In a new interview, SteamWorld Dig developer Brjann Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form discusses the company’s development of a new installment in the series. Sigurgeirsson stated that Image & Form has “come quite far developing the next game”, but he was hesitant to reveal any more information, saying that they are “waiting for the right moment to announce more details”. The first SteamWorld Dig game has quickly become one of the most loved and respected games in the 3DS eShop. No word on a release time frame for the new game, but in the meantime, check out MNN’s recent review of the first SteamWorld Dig.
The word “addicting” only begins to characterize the gameplay in Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig. As a steambot (a steam-powered robot) with no prior mining experience in an Old West town named Tumbleton, Rusty sets out on an adventure to uncover the secrets of a mystery bestowed upon him by his rusted out and now dead uncle. Beginning his quest with only a basic pickax left to him by his uncle, Rusty must dig his way through an array of perils that await him, including dynamite-wielding skeletons, life-threatening falling rocks, and steambot-seeking lasers. Along the way, precious stones lay hidden and buried in the dirt.
Trading valuable stones and gems for cold hard cash in the town above allows items and power-ups to be purchased from the local merchants. But buying items from the shops is only one way for Rusty to bolster his arsenal of weapons and tools, as he must also traverse caves hidden within the large levels of the game, seeking electrical stations that instill him with new, often steam-powered abilities.
What makes Steamworld Dig so unique and engrossing is the way it employs those power-ups to engage players in new and ever more challenging levels and puzzles. The game achieves a near-perfect balance of level design, difficulty, incentive-based item acquisition, and plain old thrill-a-minute digging, that not only gives every other platformer out there a run for its money, but causes players to perpetually feel like they are just one pickax swing away from a game-altering discovery.
Steamworld Dig is also noteworthy for its utterly efficient narrative and gameplay. Rather than embroil gamers in dialogue or flashy graphics, the game moves along at a brisk pace, and somehow a gaming experience founded on an incredibly repetitive activity like digging, manages to remain fresh and never boring. With fun Western music, a quirky story, and surprises waiting under every speck of gravel, SteamWorld Dig may be the best indie platformer on Nintendo 3DS.
Agatsuma Entertainment has announced plans to release Sayonara (Farewell) Umihara Kawase overseas. The platformer, featuring a 19-year-old Japanese girl who wears school uniform and carries a pink rucksack, was originally released on the SNES in 1994 and since then has spun many sequels. The Nintendo 3DS version sees a number of playable characters including the now 20-year-old Umihara Kawase, her kid double, her future descendant Yokoyama who is able to bend time, and her childhood friend Emiko who can restart various levels.
Speaking about an overseas release, Agatsuma’s general manager Rica Kuno Matsumura said: “Yes, we are planning to release [Farewell] Umihara Kawase in future, but not fixed anything yet. Maybe we will discuss during E3 with other new titles?” Sayonara Umihara Kawase is set to release in Japan this summer.
Developer Saturine Games has announced that it plans to release Turtle Tale on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Turtle Tale is described as a gimmick-free, classic 2D platformer, and it’s inspired by platformers on the NES and SNES. In the upcoming game, players control a turtle who’s armed with a neutralizing water gun and help him defend his tropical island from unwelcome creatures. Click here to view more screenshots from the game.
In Super Ubi Land, a player tries to help Ubi escape from being imprisoned by the evil Dr. Terrestrial on Climate Island. The game features 2D platforming, boss battles, five worlds, hand-drawn art and a unique soundtrack. Super Ubi Land will be released in 2013.
Notion Games also said Nintendo invites it to develop games for both the Nintendo 3DS and new Wii U console.
The Cave launches in January 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. The game features a total of seven playable characters, each of whom has his or her own story and behaves differently, including The Monk, The Scientist, The Hillbilly and The Twins.