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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: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    100
    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you SteamWorld Dig: Your new favourite Nintendo 3DS game.
  2. 90
    SteamWorld Dig is a fresh game for the Nintendo eShop and one of the best digital games available on Nintendo's 3D handheld.
  3. Games Master UK
    Sep 18, 2013
    90
    Part Metroid, part Minecraft and 100% wonderful. [Nov 2013, p.73]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Aug 11, 2013
    60
    Digging for three and a half hours may be fun, but, in the end, is just digging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  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! Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2022
    10
    I love this Game. I played this so much as a kid. I also looking forward to buy the 2 part for the switch because i fell in love with the fiirst one!
  3. Sep 7, 2013
    10
    This is definitely my favorite eShop title thus far. It's incredible how shallow the game seems at first (although I admit the gameplayThis is definitely my favorite eShop title thus far. It's incredible how shallow the game seems at first (although I admit the gameplay doesn't change much as it progresses). And this may sound cheesy, but some of the moments I felt when I first encountered certain enemies and terrain were incredible. In the end, it's an incredibly enjoyable experience, and the well-tuned mechanics help make it extremely addicting. Great themes set throughout the game, it takes the tired post-apocalyptic setting and presents it in a lighthearted, yet intriguing way. I love it! Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2017
    9
    This is an excellent little game that offers rewards for careful planning and creative puzzle solving. If you like to explore and collectThis is an excellent little game that offers rewards for careful planning and creative puzzle solving. If you like to explore and collect things, this is your game. If you're looking for a combat-based Metroidvania type game, this isn't the game for you. If you found the most rewarding part of Metroidvania to be exploring the levels and finding secrets, this game has you covered in spades. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2017
    9
    Just a super fun game that will put a smile on your face. What an amazing game. Major replayability, incredible fun, just a nice gameplayJust a super fun game that will put a smile on your face. What an amazing game. Major replayability, incredible fun, just a nice gameplay feedback loop for 10 or so hours. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2013
    8
    SteamWorld Dig... Probably the most unexpected--and fun--eShop download of the year.

    The game focuses on mining--digging down into the
    SteamWorld Dig... Probably the most unexpected--and fun--eShop download of the year.

    The game focuses on mining--digging down into the depths of a destroyed world, while uncovering secrets and remnants of lost civilizations.

    The core mechanics are great, controls are solid, and it's very addicting.
    The characters are shallow, and the game ends far too early. Other than that, it's amazing.

    PRESENTATION: 7/10
    CORE GAME: 8.5/10
    VISUALS: 8/10
    AUDIO: 8.5/10
    GAMEPLAY: 9/10
    LASTING APPEAL: 8/10

    Overall: 8.2/10
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  7. Jun 10, 2015
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Starting off with the positive- this game has an interesting idea, and decent art direction. Unfortunately, that's not enough to carry the game at all.
    The plot- It exists. That's all.
    The Gameplay- It feels like this game was trying to be half-metriodvania, half digging game. Unfortunately, those are two great tastes which do not go well together. At least not in this game. You end up with a half-baked platforming levels, and a digging game that would be at home in old flash games.
    -Platforming levels- This is where your gear gets to shine. It's true that some of the later mini-levels are a little fun, and the controls are nice. Perhaps if the game focused on them, it might actually be kinda interesting. Instead...
    -The Dig- This is will take up most of your time. And it's not really fun. Sure, you can find mini-platforming levels, but otherwise, you're just digging to get stuff, go back to surface, sell, dig, surface, sell... yeah. Oh, and most of your fun movement-based upgrades are almost worthless. Your dashing upgrade is great, except your primary goal is to go downward, not to the side- invincible barriers prevent you from going too far to one side. Your super-jump upgrade would be nice, if you couldn't already wall jump to your hearts content. And you do eventually get a drill... that's practically the same as your pickaxe.
    -Combat- Is lacking, but it wasn't the games selling point, so I'll leave it alone.
    -Upgrades- There are some nice, fun, metroidvania style upgrades. Three of them, to be precise. Almost everything else is boring stat ups, more or less. Almost everything you buy with money or the orbs in the town area is a simple stat-up. More Health, Better digging, longer lasting light, etc.
    -Length- Oh, here's the rich part. Despite having a rather slow grind, and the fact I didn't try to speedrun the game... I finished it in 3 hours. Replaybility is... lacking.

    Final result- Just go buy something else. Like digging? There are more than plenty of games got you covered there.
    Like platforming? Get a platforming game.
    Like Metroidvanias? Get a metroidvania.

    Personal recommendation- if you're looking for a game like this, but the shortcomings of this game bug you, pick up a copy of Terraria.
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