Steamworld Dig 2

A while ago I played through Steamworld Dig on the Wii U. I really enjoyed the game and found the game play style fun and engaging. Needless to say I was excited to see that Steamworld Dig 2 was on sale recently in the Nintendo Switch eShop. I plunked down my money and have been playing through the game, remembering just why I liked the first title in the series.

The basic plot is that you are a steam powered robot named Dorthy, in an old-west style setting, who has stumbled across something going wrong in the earth. There are earthquakes emanating from below and you take it upon yourself to find out what’s going wrong. You also want to find your old friend Rusty, who was the hero of the first game. He’s gone missing, and you believe he’s still alive out there somewhere.

The gameplay is very similar to the first (digging underground through a generated landscape), but with a few new enhancements for your loadouts. It’s been a while since I played the original but I felt like I was jumping a bit more, and depending on some various “cog” options to get myself past puzzles. I liked some of the enhancements that I could put on my gear, such as the ability to fire missiles in mid-air. I also feel like I got the jetpack earlier in the game than before, and it became a crucial element in how I got through some of the later levels.

I managed to beat the story mode of the game in a few sitting, but I’m still playing, attempting to find all the secret areas, and collect all the artifacts. As I continue to get more and more gear I’m having a ton of fun with blasting through areas that were tough the first time. I’ve probably got another 2-3 hours left of gameplay before I 100% the game, if that’s even possible for someone with my lack of skill with jumping puzzles.

If you haven’t checked out the Steamworld Dig series, I’d highly suggest giving it a look. It’s a fun time, and there’s even some off-shoot games that take a different gameplay approach, but continue the story. The original Steamworld Dig is usually on sale, so it should be easy to find and pick up.

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