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 (1,753 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

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (or newer)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compatible, 256 MB video memory, framebuffer object support
    • Hard Drive: 193 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: You may need to update your graphics drivers for OpenGL 2.1 support.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compatible, 256 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: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1-compatible, 256 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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
SteamWorld Dig a fun 2D mining game where you explore the world by digging out blocks and obtaining gems. However, as you dig deeper in the game you are faced with a different areas, puzzles, various enemies and other obstacles. You will get upgrades to help you with newer challenges along the way.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
SteamWorld Dig is a very charming game about a robot digging for treasures in a Wild West scenario. The gameplay is an interesting mix of digging, platforming, some light puzzling and uncovering secrets while fighting some enemies here and there. One thing this game does really well is offering new gameplay elements at exactly the right times, keeping itself from getting stale. Over time you can unlock new abilities, which you can also upgrade that make the digging, traversing through the tunnels and fighting easier and more fun. The level design for some areas differs considerably from the rest, which results in quite a few surprises along the way. My first playthrough took me about 10 hours, but the game can apparently be completed in less than 2 ½ hours according to one of the achievements, but that requires some serious rushing, which I'm personally not a fan of.

In conclusion: I had a great time with this game and highly recommend it!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
The game is easy to play! earn money to upgrade your self! 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
AMAZING LITTLE GAME... will get you hooked FAST. Awesome art, puzzles, the transisiton from 1 level of dificulty to the next is pretty perfect. only complaint is that you can custom setup your keyboard.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Steamworld Dig is a delightful little action/platforming/mining game with solid controls, good pacing, and a charming art style. Dig for ores, avoid (or destroy) obstacles, upgrade your tools and abilities, and discover what's waiting at the bottom of the world. It starts off simply, but as you become stronger and better equipped, you'll find the environment and enemies ready to keep you on your toes. It never becomes overly challenging, though, nor does it wear out its welcome. I felt the 9 hours it took me to complete was just right, and I can definitely see playing through again some day to try to earn the achievements that I missed.

In the meantime... bring on Steamworld Heist!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
SteamWorld Dig was, on the whole, a fun experience. While it only clocked about 4-5 hours, I had fun the entire time, and had difficulty putting it down. That in and of itself is worth a recommendation, as my gaming attention span is difficult to hold. But I digress.

The gameplay boils down to, well, digging and exploration. If you don't particularly value exploration and collection, I don't think this game is right for you. Digging to new depths, collecting Ore to sell, and gaining valueable upgrades is most of what you'll be doing.

The graphics are very pleasant; it has a distinct, vibrant aesthetic that I very much enjoyed.

However...

- Feels short (~4 hours). Left me longing for more game.
- Combat was somewhat frustrating. Thankfully, it's not to frequent.
- Gameplay is somewhat tedious, with digging and returning to town to replenish light / looking to replenish resources.

Still, overall I enjoyed the game, especially considering I got it in a $1 Humble Bundle. The recommendation is contingent if you enjoy these types of games, however. I think I'd rate it as a 7.5/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
An enjoyable little time-sink about digging, steam, robots, and of course, the truly outrageous.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
An amazingly addictive little quirky game. Lots of content and achievements - runs very smoothly - art style is gorgeous - perfect difficulty curve
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game made the fundamental mistake that I see rather often. It attempted to create a fusion of several great games and genres, but did so without a core comprehension of what made those games good in the first place. The gameplay can be split into three aspects.

The first is the town area, where you can buy upgrades and talk to people. That's about it. To be fair, not much more can be expected out of a town area in a game with only a few hours of gameplay. But you may very well come to hate this town as you keep having to return over and over again.

The second aspect are the caves beneath the town. Have you ever played Minecraft or Terraria and thought, "Man, I love digging through solid walls for extended periods of time!"? If so, this might be the game for you. Otherwise...
There are things to be found in the caves, yes. However, all of the major things you /need/ to find are thrown right into your face so you don't miss them. On top of that it's just enemies, pockets of space, and ore. Speaking of ore, the game has a brilliant way of artificially extending its length: only letting you carry three stacks of an ore at once. I don't really see any good reason for this besides forcing you to go back up to the surface sometimes. Which of course involves backtracking all the way up the shaft you've dug down up to the last warp point to the surface. Other than that occasionally interrupting the game flow (and using the word "occasionally" is being generous), it's nothing but digging around looking for ores and then digging downwards to continue with the game. Oh, and did I mention that the better digging tools you get all have limited fuel? So you'll need to backtrack for that too. This whole major aspect of the game feels incredibly pointless and like it's designed to take way longer than it needs to.

The final aspect of the game are the special challenge caves you find along the way. These are certainly the best part of the game, but they're dragged down by the main cave. If the main cave didn't exist and the engine was truly made for a platformer with puzzle aspects rather than what it is, they would likely play a lot better. The most apparent example is enemies. Combat just does not play out very well because all of your "weapons" are digging tools. I think if the entire game consisted of gameplay like in these caves and if the engine was made to reflect that then the game would certainly have a lot of potential. But as is? Eh.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
SteamWorld is fun, but I'm not convinced it has enough substance to keep the player hooked. It didn't for me, at least. It's pretty and put together well and everything, it just doesn't have enough material in it. In my opinion.
I would recommend it, but only if you really like the genre. Otherwise, well... I can't say I do.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I've played through to the completion of the game, took about 9 hours, which is not bad considering the price.

Pros: Great exploration game. Good platforming.

Cons: Only one boss battle, so not a lot of conflict. Mining gets repetitive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A really pleasant, well-crafted game. It needs a little bit of thinking and planning, and doesn't feature that much quick action in contrast with e.g. Mark of the Ninja. Excellent.

Also, the bots are cute. :3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Short but sweet. You can complete the game in one day, even if you don't rush.

It is also not that fun to play after you beat the main story.

Many achievements can be impossible to get, requiring you to replay the game from scratch. There's no New Game Plus.

Summary: Buy it on sale. You don't get many hours out of this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A modern "Dig Dug". Great artstyle, lots of upgrades a killer soundtrack...what's not to love?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This game is really fun if you're into exploring and upgrading; however, it's one of those games that you can complete in one sitting so be sure to make the most out of your first playthrough! The Soundtrack is pretty enjoyable and the steampunk/western art style is very pleasing to look at. Totally worth it for the experience.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Good for about an hour, after that, it get repetitive and boring.
Buy it if you have an hour to spare.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
"M-maybe if i keep digging i'll strike F-fun" - Me when playing this game

"I guess I wont" - Me after 3 hours of this game

3.5/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Boy is this game boring. It is a real life pickaxe swinging simulator combined with a simulation of wall jumping back up hundreds of feet that you have dug to constantly go back up to the surface to sell items. I found a teleporter, but that only works for so long until you dig down so far that it becomes a real chore and a burden getting back to it, especially since if you dug around a certain way you can't jump up but sometimes you can use a steam powered jump but if you are out of water you can't use it... what a mess. I couldn't afford another personal teleporter because I didn't have any more blue orbs and they are hard to come by, so it was back to wall-jumping my way back up to the teleporter to reach town. In fact, this could have been a much better game if there was a easier way to get back to town to sell your mined ore, but there isn't. I started falling asleep because about 90% of my time was spent wall jumping back up, way up, and the rest of my time was spent pressing the B button on the controller to hit rocks.

What a ♥♥♥♥ing borefest, 3/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
While it was cute and fun. The game overall just has you digging like a madman. It will make up 90% percent of it. While I liked parts of it...as a whole I did not. I needed more puzzle solving or just anything to get my gaming motivation going. Try it if you want, but remember its all about digging deep for lack of change.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
It is a fun game at first, very simple, mine and sell items for money to upgrade those items, but it gets really repetative. And you can only get a few hours out of the game. The characters you can talk to are annoying to hear.
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