Steamworld Dig

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The protagonist Rusty is a robot who inherits a mine from his uncle. Since he additionally also received a pick-axe, the path is clearly laid out: exploring the mine and becoming rich! While the game starts with a Wild West atmosphere, later parts of the mine show steampunk elements.

Rusty can explore the mine by hacking away dirt with the pick-axe. The goal is to find treasure and additional equipment which is required to be able to proceed in other areas, e.g. a drill allows to break stone. However, those gadgets require water which can be refilled at water reserves which can be found in the mine. Other obstacles are traps, enemies, switch puzzles and platforming sequences. It is also advised to watch for rocks - when Rusty removes dirt under them, gravity comes into play.

The found precious metals or gems have to be sold on the surface - fortunately there are teleporter and elevators which shorten the way - for money which in turn is used to buy upgrades (e.g. more health points or a bigger capacity for carrying treasure) or equipment (e.g. dynamite for killing enemies, ladders or lanterns). Some upgrades additionally cost energy balls which can be found inside the mine. After dying, the people on the surface repair Rusty against a fee.


Steamworld Dig Windows At the shop
Steamworld Dig Windows A small enemy you need to avoid.
Steamworld Dig Windows Picks up these pieces to build new technology.
Steamworld Dig Windows Digging towards some minerals.

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User Reviews

A fun foray into the underground, but this mine doesn't run very deep. Windows The Cliffe (1625)

Critic Reviews

Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows Dec 05, 2013 4.5 out of 5 90
GamesReviews Wii U Aug 26, 2014 9 out of 10 90
APGNation Windows Oct 09, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Shoost Macintosh Feb 13, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Shoost Linux Feb 13, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Digitally Downloaded Wii U Sep 09, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Darkstation Wii U Oct 01, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Nintendo 3DS Aug 08, 2013 80 out of 100 80 Windows Dec 06, 2013 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Dec 17, 2013 72 out of 100 72


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