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ESRB rating: E10
Review rating: 4.5 stars
It's easy to overlook indie games when modern media focuses on mega-blockbuster AAA games created for next-gen consoles. But anyone willing to ... ahem ... dig past the hype will discover some truly wonderful gaming experiences, like "SteamWorld Dig." This fun title won't "wow" players with Hollywood-style cinematic techniques, but it will still eat up plenty of free time!
When an adorable steambot named Rusty arrives at an Old West mining town, he discovers that his seemingly mundane skills can restore Tumbleton to its former glory. All he has to do is grab a pickaxe, head into the mines and hammer away to uncover a dangerous secret and plenty of ore.
On the surface, this game appears to be an elaborate version of the infamous game, "Dig Dug," but there's more to it than just digging away. For starters, Rusty can only stay underground for as long as his trusty lamp remains lit. When the oil runs out, he must return to the surface to refuel and sell his ore. This money can be used to upgrade Rusty's current tools as well as new tools he finds underground or buys in the shop. One thing I really like is that it's impossible to purchase every upgrade, which forces players to make tough decisions. Sure that dynamite looks handy, but maybe an improved lamp is the best choice for now.
There's plenty to do in the mines besides digging for ore, such as destroying monsters and finding new skills in hidden areas. It's cool to find new abilities like the rocket punch and the shock absorbers, which come in handy for more difficult levels later in the game. I have a new respect for miners now that I've had to avoid lasers and fight robots just to mine ore.
Gamers looking for an enjoyable rehash of an old genre will find "SteamWorld Dig" to be a pleasant and affordable surprise.'Redshirt'