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Mixed or average reviews- based on 138 Ratings

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  • Summary: The clock has stopped around the turn of the 19th century, and humankind has prematurely blown itself to bits. The remaining scraps are huddling in caves beneath the surface, and steam-powered robots have taken over the Wild West.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    100
    This is a very, very fun game, and if you missed out on it the first time around, don't make that mistake twice.
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    90
    If you’ve already explored Tumbleton’s depths, the PSN version won’t give you many new or better reasons to buy it again, but if you’ve yet to grab your pickaxe and start digging, SteamWorld Dig has a lot of fun and well-designed ideas buried within.
  3. Addictive and charming in equal measure, and never short of new ideas. [May 2014, p77]
  4. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    On the whole though, Steamworld Dig is a fascinating game and one that will bring plenty of joy. It is a game you can take your time with and enjoy. Taking some elements from other games in the genre and tailoring them to make a wonderful experience. It is just a shame about that Cross-Save
  5. Mar 26, 2014
    80
    A compelling 2D adventure game that resembles the beloved portable incarnations of cult franchises such as Metroid or Castlevania.
  6. Mar 23, 2014
    80
    SteamWorld Dig is a much needed casual game for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita that features a very addictive and challenging gameplay.
  7. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    A dash of Terraria mixed with a pinch of Dig Dug, SteamWorld Dig is a colourful delight that is equal parts wit and charm.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Apr 6, 2014
    9
    If you like Metroid, Motherload, or Terraria, you'll like (or absolutely love) SteamWorld: Dig. I personally loved all three of those games,If you like Metroid, Motherload, or Terraria, you'll like (or absolutely love) SteamWorld: Dig. I personally loved all three of those games, and the loving combination of them all here by Image & Form was quite the enjoyable experience for me. Taking elements from each of these games, you'll mine to earn upgrades like in Motherload, find upgrades so you can unlock more progression like in Metroid, and have multiple tools for mining and combat like in Terarria. Not to mention the story has some interesting tones and actually leaves a bit of an impact for a short game.

    So yes, it's short. But that's a good thing. It does everything it wants to, and then when it's done that, it leaves you to finish the game. There is no unnecessary fluff. I played through the game, acquiring all upgrades in a single play through the first time in 4-5 hours, and I loved every minute of my time. I even went back and played it again to do a perfect run: Beating the game in less than 2.5 hours without dying and with all upgrades. Then, after that, because I was so in love with the game, I downloaded it on my Vita (Yes, it's cross-buy!) And did it all again, just like on my PS4.

    The only complaint that I have about the game is that the (good) music gets repetitive; There isn't enough variety. Otherwise, the game is flawless. The upgrade progression is great and feels good, the combat is satisfying as intended, mining is addictive, the story is interesting, and the art style looks great. Absolutely worth the price.
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  2. Nov 12, 2014
    9
    i found the game fun and to be on the PlayStation Plus lineup for November I would recommend it to many to download it and give it a try. manyi found the game fun and to be on the PlayStation Plus lineup for November I would recommend it to many to download it and give it a try. many different mechanics used making it more fun. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2014
    9
    First I must admit that I am definitely a semi-graphics whore. Based on that, the deep level of numbing addiction that I fall into whileFirst I must admit that I am definitely a semi-graphics whore. Based on that, the deep level of numbing addiction that I fall into while playing this game is just unreal. It never fails that while playing this game I unknowingly forget to blink enough to keep my eyes lubed, and end up with a stuck eyelid. There a few and very far between games that induce that level of distraction in me. Repetition would be the only negative, except it doesn't generally get to that point. Great value for the asking price! Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2014
    7
    Very fun game but can only take it in small bursts. The graphics of course arent the stand out or the story but you do want to keep diggingVery fun game but can only take it in small bursts. The graphics of course arent the stand out or the story but you do want to keep digging and finding those treasures. I finished it in two days and even tho there wasn't much to the gameplay the upgrade system keeps you wanting more. Very well made game in all areas. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2014
    7
    Got this today and I was surprised to enjoy it as much as I did, it is fun for some but it will not be for everyone and that is for sure, IGot this today and I was surprised to enjoy it as much as I did, it is fun for some but it will not be for everyone and that is for sure, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys playing indie games Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2014
    7
    I was thinking this would be a subpar freebie from the PS+ sub but I gotta say it is a pretty good throw back to the 8-bit and 16-bit days. ItI was thinking this would be a subpar freebie from the PS+ sub but I gotta say it is a pretty good throw back to the 8-bit and 16-bit days. It really reminded me of a lot of SNES games but with much better graphics.

    Pro's - It was free; Addictive trying to find the gems; Simple controls; encourages different styles of play through achievements (speed, explore, strategic, etc) and requirement to maintain resources; Decent puzzles - none super challenge but if you mess up you may run out of resource to see where you are going; Lots of ways to die; lots of bright colours make it look inviting

    Cons - Exploring can be repetitive; Combat is a little boring; no clue what the actual story is

    Overall, I would say this is one of those games you either get for free or pick up on a sale on the PC (steam - though I would prefer playing with controller) or PS-store. Don't spend more than a $5 bucks on it. I am sure there is replay value but I will likely delete it after a single pass through. If you like exploring games with puzzles, this game is for you. If you get bored running back to random check points or holding a single button to break blocks, save your time and money.
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  7. Nov 15, 2014
    0
    I found this game incredibly boring - you spend a large portion of your time backtracking. The mine itself is repetitive and dosent have manyI found this game incredibly boring - you spend a large portion of your time backtracking. The mine itself is repetitive and dosent have many unique elements. Expand

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