SteamWorld Dig 2 is a 2D platformer about a society of humanoid robots, particularly the protagonist Dorothy McCrank, that’s you. The village is plagued by earthquake-ridden mines beneath a village from which they are generally dependent on the ore mined.
In addition to this, it is Dorothy’s quest is to recover a lost robot by the name of Rusty. The last time she saw him, he was lost somewhere in these chasms of rock and ore.
Also, it’s Steampunk.
Whirrrr… Whizz… Klank… in SteamWorld Dig 2
The gameplay of SteamWorld Dig 2 is kind of unique actually. You have a pick ax and a lamp, generally enough to descend into the depths of this world, especially since you’re inorganic–I think. Luckily you have some rocket boots to help in jumping and running. Your moment-to-moment progression through the mine is dependent on digging blocks of earth downward and downward until you reach your next obstacle. It’s like Minecraft, but 2D.
I’m not a big fan of running around in the dark in games, it makes me nervous. The cartoony characters and rad music make it certainly bearable here though.
You’ll also have a sprite character name Fen who follows you around in your furnace. At first, I thought “furnace” was an unusual way to say stomach like people call chakras furnaces sometimes (I read about weird stuff okay,) but then I realized my character is a steampunk robot and I probably literally do have a furnace in me.
Going Down, Down, Down in SteamWorld Dig 2
Regarding the dark though, let me elaborate. Normally you have a lamp but it goes dark the longer you replenish it with fuel. From what I can tell, the main source of fuel comes from hacking and slashing red scarab things encrusted into the walls that are released when you break the stone around them.
Is there something about underground games and scarabs that I don’t know? I just got done with Hollow Knight. Maybe I just keep picking scarab games, I don’t know. Oh, also, there’s some jungle tribe stuff going on here that I’m not really sure about. I bet it’s bosses though. Yep, I bet it’s bosses.
A Gem Unearthed
I’m kind of shocked I haven’t gotten around to playing this sooner. Everything that’s been coming out in the past few years, even 2020, is really quality stuff, especially sequels. This game has 5 incarnations including a mobile app game.
Is that still indie? Yeah, it is. There are only around 20 people on their team, and if you want to see an absolutely adorable pixel art roster, you can look at their staff page: https://imageform.se/about/ Not a solo dev, but you bet it’s indie, and high-quality indie. This thing is so polished.
You can get this game on everything pretty much, totally cross-platform. I played it on Switch, and I enjoyed that quite a bit. As usual, I gave up around the moment I plummeted through a chasm toward the bottom of my dig. I probably could have found my way out, but I played more than I needed for a groundwork introduction. “Groundwork,” Mr. Pizza? Eyeroll.
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Here is a link to the game on Steam Store: https://store.steampowered.com/app/571310/SteamWorld_Dig_2/