The universe SteamWorld continues to expand, offering a sequel to the original adventure with new game mechanics and a nice patch once controversial decisions.
In the centre of the action SteamWorld Dig 2 steam robot Dorothy, who are looking for the hero of the first part to Grow. Meet electronic life form by the name of the Hairdryer, she is drawn into the whirlpool of events, where mystical tremors can lead to the destruction of the city robots to absolutely disastrous consequences for steampunk civilization of the future.
Like her predecessor, Dorothy has the skills of an excavator and a drilling rig, gnawing tunnels to the treasure and secret rooms in the body of the earth. Vertical drilling involves a number of risks, including the exploding plants, evil monsters, and rivers of acid and lava in the later stages of immersion.
Dorothy collects treasures and new upgrades, from time to time returning to robot city, which serves as a key hub in the game. The process of traveling to the city is possible through painful backtracking already dug tunnels, and hidden in the ground points of the pneumatic conduit. Air mechanism will deliver you to the right place in just a few seconds. You can also return to the city after the death of the character, sacrificing the greater part of the collected treasure.
Gems can be exchanged from the local robots on the coin, which will fit for the acquisition of new permanent upgrades, reinforcing a lantern, a pickaxe or increasing the number of pockets in your backpack.
Following the precepts of Metroid and Castlevania, the developers have important gameplay features and gadgets, such as a plasma pickaxe, rope with cat, a rocket launcher or a jetpack, in a special section of the world, which you get at the convoluted plot. New devices are pushing you to return to previously traversed locations in search of secrets and interesting tests.
In addition to the purchase of the improvements and receipt of gadgets, role-playing game system involves the installation of special gears that give useful but not very important for gameplay perks, and can be swapped to other devices at any time. For example, a pair of gears can give you immunity to acid and lava for a couple seconds, enough to use one of the saving instruments.
The gear will have to produce, passing numerous optional dungeons, designed for your skill, logic and use of special skills.
The main difference SteamWorld Dig 2 from the original – is a well-planned structure of the levels. Yes, you can dig in different directions, but within the framework prescribed by the authors of the concept. This eliminates the creation of impassable areas, especially in the early stages when you have no cats or jet packs. Of course, this introduces limitations in your abilities, but virtually eliminates the unpleasant effects that happen though, but very rarely. So, in the first hours of the game I dug a tunnel from which I could not get back to town without running the system self-destruct.
In addition, the game is very poorly made map that is difficult to use without prompting.
It should be noted that the level of difficulty of the game is quite smooth, and the rare boss fights are logical and do not require too much many options for finding the right solution. What is true of one section that actively uses the run, which, by that time you will likely forget.
The story for all its predictability, frustrating final twist, seems too artificially broken and crumpled against the background of slow development.
Graphically, the game looks modestly, but stylishly, with well drawn characters, nicely animated monsters and stylistically diverse locations. Three major sections are where you’ll the plot, skillful use of different color palettes that wins against the more simple of the original.
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a great continuation of the series, which acquires new ideas and well-adapted solutions. This project is ideal for users of portable gaming devices, like Switch or Vita. But the interesting dungeons and adorable the characters look perfect and on home gaming systems, especially in the gaps between sparkling all the colors of autumn blockbusters, which this year to our surprise too much.