Review: SteamWorld Dig


Take the role as Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives to an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below…




  • Old school graphics that really pop on the 3D screen. Slick animations and excellent back drops, Steamworld dig is a pleasure to look at for long periods of time.
  • Controls are simple and plentiful. A tutorial at the start shows you the ropes, as do in game prompts when unlocked.
  • Gameplay evolves around exploring a huge mine and finding precious ore’s and gems to cash in to upgrade your character. You choose where to dig and carve out your own levels. Find secret rooms/areas that can unlock untold riches. Aside from these you also have the rooms needed for story progression.
  • Earned cash fills your upgrade bar which unlocks new upgrades which can be bought from the sellers.
  • You unlock new sellers as you progress through the game and each sell different items. You will see many, many types of axes to buy for example. Other wares could be more health or a ore detector, which makes mining for ore a million times easier.
  • Mining is as said straightforward, But as you get deeper the rock gets harder and mining takes a long time. Upgrading the axe fixes can fix this, Or maybe you need to get back to the story and hunt down a new ability.
  • You can clear  story progression rooms that have a  machine in there that grants you new abilities. With new abilities you can go back over completed  levels and try different routes.
  • Every player will have a different experience. Even if you replay the game, You will never have the same game twice.
  • The game is really addictive, The fun in upgrading and finding loot is too much. The ore placement is random and changes every time you re enter the mine. This keeps the game fresh and gives it tons of replay ability.
  • New abilities are brilliant and make what is already a fun game, So much more fun! From steam powered jumps to a powerful drill used for the harder rock. You can also unlock a electrified double jump.
  • The game has many mechanics at work which require a bit of attention. Using the drill or steam jump requires steam, So in order to make steam you will need to find water. Another thing is you have a lamp that illuminates your way, This only lasts so long so you will need to keep an eye on it. Things like water/health or even lamp oil can be had from killing any of the many enemies that live in the caves.
  • Your lamp can be upgraded to last longer and going topside automatically refills the lamp for free.
  • You can buy and equip many items to help you get your Indiana Jones on. Items such as dynamite,ladders,placable lamps and teleporters.
  • Upon death you drop all your loot and lose a percentage of your money. luckily you can go back and claim your loot at least.
  • Hours of play and the game can last as long as you want it too. You are not under any pressure to finish the story quickly, So take your time and explore, kill some enemies and try and find some hidden rooms/teleporters.
  • Clear map system on the bottom screen that shows where you have been. Your current location and any doors/teleports you have found. It even shows dropped loot and water parts.
  • A big handy red arrow shows you where to go if you do find yourself lost.
  • Auto saves every time you go topside so go home often.
  • All the shops are touch screen and work without issue.

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  • Enemy damage is really high. More annoyance when you land on one than anything else.
  • The final boss is cheap and dragged out, The only thing that really spoilt the whole game for me. I get why its there but the manner in which it pans out is frustrating more than fun.
  • Can ruin your social life. Prepare to see a quick go turn into 5 hours without a second thought.
  • The initial constant need for new axes is annoying and slow to keep on top of.
  • The price point is quite high for most casual players. With so may cheap games on the store, High priced games dont always get the look in they sometimes deserve.


In summary, This is a great game and worth every penny of the asking price. At first it will feel like a cheap Boulderdash esque game. Give it some time and dig a bit deeper and you will find a rewarding and addictive game. The whole mining/looting part is so much fun. Finding new worlds and upgrading does nothing but let the good times continue. To keep you on your feet, you wont need just loot to buy upgrades, Oh no for later upgrades you need to find some really rare blue orbs. These are stored in a capsule that explodes. The amount of orbs in each capsule is random so hunting them down is always worth the effort. This is a perfect game for light casual play and I enjoyed every minute of it. Well until the end of game boss but thats a whole other story. If you are on the fence, fear not as this game scratches so many itches and then some.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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