Pyyyowng. There are few noises more iconic than a ricochet in the classic Westerns of the ‘40s – a pitch-bending yowl straight off the Looney Tunes soundboard. Of course, they were all hitscan weapons back then, bullets bouncing from gun to target in a split-second of suspended disbelief. But that sound made it seem as if the shells were whizzing all around, rebounding from saloon signs and splitting open barrels of beer. That’s the fantasy that SteamWorld Heist makes real.
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Out of everything in the Steam Summer Sale, this is the one to take a punt on – a turn-based tactics game not easily compared to any other, and polished like a colt pistol on John Wayne’s front porch.
It works like this: you command a team of up to four cowbots – a pun that doesn’t work nearly as well in the mouth as it does on paper – from a larger cast of steam-powered characters. Each turn, you direct them through 2D networks of rooms aboard a procedurally-generated spaceship, taking cover where appropriate.