When first glancing at this game it might not seem that special. But don’t be fooled! Steamworld Dig is a fun addicting game that you should really give a try!
Do you enjoy the mining aspect in Minecraft? Well Steamworld Dig is all about that. The main idea is that you go down into a mine and carve down your own path. The goal is to find as much “ore” as possible. Here, just like in Minecraft, some ores are more common and others are more rare. Then when you feel like coming up for some fresh air, you go and sell the minerals you found. This also raises your “level” which allows you to buy more items like torches, ladders, teleporters from a shop. This seems pretty simple, but the deeper you go down the more complex the game gets.
In the game there are also “power ups” these powers ups are not necessary, but I do definitely recommend that you pick them up. These powers help you with certain things like the speed boots make you faster or the steam jump which makes you jump higher with water. Another great element of the game are the monsters. These small little critters may seem annoying, but it’s completely optional to fight them. These bugs also drop resources, like light, water, or even Health. Another great thing about this game is “wall jumping” where when you press B close to a wall you jump up it. Unlike Minecraft in this game you can actually trace yourself back up, without using blocks. This is one of my favorite elements of the game. Being able to jump up walls, definitely changes the mechanics of how the game is played.
Some things I found a bit annoying when you sometimes try to get to a certain ore. If you make one mistake with your mining pattern, it could mean losing a certain piece of precious mineral, which you may find to be frustrating and annoying especially if you are OCD in video games. Another thing that was a bit frustrating was when a monster finished you of. This means you are back on the surface with none your items and half of your gold. I think this mechanic is fine, because it teaches you not to get into to much trouble but sometimes when I have a lot of valuable material with me I just get frustrated. Now I have to run down my enormous mine trying to find the spot of the monster. And then I still have to finish slaying the monster.
But in general Steamworld Dig is an amazing mesmerizing indie game that has a lot of potential. If you are on need to play something new on your 3ds then I would say that you should start digging!