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Miner 2049er (1983)      

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Big Five Software
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Bill Hogue
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Commodore 64

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bagle (Unknown)   23rd Mar 2013 10:25
"This game will change your life forever!"

Miner 2049'er

-Is probably the most underrated game I have ever come across. Back in 1983, when this game was released, it was not given the chance it deserved. Fortunately for me, I stumbled across this beauty at my local Wendy's. Don't ask me how it got there. I really have no clue.

Miner 2049'er is an action platformer game just like Metroid. Your character, Luigi Vercetti, throws pickaxes at all foes. The game takes place in the distant future of 2049 and 100 miles under the Earth. Your goal is to save Princess Melons from robots that have inhabited the underground.

The environments are amazing! You would probably expect levels fully made up of dirt and such since the game takes place underground. The actual truth is that only a few of the levels appear like that. The very creative levels consist of ice caverns, lakes of fire, underground jungles, rocky fortresses, and finally a pitch black dungeon where you depend on your light-charged pickaxes solely to guide you through to Princess Melons.


There are some of the most beautiful graphics on this game in comparison to other Commodore 64 titles. The cinematics are stunning and the monsters and robots look completely believable. Whilst walking past rocky walls, you can actually see dust falling. It's AMAZING! 10/10


Did you enjoy soundtracks from games such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy? Well then, you're in luck! This music easily surpasses the quality and never gets repetitive. The music never loops until you enter a new level because there is such a quantity of audio. When you spend too much time on a level and it appears to run out of music to play, the game randomly mixes the beats together and creates custom music! Furthermore, when attacking enemies and throwing pickaxes, you hear realistic sounds. For instance, when you hit a robot in the head, you hear it state "Malfunction!! Malfunction!!" and when you hit a monster in the stomach, it actually screams "Arrrrrrrrrrghhh meh belly!!" 10/10


You start out just cruising around The Upperworld (what the monsters and robots call the surface of the Earth) and you meet this girl you think is absolutely stunning. You ask for her name and all of the sudden the ground starts to shake. A hole opens from the ground and swallows her up. Later, aghast from what you had previously seen, you lay in your bed mourning the loss of a beautiful girl. Seconds later, the phone rings, the king of your country calls, and tells you to save the girl you met earlier in the day from a robot infestation 100 miles under the ground. I don't want to spoil the story so that's all I'll say. 10/10


The controls are so basic you cant go wrong. There are only a few buttons you really need to know. You can walk in different directions, jump and throw your pickaxes. The format is flawless. 10/10


This is where it's at. This game has changed my life and i honestly wish i found it sooner. I now think more openly to the idea of robots taking over the world and matters like that. Please do yourself a favor and immerse yourself into this game. 10/10


Remember that great idea from some games called "New Game Plus?" This game is where that idea originated and after you beat the final boss and dominate the game, you can play again with all your current stats and the enemies are five times as hard. It's a fun challenge to add to the game. 10/10

Buy or Rent:

Good luck trying to rent this one. I recommend searching all over Ebay and the like to find this true masterpiece. Even if the pricetag is $100, I still say you should go for it. This game is priceless and could change your standards for games forever.

Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 05/30/04

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