SteamWorld celebrates 10th anniversary with physical releases

The SteamWorld double pack will be limited to 3,000 copies (Picture: Super Rare Games)
The SteamWorld double pack will be limited to 3,000 copies (Picture: Super Rare Games)

Super Rare Games announce physical releases of SteamWorld Dig and Heist for Nintendo Switch

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Super Rare Games is a London-based publisher that specializes in the limited release of physical copies of indie games on Nintendo Switch to satisfy all you collectors out there. Not only that but they also offer a lot more goodies ranging from vinyl soundtracks to exclusive collector’s editions.

The latest addition to the lineup features SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist in celebration of the series’ upcoming 10th anniversary. The series began with the release of SteamWorld Tower Defense on the DSi store and has grown quite the following since it’s humble beginnings. Every game in the series has been met with very favorable reviews by critics and users. Given Image & Form’s willingness to change the formula each game has kept the series fresh with each installment.

What is SteamWorld?

In Dig, players follow Dusty, alone Steambot, who receives the deed to his dead uncle’s mine. From there dusty must venture into the mines collecting various minerals before returning to the surface in order to upgrade gear in the Western town of Tumbleton. Although it’s not too challenging the gameplay is very addictive and the loop of venturing further after upgrading your gear will have you mining for hours. Levels are procedurally generated with a Metroidvania-style feel to them and the environment is littered with environmental puzzles, forcing you to think before you dig. There will be 5,000 copies of Dig available on release and as an extra bonus, SteamWorld Dig 2 is also included on the cartridge.

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From spelunking to space shootouts, Heist takes place centuries after the events of Dig 2 where Steambots explore the far reaches of space after the destruction of Earth. Players take the role of Captain Piper as she leads her crew through space in search of water, the currency, and fuel of this post-apocalyptic universe. Gameplay consists of turn-based strategy combat in which units have different abilities depending on their class. As Piper is a captain, she can inspire her crew as she levels up and is a crack shot with a handgun. Unlike Dig, Heist can be difficult at times, and having units die during battle can be punishing if you’re trying to level them up. Super Rare Games is offering the Ultimate Edition of SteamWorld Heist which includes a wide array of missions, weapons, upgrades, and hats that were previously only available as DLC. Upon release, there will be 6,000 copies of SteamWorld Heist available.

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Overall it’s great to see these games get a physical release on Switch as they’re a blast to play. Not only that but in Super Rare fashion each copy will have a whole lot of goodies available for collectors to sink their teeth into, although not literally I hope. Each release includes a full-color manual, interior artwork, an exclusive sticker, and three trading cards randomly selected from a five-card set.

Pre-orders for SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist go live July 9th at 6:00 pm BST. Each game will be £30 each or you can alternatively buy the collectors double-pack for £60 and can only be purchased from

Are you looking forward to picking these up? You’ll have to be quick though as I imagine they’ll go pretty fast! Let us know what you think of the SteamWorld series in the comments below and don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel where we upload daily!

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Hey I'm Zacc, gaming was a big part of my childhood and it has shaped me into who I am today. My Dad introduced me to Ocarina of Time as a kid and almost 20 years later I introduced him to Breath of the Wild

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