Every so often, there’s a game that completely blindsides you. We’ve seen and played literally hundreds of puzzle games spanning all types of themes, gimmicks, and mechanics. Some are classics, while many are boilerplate retreads. Without beating around the bush, The Heist is an instant classic.
In a world where obnoxious and insulting tutorials treat gamers like they’ve never picked up a game before, The Heist is a refreshing surprise. You open the game with a picture of a vault, and its up to you to start exploring. Soon thereafter, you learn about how you’ve been recruited to pull off an incredible heist others have failed. With an imposing view of a highly secured vault staring at you, it’s time to get to work.
The gameplay here is simple. There are four different types of logic-based puzzles, each with 15 levels that progressively get harder. As you complete a series of puzzles, you start to break down the security of the vault, getting you closer to the secret prize within.
Fitting the iOS platform perfectly, the pick-up-and-play quotient is brilliantly executed. You can easily sit down for a few hours to try and power through the game, or take on a puzzle here and there, gradually getting to the end goal. The puzzles don’t take long to complete, but the harder ones will flummox you a bit until that “a ha” moment kicks in. Again, the design philosophy here doesn’t have the game holding your hand. Upon diving down into a puzzle type, it’s your responsibility to explore and figure out next steps.
One, two, three, PUSH!
Everything about the eye and ear candy in The Heist is top-tier stuff. It has a serious tone somewhat akin to a suspenseful thriller flick. Throughout the game, you have a partner who keeps you updated on mission approach from one of the most original uses of the iPhone we’ve seen yet. We won’t spoil it, but it took us completely by surprise. We enjoyed the music as well; it matches the tone and tenor of the experience perfectly.
As far as extras go, The Heist is a bit lacking in that department. Once you complete the game, there aren’t many reasons to go back unless you’re interested in speed runs. Game Center is supported here, but most of the achievements can be earned in the initial play through. We’re optimistic though; the structure here is perfect for content patches and updates to pull off additional heists if the folks from Tap Tap Tap are inclined.
Everyone who has an iOS device should take on The Heist. The game is original, interesting, and has a stickiness that will keep you coming back until the job is done.