Posts Tagged ‘Image & Form’

Podcast: Destiny 2, Steamworld Dig 2 and binge gaming

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Oh heavens look at you, you’ve been bingeing on videogames again. Pumping platformers into your veins and shoving shooters into your piehole. That’s fine, so have we. This week’s edition of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is all about binge gaming. Alec joins us to talk about chomping down on numbers-go-up alien-zapper Destiny 2, which Adam has also been gorging on. Meanwhile, I’ve been happily dig-dugging my way through robotic metroidvania Steamworld Dig 2, which as far as I’m concerned is far healthier and wiser.
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Steamworld Dig 2 is a gentle jewel

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I’ve got a hookshot. Have you got a hookshot? I bet you don’t. I bet you’ve just got hands. Borrrring. Despite Steamworld Dig earning John’s admiration (so much so that he also used the comedy word “aplomb” when describing it) I had never played it. But I’m glad to have picked up its sequel, Steamworld Dig 2 [official site], in which a friendly robot called Dorothy goes looking for her uncle Rusty, the hero of the first game, in the deep mines beneath a western-style town. To get ever-deeper she has to dig, fight insects, plant bombs, and most importantly, hookshooooot.
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SteamWorld Dig 2 PC release date confirmed

SteamWorld Dig 2 [official site], the follow-up to 2013’s fab sci-fi dig-o-metroidvania-a-roguelikelike, will launch for PC on September 22nd. When developers Image & Form said the PC version would follow the console debut “a few days after”, they were lying – that’s only one day later. Huzzah! You pretty little liars. This is the best form of lie. Read the rest of this entry »

PSA: SteamWorld Dig is free on Origin (for now)

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This is Brendan coming to you live from the Gamer Network offices. The whole RPS team is meeting up in real life today and talking about you, the reader, behind your back. And although I’m here with them, I’d never do that. I’ve always been respectful of you, and I’d never call you “the fickle mass of human excrement”, if that’s what you’ve heard. Anyway, I’m just sneaking out to tell you: SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt [official site] the colourful robot shovelling platformer that John really enjoyed, is free on Origin today. You should probably sort that out.

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Steamworld Dig 2 release date unearthed

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Colourful shovel-em-up SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt is getting a sequel, didn’t you know (you did) and the release date is now September 21, we’ve been told. But, oh no, that’s for the Nintendo Switch. SteamWorld Dig 2 [official site] will come out on Steam on the slightly vague “a few days later”. No worries, that’s still mere weeks from this particular arbitrary fraction of our temporal reality we’re calling “Monday”. Here’s a wee trailer showing off some of the pickaxing, grappling-hooking and monster-bashing. Read the rest of this entry »

Turn-Based Robot Wars: SteamWorld Heist Out June 7th

SteamWorld Heist [official site], sez John, is “a turn-based combat even a great big dolt like me can enjoy”. That was after a hands-on session with the game last year and I’ve been waiting for the game ever since, as have dolts everywhere. Set in the same world as Steamworld Dig, it’s an entirely different kind of game, being based around side-scrolling turn-based tactical combat. It looks great and it’s out next week, on June 7th.

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Have You Played… SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful Of Dirt?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Fantastic on the 3DS, and then fantastic with much prettier graphics on PC, SteamWorld Dig [official site] is a combination of Metroidvania and mining, that manages to deliver that most difficult to balance of genres with aplomb.

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Turn-Based Steampunk Shooting: SteamWorld Heist Trailer

Our John recently played SteamWorld Heist [official site], the side-scrolling, turn-based tactical shooter follow-up to platformer SteamWorld Dig, and he certainly liked it. But John is an old, old man now, and who knows what those eyes can even see anymore? No, you should see it for yourself, which is just what a new trailer playing through clips of combat scenarios offers.

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Hands On: SteamWorld Heist

SteamWorld Dig was a surprise joy in 2013. Released first on the Nintendo 3DS, then latterly to Steam, it was a side-scrolling rogue-lite mining platformer, which turned out to be a superb combination of elements. If you haven’t played it, dear me, you ought. Developers Image & Form more recently announced their follow-up game, set in the same universe of water-seeking robots, SteamWorld Heist [official site]. This time it’s a side-scrolling turn-based space explorer, part XCOM, part Gunpoint. You can’t accuse them of resting on their laurels. I’ve had a play of one of Heist’s levels, and it’s looking like they’ve created a turn-based combat even a great big dolt like me can enjoy.

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SteamWorld Heist: A Turn-Based Space Robot Roguelite

One of the most overlooked games of 2013 was Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig. A total overhaul of the splendid 3DS original, it combined puzzling, exploration, a dash of Spelunky, and the all important mining, to create a Metroidvania that I merrily completed a second time over for its PC version. So it’s with a keen ear that I hear news of their next game: SteamWorld Heist. However, despite the shared title, this is a whole other game – a space-themed, turn-based, survival game, scavenging a dead world with a team of rusty robots. Many more details, and a brief teaser trailer below.

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Wot I Think: SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful Of Dirt

We learned late last month that metroidvania-meets-Spelunky-and-other-stuff dig-em-up SteamWorld Dig, the 3DS hit, was making its way to PC. Today it’s arrived, on Steam, and I’ve finished it all over again. Here’s wot I think:

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RPS Exclusive: SteamWorld Dig Coming To PC!

There’s a good chance you’ve not played one of the best games of 2013. Back in August, 3DS download game SteamWorld Dig came from nowhere, to receive a flurry of 8s and 9s. It was a breakout hit on the portable platform, and deservedly so. At that perfect meeting point between Metroidvania and Mr Driller, capturing the essence of Spelunky, and achieving absolutely precision platforming, it was a massive, joyful surprise. And yet, as I devoured it, I kept thinking: wouldn’t this be even better on PC?

RPS can exclusively reveal that it is to be. An HD remake will be arriving on Steam on the 5th December. We’ve got the world’s first footage of the new version below, and the first interview with the team about the transition to the Mother Platform.

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