I have no shame in admitting that yes I am over 30 and still play computer games, now some people may think this is a younger persons game (no pun intended but I’ll take it) and they may well be right. I mean, after all, I have a child under 2, with another baby due within the next month, however, the Nintendo Switch has completely opened up my playstyle, being able to pick up a console and take on the go and having short chopped up play sessions is exactly what I needed. What does this have to do with SteamWorld Dig 2 I hear you frantically mashing on your keyboard somehow? For me? Just about everything.
The first thing that strikes me about this game is how quickly you are jumping right into the crux of what the game is. There is little to no hand-holding too if you wish it and this is very welcome. You don’t need to have knowledge of the first game to get stuck into this one and the things I enjoyed about the first SteamWorld Dig, getting lost in the underground world, battling enemies and collecting gems and trying desperately to find my exit, I am glad to see have not disappeared in this experience.
The art style is crisp and beautiful, it’s lovely to look at both in handheld and docked mode and the lighting effects really make the game shine. I must admit I preferred playing with the system docked to better read any text on the screen and to get the full majesty of the graphics seeping into my tired eyes. For a title where you are spending your time digging underground it wastes little time pulling its punches in this department, the environments are always lovely to look at and begging to be explored.
Are you a fan of platformers? How do you feel about a Metroid like setup? Do you like collecting shiny things? How do you feel about upgrades? If you answered in the positive to just one of those things, or maybe all then you shall be all too happy and at home here. My immediate takeaway, the controls are a joy to use, my jumping felt tight intentional and made navigating my underground mazes that I had constructed through digging and engaging in combat genuinely very intuitive. You are rewarded for exploring and that truly is the name of the game here, you’ll be kept busy for quite some time and that is never a problem in a game such as this.
It's not a perfect game and if you are not the kind of person that relishes seeing all secrets that a game has to offer you may lament that this perhaps has less replay value, but in my opinion, there is more than enough here to warrant the entry fee.
Ultimately with the price you are paying for the game and with the pick up and play in short bursts style of the Switch (my recommended platform – though perhaps I am biased) I can see myself (and anyone else for that matter) on the collecting path of SteamWorld Dig 2 for some time to come. I wouldn’t hesitate in picking it up, a thoroughly enjoyable title that left me wanting more.
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a direct sequel to the award-winning SteamWorld Dig and developed by Image & Form Games. A code for the Nintendo Switch version was kindly provided by Image & Form Games for review. This game was reviewed by Brendan Hill, who also is the main illustrator for EvilHairDay. When he isn't playing games or drowning in artwork, he's busy being a parent and when everyone has gone to bed, catching up on TV.