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App description: Use your finger as a pickaxe, dig tunnels and guide the Micro Miners to the Gold, Silver and Coal deposits. Where's my lemmings?

* Description :
Microminers is an arcade-puzzler which revolves around the control of a vast horde of tiny miners. The screen is constantly scrolling downward, and its your job to collect all the available deposits of gold, silver, and coal that you see. Any missed resource represents a strike, and the level is considered failed if you miss three chances to collect. Further adding to the chaos is the fact that any miner left behind is lost indefinitely to the black nothingness beyond the screen.

* Gameplay trailer http://youtu.be/5yPURv6E0wQ

* Awards :
- Listed in Best Games Of The Year 2012 on Toucharcade.com and Touchgen.com

* Reviews :
- Markus Person (creator of Minecraft) email about the gameplay trailer : "Haha, that looks cool! :D".
- Toucharcade.com 4.5/5 : "There is so much to love about Micro Miners"
- Touchgen.com 4.5/5 : "Micro Miners is one of the biggest surprises of the year that came out of nowhere. Unique intensely satisfying gameplay paired with a cool presentation makes it one of those games that should be part of all iOS collections."
- Pocketgamer.co.uk 9/10 Gold award "It's fun, and perhaps more importantly, it's unique."
- Tuaw.com "Game of the day"
- Gametrailers.com "App of the day"
- iPhoneItalia.com "We talked about Micro Miners a few weeks ago, but then we had no idea of the masterpiece that was hidden behind this release. "
- My mum : "This is beautiful my son. What is it exactly?".
- My grandpa : "Unstably".
- My wife : "Hmm why not, as long as it pays the bills.".
- Bob, miners leader : "Come on lazy guys, let's dig.".
- Lemmus, lemmings leader : "Worst casting decision ever. I mean, we're just a thousand times better than those micro miners. Just. Give. Us. a Pickaxe.".

* Fun Facts :
- The game is inspired by a small java game called Miners4K that Markus Person (aka Notch, the creator of Minecraft) made in 2006 for the Java 4K challenge.
- The development of the game started in 2010 on an iPhone 3G.
- @Notch tweeted the micro miners gameplay trailer on September 8th 2012 ( http://bit.ly/UFfJ1Y ). Well the video was private, bad luck. I made it public 2 hours later, it was enough to drive 10,000+ views.
- "Haha, that looks cool! :D", that's what Markus replied by email after I sent him a link to the trailer.
- In this game you will find 323 gold deposits, 207 silver deposits, 181 coal deposits and 997 diamonds.
- A micro miner is 14 pixels tall.
- The game was first rejected by an Apple reviewer for "too much pixelated graphics". The appeal board proved me right 15 days later.

* Features :
- 3 maps, 40 levels.
- 3 modes (campaign, survival, time based)
- 50 collectable items to improve your miners team.
- 21 animated tutorials/demo
- Bonus levels, Powers ups, and Score bonuses.
- Original soundtrack by Jon Baken (the half of Georges & Jonathan).
- 7 Game Center leaderboards.
- Goodies, surprises.

Echoseven's comments:

11-14-2012, 07:20 PM
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I'm might give this one a go, it looks quite funky

11-14-2012, 09:02 PM
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Attached the gameplay trailer mentioned in the app description for convenience:

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11-14-2012, 09:44 PM
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I have to say, this one looks like a very interesting take on the Where's My Water Formula, and i love the retro look on this one.

Getting this in a bit.

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11-14-2012, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by strivemind View Post
Attached the gameplay trailer mentioned in the app description for convenience:

YouTube: video
Neat looking game but how is it possible the players hand is moving at a thousand miles per hour!!!
How's that gonna work on a smaller screen?
11-14-2012, 10:42 PM
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I'm hearing a cold echoing wind in this chamber..... Time to go hibernate
11-14-2012, 11:00 PM
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Location: London, UK
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This game is fantastic, but I need to get digging, so extra praise (there's a lot of it) is gonna have to wait. I'm leaving a little dude with a pickaxe here, ready to take out the first person to complain about the graphics.

P.S. It's BonusLevel. They've yet to release a bad iOS game.
11-15-2012, 01:23 AM
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Location: Netherlands
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Tried it for a few minutes, love it!

Gotta run now haha
11-15-2012, 02:18 AM
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I hope this one doesn't go unnoticed. It wasn't listed with tonight's releases and this thread isn't as lively as one would hope, but man is this an awesome, awesome game. Sure, the concept has been done before, but between the retro graphics, the quirkiness, comments and humor, the flawless execution and controls and just how informative the tutorials can be...love it, love it, love it. Funny enough, I've been following this for quite a while and never really gave a damn. I even remember the icon thread and the disregard I showed, but WOW! I was so wrong about this.

Give this some love guys...give this some love.

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11-15-2012, 03:03 AM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 156
Thx guys, I was so disappointed Eli didn't mention the game in "Coming tonight" post. This is an important post for every game developer as it's pushed to all iphones/ipads that have the toucharcade app. Well best luck next time. By the way, if you like the game, help me get some attention in this post by liking my comment http://toucharcade.com/2012/11/14/co...ment-710529438