Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I Dig It Review

There is a flash game online, called Motherlode. In it, you mine on Mars for assorted gems, and sell them for upgrades to your digger. Many people have played it, and yearned for an iPhone version. Well, it came in the form of I Dig It. After the release of its 1.1 update, it rocketed to the top of the App Store. Why? It's a great game.
I Dig It, $2.99, by InMotion LLC, is a game similar to Motherlode, in the fact that you are digging. You are a farmer on Earth, who has to get $100,000 in 4 hours, to pay off his mortgage. You use a very accurate analog stick on the right side of the screen, enter buildings to re-fuel or purchase upgrades. On the left side of the screen, there is a box with your remaining fuel, hull damage, cargo space remaining, and cash. On the left side of the virtual world there is a store, where you can buy upgrades to your hull, coolant, drill, radar, fuel tank, or cargo hold, and also purchase dynamite, an auxiliary tank, or repair your ship. In the middle of the world, there is a fuel pump, and on the right, a building where you sell your gems. 
Once you start drilling, you look for gems, and when you drill through them, they are added to your cargo. The deeper you get, the hotter your digger gets, and that is why you need a better coolant. Your range of vision is also impaired, based on the level of your radar. As you run out of fuel, you need to return to the surface, and buy new fuel.
Even with all of the features of I Dig It, some people might not like it. It is somewhat repetitive, and people who do not have very much patience would not like it. It takes a while to upgrade your digger enough to dig really deep and get the really valuable gems.
Although I Dig It is repetitive, it is also very fun. You can make a very deep tunnel, and try to get down as far as possible, then just start another tunnel, and focus on that. There are also challenges, which are separate from the normal game mode, and you have to complete certain tasks. Also, it obviously has over 4 hours of gameplay, so it beats the $1/hour ratio.

Great Controls
Good Graphics
Beats the $1/Hour Ratio


Bottom Line: If you are impatient, do not buy I Dig It. But if you are, it is a fun game that is priced under its real value.

Graphics: 4.5/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Controls: 4.5/5
Replay Value: 4/5

Overall: 8.5/10 (not an average)


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