SteamWorld Dig 2
SteamWorld Dig 2 (SWD2) is the new game from Image & Form, and is the next instalment of the much loved original which landed on multi-platforms back in 2013. Since then we have had Heist too, which was a turn based strategy platformer in space. SWD2 is in essence a platform game, very much in the vein of Metroid etc, with its gorgeous steampunk look.
The first thing that you notice about the game is how absolutely beautiful it is. I mean, all the Image & Form games have been great to look at, but something about this really pops. It is so bright and joyful to look at, it’s a real treat for the eyes.
On to the story… You play as Dot, who is trying to find Rusty, he of the original game, so you pick up your trusty pick axe and set on your adventure mining for precious diamonds and ore as you go about your travels. You pick up a friend along the way who gently helps you throughout, and honestly, it gets the best lines, putting a wry smile on your face when you chat.
Mining is the name of the game, and while that is how you will spend most of your time, you do get the chance to upgrade your abilities as you go, some of which you get during your play, such as explosive arrows and a grappling hook. I won’t say much more as to spoil it for you, but suffice to say, there is a lot of fun to be had with your gadgets and abilities. Of course, you start the game with your trusty pickaxe & lantern, which can be upgraded throughout too.
The size of the game is another noticeable difference from the first, it’s so much bigger! There are many different areas, each with their own distinct looks, puzzle rooms to beat, and gladly they can be somewhat of a challenge too.
This time around, the enemies are definitely out to get you, some rush you when they see you, some bounce and explode in a shower of needles, and you even have wizards trying to blow you up. It’s nice to see such a variety in the enemy designs.
All in all, SWD2 is an absolute joy to play, and one that will keep you hooked for a good 10+ hours of play. I can’t actually say anything bad about it, you can tell the amount of love and care the studio have put into this game. In essence, you really do need to play this game. Go on, go get it!