UnderMine Is The Zelda-Style Roguelike You Never Knew You Wanted


Thorium Entertainment has announced that it is bringing its action-adventure roguelike UnderMine to Nintendo Switch next month.

The game has already been downloaded 600,000 times on Steam and Xbox Game Pass, and places you in the role of a “foolhardy peasant” who will stop at nothing to find their fortune in a dark and dangerous mine.

It’s an interesting premise, and one which is made all the more appealing by the fact that UnderMine’s creators clearly owe a small debt to the classic 2D Zelda series, at least in terms of presentation.

As you can see in the trailer, some of the characters sport Link-style outfits, they perform a familiar pose when collecting important items, blow up walls with bombs and even sport an eerily similar animation when they fall down a hole. It’s all done with tongue firmly in cheek, of course, and the presentation in general looks fantastic. The loot-grabbing gameplay and roguelike elements make it stand out from Nintendo’s famous series, even if it does share some technical and visual similarities.

Derek Johnson, founder of Thorium Entertainment, had this to say about the news:

“Ever since we released our first Early Access version, the question our fans kept asking was ‘When is it coming to Switch?’ Releasing a game on a Nintendo platform is a dream come true, and we look forward to new fans joining the horde this February!”

UnderMine currently holds a 9/10 rating on Steam, which certainly bodes well. Our pals over at Eurogamer went hands-on with the Steam version and described it as “a distilled version of Zelda on SNES… if Zelda were confined to a dungeon”. It launches on Thursday, Feb. 11th on Switch, and will cost $19.99.