Even Though the Sequel Came Out Months Ago
Image&Form Games released the second entry in the SteamWorld Dig series waaayyyyyy before the first on the Nintendo Switch. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still check it out! Here are four reasons why, in no particular order and also in video form:
4) Story – SteamWorld Dig 2 follows a brand new protagonist as she seeks out Rusty, the main character from the first game. Sure, you could just dive right in, assuming he was a rad dude with an affinity for digging very large holes. But there’s so much to his story. You can find out why he has such an affinity. Learning his story might make SteamWorld Dig 2’s narrative all the more rich and compelling. Or your compulsion to dig deeper and deeper holes might be largely unaffected. There’s only one way to find out!
3) Addictive Gameplay – While it might seem like the sequel has this digging/upgrading/yet more digging loop perfected, the first game also more or less had it on lockdown. Yes, the sequel makes this formula even better. But I can’t overstate how polished the gameplay was and is in the first SteamWorld Dig. If you’re not careful, you can lose hours of your life to this simple system. If you’ve already been sucked into this calming routine by the second game, my warnings are too late. In that case, there’s no reason not to keep it going with the original.
2) More Digging – If you’ve long since mastered SteamWorld Dig 2 and are looking for more digging/upgrading/exploring to do, this is the place to do it. There’s just something special about getting dropped into a brand new hole in the ground, an infinite stretch of untouched tiles ready to be dug into. While you could simply replay the second one, why not take this opportunity to break new ground? After all, there’s no hole like a hole that’s yet to be dug.
1) Cost Efficiency – At half the price of the sequel, SteamWorld Dig is like DLC that just happens to be a whole second game. In fact, given the unusual order of release on the Switch, you can think of this as a prequel! One that was made several years before Dig 2. I can’t claim to understand why one Earth Image & Form decided to release these in the order they did. I can, however, easily recommend them both.
In the end, you can’t go wrong with even more digging, more upgrading and more exploration. For more of all things videogames, head over to COGconnected.com