Even after six years, SteamWorld Dig 2 stays one of many greatest Metroidvania video games you may play right now, and you’ll seize it for simply $4 for the following week.
I first noticed this deal within the little Steam sale that writer Thunderful is placing on, however fortunately, this low cost can also be accessible on Nintendo Change, PlayStation, and Xbox (for the following six to eight days relying in your platform of alternative). It is really solely $3 with PlayStation Plus, and a still-cheap $5 on Change.
SteamWorld Dig 2 is not the one recreation on sale, by the way in which. With some variance between platforms, the pleasant SteamWorld Heist XCOM-like, SteamWorld Quest card recreation, and authentic SteamWorld Dig are additionally accessible for reasonable. However SteamWorld Dig 2 stays my favourite recreation of the collection, and each Metroidvania fan must play it.
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a vibrant steampunk side-scroller a couple of robotic in search of one other robotic within the bowels of the earth, and it is nonetheless as attractive because it was in 2017 due to its likable, chunky artwork model. In a nutshell, you dig your approach by means of the bottom seeking sources and discoveries then carry them again to base for upgrades to your subsequent tour, and the ingenious half is how your tunnels down double as your platforms up.
Between scripted platforming bits tied to upgrades that can tickle the Metroidvania receptor in your mind, you principally grow to be a degree designer as you carve your approach by means of the dust, snagging as a lot treasure as you may whereas holding your tunnels secure and navigable. The way in which you dig modifications as you unlock new instruments and even weapons, and the ensuing sense of company over your pathing, juxtaposed with the cascading ‘Aha!’ moments inherent in Metroidvanias, is electrifyingly enjoyable.
I have not even gotten to one of the best half. I simply checked my Steam stats to substantiate this, and positive sufficient, SteamWorld Dig 2 is about 10 to 12 hours lengthy. That is pretty large Microvania requirements, however nonetheless fairly modest by the 20 – 40-hour requirements of many Metroidvanias. Frankly, that is one in every of my favourite issues about it. It is precisely so long as it must be, with simply sufficient overlap on the earth design to gasoline satisfying exploration however nonetheless so little fats that it by no means feels repetitive or drawn-out. It in some way ticks all of the Metroidvania packing containers in so little time, and with such creativeness besides.
The subsequent recreation on this loosely outlined collection is SteamWorld Construct, a promising metropolis builder that made an important first impression after we tried it earlier this yr.