Steam's latest mining and tower defense mash-up is a smashing success

Dome Keeper
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Update: Dome Keeper's publisher has revealed that the inventive indie is currently smashing it. 

Jónas Antonsson, CEO of Raw Fury, announced on Twitter that the game started turning a profit after being on sale for just a matter of hours and went on to gross a cool $1 million shortly after. 

"With over 7K games launched on Steam this year, this result is far from given, but shows what can happen when an amazing game, made by a world class developer gets the support to make full impact," Antonsson wrote.

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Original story: Dome Keeper is proving to be a hit with players after launching on Steam earlier this week.

At the time of writing the game is sitting on a very respectable 85% user rating on Steam, equating to "very positive". Its popularity is down to its rather unique blend of tower defence, mining, and roguelike elements, which are all wrapped up in a charming pixel art style. 

For those unfamiliar with Dome Keeper, it tasks you with defending your dome from wave after wave of monsters. You must use the brief time you're given between each enemy onslaught to gather your trusty shovel and dig in search of materials and artifacts. These give you access to powerful upgrades and bonuses, significantly increasing your chances of keeping your dome intact for another day. 

While the promise of treasure might prompt you to keep digging, you have to manage your time carefully to make it back to the surface in time to fend off the next wave of attack. You can check it out for yourself in the trailer below.

"It is a shockingly fun game," says one Steam user. "It is a wave defense game with really good artwork, surprisingly good sound and music, with addicting mineral fetching and upgrade managing." Another user is equally as impressed, saying, "The game's presentation is great with nice moody backgrounds, good looking effects, atmospheric music and satisfying sound effects. Everything is crisp and snappy."

It's worth noting that some players have pointed out that the price is a little steep for the amount of content on offer. (It's normally priced at $18 / £14 but currently has a 10% discount on Steam.) Still, if you're looking for a fun and imaginative indie to play over the weekend, it seems you could do a lot worse than Dome Keeper. 

For engrossing narrative adventures, innovative puzzlers and everything in between, check out our guide to new indie games 2022

Anne-Marie Ostler
Freelance Writer

Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue a Games Journalism and PR degree at Staffordshire University. Following that, I've freelanced for GamesMaster, Games TM, Official PlayStation Magazine and, more recently, Play and GamesRadar+. My love of gaming sprang from successfully defeating that first Goomba in Super Mario Bros on the NES. These days, PlayStation is my jam. When not gaming or writing, I can usually be found scouring the internet for anything Tomb Raider related to add to my out of control memorabilia collection.