SteamWorld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a side-scrolling platformer and mining adventure game developed and published by Image & Form, a Swedish independent game studio. The game was released in 2017 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux.


In SteamWorld Dig 2, players control Dorothy, a steambot who searches for her lost friend Rusty, the protagonist of the first SteamWorld Dig game.

  • Mining: A core mechanic of the game involves digging deep into the earth, collecting valuable resources and uncovering hidden caves and treasures.
  • Platforming: As players explore the underground world, they navigate through intricate platforming challenges, avoiding hazards and enemies.
  • Upgrades: Resources gathered from mining can be used to upgrade Dorothy's equipment and abilities, allowing her to dig deeper, explore further, and overcome new challenges.

The game features a charming, steampunk-inspired art style, with colourful characters and detailed environments that bring the world of SteamWorld to life.

Setting and Story

SteamWorld Dig 2 takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where steam-driven robots, or steambots, have become the dominant form of life.

The game follows Dorothy's quest to find her lost friend Rusty, uncovering the secrets of the underground world and the mysterious force that threatens the existence of steambots.


SteamWorld Dig 2 received critical acclaim upon release, with praise directed at its addictive gameplay loop, clever level design, and charming presentation. Critics noted that the game builds upon the strengths of its predecessor, delivering a more polished and expansive experience.

The game won several awards, including Best Platformer at the Titanium Awards 2017 and was nominated for Best Indie Game at The Game Awards 2017.

Fun Facts

  • SteamWorld Dig 2 is a sequel to the original SteamWorld Dig, which was released in 2013. The game features several nods and references to the events and characters of the first game.
  • The game's soundtrack, composed by Steam Powered Giraffe, perfectly captures the whimsical and adventurous spirit of the SteamWorld universe.
  • Image & Form has created several other games set in the SteamWorld universe, including SteamWorld Heist, a turn-based strategy game, and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, a card-based RPG.

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a shining example of how a simple concept, executed with skill and charm, can create an unforgettable gaming experience. Its success is a testament to the talent and creativity of the team at Image & Form and their commitment to crafting unique and engaging worlds.