The single player game involves exploring procedurally generated levels, gathering loot and eliminating enemies. Between levels, weapons and items (such as armor and grenades) can be bought or sold. Units gain experience by completing missions and earn new abilities over time. Movement is turn-based: units can move and then shoot, or sprint to a more distant location. Placing units behind cover is important, as is using the different weapon types and special abilities. While the game was designed with a gamepad in mind, using the mouse works OK. Overall, SteamWorld Heist is a very approachable turn-based strategy game.