Image & Form Games‘ action-platformer SteamWorld Dig 2 brings back the love for pixel art and lots of digging.
Steambot Dorothy is out on a search for treasure in underground mines, but this isn’t the only reason she digs through them, because her friend Rusty is missing, and it’s up to her to find out what happened to him and what the reason for mysterious earthquakes striking an old trading town are. This plot might only serve as an excuse for exploring the deep underground world, but if it’s as well-designed and looks as great as in this game, that’s not a bad thing.
I haven’t played the original game (or turn-based strategy SteamWorld Heist for that matter), but this seems to be a lovely game, judging from the beautifully hand-drawn backgrounds and characters alone. The main gameplay revolves around digging, but unlike roguelike Spelunky, it’s not as hardcore-difficult and shares more similarities with Metroidvania-style games, i.e. one has to find gear upgrades in order to reach formerly inaccessible areas, e.g. with a hookshot swinging around and flying with the jet engine. While it might not reinvent the adventure-platform genre, there’s enough attention to detail with fun gameplay mechanics to give this a go.
The game is now available on PC, PS4 and PS Vita with Cross-Buy as well as on Nintendo Switch. The soundtrack can also be bought separately.
Buy the digital version for PS4/PS Vita on
the PSN store
Buy the game for Nintendo Switch on
the Nintendo eShop
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