Space Miner: Space Ore Bust (CNET 100: iPhone Apps)
I picked up this game at the request, or rather pleading, of my CNET colleague Jason Parker. Space Miner:Space Ore Bust takes place somewhere in space, where your character is put in charge of collecting precious metals from various quadrants of the nearby solar system to fund your uncle's heavily mortgaged operation. Along the way you can upgrade your ship, and its ore-busting weapons.
Beyond leveling up, the hook of Spaceminer is that the gameplay is just downright fun. As you keep upgrading, there is a noticeable improvement in how easy it becomes to clear levels, which is adjusted just right with special objective-based missions and boss fights.
The game's comedic writing, solid plot, and the fact you can play again and again, along with the use of alien artifacts that can be used at the very beginning of additional playthroughs, add up to an experience that's well worth its $4.99 price tag, and a spot on your iOS device. Developer Venan Arcade is also working on a follow-up called Space Miner Blast that reworks the ore-busting formula to a timed survival game.
July 22, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
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