A big part of the excitement of diving into any new SteamWorld title is discovering just how Image & Form have decided to interpret the genre of that game and in which ways they’ll refresh and hopefully reinvent its already established mechanics. Sure, you look forward to some whimsical character interactions and continued iteration and improvement upon the universe’s art style, but a big part of what makes SteamWorld games special is how consistently they are able to take something familiar and tweak it just enough to make you feel like you’re playing a new kind of experience, while simultaneously wondering why every other game before it didn’t do things this way. That’s the magic of Image & Form’s work; it’s a special alchemy that takes the best parts of many games, improves upon those elements where necessary, and brings them together to create a fun, well-polished experience.
SteamWorld Dig has resurfaced, and it has made its way onto the Nintendo Switch. The game does so, cleanly and wonderfully. By design, SteamWorld Dig is completely unchanged in its transition to the new console, so it is the same game as the other versions in every way. While I would have liked to see new features, touch controls, or enhancements from SteamWorld Dig 2, it just isn’t needed. And even though there’s nothing new to be found here, what’s here is a tightly packed game that put Image & Form on the map. SteamWorld Dig is a treasure all its own.