SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below...
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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June 8

Want more SteamWorld games? You're in luck!

Howdy, everyone!

I'm Julius, the community manager at Image & Form Games (makers of SteamWorld Dig). Ever since we released SteamWorld Dig, many of you have been asking for more games set in SteamWorld. Today we answer your player prayers!



We just released SteamWorld Heist, the follow-up to SteamWorld Dig. It's a space adventure set in a post-apocalyptic SteamWorld. You see, a cataclysmic event of earth-shattering proportions has forced the robots out to space! It's a robot-eat-robot world out there and resources are slim. Many steambots have turned to space piracy in order to survive, and you're one of them!

As the captain you will command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts. Inspired by classics like XCOM and Worms, SteamWorld Heist is turn-based strategy with a twist: You manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action!



What do players think?

If you enjoyed Dig we're sure you'll get drawn in by the atmosphere and gameplay loop offered by SteamWorld Heist. Critics love it, as the game's sitting comfortably at 86/100 on Metacritic. But let's hear it from the Steam user reviews:

"This game is perfect. Literally perfect." – Zaphnod

"Pirate robots in space who live for hats. Awesome." – FartHoofer1227

"Firefly with robots and hats. I like it." – CNN


Will you give SteamWorld Heist a try?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/322190

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Reviews

“SteamWorld Dig is a really lovely, very fun time. What a great thing for a game to be.”
NA – ROCK, PAPER, SHOTGUN

“SteamWorld Dig is an utterly phenomenal video game.”
10/10 – Pocket Gamer UK

“SteamWorld Dig's simple hook and hypnotic rhythm will keep you mining long into the night.”
9.5/10 – IGN

About This Game

SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below...

After making a huge impact on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, we've decided to bring SteamWorld Dig to PC/Mac/Linux. Introducing HD graphics, achievements and more, the game has been optimized for Steam!

Key Features

  • A rich world of steam-driven robots, inspired by Steampunk and Western themes.
  • Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors.
  • Uncover the remnants of human civilization, a degenerate race of dynamite-wielding troglodytes.
  • Randomized worlds with emergent gameplay.

Additions

Compared to the Nintendo 3DS version, this release has:

  • HD graphics: Beautiful, high-resolution (1080p) graphics.
  • Gamepad support: Keyboard, gamepad - play the game your way!
  • Achievements: Completionists rejoice!
  • Eye candy: Animated character portraits, bloom filter and more!
  • Trading cards: With a character set like this? Of course!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (or newer)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compatible, 384 MB video memory, framebuffer object support
    • Storage: 193 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible
    • Additional Notes: You may need to update your graphics drivers for OpenGL 2.1 support.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compatible, 384 MB video memory, framebuffer object support
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible
    • Additional Notes: You may need to update your graphics drivers for OpenGL 2.1 support.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compatible, 384 MB video memory, framebuffer object support
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible
    • Additional Notes: You may need to update your graphics drivers for OpenGL 2.1 support.
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junkman_collector
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
The brief the essence of the game:

More digging, more deeper into the mine, take more valuable rocks and minerals, get more money for upgrades to down even deeper into the mine. Get to the bottom, buy everything in the store, beat the big scarecrow robot . That's all folks.

Good game for a few evenings.
It's very interesting to explore the mine in the first time.

I completed the game fully with pleasure, thanks to developers for the game!

P.S. "Sequence breaker" achievement is hard, because it is not clear how to jump on the dynamite when it explodes to fly up as high as possible .
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cashiron
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Nice lighthearted Western/Steam-robit game. Fairly easy, but it hooks you in with it's upgrade system and exploration.
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rollinkunz
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Fun little game! Don't expect too much from it and you will be quite pleased.
There are some slight Metroidvania (gear-gate) mechanics, but nothing too deep character-building-wise.
I took my time with my playthrough, so it IS a bit short. I mostly played it to get some backstory for Steamworld Heist, which is A M A Z I N G !
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vSchiffer
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The spritual successor to Super Motherload meets every Spaghetti western ever made. A fantastic platformer with an addictive gameplay loop and non-sensical original theme that puts similar 'mining games' like Terraria to shame.
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I Falafel
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
You play a steam driven mining robot in this 2D platformer with metroidvania aspirations. You return to the wild west steam punk town populated by robots after your uncle dies in the mine. You have to dig deeper to discover what happened. Along the way, you receive upgrades through a variety of rooms that branch off from the main shaft. You gather a variety of ores to sell back to the town in exchange for upgrades or to purchase quick transportation back to the surface. Pretty engaging risk vs reward system as you try to balance getting more ores and, well, not dying. You eventually are able to unlock areas with new drills and powers. It is a quick campaign, you are able to finish it in 5 or 6 hours. However, it does charm in its art direction and tight controls. I do recommend using a controller.

Pros:
-Addicting gameplay with tight controls
-Humorous cast of characters, funny easter eggs

Cons:
-Short campaign

I played this on Ubuntu 16.04.
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DonRIFGames
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Too fun, too short.
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Graysonlevac
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Got this on sale, remembered watching a review on it for tv years ago. You gotta play it for sure!
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DarkXiomax
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
The game is quite fun and gives around seven hours of gameplay but only if you take it slow and want to explorer everything. This is basically the old “Motherlode” game from miniclip.com as you just go deeper and deeper while mining everything you find. The added twist here are the explorable caves which will then require you to solve a puzzle, which are really the fun part of the game as going down in a straight line does get a bit boring after a while. Art style is really well done as are the different characters and their dialogue. Game is best played by using a controller, although this isn't natively supported. I used a freeware program like Joy To Key to bind the input of my controller to the keybindigs of the game after which it played much better. The biggest negative about this game was the disappointing end boss, really easy and just lazy game design.

Overall I would only recommend buying this game if it is on sale as it lacks a satisfying amount of playable hours.
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gonzo191
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
SteamWorld Dig an exploration based platformer merging games such as Dig Dug\Mr Driller, Minecraft\Terraria, light Spelunky and some light Metroidvania into one casual yet enjoyable package. Your main objective is to dig, dig until you clear area (3 total) and find out what's been happening to the world beneath the mines. You'll also be able to sell off any ore\gems you excavated in order to upgrade your equipment.

Pros
+ Great controls, though not as tight as I'd like it but it doesn't screw you over either
+ Lovely hand drawn\vector based graphics
+ The western themed soundtrack is catchy
+ The side room puzzles break up the monotony of digging
+ Runs smoothly no performance hiccups or bugs to be found
+ Nice casual platformer which is a nice surprise
+ Minor risk reward scenarios of whether to continue into a new area while underpowered

Cons
- Combat is not really a thing, there are enemies you can engage in combat but you'll most assuredly take damage as you have to stand in place while attacking

Irritations
+/- Could get repetitive as you're digging, selling ore and upgrading your equipment the majority of the time
+/- Sometimes you overshoot some platforms as your jumps have a slight arc regardless of whether you're moving or not
+/- The game's about 5hr long depending on deaths and maybe too short for others but it's perfect for me

Verdict
This came as a surprise to me but I actually love this game, it's such a simple game really and that's great. Even though the game's fun, some may be put off by the simple premise of dig, collect ore\gems, return to the surface to sell ore\gems, upgrade gear, return to the mines rinse and repeat. While it is short, I found this title to be highly enjoyable from it's story to the western music playing in the background.
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Sarkoth
( 41.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
While I was rather sceptical at first, Steamworld Dig proved to become a marvellous journey I repeated several times. The controls are spot on and very accurate, mechanics feel right and the game lets you get into a flow of making your way through your own dug tunnels after a while. At no point does the game feel dragged out, new worlds open exactly at the time you get used to the last one. Progression is quick without the game being short, it's easy to learn and fun to master and this has practically become my currently favourite platformer over night.

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
SteamWorld Dig is a fairly casual game. It is a good way to waste an hour here or there. You play Rusty, a steam powered robot who comes back to his hometown (population 3) to find out what happened to his father. Rusty's father was a miner and so down, down, down you go. Along the way you defeat critters (yes, there are dynamite totin' zombies, along with brutes who throw bottles of booze at you called "Boozers" instead of Bruisers) and dig up minerals to sell. With the gold you acquire you can upgrade your equipment. Essentially, you must upgrade your equipment because the deeper you go, the more damage you must do to the rocks to bust them up.

There are three levels to the mine, and in each of the three levels there are three special caves you must enter in order to get equipment to survive the next section of the mine. There are also some bonus caves that are more "puzzley" containing high value minerals or orbs (needed along with gold for some upgrades).

As I said, this is a casual game. It isn't too difficult. If you die, you loose 50% of your gold and get repaired in town. Although there are a couple of achievements you can get if you finish the entire game without dieing.

The game looks nice. The three environments are distinct and have their own character. It reminds me of an app called Gem Miner, but with more polish. The game seems like it would be repetitive - bust rocks for a path, grab minerals, sell them and repeat - it is but still holds your attention.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Digging deep, getting rich and discovering mysteries.

7/10

Worth the price?:For what the game is and having some similar free games online, buy on sale.

PROS:
-Smooth controls makes platforming easy
-Clean graphics
-Enjoyable puzzle rooms that are a good break from just digging straight down
-Tons of upgrades to unlock and buy

CONS:
-Layers can get very repetitive of just digging, return to surface to sell, repeat
-The end area was far to overwhelming and crowded
-Forgetting to buy a portal and having to backtrack a HUGE distance
-Upgrades don't change the player visually

For a mining game this is a very good one, lots of things to mine and lots of things to upgrade. This game is not randomly generated like most would think for a mining game, giving it no replay value. SteamWorld Dig has an interesting plot that is really the only motivation to keep digging after a while, I found myself trying to rush through sections near the end simply to carry on with the story cause I was very bored of digging. Overall was a great little game and worth trying if it is on sale. Happy digging!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
While I was rather sceptical at first, Steamworld Dig proved to become a marvellous journey I repeated several times. The controls are spot on and very accurate, mechanics feel right and the game lets you get into a flow of making your way through your own dug tunnels after a while. At no point does the game feel dragged out, new worlds open exactly at the time you get used to the last one. Progression is quick without the game being short, it's easy to learn and fun to master and this has practically become my currently favourite platformer over night.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
The spritual successor to Super Motherload meets every Spaghetti western ever made. A fantastic platformer with an addictive gameplay loop and non-sensical original theme that puts similar 'mining games' like Terraria to shame.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
169 of 188 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
Deceptively simple but great fun to play and addictive as hell. My only real issue is that it's over a little too quickly, between 6-10 hours depending on how much you explore. It's got pretty good replay value too and I don't think you'll find too many other games as good as this in this price range. Definitely worth picking up!
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87 of 88 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
Steamworld Dig is a bit like a cross between Motherlode, Spelunky and a metroidvania. Motherlode because the game owes a lot to the concept of digging down into the earth, mining minerals and then selling them on the surface for gold to buy upgrades, which then enable you to dig deeper, take on more enemies etc. Spelunky because the main levels are procedurally generated, and the general feel of your character is quite similar to Spelunky (so much so that playing one after the other causes quite a bit of confusing pressing the wrong buttons!). Metroidvania because there are various caves that are set puzzles scattered throughout the main mine shafts, and completing them gives you upgrades that allow access to previously inaccessible areas. It's a compelling formula polished to a fine sheen here. There's a lot more depth (ho ho) to this game than first appears. I definitely dug it. In fact I'd say it's oresome. Ok, ok, I'll stop.
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89 of 97 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
This game, is one of those games that you wish, they would never end, but they do, sadly.

PROS
-one of the best artwork I could ever see
-Easy to play (like Battbleblock Theater)
-Fast placed (you dont have to grind for stuff)
-Casual
-Amazing Story
-Platformer 2D
-NOT A SINGLE BUG or ERROR
-NO LAG (my pc sucks, had no lag at all)
-controller support

CONS
-kinda short :( (4-5 hours of gameplay)
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102 of 116 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Moving into Steamworld Dig, I knew two things. The first being that a tasty art style is not a good indicator of a game's quality, and two, that this was originally a handheld title. With these things in mind, I begin my journey into the depths of what turns out to be a charming and far more than competent Dig-Dug style, upgrade laden adventure.

When you first enter the only town in the game - which acts as the hub for your adventure - you're limited by the only tool you possess: your trusty pickaxe. In this beginning portion of the game, where your only moves are to jump and slowly break away the dirt beside and beneath your feet, this game's handheld roots seem to become apparent, as there doesn't appear to be any sort of depth to what your doing nor any real goal other than to find your long lost uncle Rusty. I was almost tempted to quit and write it off here as nothing more than a simple throwaway time waster. Luckily I didn't, as the game's (limited) depth soon bubbles it's way to the surface.

Your journey to find your uncle consists of digging deep and hard for minerals of varying value, which can be traded for currency, which in turn increases your "level" and the sorts of things that you can purchase. Finding these minerals is your primary goal in the game, as the ground gets harder the deeper you go, and your simple pickaxe won't always cut it. This is what drives the game, and caused me to play it for hours at a time: Upgrades! That feeling you get when you finally earn enough for that powerful new pickaxe or higher defense against the creepy crawlies that inhabit the underground persists throughout the duration of the game, and you'll have to do a lot of mining to earn enough for all of them. But you won't be able to stay down for hours, hoarding all of the loot you snag. You can only hold a finite amount of minerals, among other, upgradeable necessities, such as light and water, that you will need to replenish by returning to the surface. And that loot pouch fills up quickly, limiting how long you can explore at a time, and you will need upgrade it's capacity if you want to stay deeper for longer.

As you progress, you will find brand new abilities that you will constantly have to utilize if you want to survive and loot the entirety of the world beneath the surface, like a powerful drill arm and the ability to leap larger distances. You will have to use every move you earn if you want to make it to the bottom; there are no useless abilities here.

The world isn't limited to the drab and ordinary beneath that you start your journey, and soon opens up to several varying areas with far more dangerous traps and enemies, as well as more valuable loot. This is the sort of game that you need to stick with past the first hour, as prior to this point, it can seem like a boring and shallow experience. And in many ways, it is very limited by it's handheld origins. A full PC/Console sequel could very easily rectify any complaints I have, the greatest being the limited use of the minerals you find. For a game whose loot can so easily be associated with that of games like Terraria, Starbound or Minecraft, it feels like a massive waste of an opportunity to not utilize the minerals you find in the same way. Finding that last piece raritanium needed to craft the Quantum Drill Head is infinitely more exciting than just finding a gem that sells for the last few coins that you needed to just buy the thing. Especially given that the characters are all robots, it's a shame that there isn't any sort of customizable upgrade system in place, augmented by rare materials you can seek out.

As simple as the experience is, it never gets boring. As you progress downwards, there is always a new ability to be discovered, hidden gem caches to dig up, and upgrades to buy. The game scratches that very special itch to find every last hidden object, and can make playtime range anywhere from 3-10 hours, depending on just how much you really need that final upgrade.

As it is, Steamworld Dig is a fantastic time waster for the loot junkie needing a break from their poison of choice, even if the game does little more than scratch that itch for several hours. The potential for something far greater is there, and I truly do hope for a sequel that capitalizes on crafting systems already implemented in other similar titles. As a solid first entry, with a very real opportunity to make a fantastic sequel, I can only hope that the developers are already hard at work designing the next entry in the Steamworld series.
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74 of 86 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
Do you like mines? Do you like weird, steampunk robots? Do you enjoy Metroidvania style action platformers where you get a lot of upgrades and upgrade a lot of equipment?

SteamWorld Dig may be right for you, as long as you don't mind the game's short, short length (I clocked in at 3 hours and 15 minutes), very slightly repetitive digging, and overall sort-of-Flash-game feel. The core gameplay loop is simple; dig through rocks to find gems and orbs, then make it back to town safely to upgrade your digging tool, water tank, health, or lantern, then rinse and repeat. It's fun, luckily, which stops it from feeling like a chore, but those of you looking for constantly changing ideas and gameplay should look elsewhere.

The theme is interesting; a dusty desert, a dangerous and ramshackle mine, filled with all sorts of dangers, and a town with a couple robots like yourself, along with some robots who make their way to town as you progress through the game. The sound design is fun; lots of tinky tinks as you hit things with your pickaxe, and loud booms as dynamite goes off deep inside of a mineshaft. The story is essentially non-existent; you're told of your predecessor and handed the tools to complete what he'd started, and only at the end is there really another story beat. It's not a bad choice, per se, but if you were hoping for meaty lore and plot-heavy digging, you'll be disappointed.

I liked SteamWorld Dig a lot, and had no problems with the short length. I wouldn't have minded more, and I felt like some of the tool upgrades and new gadgets were ultimately pointless, but I was satisfied with what I got.
I'll happily keep an eye out for Image&Form's next game, wherever and whatever it may be.

Overall rating: 7.5/10
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
The biggest negative I'd levy against the game is a distinct lack of difficulty. Dying is definitely a risk, but taking damage feels somewhat arbitrary. After I became accustomed to the controls and mechanics, which was relatively quick, I rarely felt especially challenged.

That said, it's a delight to play. The aesthetic is clean and beautiful, the sound (and music) is wonderful. In the roughly five hours it took me to complete, I never really had a dull moment. The sense of momentum is palpable.

Very fun and definitely worth the low price.
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