In Space Miner you play Joe (or Jade) Gritstone, a fresh college graduate who starts working at his/her uncle's asteroid mine field. Shortly after his arrival, however, uncle Jebediah signs a bad loan contract with Mega Space Corp. and the family is about to loose everything. But Joe soon discovers that Mega Space is after the asteroid field for a reason and the financial crisis turns into a treasure hunt for an alien artifact...

"Space shooter meets RPG" is probably a good description for this funny game full of quirky characters. The basic gameplay is a lot like the arcade classic Asteroids. You fly your space ship through 2D space and shoot asteroids which explode into smaller and smaller pieces until they finally release the precious ore. Different types of enemy robots try to kill you in the meantime, but they can be destroyed and salvaged for scrap metal as well. Once your cargo room is full or a sector has been mined clean you return to uncle Jeb's base and sell your cargo. The money you make can be spent on new guns, stronger shields, better scanners and ore collectors, bigger reactors to power all that equipment or even new ship hulls that have more weapon slots and a bigger cargo hold. In certain missions you can even find alien technology that gives your ship unique new abilities. When you have mined a sufficient number of asteroids your mining license level will increase, giving you access to new sectors of the asteroid field. There are occasional side and story mission where you have to collect lost space tourist or defend a stranded ship from attackers.


Space Miner: Space Ore Bust iPhone Several alien technologies are hidden in the game, but they are not easy to find.
Space Miner: Space Ore Bust iPhone There are different types of asteroids and some are more difficult to destroy or more dangerous than others.
Space Miner: Space Ore Bust iPhone An alien weapon in action - the shock wave will destroy everything around you, but has a long recharge time.
Space Miner: Space Ore Bust iPhone Achievements are displayed as trophies in your quarters.

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The A.V. Club iPhone Mar 08, 2010 A 100
Slide to Play iPhone Apr 28, 2010 4 out of 4 100
Touch Arcade iPhone Feb 06, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
148apps iPhone Feb 09, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 iPhone Mar 04, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86
Digital Chumps iPhone Feb 17, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Feb 18, 2010 8 out of 10 80
IGN iPhone Mar 02, 2010 8 out of 10 80


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