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The Heist: Can You Crack The Vault?

by Phill Ryu
May 24, 201116 comments

The Heist for iPhone

Nearly two years in the making… a carefully held secret no longer.

Say hello to The Heist: a unique and addictive puzzle game, and the latest tasty bit from tap tap tap. It’s available starting today on the App Store for just 99¢. (iPhone and iPod touch)

Solve puzzles. Crack the vault.

Sound interesting? Your mission briefing awaits you here.

The Team

Every great heist starts with a crew of specialized talent – the best of the best. This project was no different, and I am incredibly proud of the creativity, passion and hard work the entire team put in to make sure this was as shiny as it could possibly be.

Corwin Derkatch (Lead Developer, One-Man Army)
Phill Ryu (Project Lead, Game Design)
John Casasanta (Exec. Producer, Puzzle Design)
David Lanham (Lead Designer)
Bill Bart (Puzzle Art)
Wolfgang Bartelme (Web Design)
Lisa Bettany (The Distraction)
Tap Tap Music (Sound & Music)
Scott Meinzer (Polish)
Karl Baron (Backend Wizardry)
Noël Rosenthal (Level Design)
Joe Lindsay, Carl Sturgess, Dana Shaw & Art Phelan (Trailer Production Team)
Adrian Wisee (Vault Door Render)

See you at the vault!

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  1. markmagoo
    12:25pm, May 24, 2011

    I have never impulsively wanted to buy an iPod more. The only thing stopping me is the lack of funds.

  2. Zack Kitzmiller
    12:38pm, May 24, 2011

    I get an error when trying to download this, am I the only one?

  3. Phill Ryu
    12:39pm, May 24, 2011

    Gah, I think we may’ve jumped the gun and announced this a little early. If it’s not showing up in the store for you yet I’d just check back in a couple hours. Sorry about that!

  4. Frank
    12:45pm, May 24, 2011

    Sounds very interesting, but is it only in the US Apple Store. What about the People in Europe?

  5. Shafnitz
    12:47pm, May 24, 2011

    Just showed up in the App Store for me. Looking forward to it.

  6. Espen
    12:51pm, May 24, 2011

    I can see it in my AppStore, but the request could not be completed. Will it only be in the US App Stores?

  7. AppFreak
    3:38pm, May 24, 2011

    Congratulations for the release. It’s funny how one of the original heists was to retrieve the blueprint design for the first iPhone… :) I wonder why not making this beautiful app Universal. Not a big market I suppose?

  8. Shafnitz
    4:33pm, May 24, 2011

    I unlocked the vault earlier. Just wondering if the prize is the same for everyone or if there are multiple possibilities?

  9. Phillip Ryu
    8:46pm, May 24, 2011

    @AppFreak we’re definitely taking a look at iPad :)

    @Shafnitz branching possibilities would be pretty snazzy, but there’s one ending for now

  10. Frank
    1:26am, May 25, 2011

    Great! Now i can reach it in Europe.

  11. John Micheal
    1:17pm, May 25, 2011

    like the video comercial, good price for great game

  12. Lynda
    3:46pm, May 25, 2011

    Dear Tap Teams,
    I have a highly respect for all your brilliant talent teams. I am UPSET the fact this “The Heist” game doesn’t have subtitle. I am DEAF user and how can I understand what a woman talking on the phone? Not fair. Can you please add subtitles update for all hard of hearing users.
    Thank you.

  13. Chris
    7:33am, May 26, 2011

    Thanks for this really great App. But please add a color blind mode to it. It’s extremely hard for me to solve the puzzles 2 and 4 (from left to right).

    I love games like these and bought it instantly. So please make it playable for people like me.

    I offer my help if you need ideas for implementing this.


  14. Phill Ryu
    12:39am, May 27, 2011

    Hey Lynda, if you’d like you can email into support and I can send you a script of the calls.

    Chris, there is a thread in the MacHeist forums (in the subforum The Heist) where some customers are suggesting ideas for improving the experience for colorblind users. I can’t promise a fix, but we are definitely watching that thread.

  15. Craig Dalton
    4:25pm, June 8, 2011

    Phill - I’d be interested in talking with you guys about some stuff. -Craig

  16. karen rosy
    2:21pm, August 12, 2012

    i have a question in the game there are 4 puzzles can you tell me the name of all of them becaus ei have finished the game but i cant finish the last part but i am addicted to the puzzles and can you tell me another app on the iphone that has the same picture sudoku or the name of it i belive it is picture sudoku

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