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...
User reviews: Very Positive (2,407 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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"Puzzle/platform/mining game. Solve puzzles grind out ores, and jump around efficiently."

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“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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible
    • Additional Notes: You may need to update your graphics drivers for OpenGL 2.1 support.
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Really fun and addictive!
Dig, collect gems, buy ungrades, dig more.

I wish it wasn't so short though...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Such a pleasing game to play, gorgeous colors, amazing soundtrack, and smooth gameplay. Took about three hours for me to complete. Some cons, got stuck quite a few times while mining and you also cannot mine while wall climbing or while on a ladder. Would definitely play again though. 10/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I was actually very surprised by this game! wasn't expecting so much fun. I played through it very smoothly and never got bored of it. gameplay is fun, graphics are nice, the game is challenging (not very hardcore, but it is not the easiest game either). Recommended, absolutely.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
At first I didn't really feel like I was enjoying it, but quickly I was unable to stop playing it. 2 hours passed bofore I was able to stop playing it for the first time. Was very unexpected. Keep an eye out for when this game goes on sale or is in a bundle. Nice little time killer.

A lot of people have freaked out about my game time. However, I purchased this for the Wii U & Nintendo 3DS. By far the 3DS is my favorite way to experience this game. It's a great game to play when traveling.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This is a pretty fun game for those who like to explore. The maps are grided much like in Minecraft, but in 2D instead. There is more detail in the art and a good storyline. Par-cor is needed a bit as you progress in game, but lots of fun getting ore and doing quests.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This game is easily the best game I have ever played in my life. This game's plot is incredibly in depth and well thought out. I wont spoil anything in this review, but it has an fantastic story line filled with romance and betrayal. There is a great suprise ending. All of the characters have well written back stories and have great character progression. One of the robots' stories had me literally in tears by the end of the game. Her story has inspired me to reform my shallow life. The characters in this game have more depth to them than most people I know.

The gameplay to this masterpiece is very good as well. I would say that this game might be mechanically too difficult for the average casual gamer, but for truely hardcore gamers it will challenge you and truely push you to your limits. Gamers seeking a challenging game that they can seek to master will absolutely love steamworld dig. There are many different ways one can go about trying to accomplish the main goal of the game; "digging". First, and most important, is using the pickaxe to break appart blocks in order to collect resorces. This might seem like a realatively easy task, but it gets more difficult as the game goes on. Luckily there are other ways to accomplish this "digging". You can use the drill and steam punch later on in the game to quickly and efficiantly dispose of pesky blocks. This will however drain one of your important resorces; "water". Managing this "water" resorce while maintaining rapid "digging" rates is one of the most important ways to improve your effectiveness in steamworld dig. This all may sound pretty complicated and technical. Sorry to disapoint casual players, but it is. Steamworld dig has an extremely high skill floor. Masters will be delighted to find it has a very high skill ceiling as well. Because of the high skill ceiling and the indepth plot steamworld dig has very high replay value. I know I have logged hundreds of hours into this game just to experience all of the outcomes.

Steamworld dig has the best graphics out of any game released so far (to my knowledge). The robots and an insane level of detail and the dirt blocks look more real than the dirt outside my house. Truely the artists that put together the visuals should be praised for their attention to detail and their ability to create 3d models that bring this game to life. I have spent hours in steamworld dig just walking around so I could full appreciate the detail and craftsmenship of the game's artists. Once, during a 24 hour marathon, I forgot I wasnt in real life. I would recomend getting this game even just to observe the graphics. Its hard to make comparisons to other games because steamworld dig is just so far ahead of any other game.

Overall I would recomend this game to anyone who wants a beautiful, challenging, and well written game. This is my favorite game of all time and I hope it can soon be yours as well!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
10/10 ! would dig again !!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
SteamWorld Dig is quite a fun mining game where you mine as deep as you can to earn ores and money to upgrade your tools and town. The achievements are interesting and I like some of the hidden easter eggs. The graphics are nice and the upgrades are hard to obtain in the beggining as well as the expendable items. Controls are wonky but it can all pass.

>I'd give it around 8.5/10
>Pros: Graphics, Achievements and Cards, you've got to be careful as to what you're doing until you get more items, death is punishing, upgrades are pretty cool, as you progress you unlock your town entirely.
>Cons: Not that many different enemies, death can be too punishing, expensive expendables, wonky controls, controls make you lose some items by accidentaly pressing them, no way to get rid of the placed items/cannot be retrieved, some parts are very annoying.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
For those who spent hours playing Motherload on Miniclip during their childhood this is the perfect game. The game is based on the same prinicple (dig as deep as you can) but Steamworld Dig is way more diverse. Fight enemies, solve puzzles, all just so you can get that one ♥♥♥♥ing diamond for which you have to spend 20 minutes dying to get it, only to immediately sell it as soon as you reach the surface. Then you can spend your hard earned money on an upgrade which will be only good for the first 5 minutes your underground and then you repeat the process of dying and upgrading.

10/10 did not ruin childhood love for digging games
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Nice, simple and well made. I love the design and the atmosphere. If there would be more options and crafting this game would be totally awesome. Without it it's still very good. I played every day since I bought it. It is quite addictive. If you love digging and short game with nice graphics and design, this is for you. Solid 8.0/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Awesome game!
Reminded me a little bit of Spelunky without the timer
...unless you're going for the achievement

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
After the nuclear halocaust events of Dig-dug now robots dig the mines of man.

SteamWorld is essientally en exploration game where you dig ever downwards through a large mine. Picking up resources along the way to upgrade your arsenal and your personal stats. You'll spend most of the game just digging through rocks but it is highly addictive. My only complaint is that there is not enough content to keep me entertained for too long. I clocked in just over 9 hours while getting every nook and cranny and all upgrades. I usually go through a game again to grab all the achieves but the dull gameplay couldn't keep mne entertained enough to do so.

Overall a very good game and well worth the price.

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Steamworld dig is a very fun metroidvania game. Graphics are nice to look, the ambienal music it's great, albeit somwhat repetitive. The game is quite short though, and in general, it's not very challenging, but you can easily got stuck.

The mechanics are quite simple, you dig, get gems, you change them for money (and get xp), then you can buy different artifacts and improvements to your character.

The price is fair, so, I won't doubt to recommend it if you find it on sale.

Besides being a bit short, I didn't find too much replay value on the game, so I would say that's the only drawback. Anyway, a very fun game that I totally recommend! :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
SWD is very a nice little steampunk miner game. Very nice visuals, music, atmosphere. I got hooked and completed it in two sittings. But beware that it is very very short, ~4 hours, so only splurge if it's in a sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I got diamonds 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Originally brought this game on 3DS. I spent over 20 hours with multiple playthroughs. Loved it so much I decided to buy it again on steam and wiiu. No seriously this game is great and Image and form are one of my favorite indie devs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Another great side scroller! Dig, find, sell, buy...simple enough the kids understand it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
This game is so so so addicting.
The plot is that you are a miner robot exploring the depths of a mine, searching for the clues your dead uncle left you down there, and maybe, trying to reach the end?

It's basically about exploring and gathering treasure. With treasure you buy upgrades which allow you to go down faster/safer. You have a lot of tools and ways to deal with different situations, which makes exploration really fun.

Enviroments are very pretty and varied, and you have a lot of enemies types, which add difficulty to the task.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a hardcore game. The only penalty for dying is that you loose half your money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Surprising and fun, the Metroidvania tag certainly applies. Steamworld Dig has just enough story to be interesting and exactly the right pace of upgrades and new abilities to constantly feel refreshing. Combined with a lack of bombastic, in-your-face tutorials and a moderate learning curve, it makes the player feel accomplished with each new discovery. If you like exploration platformers, you're bound to love it. You'll love it even moreso if you appreciate the steambot aesthetic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I picked this up awhile ago, and only ended up playing a bit of it before writing it off. Recently though, I decided to play it again, and ended up playing through to completion in one sitting.

SteamWorld Dig is a great little arcade-platformer. You play the role of Rusty, a robot cowboy/prospector that has come to town to find out more about his uncle. Equipped with only a pickaxe, you begin to excavate the depths below Tumbleton.

At it’s heart SteamWorld Dig is a run-jump-and-dig platforming/collection game. More advanced platforming mechanics are introduced throughout the "dig", through mini-caves scattered within the main shaft. Mining and selling the ores you find exploring is the main mechanic to buy upgrades. I found myself a little frustrated at times with my purchases being non-optimal, but there is probably a science to the upgrades that would make the gameplay feel a bit more rewarding.

Exploring otherwise felt fun and engaging. All the ores to be mined brought out the completionist side in me. The “natural” obstacles were easily overcome with the correct upgrades, but sometimes just ended up requiring a bit more scavenging be done in order to purchase the correct upgrade so that you could continue.

The art-style and characters are fun and surface-level interesting. The story is basically there to serve a glue for the game to make sense — it isn’t really necessary, but doesn’t get in the way if you just want to dig.

Overall, I’d recommend this game as it provides enough of the fun platforming and resource collection aspects without being too hard on you when you make a poor decision in the upgrade paths. Would play again.
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