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You play the part of Bounty Bob, and it is your mission to explore every inch of an abandoned mine. As you walk over floor sections in the mine, the floor will change color. When all of the floor sections have been changed in color, you can move on to the next, more challenging level. To reach all of the floor sections, you will need to figure out how to get there.

You can jump (be careful not to fall too far though, or you will be squished), climb up and down ladders, and use different transportation devices that can be found on the levels (such as an elevator, slides, a springboard, or a cannon). Wandering around the mine are numerous radioactive creatures which get in Bounty Bob's way. Also scattered throughout the mines are various artifacts left behind; if Bounty Bob collects one of these, the creatures will temporarily become vulnerable. If Bounty Bob runs into one of the creatures in this state the creature will be destroyed, but if he runs into a creature while it is glowing Bounty Bob will be destroyed.

There is a total of ten different levels, and to complete them all you will need quick reflexes as well as to figure out a unique strategy for each level.


Miner 2049er Thomson MO First level. It seems like the non-orthogonal platforms were not an option on Thomson!
Miner 2049er PC Booter Title screen
Miner 2049er Atari 8-bit First Screen
Miner 2049er VIC-20 Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Miner 2049er: Starring Bounty Bob" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Nov 26, 2004 A 100
TeleMatch ColecoVision May, 1984 1 out of 6 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TI-99/4A Sep, 1985 34 out of 40 85
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 5200 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME Jun 27, 2007 4 out of 10 40
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Mar 20, 2012 F 0
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Jun 23, 2017 F 0


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1001 Video Games

Miner 2049er appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Canceled NES version

According to a gossip column of upcoming games in Nintendo Power, there was a claim of "Mindscape is also doing Miner 2409er, another arcade classic with game play similar to their Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom game." This version of the game seems to have never come to fruition.


Miner 2049er was ported to a wide-range of platforms thanks to an early, innovative use of licensing. Big Five produced the original game, and licensed it to other companies to port to other platforms. Prior to this, most games were ported by the same company that developed them.

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