SteamWorld Dig 2

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SteamWorld Dig 2 is a video game in the SteamWorld series, developed and published by Image & Form, for Nintendo Switch. It is a sequel to SteamWorld Dig, and marks the return of that game's Metroidvania-style gameplay. It stars Dorothy, a character that previously appeared as an NPC, exploring the mines near the town of El Machino.


After the mysterious disappearance of Rusty, Dorothy decides to stay in the town of El Machino in search with "an unlikely companion". Together, they must journey into the ground below to uncover secrets, discover untold lands, find upgrades, Artifacts, and most importantly, figuring out where Rusty has gone all this time!


As previously mentioned, this game marks the return of the Metroidvania/Spelunky/Dig Dug-style gameplay that was in the original, which consists of exploring mines and finding ores and gems to sell. The game is a lot longer than SteamWorld Dig, with multiple bosses rather than just one. The game also features customisable gear, and in the Switch version, HD Rumble support.


After being hinted at for a few months, SteamWorld Dig 2 was announced in a Nintendo Switch Nindies Presentation on 28 February 2017 as a timed-exclusive for the Nintendo Switch, set for a summer release. It had begun development around the beginning of 2016, following the release of SteamWorld Heist.






On February 20th, 2020 SteamWorld Dig 2 has been announced to release on Google Stadia together with SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist and SteamWorld Quest on a later date. It was also announced that SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Quest will be included in the subscription service Stadia Pro, which means that users of that service will not have to buy those two games additionally.


Bugfixes and Updates


Critical Response

Score Comment Ref(s)
Nintendo Life 9/10 "You will love every moment." [1]
GameSpot 9/10 "A polished jewel." [2]
IGN 8.8/10 "I literally can’t stop playing it!" [3]



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  • The game was originally leaked in a European Union funding document in mid-2016, under the name 'SteamWorld Quest'. It turned out though, that this was just a 'red herring' to keep the game a secret so it could be a surprise when it was announced. SteamWorld Quest later became the name of a different SteamWorld game, seemingly not directly related to Dig 2.
  • Ironically, Dorothy was the original steambot that Rusty sell ores to. Now, Dorothy is the one selling ores.
  • This is the first and only direct sequel in the SteamWorld series so far.