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Gameplay feature: Mining

Group Description

Games that feature mining as a part of the gameplay. For purposes of this game group, mining is defined as the following:

"The use of equipment, instrument(s) or similar device(s) by the player, used to extract minerals or geological equivalents from seams, veins, or other conventionally known sources."

Equipment usually used in mining may range from a pick, dynamite, a painful set of fingernails to modern/sci-fi laser-based mining equipment, or the Gnomish ThrustMaster 3000™.

Successful digs will result in precious metal(s), ore(s), rock, or other geological material, which must be subject for further activity or manipulation; may it be for the purposes of blacksmithing or to be sold for profit (in this case, must be manually conducted).


Mining copper ore in Terraria (2011).

Note
Sci-fi simulation games where the player may manually mine asteroids, comets, or similar locations for minerals from his/her ship should also be included in this game group.

Limitations
  • Games where further activity or manipulation of extracted material does not exist or where it is conducted automatically without the need of further intervention from the player should be excluded from this game group.


  • In relation to the above, strategy games where mining is a minor feature, where its use is identified only as a source of income should be excluded from this game group. This usually refers to strategy games such as Age of Empires, Sid Meier's Civilization, or Starcraft.


  • Games where mining is only part of the game plot and its activity may not be freely accessed at any time by the player should be excluded from this game group.
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Elite: Dangerous2015Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneFrontier Developments plc...
Xenoblade Chronicles X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
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Starbound2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsChucklefish Ltd.3.62
Glean2012Browserzupergames.net...
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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Mojang AB3.89
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.74
Villagers & Heroes of a Mystical Land2011WindowsNeonga GmbH...
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Terraria2011Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One505 Games Ltd.3.56
Minecraft2010Browser, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMojang AB3.48
Xenoblade Chronicles2010New Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.53
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Selected Covers

XenobladeX Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for XenobladeX
Xenoblade Chronicles Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Xenoblade Chronicles
Glean Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Glean

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Xenoblade Chronicles X
Title screen
Screenshot from Miner Wars 2081
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