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SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

Game Profile


SteamWorld Dig is a hardcore platform mining adventure game for Nintendo 3DS.

Take the role as Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives to an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below...

To be released in the Nintendo eShop™ in mid 2013.


  • Carve a path through the earth, and explore a deep underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors.
  • Uncover the remnants of Human civilization, a degenerate race of drunken, dynamite-wielding troglodytes.
  • Meet the weird and interesting townsfolk of Tumbleton and help the community get back on its feet.
  • Beautiful, high-res graphics with dynamic lights and multiple parallaxed background layers.
  • Not another 3D effect showcase nor a cheap port; we’re making an Actual Game™!

Game Review


Europe PAL Version

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A gem to discover

At its best, the 3DS eShop is host to titles with a simple, well-formed idea that's executed with care and skill. SteamWorld Dig, the second in the SteamWorld franchise from developer Image & Form, fits into that mould, incorporating puzzle...

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User Comments (28)



beat said:

those pictures' rez are higher than normal 3ds games what does this mean?



imageform said:

@beat and @Cyb3rnite: yep, it sure does. We're drawing all our graphics in vector format, so that we can use it for more hi-res purposes - posters, gorgeous screenshots and what have you - and then we scale down for the 3DS. Still looks fabulous on the 3DS though, and the gameplay is coming along nicely. We just recorded an early beta gameplay video - I'll post a video link in a separate post here!



imageform said:

We now have an official release date! Looks like you'll have to wait through the first part of the summer, but who'd like to spend the best months of the year underground anyway? STEAMWORLD DIG WILL BE AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON AUGUST 8, 2013.



imageform said:

Things are heating up! Rusty, Dorothy and the rest are hitting the eShop on August 8 in the US, Europe and Australia on August 8! For once, Japan will have to wait a few weeks.



DarkCoolEdge said:

The game looks really good and the reviews reflect that so I'll get it. Probably in september, but I dunno. I can't really wait



SyFyTy said:

."..10 out of 10 in PocketGamer for SteamWorld Dig:" that's saying alot, I hold thier assessment in very high regard. However I was already sold based on a interview I read with one of the developers.. The screens on the eshop look fantasttic, now to DL....



Ryankf said:

I'm probably gonna get this because it looks awesome and i might get some money for it soon.



jsty3105 said:

@yuwarite hopefully! Nintendo could do with more good exclusives that aren't developed by them.

In response to your other question (which got deleted - either by yourself or by a mod), no. I am not random anon. And I am not a driveby commentator. I have only recently started getting involved with commenting on NintendoLife articles.



Playan said:

@imageform I think Steamworld Dig is a really great game. The only thing I can complain about is that I think it was way too short. Hope the sequel will be much longer. Håller tummarna för det och det löser ni nog säkert!



tedko said:

@imageform @Playan I have to agree with Playan here. Steamworld Dig is a fantastic game. Very fun to play, great concept, beautiful artwork, charming characters and dialogue, and absolutely perfect controls. But I'd also like to see the next one (there will be a next one right?) longer and maybe a little more challenging. Maybe more of an emphasis on exploration instead of the game telling you exactly where to go next, or still have that feature for younger players but an option to turn it off. ok, time to go play it again and improve my time.



imageform said:

@ted-k Thanks a lot! The next one won't be the same type of gameplay, but we'll make sure it's long enough - and hopefully we can have different difficulty settings through easy means as the one you're suggesting. Happy gaming!

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