Emergent narrative. A phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit these days, and for a good reason. Games like Journey and XCOM: Enemy Unknown that give players a real feeling that they’re creating their own story within the framework of the world and setting given to them.
It’s what makes games like Minecraft and others so much fun. Each player (literally, at times) carves their own unique signature in the world. Steamworld Dig seems like a game that would easily make that same mark. Despite its polish and hint of excellence, it falls just a bit short of unforgettable.