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SteamWorld Dig is available for free on Origin right now

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SteamWorld Dig is a charming platformer with some neat procedural generation tricks. Basically, your little playable cowboy robot must dig downwards through the ground in order to unearth stuff, with the whole affair feeling like a Minecraft / Metroidvania hybrid. I lost countless hours to this diabolical game, and now you can too: it's currently free on Origin.

 The offer is available "for a limited time only", but since you know about it right now, go forth and secure it. It's good timing, because SteamWorld Dig 2 comes out later this month, and while it undoubtedly adds a bunch of new features to the format, playing its predecessor is a good way to establish whether the new game is worth taking a punt on.

Here's the sequel's trailer, for your interest.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.