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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Developed and published by Image & Form, SteamWorld Dig is a steampunk, mining adventure with a interesting story to keep you playing the game the whole way through. The game seems to be taking a sharp turn when it comes to the price of the game, but it would really depend on how many playthroughs you would want to go through on this game.

SteamWorld Dig is thought to be basically a big mining adventure, whereby you explore the vast underground collecting ores for money and upgrading your equipment. Throughout the game you are given certain objectives to full-fill, most of the time you will need to dig underground to find a new area and collect new equipment that will help you on your journey. With the ores that you find underground you will be able to exchange them for money and level up as well. Leveling up will unlock upgrades for you to purchase in the small town that is your sanctuary for the game.

Most of the time in games I personally don't really bother with the story line, it takes a large portion of the time I could be playing the game to reading or watching cut scenes to the story of the game. This game however was a exception and one of the few games that got my attention straight away with the story. It's a rather basic story line, not really going into much description but that just means less time reading and more time playing the game itself.

The upgrades for your character are rather linear and not really as creative as I thought it would be. The basic upgrades are for your weapons/tools are basically the amount of damage it does or how effective it is for digging. You can also buy upgrades that increase your health, water storage size, your armour and other general elements to make the game a bit easier for you.

I feel like the game itself could've been strung out a bit more than it did, I played the game for about 8 hours (played offline for a bit hence why it doesn't say 8 hours on steam) and was rather surprised when the game ended. I was hoping for some sort of new game+ or maybe a different kind of character to be, unfortunately there was none of that. This for me really made the game fall a bit further into the mine, seeing as I wouldn't really want to play the game a second time without something different in the game itself.

This now leads me onto the price of the game, at full price you will be paying £6.99 (or your regional equivalent) and get at least 7-10 hours of gameplay. Now whether you feel the need to play the game a second time, or collect all the achievements would really depend if you buy the game for the full price. Luckily for myself, I bought it cheap for £1.74 and getting 8 hours of gameplay out of that is rather good.

The graphics of the game are really fitting with the sort of steampunk aesthetic that the game is set in. The main character in town all look different from one another and have their own personalities when you talk to them so they don't just seem all the same. As for the enemies, I feel like there could've been more of them on each area. Some of them did seem kind of cheap and re skinned to look different but I feel like the games visuals overall really cover that fact and make the game look really nice.

As well as the graphics of the game, the music was rather surprising to say the least. Throughout the game you will explore different ares underground, each different type of area will have it's own soundtrack and I feel like all of them really fit well with the surroundings of the game itself.

- Easy to pick up and play
- Fun and addictive gameplay
- Short and interesting story line
- Characters have their own personalities
- Visual aesthetic look really good with the steampunk vibe throughout the game
- Great music throughout the game

- Upgrades feel rather linear and uncreative
- Might want to hold off until the game goes on sale since the game is only 7-10 hours worth on a single playthrough, you might feel compelled to play the game multiple times, but I personally didn't
- No new game+ or anything different if I played the game again after completing it

Result / Final Thoughts
I personally feel like this is a gem of a game with a short but sweet story along with it. The game still however has room for improvement and I also feel like the game is a bit too short for the full asking price of the game. I would highly recommended waiting for a sale and then picking it up since you may or may not be playing through this game multiple times.

Rating: 6.7/10

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I LOVE SteamWorld Dig!!! The only bad thing with it was the short gameplay i would like a "SteamWorld Dig 2" with a longer story
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I originally bought this game for my kid but I ended up playing it. This game it very addicting it reminded me of the classic game Mr. Driller it wasn't very long but for the price I can't complain it did have a lot to do and I like the story line. I recommend this game for anyone who enjoys a platform styled game
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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 1 people (100%) 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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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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10.1 hrs
Posted: October 7
pretty good game
fairly short 5-10 hours in this game depending on how fast you go
some annoyances in it due to some lazyness but over all worth the small price

part puzzlar part action and of course digging
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10.7 hrs
Posted: October 6
I bought Rise of the Tomb Raider and recently Quantum Break. SteamWorld Dig’s story is certainly short and simple, but what made Tomb Raider and Quantum Break a pain in my ♥♥♥, was its teenager language. Oh, I’m sorry, it’s called “mature language”, not… There is nothing mature about four letters words said every freaking 10 seconds, and that over nothing.

No, I’m not a nice guy. Keep annoying me and I’ll end you where you stand, whelp. But I also do know the cheap stench of mainstream products. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break wasted my money and its own potential. I bought this game because it looked neat, and I didn’t want to spend much money (I bought it on sale ~2 Euros). But surprisingly I played 3 full hours nonstop after buying it and even avoid work (obviously I had a lot of fun). The gameplay is simple; you do digging a lot. You can upgrade your digging tools. You also do some fighting but it’s more of a digging simulator that is very fun to play.

And most importantly the very SteamWorld universe itself, it is charming. Because guess what? Aside of the funny robots sounds, when the characters say something, their spare me a cheap four letter word drama. Have I mentioned that I’m not a nice guy? And that I don’t want to hear about your feelings? And any mental ouch, ouch, you may have? No? Well, human, now I did mention it. And that’s why I like the characters in SteamWorld Dig, they keep it short. They just tell me what is going on, or what to do, and then I’m off. You know, intelligent people keep their mouth shut if they ain’t got anything to say. Now you know what Quantum Break is… I’m seriously consider now to skip any further AAA game if it got teenager language in it. I’m 31 years old, and my darth is longer and way more solid than yours! -.-

I’m a huge fan of robots a.k.a. cybernetics. The characters in town are all robots. It’s interesting to see in this game “normal people” robots instead of the typical “kill all humans” robots. The shop keepers keep talking when you select items, but it’s not really needed to read. The item names are quite self-explanatory. Though, I do like to listen to their funny robotic voice. No there is no voiceover. Just the kind of mumbling in games like The Sims, or older Nintendo games.

I just finished this game and it took me 6 hours and 40 minutes. Sadly, there is no new game plus. And there is no other real reason to keep playing or play again. I finished the boss, but I’ve got a few more items left to buy. So I’m not quite done yet playing this very charming indie game.

Oh, and to Remedy and Square Enix: With the words of your own game’s teenager language. Go ♥♥♥♥ yourself with your main stream ♥♥♥♥! In the future I’m going to vote with my wallet, you dumb ♥♥♥♥! Oh, you don’t like the way I talking? Too bad... -.-
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