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?

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

“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.


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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Intresting, but extremely short (~3.5 hours) metroidvania (well, sort of), that makes me remember about some cool games, I've played on java phones back in 2ks. Definely worth to buy, but only on big sale
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Very pleasant digging/platformer game.

Indie game with nice art, nice music, nice story, and nice (though traditional) gameplay. It's a weird mix between Megaman and Spelunky, only for one player, and with a simple objective : reach the end.

The system: you dig, you get gems for money, you get upgrades - repeat.

You happen to kill enemies and avoid traps along the way, you climb walls and jump, and always go back to the main hub.

So, yeah, it's very nice, BUT!

- The game is very short, I took my time and finished it in 6 game-hours.
- There are only 3 levels/worlds...
- and only 1 boss !
- The story ends really short with much too few answers! Feels like a Part 1, and there does not seem to be any Part 2 planned.

So, it could have been a GREAT indie game, like really deep (for a mining game!), but as it is, it is just a nice indie game which had its potential sadly restricted. I still recommend it for what it is (I would praise its name for what it COULD have been!)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This game is cool, I'm a FPS gamer... but my daughters keep playing this one, so i tried it. Its a very good platformer with an nice story and some exploring. A real platform adventurer game.
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172 of 191 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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91 of 92 people (99%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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90 of 98 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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.

-one of the best artwork I could ever see
-Easy to play (like Battbleblock Theater)
-Fast placed (you dont have to grind for stuff)
-Amazing Story
-Platformer 2D
-NO LAG (my pc sucks, had no lag at all)
-controller support

-kinda short :( (4-5 hours of gameplay)
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104 of 118 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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73 of 85 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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
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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54 of 58 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
At first, I didn't expect the game to be this fun; I was wrong.

My first impression of the game was the art style, quite unique on its own. And after I decided to buy it and played through, it was getting more and more addictive. You will dig, dig, dig and find many precious things, then you will turn them into money, now you will take your money to buy stuff so you can dig, dig, dig better and faster.

The adaptation of your playthrough, where you try to upgrade yourself (level-up and upgrade weapon/armor), is very well done. The gameplay's design is architechtural well built. The monsters get smarter and harder to kill, while you get stronger along the way. And it's all up to how you improve your character.

It's that simple, but so much fun.
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15.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
I had no idea what to expect when I purchased this game from the Steam shop. After the requisite due diligence that I perform before laying down the cash for any game, SteamWorld Dig appeared to be right up my alley. My shortlist of games is exactly that and I have to say that developer Image & Form tied my hands with this one. They gave me no choice but to add their latest release to it because, from the moment I picked up my controller, SteamWorld Dig became an instant favorite.

A mining, platform adventure set in the steampunk equivalent of the old west, SteamWorld Dig takes place in a mining town by the name of Tumbleton, with a burgeoning population of a whopping three NPC's. Crazy right? Well if you're impressed with those stats then let me season your ears with this juicy piece of news. I'm happy to inform you that with a lot of blood (steam), sweat (steam) and tears (more steam), you can attract a lot of attention and get that number all the way up to five, as new shopkeepers arrive to make Tumbleton their new home.

The story here is as straightforward as you're likely to get as you - Rusty, that is - arrive in town to claim the deed to your uncle Joe's mine after he suffered an unfortunate and untimely end. Your goal is to explore and collect as much ore as possible by digging up everything you find and selling it at the trade shop back in town. This will allow you to purchase various upgrades from Rusty, the old Tumbleton native, such as better mining equipment like your pickaxe and storage, as well as armor enhancements and better lighting. After all, isn't it best to see where it is you're going to avoid meeting the same fate as your late uncle?

Aesthetically, SteamWorld Dig is clean and crisp with high-resolution artwork that sets the western/steampunk theme beautifully and never falters. Right away, the audio is engaging with its sharp, edgy notes, similar to the atmosphere that might be present in a saloon. On the other hand, perhaps what you might typically expect from the sound effects used in a period film surrounding the lifestyle and nature of a small western town during the early 17th century. Either way, it grabs your attention, complimenting the stunningly rendered graphics and allowing them to do their job. Without wanting to give away too much, I'll just say that the more you dig and the deeper you get, the music begins taking on a darker, almost grungier tone, becoming progressively more exotic to set the stage for the changes that take place the farther down you get.

SteamWorld Dig isn't exactly an action-packed, high-octane thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat but it's still unbelievably fun, in its own way. The same kind of fun you would have playing The Sims, Minecraft or Terraria for example; a more reserved, mellow sort of fun that's just as satisfying and more than sufficiently entertaining.

Taking advantage of the terrain there are traps, such as falling rocks and barrels of TNT that can work both for and against you, depending on how the player interacts with their environment. The enemies too can seem rather docile at first glance, either standing still to throw objects in your direction whenever you enter their line of sight or just leisurely walking around. Much of the time this is limited to the number of uninterrupted blocks they are currently standing on. The AI itself works based on cause and effect, towing the line between simplicity and effectiveness by forcing the player to adapt rather than pursuing them relentlessly. As a result, most of the difficulty comes from situations the players will get themselves into; I don't know about the rest of you, but there is something quite refreshing and humbling about that.

As with any platformer, a tight control scheme is vital because without a solid, responsive setup a good game can devolve into a fumbling, erratic mess. This is true of any game I know but even more so for the genre in question, along with a few others that require honed reflexes and a quick eye.

While other games may be able to get away with controls that are seamlessly interchangeable between keyboard and gamepad and I applaud those that accomplish such a feat, this is not one of them. Trying to play a game of any genre with both hands on the keyboard is a thing of the past and a practice best isolated to other areas and styles of gameplay like FPS or Action RPG's such as Diablo. No matter how your actions are assigned across the keyboard, it always feels unnatural and forced. Something that will always take away from the enjoyment, the fun you were looking forward to going in. Who wants to spend all their time messing about with clunky, archaic controls when they could be spending it terrorizing trilobites and shiners, wreaking havoc on the denizens of the old world?

As is the case in these kinds of situations, a controller will no doubt solve that problem for you. Highly customizable, your keystrokes and button presses can be programmed according to your distinct preferences. With an eight-button selection right at your fingertips, you'll have everything you need and won't give it a second thought after the initial setup process. Your movements will feel smoother and actions far easier to execute without a hint of awkwardness because the level of polish that's present keeps you from being distracted, allowing you to focus on what's important, (like digging up that last piece of Chocolotite).

There's probably only about 7-10 hours of gameplay and only a single boss fight at the end of the game. Although still great, this leaves me feeling slightly underwhelmed. I think there should have been at least three - one for each section - at the bare minimum and would have added so much more substance to a game that is already so highly regarded. The length of SteamWorld Dig, however, is not an indicator of its quality and is by no means detrimental to what it tries to accomplish.

So, you've read the reviews, watched the trailers and otherwise analyzed the hell out of SteamWorld Dig, but you're unsure whether to go ahead and give this one a shot. If that's the case, let me make it easier on you. The price tag that comes with a purchase like this may be $10.99 at full price, but you have my blessing to go ahead and give up every one of those 1,099 pennies, so you can hoard it with the rest of your collection. If by any chance, you're reading this, thinking to yourself that I've lost my mind in some way, then I've done my job and you have your answer. Tuck it away in your wish list for another day and wait for a sale.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
Great themes set throughout the game, it takes the tired post-apocalyptic setting and presents it in a lighthearted, yet intriguing way. I just love the digging aspect of this game. You keep digging further underground, looking for gems and precious metals to bring back to the surface to sell. By selling those items, you unlock upgrades that assist you in defending yourself against the enemies below as well as assisting you in digging much more quickly. There are plenty of puzzles to solve within the game whether it be finding secret passages to unlock a door or going back to previous areas with new powers to gain access to new places and more treasures. Beautiful graphics, great controls, very fun gameplay and mechanics, incredible atmosphere and pretty good music.
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11.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
2D platformer + RPG + digging.

Kinda OK.
Some fun was had.

Everything works fine and looks fine, although nothing was outstanding.
Slightly original, but only slightly.
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
fun short to the point exploration based game. got it when on sale. week worth of fun content. cant say it is worth a buy when you consider the playime at full price but definitally fun. if you arent short on cash his game wont disapoint.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: October 15
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17.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
Very worth buying
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8.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
Lately, I've been compulsively buying games that I've seen selling for cheap, in retrospective kind of a dumb thing to do because I now have little over 10 games that I havent finished. This game was one of those, I bought it because it was on a sale, and so far it's been the only one I've finished. Probably the best 2.5 bucks I've spent in a while. Great fun, a bit on the short and easy side, but should be a challenge for speedrunners. 8/10 would have liked a bit more replayability and/or more content, but for 2.5 to 10 bucks its a win win situation. Get this game if you like Metroidvania/ Upgrade centric games, great fun, great graphics, good game overall
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3.2 hrs
Posted: October 8
perfect simple digging game, the only cons is: the story kinda short
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 8
Very fun and rewarding game. The game starts out slow at first, but it becomes very fun. Mining newer minerals and upgrading your stuff is extremely rewarding, However, the combat is lackluster, especially the final boss. While the final boss was fun, it needs some major improvements. Overall, the game is very fun and worth the buy.
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