First revealed as part of The Engine Room (SteamWorld Insider) video, then via email to media and covered in our review, something special awaits all who 100% complete SteamWorld Dig 2 and we’re going to clue you all in on it!
We will not outright reveal what it is, as the whole point of the reward is to be there as something players can strive towards and hopefully earn for themselves but we will provide some insight into it, so as to prepare you all for the horrors that await you.
Firstly, if you have played through the game and beaten the final boss, you’ll know you only visit the Vectron world once right? Wrong? To all who are able to discover ever last secret and gather all 42 artifacts, a new cave will appear high above the Windy Plains and the cave is true evil. For anyone who believes SteamWorld Dig 2 is a little on the easy side, just wait until you get to take on the trials. There are 7 of them and each will test your abilities and skills in a certain way, and one such trial will through you right back into the Vectron world so bad that you’ll literally be screaming and regretting not seeing more of it the first time round.
We’re talking full on horror show and a whole load of Vectrons that wish to do you harm and even if you survive it and escape as you should, there are still plenty of other trials to face and in the event of your demise, you will have to start the whole thing all over again in a randomised order.
Should you work out the tricks to each one and there are plenty of them, the Trials do ease up a tad, although that might have just been due the two cans of beer I had before hand to calm my nerves after yet another visit to Vectron (Those trials scrapped me, a lot.)
Once you do eventually prove victorious though, it is time for one last room and the gift that awaits you and no, it is not Rusty. As nice as it would have been to have him available as a playable character, he is not the prize that awaits and nor is the final prize a T-Shirt or a cake (if you have experience the trials, you’ll get the reference,) but that the prize is, is an artifact.
Yes it is not the prize fans hoped it would be, since it was revealed in the manner that is was, but the final artifact is a clever addition as the description of it is, is not as one dimensional as it may seem. Having spoken about it with Image & Form, the text in the description is actually an Easter egg to The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy and it’s a damn good one at that. So good in fact that it’s the reason why I’m not telling you exactly what it is, as it is something to be experienced and earned, and not just read about and then ignored as SteamWorld Dig 2 players move on to their next game. So yes, there is a prize, it’s not what we wanted, but it is clever, it is very Image & Form and it is an atrifact and we wish you the best of luck getting it, because it is no easy task, but enjoyable and frightening none the less!
So what are you waiting for? Secrets, horrors and more await and it is time to get digging!