‘SteamWorld Dig’ makes its way to Switch, and it’s a lovely transition

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Late last year, the platform mechanics of Image & Form Games release SteamWorld Dig 2 for each of the main platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. The game was beautifully-crafted, an addictive joy to play and easy to get the hang of, but for those that hadn’t had a chance to play the original game, they were left with only part of the story.

Hence the remedy.

Released on Feb. 1, the Switch port of SteamWorld Dig comes to the platform in all of its simple, exploration-based glory. And while we have to admit that jumping from the blissful and beautiful second game back to the first is a bit jarring, a couple hours in and we were sold. The game absolutely holds up.

In a way, it provides a deep look into just what was changed or improved between the two titles, in the same way a sequel can sometimes enhance the themes of the original -- just, you know, the other way around.

And while some of the new mechanics and tools were sorely missed going back to the first (looking at you, jackhammer), it was nice to go back and start from the beginning of Rusty’s journey.

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The game itself is pretty stable, too, with no noticeable frame-rate dips or resolution issues, especially not in the jump from docked to undocked on the Switch. And that’s where these games truly shine, when you’re playing off-screen, in bite-sized chunks. You’ll head off to collect a few gems and minerals here and there, explore a bit and then come back later.

These games work wonders in short bursts like this, and the re-introduction to this back and forth mechanic had us jumping right back into SteamWorld Dig 2 as soon as the credits rolled on the first.

If you’ve been on the fence about the series, the first entry provides the perfect gateway to the world Image & Form have created. Thankfully both games, as well as SteamWorld Heist, are all available on the Switch.

If you’ve been putting these games off, now’s the time to experience them.

SteamWorld Dig is now available for the Nintendo Switch. A Review copy was provided by the publisher.

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