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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: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 28, 2018
    80
    Steamworld Dig is a fun game, but it’s pretty short and can get repetitive after a while. My first playthrough clocked in at just under four hours and most of the game is mining, going back to town to cash out and upgrade, and repeat. That said though, Steamworld Dig is still a good game, and ten dollars is a decent price for it, but just take note that more expert level gamers might be disappointed in how short the game can be.
  2. Feb 8, 2018
    80
    Charming and engaging in equal measure, SteamWorld Dig offers a quirky, addictive subterranean adventure that is well worth digging into.
  3. Feb 1, 2018
    80
    SteamWorld Dig can proudly sit amongst those top-tier eShop titles that can describe themselves as a ‘must-play’. There is a small desert’s worth of charm packed into this game, with a beautifully high level of polish and sheen just oozing from its very core. We’d love to have more reasons to play the game after its relatively short campaign and, considering this game is a short few years old now, having a UK launch price higher than when it released on previous Nintendo systems seems slightly off, but the gameplay alone will show you that this one is a real winner. If you’re looking to delve into the SteamWorld universe for the first time, this would be a great place to start.
  4. Feb 9, 2018
    80
    The Switch port is fantastic but I feel like they could’ve done slightly more. The big omission for me is the lack of HD rumble.
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    73
    As a sum of its parts, Steamworld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt still holds up reasonably well. If you haven't jumped in yet, start your journey here before tackling the sequel. The gameplay may feel limited if you've already completed the sequel, but A Fistful of Dirt is still an incredibly fun platformer.
  6. Feb 4, 2018
    72
    There certainly isn't much variety in SteamWorld Dig. Whereas the sequel is full of awesome things to see and do, this debut title feels flat in comparison. All you do is mine and dig over and over again. There are puzzle rooms that reward you with bonuses once you figure them out and secret areas to uncover but there's not nearly enough to make up for the simple core gameplay.
  7. 70
    My main problem with SteamWorld Dig is that, apart from the puzzle rooms, there’s not a lot of meat on these bones. Second, I recently played (and perhaps you did too) SteamWorld Dig 2, a game that blows its predecessor out of the water in every possible respect. However, it’s interesting to go back to the original after playing its sequel, because you can see how the core gameplay evolved. I like SteamWorld Dig; I just like SteamWorld Dig 2 more and that fact, maybe unfairly, winds up hurting the former. It’s definitely worth playing, though, on whatever system you have that it runs on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 24, 2018
    9
    This indie game is extremely fun. It has tight controls and a very simple, but rewarding concept: you dig and find treasures! There areThis indie game is extremely fun. It has tight controls and a very simple, but rewarding concept: you dig and find treasures! There are constant bigger and better upgrades to be purchased. The saves are frequent and death is punished by an expensive loss of valuable $$. A game like this is perfect for the Switch as it is very easy to pick up, play for a bit, then put it down. The story is pretty straightforward, but kept me interested. I will pick up the sequel next! Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    9
    A great combination of elements that I love in games - mining and selling resources, clever puzzles, great art style and a well balancedA great combination of elements that I love in games - mining and selling resources, clever puzzles, great art style and a well balanced upgrade system. Cannot recommend it highly enough as a pick-up-and-play game for those who are looking for something lighthearted and fun. Returning to town can be a bit of a pain and teleporters are expensive so you end up spending a bit too much time trying to get back to sell your minerals, otherwise it'd be a solid 10 Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2018
    9
    I was in a weird position with this franchise. I had heard of it but never tried it until my Nintendo Switch. Meaning I’ve played the games inI was in a weird position with this franchise. I had heard of it but never tried it until my Nintendo Switch. Meaning I’ve played the games in reverse order. While much simpler than its sequel; Steamworld Dig is a fun 5 hour game that sets up an amazing franchise and I think it is good value for what you get from it. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2018
    8
    Managed to pick this up in a sale on the eshop for £4 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Plot is simple, dig and find treasure to discover whyManaged to pick this up in a sale on the eshop for £4 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Plot is simple, dig and find treasure to discover why your estranged robot uncle invited you to a mining town in the middle of nowhere. Charming, colourful, an Ennio Morricone-esque soundtrack and addictive gameplay. It is rather short and I managed to complete it in one sitting at 3 1/2 hours with no real replay value. But at the price I paid who's complaining. Roll on SteamWorld Dig 2! Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2018
    7
    A short but thoroughly enjoyable underground exploration that keeps you in the loop until you're done.
  6. Jun 6, 2018
    7
    I went back to this after some time after completing Dig2 having dropped off about half way through previously, This time I was able able toI went back to this after some time after completing Dig2 having dropped off about half way through previously, This time I was able able to push through and the game is quite enjoyable, I felt it was maybe a little harder although that could have been because it's more laborious than its successor with fewer teleports and ways to get back to the surface there's more traversing up and down to be done. The great writing and characters are evident in this game and it has charm aplenty if you can stick it though those frustrations. Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2018
    5
    I decided to check this one out after I enjoyed Steamworld Heist, and I thought it was very meh. It gets repetitive very quickly, which isI decided to check this one out after I enjoyed Steamworld Heist, and I thought it was very meh. It gets repetitive very quickly, which is especially problematic because it takes five hours or less to beat. It's fine, it just failed to make an impression on me. Expand

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