Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    95
    SteamWorld Dig is easily the best eShop game of the year.
  2. Sep 12, 2013
    70
    SteamWorld Dig is a charming, atmospheric exploration adventure, but it grinds to a halt just when it starts going full steam.
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    SteamWorld Dig is the best kind of surprise, then: a game with substance, challenge and no little charm that seems to have come out of nowhere.
  4. Aug 15, 2013
    83
    Definitely check this one out when you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
  5. Aug 9, 2013
    100
    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you SteamWorld Dig: Your new favourite Nintendo 3DS game.
  6. Sep 18, 2013
    90
    Part Metroid, part Minecraft and 100% wonderful. [Nov 2013, p.73]
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    88
    SteamWorld Dig starts slow, it's almost boring, you are going to drop it... then you find a new upgrade and keep going and a few hours later you are sad it's over. One of the best downloadable games on eShop, period.
  8. Sep 2, 2013
    75
    A simple and straightforward experience that holds lots of fun for those who want to have a break from more complex titles.
  9. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    It's simple work. [Issue#139, p.116]
  10. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    A compelling 2D adventure game that resembles the beloved portable incarnations of cult franchises such as Metroid or Castlevania.
  11. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    Even if it doesn't last long and ends in a not-too-exciting way, there are several good reasons to get lost in the depths of Tumbleton.
  12. Aug 21, 2013
    75
    There is a genuine allure to SteamWorld Dig, you just have to clear out the rubble to find it.
  13. Oct 21, 2013
    85
    SteamWorld Dig is a great example of how the catalog of e-Shop is always more deserving of attention.
  14. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    This is a short game wherein you explore depths to dig deeper and deeper. It's definitely the best title to download from the eShop right now.
  15. Aug 11, 2013
    80
    SteamWorld Dig represents a strong coming together of concept and execution, with relatively simple mechanics impeccably layered to coax the gamer through its story.
  16. 90
    SteamWorld Dig is a fresh game for the Nintendo eShop and one of the best digital games available on Nintendo's 3D handheld.
  17. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Despite its many and obvious influences this is an impressively unique vision that offers excellent value for money and one of the best surprises on the 3DS’s eShop.
  18. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    SteamWorld Dig isn’t ground-breaking, but its tight action platforming and satisfying gameplay hook will easily keep you entertained for several hours. It’s perfectly designed for a handheld experience, allowing you to pick up and play for a few minutes here and there, progressing a little further each time.
  19. Sep 5, 2013
    86
    Not only is SteamWorld Dig a fantastic way to spend a few bucks (and a few hours), but Image & Form have used it to prove they’re a developer worthy of paying close attention to.
  20. Sep 1, 2013
    80
    While digging in a hole might not seem like the most entertaining thing to do in a game that's doesn't have "craft" in the title, SteamWorld Dig successfully delivers its own unique style of subterranean gameplay thanks to a great balance between managing the mine, chasing upgrades and having just enough story to keep me curious without getting bogged down in too much lore.
  21. Well, this is a real adventure. Few other eShop games are as ambitious or as intelligent about how to achieve their goals on the required smaller scale.
  22. Sep 24, 2013
    70
    The Image & Form team surprised everyone with this extremely addictive title. With flawless execution and a damn good gameplay, Steamworld Dig will make you dig for hours in order to develop your village and your equipment. If you love platform and farming games, this adventure in the desert is there just for you. One of the best games on 3DS eShop.
  23. Sep 2, 2013
    91
    SteamWorld Dig sets out to be a safe but amazingly polished gem, and SteamWorld Dig is exactly that, no more, no less.
  24. Aug 10, 2013
    80
    For under ten dollars, there’s a lot of fun to be had with SteamWorld Dig.
  25. Sep 16, 2013
    80
    With SteamWorld Dig, Nintendo eShop has another game with a magnificent sense of exploration, platforms, action and puzzles, revealing connections to classics like Metroid or Castlevania.
  26. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    Steam World Dig reminds me of good old Amiga days: It is a simple, but entertaining, platformer.
  27. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    Steamworld Dig is a great game, a tiny masterpiece, with a sublime gameplay which works perfectly, thanks to an intuitive and extremely fluid control system. One of the best for the eShop.
  28. Aug 11, 2013
    90
    Those looking for a nice little distraction from something like Animal Crossing: New Leaf at the moment may just have found the perfect candidate.
  29. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    It looks gorgeous, controls like a dream, and when it’s putting its ideas to the fore in a sensible manner then it has some genuinely delightful ideas, but when you really start to analyse things and think about it with a harsh critical light, it effectively turns out to be all bust and no brains.
  30. Aug 11, 2013
    60
    Digging for three and a half hours may be fun, but, in the end, is just digging.
  31. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    Suffice it to say this is exactly the kind of game eShop needs more of: Simple, addictive, and creative despite wearing its influences prominently.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    10
    Awesome game! Read a lot of reviews praising this game so I had to download it. Great controls, gameplay and graphics. Great mix of spaghettiAwesome game! Read a lot of reviews praising this game so I had to download it. Great controls, gameplay and graphics. Great mix of spaghetti western and steampunk. Gotta love those robots. Can't wait for the sequel! Full Review »
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    9
    As a big of dig games (Terraria, Minecraft, etc) I really enjoyed this game. The art style, minimized storyline and action platformerAs a big of dig games (Terraria, Minecraft, etc) I really enjoyed this game. The art style, minimized storyline and action platformer game-play made for an incredible enjoyable experience.

    The only complaint I can think to make about this game is that at 5 hours to complete (and a couple additional hours for full completion) I did feel like the experience was a bit short and due to to lack of randomization the re-playability is fairly low.

    That being said however this game was a blast and at the low pricetag even the brevity of the game isn't enough to stop me from recommending it to anyone.
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  3. Aug 25, 2013
    10
    Do you like games like Minecraft, Terraria, Dig Dug or Motherload? Is your second home in the underground, mining and digging minerals? AreDo you like games like Minecraft, Terraria, Dig Dug or Motherload? Is your second home in the underground, mining and digging minerals? Are you a robot? Well, if all 3 questions apply to you, you should go see a doctor. But if you are said yes to the first 2 questions, then SteamWorld Dig is the perfect game for you.
    In this game you will dig deeper and deeper, finding scary and awesome stuff and, of course, minerals to bring back home.
    I do not want to spoil too much, BUT I can assure you, you will love this game (if you are a fan of games like this) and enjoy every second of it. Go on now, go get it on the Nintendo 3DS eShop!
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