When Minecraft first appeared, even the developers couldn’t imagine that block-building games will become a genre of their own. Starbound and Terraria followed that trend and today we have many releases inspired by these games. One of those is Dig or Die, a new indie title developed by Gaddy Games. Let’s see whether it is different enough and worth of your attention.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Physics
Your spaceship had failed you and you found yourself on a weird unknown planet with little resources apart from scrap metal from your crashed ship. The goal of the game is to make a rocket that you will use to escape from the planet. However, before you can start designing the rocket, you need to set up a fortress you will use to defend from monsters.
The tutorial isn’t that great and you might be baffled why your structures are falling down at first. Unlike Minecraft, there is a lot of physics implemented in Dig or Die. However, the crucial thing to take care of is to dig a hole to set a foundation for your building. You will find that building above ground is not a smart idea, as well as not securing the roofs properly. You see, monsters are out to get you, but you shouldn’t underestimate the weather either. If it is raining heavily, you can expect water to find its way through the gaps you made while building. And if you selected clay or another permeable material for your roof, there is a huge chance that it will leak.
Would You Like to Build a Jetpack?
While finding a way to escape, you will face vicious creatures that will stop at nothing to kill you, especially at night. Crafting skills can be used to create weapons you will use to defend, but the primary line of defense should be building a fortress. You can place turrets and even use the weather conditions to your advantage. If you think you fortified your headquarters, it is time to head out to look for resources. The way to find items required to build the rockets is to defeat boss monsters. There is not a lot of depth to fighting as you just need to aim with your cursor and shoot.
As you progress through the game, Dig or Die will allow you to build complex items, such as the jetpack. This will be particularly useful because the in-game map is incredibly large. The fact that you have to move on foot, in the beginning, can be very annoying. The levels are procedurally generated to increase the replay value, but it won’t be easy to finish the game for the first time. In fact, it is incredibly difficult even if you choose normal difficulty.