Steamworld Dig 1 was an indie that I really enjoyed back on the 3DS and Wii U. There was just so much to love about that game, and it’s the only indie game I’ve double dipped on, because I really wanted a sequel to this greatness, and because it was also just a really good game. So when I saw this game at Nintendos Nindies presentation, naturally I was very excited, and became my 2nd most anticipated indie game of the entire year. Now that I’ve had the chance to playthrough SteamWorld Dig 2, lets see just how well it holds up.
Steamworld Dig 2 is a direct sequel to Steamworld Dig, taking place right after the events of the first game. You play as the shop owner in the first game, Dorthy, or Dot for short.
And she’s on a mission to find where the main character of the first game, Rusty, is. Once she arrives at the city of El Machino, locates a blue flame in the mines, by the name of Fen.
She learns about earthquakes that are about to destroy the city. And that Rusty is somehow connected to all of this. So off she goes to see whats going on.
And that’s the plot. Pretty simple and straight forward.
Steamworld Dig 2 definitely takes inspiration from games like Metroid and Castlevania. You dig your way through areas and mines, and find loot and upgrades to make Dorthy able to get around better. Two things I really like about this game, is that 1, the levels aren’t procedurally generated like the first game. So every block you break has an effect on how you’re able to get around.
So you can actually mess up your route of reaching areas and going back. But there are these capsules that can transport you to different areas in the game, so you wont be stuck. And 2, that the game gives you an incentive to want to explore and find gems that you can trade in to level up your character.
When you head back to El Machino, you can trade in the spoils that you’ve collected while you were away, to upgrade Dorthy. Whether its the strength of the weapon, making weapons quicker to use, or extending the duration of gear you’ve collected. You’ll want to spend extra time digging and looking for spots. Just be careful not to die before you make your way back, or else you lose a lot of what you collected.
Scattered throughout the mines are these challenge rooms that are a nice change of pace to the main attraction. Some of them can be really challenging, like trying to figure out the puzzles. While others can test your reflexes more, as you try to find a way to stay alive while the areas is falling apart around you. And lemme just say, the gameplay in Steamworld Dig feels really good.
It reminds me a lot of Rayman Origins and Legends. Where it’s really accurate, has a sense of floatiness, and is really buttery. It’s just one of those games where when you finally get your hands on the controls, you’re just like yeah…this feels good.
One thing I wasn’t expecting, going into this game was that, the soundtrack for this game surprising to me, was actually really good. Which I kinda wasn’t expecting. I was expecting the soundtrack to be more Western focused. With acoustic guitars and wind sound effects, like an old Western game. And if you know anything about me, you’d know that desert themes and music, are some of my least favorite things in gaming. But they really knocked it out of the park here. Easily a contender for one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard all year, it’s that good.
Now for the negatives. The only REAL problem that I really had with this game was just how the game ended. It just sort of abruptly ends, and it felt like it just needed one extra push, one extra mission to have a more satisfactory ending. But the way it ends, seems like it would set itself up for a 3rd installment. But still, coulda been better.
But that’s really all the complaints I have for this game.
SteamWorld Dig 2 surpasses SteamWorld Dig 1 in pretty much every aspect. And if you liked SteamWorld Dig, it’s kind of a no brainer to buy this game. Newcomers to the series who may not have had a chance to play through the original. If you have the platforms that it’s available on, I’d play that first. But if you don’t, it’s not really a big deal. And one of the characters in the game get you caught up pretty quickly on just what happened in the original game, with just a few sentences. It took me a little over 6 hours to beat the game, but these games are built in ways that encourage multiple playthroughs. Trying to find all the secrets and loot, trying not to die a lot, and beating it in a timely manner, are all things that’s calculated at the end. So trying to beat your best time is something that’s gonna keep bringing me back. Steamworld Dig 2 comes recommended by me. It’s one of the best Metroidvania’s I’ve played to date.
SteamWorld Dig 2 Review
SteamWorld Dig 2 surpasses SteamWorld Dig 1 in pretty much every aspect. And if you liked SteamWorld Dig, it's kind of a no brainer to buy this game. Newcomers to the series who may not have had a chance to play through the original. If you have the platforms that it's available on, I'd play that first. But if you don't, it's not really a big deal. And one of the characters in the game get you caught up pretty quickly on just what happened in the original game, with just a few sentences. It took me a little over 6 hours to beat the game, but these games are built in ways that encourage multiple playthroughs. Trying to find all the secrets and loot, trying not to die a lot, and beating it in a timely manner, are all things that's calculated at the end. So trying to beat your best time is something that's gonna keep bringing me back. Steamworld Dig 2 comes recommended by me. It's one of the best Metroidvania's I've played to date.