardcore. If you're a fan of RPGs, then you should try out Steamworld Quest. It's one of the most enjoyable indie titles on the Switch to date.

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GBAtemp
8.8 / 10.0
GBAtemp
Garrett Walters

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

An excellent addition to the SteamWorld series of games, and a delightful experience from beginning to end. I can happily recommend this to both fans of RPGs and fans of the strategy inherent to collectible card games. The fine folks at Image & Form Games should be proud of what they've created in SteamWorld Quest, and I look forward to giving other games in the series a try.

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The Games Machine
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is a delightful and epic parable about heroism and the ease of forgetting about it in times of peace.

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GameCynic
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Carefully tuned combat, a surprisingly tactical deck building system, and charming characters combine to make a fantastic adventure that's well worth picking up — and hard to put down.

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IGN
8.6 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest's card-based RPG combat offers an insane amount of choice, making it as flexible as it is fun.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
May 8, 2019

Even if you’re not big on card games, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is another home run for Image & Form and a definite must-buy on Nintendo Switch.

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Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 8, 2019

With wonderful combat and more charm than any game I can name off the top of my head Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a very easy recommendation from me despite a few undercooked ideas.

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Jogazera
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019
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GamesBeat
85 / 100
85 / 100
Apr 23, 2019

I never should have doubted Image & Form, and I hope the studio knows that my expectations are now sky high for whatever it does next.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 3, 2019

While not a fully deep experience for those familiar to the genre, Image & Form's first attempt at a card-based RPG still pays off in spades with a satisfying gameplay hook and journey that oozes with colorful charm.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2019

GREAT - SteamWorld Quest is a wonderful card-battling RPG that features slick graphics, wonderful music, and easy to understand combat mechanics. Even if you typically avoid these types of games you should give this one a shot. Its charming characters and fun strategic gameplay are sure to keep you coming back for more.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2019

All in all, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a very good, if short, game.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2019

An excellent RPG and an excellent card game that mixes both genres to create a unique experience that will entertain you durin almost 20 hours despite it's not specially varied outside its cards.

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Spaziogames
8.4 / 10.0
Spaziogames
DottorKillex

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

If you like turn-based RPGs or card games, or both, then you can't go wrong with Steamworld Quest hand of Gilgamech, a funny romp thorugh a gorgeous (albeit small) world. Another enthralling game from Image & Form.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 25, 2019

Even if you’ve never played a SteamWorld game, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is the perfect place to start.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 23, 2019

Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a creative infusion of card-based combat with a traditional RPG. It plays entirely unlike any other card combat game, and it's worth a look even for those who don't generally like the genre. While it's light on story, less replayable than other card games, and could use some refinement when it comes to building decks and equipping characters, it's still a fun twist on a familiar concept that's easy to recommend.

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AnaitGames
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 5, 2019

SteamWorld Quest works because it prioritizes the things that are truly important.

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RPG Fan
80%
80%
Apr 24, 2019

SteamWorld Dig 2 took everything great about the original and improved upon it. Let's hope the same happens with SteamWorld Quest, should it get a sequel.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is a solid RPG that contains a number of interesting ideas and packs the charm of the other SteamWorld titles. Fans of RPGs or SteamWorld games should give it a go.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 23, 2019

When taken as an overall package, there's no getting away from expressing how brilliant and addictive the card-based approach to RPG combat is here.

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USgamer
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is a diet RPG, but it still contains plentiful portions of Image & Form's unique charm and humor. Its card-based battle system is engaging, and you might find yourself enjoying it a lot even if you're not a big fan of digital card games. Expect a straightforward journey that ends much sooner than most RPGs, but maybe a 15-hour quest isn't such a bad thing in a genre that keeps piling on 100-hour epics.

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Fintendo
May 5, 2019

"Do robots have a poker face?"

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech has stripped away anything unnecessary and made a solid RPG. While a few more flairs would have been nice and difficulty balance can be a bit off, it is still an excellent RPG that encourages players to strategize when building a deck to prove their mettle.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 23, 2019

Remarkably solid and satisfying, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a card battler with an abundance of charm in its art, mechanics and writing. The presentation is slick, the dialogue's witty and the gameplay's addictive, although nothing about it feels particularly special – not in the way SteamWorld Dig 2 felt special. It does what it does well, though, and it's still a thoroughly enjoyable time in that universe. As long as you're not expecting anything revolutionary, we recommend anybody who likes turn-based battling or who enjoyed any previous games in the series check it out.

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Gaming LYF
Apr 22, 2019

Priced at $24.99 / £22.49, SteamWorld Quest provides brilliant value for money. The genre blending turn-based RPG meets card game mechanics serve as a refreshingly addictive change of pace. It's all wrapped up in a polished, quirky and light-hearted adventure featuring fun characters and a beautiful hand-drawn art style. The game is a blast from beginning to end, and is well worth your time and hard earned cash.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

The thing is, I would have played SteamWorld Quest for 40 hours, flaws and all. It's brief in more ways than one but charming as hell. I hope Image & Form continues to make games and, to go one step further, never stops creating SteamWorld experiences.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 29, 2019

SteamWorld Quest can best be described as an RPG that's both simple and in-depth, a game that features a marvelous visual presentation with its detailed environments and finely designed characters, as well as a fun and original cards gameplay system that delivers a more than welcome variety to the Nintendo Switch catalogue and which deserves to be played by every RPG fan out there.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Cobbling together the right assortment of cards, combat, and characters is fun. However, shortcomings in progression, story, and complexity create a sterile experience

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
May 15, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is a wonderful adventure that you can not miss if you love RPGs.

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Boomstick Gaming
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019
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Digitally Downloaded
Apr 30, 2019

It's a game (and franchise) that wears its indie credentials on its sleeve, and it's hard to be too disappointed by its flaws for that reason.

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Easy Allies
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019
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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 23, 2019

Image & Form's latest SteamWorld entry dips its toes into the realm of RPGs as it delightfully integrates a deck-building card game into a turn-based RPG.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest's accessible take on card-based combat is undermined by an uneven difficulty curve that frustrates more than it encourages.

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We Got This Covered
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a funny, charming deck-building RPG that laughs in the face of fantasy and adventure tropes. In the end, though, the game falls victim to repetitive gameplay and ends up overstaying its welcome.

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Video Chums
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest may feature a charming cast of characters and an enjoyable battle system but its overall lack of variety and drab dungeons make it a tough game to universally recommend.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 29, 2019

The weakest of the recent SteamWorld games but still an enjoyable, if rather unfair, mix of role-playing game and card-battler.

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