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 (1,954 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: 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
39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Metroid meets Motherload with steam-powered robots in a Western setting
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Really fun and addictive!
Dig, collect gems, buy ungrades, dig more.

I wish it wasn't so short though...
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I just beat Steamworld Dig, with a little over 10 hours of gameplay. I got it from a Humble Bundle, and it just kinda sat there in my library. I decided to give it a try.

This game can easily be beaten in 2 hours, but I am a completionist and got a lot out of it. It's a nice game, but I wouldn't buy it for the $11 asking price (I'm a cheapass). If I wasn't broke, I'd surely pay $20 for this game. This is the developers first PC title, and it's impressive. It's a nice indie game, and definitely worth your time.

For what it is, I give it a full 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Better than Motherload is some aspect.

9/10

Minus one for some repetitive achievements :( Single playthrough is okay

DIG DIG DIG DIG DIG DIG
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
A bit like Terraria but with more of a console type feel. It's okay. I give it three out of five bagels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Pretty fun game with a decent soundtrack. Combat and mining are both pretty basic, but the upgrades provide noticeable improvements to speed and damage. There's really no voice acting, so the character noises can become a bit annoying after hearing them several times. Achievements aren't too hard to get for the most part, but some are a bit tricky. Not too many different enemies to fight, and some are considerably more difficult than others. Overall, a decent indie game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Worthy of a binge playthrough. Perfect controls via xbox360 controller. Motherlode meets megamanslyvania.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Steamworld Dig reminds me of another game, a game that this game was probably inspired by, and a game that, unlike Steamworld Dig, is free. Motherload. Motherload had the concept of you being on... Mars, I believe? You're given a machine to mine for ores, you sell the ores for money, you buy upgrades. The difference was that Motherload was actually good.

Steamworld advertises itself as a "platform mining adventure". Well, it has mining, it has terrible platforming, and its a very boring adventure. It seems to be trying to have some steampunk western feel, but its just that. A feel. The western part feels poorly thrown in so that there wasn't more steampunk crap on the market, but as far as the game is concerned, it is very steampunk robot, and the only "western" part is that the main hub is a very "kid's cartoon version of a wild west town" town, and you got a cowboy hat. Yes, this is very western. The platforming, as said, is bad. Until you get a certain upgrade, you can suffer fall damage, which can hurt your "adventures" until you get it. Why fall damage in a platformer? Motherload also had fall damage but 1) It was not a platformer, 2) It gave you rockets from the start to get yourself out of a hole and to soften your fall. Here, you're expected to waste valuable orbs on teleporters, buy cheap ladders, which you can only carry 5 of at a time, or make your own "platforms", but if you got some TNT nearby, or a creature/robot that destroys tiles, then oh no, your platforms are gone.

Motherload had a world that made sense. Sure, its final boss might have been something people didn't want/expect from that game of mining resources, but as you gain more valuable minerals, you could reasonably say you can sell them and expect a paycheck, since you're working for a corporation that has enough money to pay for you and another miner. In Steamworld Dig, you get a mine in a failing town, yet the town always has enough money to buy your full-to-the-brim inventory of diamonds, worth about 500 gold each. Why is this town paying me for ♥♥♥♥ it ain't using, when it could use the infinite money it has to improve its town? Nitpicky? Maybe, but Motherload had a believable world, where as this world is just... ehhh.

This game involves something terrible. Backtracking. You'll have to go back to old zones, or back to the main hub at times during the game's "story", so some random woman robot can tell you something you already figured out. There's a bunch of lasers blocking your way, and you already had to deal with lasers before by destroying their generator? Nope. You gotta go back to town so she can tell you what you already figured out. Speaking of story, its not a very good one from what I've seen. "Oh hey, your uncle is dead, and there's this strange stuff below the mine that gives you upgrades, I wonder what it was all for" repeat ad nausem. I'm feeling like I'm near the end of the game, and there's nothing like a journal entry to give me a hint of what's happening soon. Why my uncle was keeping this tech a secret. It's just... tech. That no one knows about, that gives me upgrades, and no reason for its secreacy. I'm hoping that if I continue to play this game, I get an answer to that, but for now, the story just doesn't advance. You just get upgrades, and people talk about how odd the upgrades are, and nothing happens.

$10? No. Don't pay $10. Wait for a sale, or for it to appear on the Humble Bundle.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
The game has no illusions about what it is and what it intends for you to do: dig, gather minerals and sometimes hit bugs just like you're hitting stones. An hour in and if I wasn't listening to podcasts I would be extremely ♥♥♥♥ed that I just wasted that much time. Progression is slow; you have to methodically chip away at the walls and make sure that you've got some openings on the walls on the off chance you pass under some minerals that you cannot reach. You can expand your pack but you're still running back to the nearest teleporter every few minutes to drop off another load in the hopes that you can afford a decent upgrade.

The platforming is stiff and entirely reliant on finding certain upgrades rather than any actual skill: if you can't reach it, you're not meant to yet. Oh and there is some light backtracking, great.

It's just a mindless, bland little game. Lovely graphics and a cute idea but if you have any other game to play, do that instead.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It's amazing!
What I really like about this game is graphics and main charachter.
I played it over and over and over.
Very fun, fast and repeatable game.
I really hope that sequel will be here soon and as good as this game.
Good job! :D
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Release a game number 2 with more upgrades and a longer story, that would be perfect right now..
This game has a nice adventure, feels pretty much as minecraft but i liked this a little bit better the first days playing it. I finished the game in less than a week, and the game is not to be played after finishing it. So really just an update where we get a longer story or more upgrades would be nice, i would accept DLC's to the game aswell. Really anything to make the story longer would be nice.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
It's all about good old steam VS evil electricity.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
PLAY THIS GAME. IT IS SO GOOD!
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Trashium's texture is a picture of your face

10/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
SteamWorld Dig isn't bad, but it really just made me want to play Spelunky. If you can get it cheap, it's worth a play through if you like these type of games, but overall I can't recommend it as a buy.

This game is not trite or contrived at all. It's quite the opposite...it's fresh and interesting, and it's authentic and well-done. It simply isn't as fun as it could or should be, and in the end is not a particularly satisfying play. On one hand, I beat it as fast as I could so I could get it over with, but on the other hand, it was interesting enough to make me want to finish.

SteamWorld is a cute little game, and the story is fine, but too much of the game is either repetitive or simply not fun. The only non-repetitive part is using the new tech you acquire as you progress, and certainly the new tech is pretty fun to use. But the game is so short, you are acquiring the new tech about every 30 minutes or so, in which time the novelty from the previous acquisition has not yet worn off. More simply put, acquiring new tech was sort of ho-hum rather than exciting.

Story and graphics
These are definitely strong points. Along with overall atmosphere. I got the rogue man in a strange new world feeling from it. The townspeople are good characters and add to the feeling of authenticity.

Gameplay
Gameplay is fine, and probably is the biggest challenge, in a good way. Getting a feel for the wall jumping takes some practice, but when you get it down, you can maneuver quite well, and it is rewarding. Combat is pretty simple...it could be more dynamic. Combat gets repetitive. Also, having to climb back out of the cavern time after time gets old fast.

Upgrades, Leveling, and Resource Management
These are fun at first, but get repetitive quickly. Finding minerals gets old fast. It becomes a chore. Upgrades are very linear and uninteresting (each upgrade is basically plus damage or more resource efficiency). Upgrades would have been much more interesting if there were trees to choose from or tradeoffs (speed vs power, or different gimmicks) instead of having them be so linear. Finding the crystal balls is exciting at first, but toward the end, they seemed to be everywhere. Also, I found the limited lantern time to add nothing to the game...it only served to annoy when the flame ran out.

TL;DR: SteamWorld Dig is a short game with a fresh story and environment, and certainly some fun parts, but it has too many repetitive and overly linear aspects that make it overall not particularly satisfying to play.
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