*This review is for the 3DS Version.
So I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with games these days, sure I love games for the most part, but so much of gaming just feels the same these days that it's hard for me to commit to a single game for very long, especially when so much else takes up my spare time. What I'm saying is, I'm at that point in life where I'm not sure if I'll continue playing as much further down the line, but I hope I do.
SteamWorld Dig is incredibly fun, an indie game that seems simple at first but becomes addicting as it moves along, making for a game I had a hard time putting down at times. Strategy is key here, you can't dig just anywhere for riches, you have to plan your routes, otherwise you may get stuck, or worse killed, resulting in a loss of your riches, making survival key here, an aspect that added tension to such a mellow experience. The more riches you get, the more your skills can improve, as well as the further you can dig, it's quite addicting, which caught me off guard, early on I had this game pegged as something I'd find boring, but the joy I got mining just felt fresh, unlike any game I played before.
While the character designs felt a bit lackluster (the lone exception being Rusty) I found myself loving the detail in the world, the design across the various landscapes were so fun to look at that I wished there were more to the game, but the levels we get are fine enough to carry the game.
Length wise, I felt this game was a bit short, I understand it's an indie game so they probably couldn't afford to make more, but I would've appreciated more. By the time I got to the end I found myself feeling like it was a bit too rushed to the end, which I admit can be seen as a good thing, after all if I'm asking for more, the game developers are doing something right. I guess part of the issue is that some upgrades to Rusty never feel fully utilized by the end, some could've been so much more if the game was expanded.
SteamWorld Dig is a fantastic little game, despite the flaws, even I can't deny that there's a lot of fun to be had here. Sometimes something fresh is enough to be addicting, while I can't speak for all systems, I say get this game immediately if you're begging for something new.
Written By Octaviano Macias