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Game Groups > Gameplay feature: Mining

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.


  • 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.

Related Game Group(s) * Gameplay Feature: Alchemy * Gameplay Feature: Blacksmithing * Gameplay Feature: Goldsmithing

Related Genre(s) * Genre: Simulation - Castle / Fortress Building * Genre: Wilderness Survival

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Title Platforms Released
box cover thumbnail 9th Dawn III Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Windows, PlayStation 4, Android, iPad, Xbox One 2020
box cover thumbnail Alchemage Windows 2020
box cover thumbnail Ancient Domains of Mystery Linux, DOS, Windows, Amiga, Macintosh 1994
box cover thumbnail Angband Linux, DOS, Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, Windows Mobile, Android, BeOS, GP2X Wiz, Atari ST, Amiga, Acorn 32-bit, GP2X 1993
box cover thumbnail ARK: Survival Evolved Linux, Windows, Macintosh, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia 2015
box cover thumbnail Betrayal in Antara Windows, Windows 3.x 1997
box cover thumbnail Craft the World Windows, Macintosh, iPhone, iPad 2013
box cover thumbnail CryoFall Windows 2019
box cover thumbnail Don't Starve Linux, Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 4 2013
box cover thumbnail Elite: Dangerous Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming 2015
box cover thumbnail Euotopia Windows, Linux 2003
box cover thumbnail EVE Online Linux, Windows, Macintosh, Browser 2003
box cover thumbnail Evochron Mercenary Windows 2010
box cover thumbnail Frontier: Elite II DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Amiga CD32 1993
box cover thumbnail Glean Browser 2012
Gold Mine Mainframe 1979
box cover thumbnail Gold Mine ZX Spectrum 1983
box cover thumbnail Gold Miner Windows 2003
box cover thumbnail Gothic 3 Windows 2006
box cover thumbnail johnsgame Windows 2017
box cover thumbnail La Tale Windows 2006
Legends of Future Past Macintosh, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS 1992
LEGO Rock Raiders PlayStation 2000
box cover thumbnail LEGO Rock Raiders Windows 1999
box cover thumbnail Lost Dutchman Mine DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1989
box cover thumbnail Lost Dutchman Mine 3D Windows 2005
box cover thumbnail MapleStory 2 Windows 2018
box cover thumbnail Minecraft Linux, Windows, Macintosh, Browser 2010
box cover thumbnail Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition New Nintendo 3DS 2017
box cover thumbnail Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch 2017
box cover thumbnail Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2014
box cover thumbnail Minecraft: Pocket Edition iPhone, Android, iPad, tvOS, Windows Phone 2011
box cover thumbnail Minecraft: Wii U Edition Wii U 2015
box cover thumbnail Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 2012
box cover thumbnail Miner Wars 2081 Windows 2012
box cover thumbnail Miner! Commodore PET/CBM, Commodore 64 1980
box cover thumbnail MinerVGA DOS 1989
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter MSX, iPhone, iPad, Android 2006
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter PlayStation 2 2004
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate Nintendo 3DS, Wii U 2013
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter Tri Wii 2009
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter: Freedom PSP 2006
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter: Freedom 2 PSP 2007
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite PSP, iPad, iPhone 2008
box cover thumbnail Monster Hunter: World Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2018
box cover thumbnail Outward Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia 2019
box cover thumbnail Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Nintendo Switch 2021
box cover thumbnail Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS 2006
Pokémon Eclipse Browser 2008
box cover thumbnail Pokémon Legends: Arceus Nintendo Switch 2022

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