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Steamworld Dig for 3DS! EDIT: It's out, and it's a sleeper hit! EDIT: Wii U-bound!
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March 14, 2013, 22:09:02
 
It's scored a 9 on NWR, and is reviewing pretty well at other sites too. The game is very fun and very well made, I highly recommend!

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Looks great! Future apocalyptic robot western!

Official quote from the game's website:

"Not another 3D effect showcase nor a cheap port; we’re making an Actual Game™! :)"



SOURCE: Kotaku

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DrFink addition: Announced, I believe, through social media today (6/5/2014) is the fact that Steamworld Dig is coming to Wii U!!



Image & Form to DrFinkelstein on Instagram (in comments) said:
"There will be some new features and tweaks but essentially it'll be the same SteamWorld Dig we all know and love :) /Julius" ... "I can't tell what exactly will be new but I promise it will be unique in some aspects."

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Posted: 03/14/13, 22:09:02  - Edited by 
 on: 06/05/14, 23:48:27    
 
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r_hjort said:
@GameDadGrant
348 blocks according to my 3DS.

Excellent. I'll download.

deathly_hallows said:
Are you reading this Grant? Game is a hit, you need to jump on this hype (steam)train!

Will do, good sir!


Posted by 
 on: 08/27/13, 21:04:18
@GameDadGrant
Yay! You will not regret it, fantastic game.

I'm listening to RFN right now and they're discussing it!


Posted by 
 on: 08/28/13, 00:15:23
Man I'm so behind on everything.


Posted by 
 on: 08/28/13, 03:27:01
@Zero
Yes you are, buy Steamworld Dig! Forget all this 2DS and Wii U price-cut nonesense, the real story here is a badass 3DS exclusive that everyone should be playing and talking about!


Posted by 
 on: 08/28/13, 20:39:51
Just finished my 2nd playthrough and this time I was able to get 100% completion no problem, in fact I ended up with tons of cash and orbs and nothing to spend them on because I'd bought every item in every shop, cleaned out the town! Of course the most expensive upgrades are practically game-breaking... by the end of the game you're so powerful you can really wreck shop.

Sequel please! Soon?


Posted by 
 on: 09/12/13, 15:34:24
I totally dismissed this game when I heard about it based on it's iOS roots and the graphical style, what a fool I was.

I'm 1 hour in and loving it! The exploration is fun and the controls feel great.
There isn't as much faffing about on the surface as I initially thought, which is a good thing. A quick upgrade then back to the digging.
Yeah Steamworld!


Posted by 
 on: 09/16/13, 20:08:14
Is it just me, or is the music in this game kind of Metroid-like?


Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 19:35:21
@Super_Conzo
Yayyyyy!!!! Someone else who appreciates this game, oddly enough I think it's iOS roots might have helped it, the constant feedback loop of awards and progression smacks of a game designed to be addictive. Well... it's addictive, in a good way! If this game was never ending I'd just keep digging and digging further and further down, as long as the upgrades and abilities kept coming.


Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 21:19:17
Completed!
Finished in 5:05 which makes me think the game is overpriced by about 20%, but it was such an enjoyable play I'd still wholeheartedly recommend it!

A very compact Metroid experience. Do it!


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 15:44:07
Super_Conzo said:
Finished in 5:05 which makes me think the game is overpriced by about 20%
To be fair it's only $9, and for me it's the kind of game I will replay a lot, it's too fun.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:13:27
@deathly_hallows
Oh how I envy you re-players.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:25:21
Haha.

Well, if we're going to use the dollar-to-playtime metric, weren't Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission about 8 hours tops, the first time through? Makes the "5 hours of fun for 9 bucks" ratio look pretty good.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:27:53
@Guillaume
For me Steamworld Dig and Metroid Fusion both took about 8 hrs on my first playthrough, although I was trying to 100% Steamworld Dig on the first run, I could have easily ended the game a couple hours eariler but I kept digging for orbs (one of the types of currency needed to unlock all the upgrades, for those who have not played).

It's a different age, it's hard to imagine a game like Fusion costing $30 now.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:36:20  - Edited by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:47:33
@Guillaume
Point taken.

For some reason my attitude to the eShop has been £/$1 per hour.
Gunman Clive, Mighty Switch Force, Sakura Samurai, Spin Cycle - these all obey my model. There is total replayability in Steamwold Dig though so I retract my comment.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:39:04  - Edited by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:39:33
A game would have to be a complete disaster in order for it not to be worth playing if it costs less than $9. IMO, anyway.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:42:08
@Super_Conzo
Well it is pretty short, the reason I replayed right away was because I was still having so much fun with the mechanics yet the main story was over. If they make a sequel for this game I'd like to see it be 2 or 3X as large with more secret rooms and puzzles and items to find. Hopefully that will happen since this game was received pretty well. I heard a rumor somewhere it's coming to Steam, I hope that's the case, it needs more exposure.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:45:09
@deathly_hallows

I seem to recall that the developer was very happy with sales on the eShop, so the chances of another game from them (a sequel or otherwise) is fairly high. I think/hope.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:46:58
@GameDadGrant
Yeah I heard that too. Makes me happy, this game was a huge sleeper hit for me, it's already on my shortlist for best of 2013.


Posted by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:49:04  - Edited by 
 on: 09/21/13, 18:49:24
@deathly_hallows
You need to play better games then

Once my 3DS is found and located, this is an insta buy.


Posted by 
 on: 09/22/13, 12:14:04
Bought this on a whim, and played it through in one sitting. Very Super-Metroidey, with a vibe of a certain flash game I played years ago with a similar theme*. It's not a long game, but digging is fun, and you'll want to start over to do more. It has the feel of a game that you can "ruin" if you dig the wrong way, or spend too much on the wrong things, but it's short enough that you can restart guilt-free.
The story leaves room for a sequel and another playable character (if that isn't simply unlocked in this game one way or another). Image and Form are also very good about interacting with their audience and critics over twitter, and they'll most likely follow you if you have something (or two) to say about their game.
It also feels like Steamworld Dig could have used randomly generated map algorithm, but perhaps I&F ran out of time before they could implement such a thing. The mine is the same each time through, although it's big enough that you won't memorize where all the minerals are.

*There were two games actually. One where you're trying to dig to Hell so that you can join a dance party there, and one where you're a robot mining on Mars (with similar mineral names, e.g.: "Bronzium, and Goldium" to Steamworld's "Trashium and Bronzite"), where you ALSO end up in Hell, fighting off Satan.


Posted by 
 on: 09/22/13, 12:42:46
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