Dig-N-Rig is a 2D mining game based in the future that challenges players to find and manage resources through unique rig building mechanics which create hours of fun and challenge as players master the possibilities of the available game tools. Created in a similar manner to Tag: The Power of Paint and Narbacular Drop Dig-N-Rig has student game development origins which does show through in the basic 2D graphical style of the game but generally doesn’t detract from the unique mechanics at play outside of sometimes being difficult to distinguish between items.
Like the aforementioned games to also come from student game development Dig-N-Rig offers something unique and explores mechanics rarely offered in more mainstream gaming creations. The trade off in this case is the aforementioned graphics but also in the length of the experience that is far shorter than most video games but with the attached free price tag this is hardly a criticism of the game.
In Dig-N-Rig players will find themselves in the near future (year 2032 to be exact) while they take control of the robot Diggit 6400 who is currently the most sophisticated mining robot on the market and is here to help players extract all the possible resources from the Earth and transport them efficiently back to your lab for research and upgrades.
In order to achieve this players must dig out the Earth beneath them and then design a series of vertical and horizontal conveyors to effectively build their own transportation rig which requires some serious abstract planning. With this rig in place players can then claim the monetary rewards of sending them to the lab which unlocks upgrades, rig pieces and new items to progress deeper into the Earth’s crust for further profit while repeating the cycle again.
This serves as the primary and repeated game loop of Dig-N-Rig with newer rare minerals being introduced to compound on your upgrades further and eventually allow players to uncover fossils and enemies that are in the deepest layers but represent significant difficultly to collect or build your rig around.
If you are looking to test your resource management skills while exploring some creative building mechanics you’ll like the challenge that Dig-N-Rig has to offer where reaching the centre of the Earth won’t be an easy task without careful planning.
- Dig and rig your way to rare Earth resources to upgrade your little Diggit 6400 unit.
- Challenging gameplay that requires careful optimisation and planning to reach the centre of the Earth.
- Unique rig building mechanic that offers simple to learn gameplay with plenty of discovery on the path to mastery.
- Large number of items, upgrades and rig pieces to unlock and drive the upgrade loop.
- Free to play game developed by a group of student game developers.
Review Platform: PC