SteamWorld Dig 2 Review: It Deserves a Spot in Every Player’s Switch
As you may know that SteamWorld Dig 2 is the sequel to SteamWorld Dig, which IGN once spoke highly of and scored it (9.5/10）. I've got my hands on the game to see how the sequel performs and from what I experienced, I got to say that "so far so great" and even more, I’d give you a small warn: you’ll get hooked up by the game!
The first SteamWorld Dig game ends up that the plucky robot miner Rusty defeated the boss but was lost in the cave-in. Thus, in SteamWorld Dig 2, we meet a new character named Dorothy whose mission is to find her missing friend Rusty. What Dorothy has to do is keeping digging in the mines with her pickaxe and other items acquired after level up.
Like the predecessor, you can experience game elements like action, puzzle solving, resource management mixed into SteamWorld Dig 2. In Dorothy's mine digging journey, she has to collect all the minerals and jewels but at the same time she needs to deal with the traps or enemies buried in the mines. As the game goes on, Dorothy has to sell the stuff she collects, buying new equipments and also update them to be more powerful.
Another thing you should pay attention to is your lamplight's durability and backpack capacity meanwhile you need to plan your digging tunnel as you have enemies lurking around so you have to dig in a way that you can easily retrace back.
Thanks to the steampunk character design, Dorothy is able to get through and jump freely in the mine. As you keep playing, Dorothy will be more versatile. A new Hookshot can be obtained to get out of reach objects and treasures. Also, a jackhammer can be used to pound through unbreakable rocks. There's even a jet engine that Dorothy can use to soar above the mine.
SteamWorld Dig 2 also has some interesting puzzle designs as there are traps here and there. It definitely requires skill and agile operation either in digging quickly or avoid traps and enemies.
Progression system is based on purchasing upgrades with gold earned from mining. The Cog Mode allows players to upgrade the abilities. There is an experience system in the game which affects gold gain from selling things as they level up.
It’s worth noting this game doesn’t feature randomized dungeons, in other words, the amount of resources is fixed, and planning the route in advance will help collect as many resources as possible in the map. According to Image & Form, SteamWorld Dig 2 has far bigger world than the predecessor and it will cost players much time to explore, which means more fun is awaiting.
As a matter of fact, this is the third game in the series and the developer has been very experienced in building underground world. The lack of difficulty variation may cost new players some time to learn to play, but the game in general not only delivers the quality the previous games did but also brings the game to a new high level. It definitely would be a must buy title for all Switch players, no matter you’ve played the original game or not.