If you're not a Mac user, you likely have never heard of MacHeist, which is really too bad because it's one of the coolest ways to get a bucket full of software on the cheap. The gist of the whole MacHeist promotion is somewhat similar to the various Humble Indie Bundles or Steam bundles, but with a unique twist involving all sorts of puzzles, generally set in a high tech almost hacker-ish safe cracking theme. Like most bundles, there's usually one or two really awesome pieces of software that make it totally worthwhile, then a handful of other stuff that you've never heard of that actually turns out to be pretty useful.

The Heist [99¢] is MacHeist's first foray into the App Store. This 99¢ game comes with 60 different puzzles to solve amongst four different types of puzzles. These puzzles all involve familiar mechanics, with three hinging on sliding blocks around in different ways and a fourth that's a strangely abstract version of sudoku. Solving the puzzles disarms a vault's defense system, allowing you to get to the prize inside.

But what's the prize? Well, since the game came out mere moments ago I haven't had a chance to completely beat it yet. However, I've been told that players who successfully complete the game will be rewarded with a Steam code for a PC/Mac game with a value substantially higher than the 99¢ purchase price of The Heist. We'll have a full review up shortly, but in the meantime, this seems like a ridiculously cool idea for a game. Just the included puzzles easily seem worth the price, and the promise of an actual prize with real-world value on it rewarded for completing the game is just icing on the cake.

Also, I'm not about to spoil it, but The Heist comes with a really cool feature to add some immersion into the game that I can't believe got past the Apple approval process. You'll know what I'm talking about when it happens.

  • None

    Looks like it's not available in Germany. Too sad :(

  • Biver

    USA either.  Maybe it was pulled.

  • Biver

    USA either.  Maybe it was pulled.

  • Ericbee

    Darn it, I want to see this!

  • Mathew Schaffer

    It's available in the US now. They jumped the gun on announcing it.

  • LLama

    Same here, can't get it in Germany. Maybe it was only released in certain countries?
    Also: do Steam codes work globally or are there also US/European/etc... versions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/phillryu Phillip Ryu

    Hey guys, I think the game is still propagating through iTunes servers, and it might take a bit for it to show up for you. Really sorry about the inconvenience!

    • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

      Can't wait for it to appear on the UK store. Phillip, how many hours of game play would you say The Heist has? Is this by Taptaptap?

      • http://www.facebook.com/phillryu Phillip Ryu

        I would guesstimate 2-3 hours to beat it, and maybe 4-6 depending to 100%? It's really designed for quick pockets of play here and there though. And yep, it's a tap tap tap app.

      • Tyler

        I did it in under an hour.  Free Game at the end is interesting.  

  • None

    Hey, there it is ^^ (german store)

  • Biver

    Yeah, it's back on USA too.

  • Anonymous

    I'd like to know what the game is that you unlock, and is there only one game, or do different people get different games?

  • Quickmixworld

    Got it :)

  • Anonymous

    I just beat it and I got a copy of Eets Chowdown from Steam. I'm slightly bummed, since I own it on XBLA and beat it years ago. Can't complain about the The Heist, though. Still a great puzzle game.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that thinks this trailer is a bit cheesy? lol Nevertheless, I'm probably gonna get the game lol.

    • Anonymous

      All of MacHeist's trailers/clips are cheesy. It's what they do ;)

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else finish it and get a different prize? Just wondering if there are more possibilities.

    • bennehftw

      trying to beat it now. i'd rather not get eets though.

  • Lol

    Forget the game , im in love with the chick in the video , love her accent ;)

    • Anonymous

      Then you shouldn't forget the game. Check it out :)

    • Tyler

      Yes, love the obvious fake accent......  Though, if you follow macheist, you are used to it.

  • http://twitter.com/MaximillianHill Maximillian

    Not loving Eets at all. Way to childish for me (if that makes sense).

    • Anonymous

      This comment section is about The Heist...

      • http://twitter.com/MaximillianHill Maximillian

        And since Eets is the reward for playing The Heist, I think it's fine to talk about it too.

  • Noah

    I liked the "inter-activeness" of this app. Starting the game and receiving a fake phone call was genius! More games need to play like this...

    Anyone remember the "Majestic" game by EA back in the day? Let's get THAT going again on the iPhone!

    • Anonymous

      You spoiled the second coolest thing about this app without needing to. Try to be more vague in the future. I just tell people it uses the medium in an interesting way.

      A lot of the fun of it was being surprised

      • Noah

        My apologizes for discussing an event which happened 15 seconds after launching the app.

      • Anonymous

        It's okay. Next time just take a breath and try to contain your excitement in the future, and use some more self restraint.

    • Anorion

      thats it/? thank god for this otherwise i would have died of curiosity. overhyped gimmicks lol. 

  • Shadowgames1

    What's this "really cool feature" I don't know what it is