Thief Simulator 2 – How to Play the Game on Steam Deck

Guide to play Thief Simulator 2 with Stream Deck.

Guide to Play the Game on Steam Deck


Based on American 80’s Thief Simulator.

I completed A80sTS solely on Steamdeck, so created a layout similar to that.

Differences between game controls

A80sTS removed

  • Zoom (no zoom but steam magnifier helps)
  • Sprint toggle (lock) (so you need to hold sprint button)

TS2 addition/changes

  • PIP Map min/larger
  • Drone
  • Night-vision

Controller Layout

  • Import controller layout.
  • Game library page to the right = controller icon (next to settings gear icon).
  • Community layouts
  • SteamDeck Thief-Sim2 (TomK) Keyboard (WASD) and Mouse

In-Game Control Menu Setting

  • Launch game first menu select: Settings>
  • ‘GEAR’ icon to right of screen
  • [Enable Controller] set to OFF (unselected)

Seems to have no real effect but using SteamDeck controller as Keyboard mouse.

  • Car handling: (0.3)
  • Car camera sensitivity (20) ?
  • Create/load game to get in-game menu.

Note: move mouse : right pad/stick : select : right shoulder.

General Controls

Thief Sim 2

  • Move-vertical-up: Left-stick-y
  • Move-vertical-back: Left-stick-y
  • Learn habits (mark): Left-stick-click
  • Look-vertical: Right-stick-y
  • Look-horizontal: Right-stick-x
  • Sneak: Right-stick-click
  • Jump: A
  • Interact: B (pick up items)
  • Use-tool: X
  • Map: Y
  • Select (use item): Shoulder-Right
  • Peek: Shoulder-Left
  • Toggle-camera: D-pad-right
  • Tutorials: D-pad-left
  • Phone: D-pad-up
  • Flashlight: D-pad-down
  • Quick Select tool menu Left-Trackpad
  • Deck-magnification Right-Trackpad-push
  • Sprint (Run): L4 Back-Grip
  • Night-vision: R4 Back-Grip
  • Drone launch: L5 Back-Grip
  • Open Inventory: menu-L
  • Quick-save: menu-R


I found driving with default left stick difficult.

So set similar to 80’s sim:

  • Left trigger: Reverse
  • Right trigger: Forward
  • Left stick: Steer left / right
  • A button: Brake

Lock Picking

  • Enter/Exit lock picking: B

Level 1

  • Left stick: rotate lock
  • Right stick/pad: lock pick

Level 2

  • Left Trigger: hit pin with pick
  • Right shoulder: lock pin in place
  • Left stick: move pick to next pin

Glass cutter

  • Right shoulder: engage cutter
  • Right stick/pad: rotate cutter
  • Exit: B


  • Left stick: left/right
  • Exit: B


  • Right shoulder: engage slider (hand (keep hand on green))


  • Phone: D-pad-up
  • Left: A + D-pad-left
  • Right: A + D-pad-right (also R5 back-pad-button)
  • Select: B
  • Close: Left shoulder

Mouse Menus

Computer, notes, tasks

  • Right stick/pad: move mouse icon
  • Right Shoulder: Select
  • Left menu button: will fast exit computer.

Equipment Use

  • Equipment menu: left track pad (no need to click)


  • Equipment next: R5 back-pad-button


  • L5 [right back button]: launch/recall drone
  • A :: Up
  • L4 [right back button] :: Down
  • Left stick-push/click :: Mark (learn tenants routine, has to be line of sight)
  • Left shoulder :: Tenant time plan mode (does not have to line of sight, works through walls)
  • X :: Disable camera (R appears, note has to be on camera not the pole, can work from distance better at times than too close)

Tips & Other Stuff

To read text better on SteamDeck, in all games I assign:

  • Right Track pad click: Steam Magnifier.

Note in game the magnifier is not movable (but still useful), it is fully functional in menu options, non video screens.


  • Quick Save: using Right Steam menu button
  • Before doing a job and every time return to house always do a save-game to slot.
  • As sometimes the game will auto save which overwrites the quick save.
  • So always full save before going on a job also outside a house before going in.
  • When you bring items out to the car you can quick save, that way won’t have to repeat if caught.


There is a keybind for:

  • Flashlight mode (Z): I do not know what it’s for yet so did not assign (but if find need, could assign to :: A + D-pad-down).
  • FPS counter (=): did not assign.
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Jan Bakowski aka Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. His love of gaming began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) back in 1998. He’s been making game guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job. In his free time, he plays on Steam Deck.

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