Switch version tested
Review code provided
I’ve spoken at length about replayability in games and why titles need to have a revision of their review. This is indeed, that revision. Steamworld Dig has dug a place in my video game library that will remain as long as the Switch is supported. The folks at Image and Form have released a slew of games that followed but Steamworld Dig was the start for me, and what an impressive beginning to say the least. Switch owners should very familiar with the series and developers but for newcomers, there is a reason it was the image of Nintendo’s featured games $9.99/£9.99 and under.
SteamWorld Dig is a 2D platformer filled with dig-and-loot goodness, wonderful colours, and graphics that will keep your attention. It has a western look and feel, with music that follows suit. The story unearths with our main character Rusty, who inherits his late Uncle’s mine and pickaxe. His legacy fuels your mission to find what he has left for you in the dirt. Pickaxe your way underground and collect minerals to sell for money. Use the money for items and upgrades to further your way down the mine. This is the sort of Metroid element of back and forth that never grew stale for me, I loved digging into the main just to return and sell the goods. Saving up for new weapons and items is satisfying and rewarding. Levelling up is part of the fun, filling up a meter by selling loot found in the mine.
The art style and colours are ridiculously charming. Length of play to complete is around five hours depending on the player, and calls for more than one play-though, boasting of high replayability. Steamworld Dig was the exact game I was looking for when I purchased it, to fill a certain video game void. Its story and gameplay isn’t that deep, and combat is not overwhelming. This is a laid back game to enjoy without feeling any sort of pressure. Certainly amidst the current times, we could all use a game of this nature.
Controls are good, but nothing to get excited about. There is no sort of “hack and slash” element to this game so each enemy can be a threat. Health can be upgraded to overcome the eight possible enemies you will fight throughout the game. The map will be “dug out” while you explore, as shown in the screenshots. There are hidden areas so keep an eye out for differences in the dirt to hit with your weapons. Easter eggs are fun to discover and I may have missed some on my plays, so I plan on digging in again.
As pictured above and below, I challenge you to find this Easter Egg of an area in the game. The level design is fun and attractive. It varies in style whether it be in the main areas or side areas found while digging. Upgrades and purchases will allow you to return to previously conquered areas to access loot and treasures. Once you progress enough, more merchants will be unlocked in order to purchase different upgrades that will help your journey. Characters are unique and worth the chat just to see their character animation enlarged and hear their robot rambling voices.
This game is great fun and has relaxed game-play. It’s easy to hop in and out of this game whenever you feel like looting the mine. I highly recommend buying Steamworld Dig, I really enjoyed it. Quality game with a wonderful art style.
TBG Score: 9/10
Platform: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox
Release Date: 01/02/2018
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Action, Platformer
Publisher: Image & Form
Download link: eShop