Hello ladies and gents! Today, I would like to talk about Dig or Die, a title by indie game developer Gaddie Games. This is a very, very early title that has a great deal of potential. Dig or Die is a 2D exploration/resource collection/base building game with destructible environments. There are currently four enemy types; big fish, flying wasps that shoot light at you, dog/rhinoceros crossbreed looking creatures, and spiky turtles.
You can (and should) upgrade your starting gear to mine a greater variety of materials, have longer range, and get more powerful turrets and weapons. During the day, your time is best spent gathering resources and exploring, while at night it is best spent tensely sitting in the middle of a sea of turrets and shooting any monsters that get past the tower defense system you have made around your fleshy delicious body.
There are already different areas in the game, some of which are difficult to access- or leave. During one of my playthroughs, I fell down into a chasm filled with water. This cushioned my fall, but I was then stuck at the bottom with not enough materials to get out. The physics of building materials- which I believe can make this game a very special title- hurt you here, as trying to build something tall enough to get out is a challenge, as structures tend to fall in on themselves. A good addition would be a craftable escape rope which could be used to get to a higher level.
The crafting system is fairly simple; get items that let you craft better materials, use these materials to defend yourself and build an upgraded crafting table. A few annoyances are your inability to craft without a crafting table, so if you lose yours you are in trouble, and different crafting tables have different recipes, so the better ones do not always have the recipes you need. Part of this is to encourage players to build a home base and go gather from there, but there should be some crafting available even in the overworld, or else it is very easy to get stuck with no way to get out.
Overall, I would recommend this game, especially with the low barrier to entry (It currently costs 3 bucks on Steam Greenlight). The game will become more expensive over time, and the developer talked about an art overhaul (though the current art is perfectly functional.) If you want a game like Terraria but with a different feel and physics, this is a great game to try out!
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Hi! I am Eugene Shenderov, and I am a starting game designer. You can find my website at www.thisandthatgames.com. Send me a message if you have any questions!
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