6/7 – Steamworld Dig

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Today’s game has made some impressive strides for an indie series. It has come to many different platforms, had three sequels now in a variety of genres, and has become a pretty well-known name in the industry. Today’s game is Steamworld Dig, made by Image & Form and available on 3DS, Wii U, Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Steamworld Dig is a 2D platforming slash exploration game where you play as Rusty, a robot in a world of robots who has just inherited a mine in a backwater, western town. Steamworld Dig has a fun gameplay cycle where players dig for ore down in the mines, going as far as they can with the light and ladders they have available, before heading back up to town to sell their goods and upgrade their equipment. During the dig down, there are enemies to deal with as well as special bonus rooms that give platforming challenges for unique equipment and ore.

Mining isn’t just a matter of digging straight down, either. You have to create a mine that you can manage, being able to get ore off the sides but also get up and down from town. You can build elevators or just manage your tunnels to make getting out simple but be careful you don’t trap yourself in a bad situation.

Steamworld Dig is a simple game but it’s a lot of fun. Movement and platforming feel smooth and digging ever deeper is addictive and fun. The game isn’t endless, either, there is a plotline to follow although this probably isn’t a game you’d buy for the narrative alone. Overall, it took me about 5 hours to beat the game and I’m looking forward to trying the sequel as well as the two spin-offs in the future. Steamworld Dig retails for only $10 US dollars but is on sale frequently, including right now and is now only $2.50. If you’re looking to get caught up for Steamworld Quest, now is a great time for it.

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