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.