Total Miner

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Total Miner Forge
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Developer(s) Studio Forge
Publisher(s) Studio Forge
Distributor(s) Xbox 360, Steam
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Steam (software)
Release June 24th 2011
Genre(s) Action, adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, split screen/online multiplayer

Total Miner is an Xbox Live Indie Game developed and published by Craig Martin, founder of Studio Forge Ltd (previously Greenstone Games). It is a block-building sandbox-style game similar to Minecraft,[1][2] and draws inspiration from Miner Dig Deep. It has been confirmed the game will be released on both PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam).

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay in Total Miner consists almost entirely of placing/mining blocks, battling various fantasy themed enemies, and scripting.[3]

There are three game modes in total miner. Creative, in which the player has unlimited block resources, and is encouraged to create worlds for other players to explore and enjoy. Dig Deep mode, in which the objective is to reach the bottom of the generated world, finding blueprints to craft items with limited resources and scripts. And lastly, Survival mode, a game mode in which the player's objective is to survive the onslaught of hostile mobs with limited resources.

The player also has the ability to craft items and resources to create various blocks, tools, or weapons. There are also stores from which blocks, tools, and weapons can be purchased. In order to make purchases, the player uses gold pieces, which can be earned from the mining and selling of blocks, or tools, the killing of mobs, or from looting treasure chests in caves.[3]

Reception[edit]

To a comment on "Wait… Another Minecraft Clone?" opening that Total Miner was plagiarized from Minecraft, author Briley Kenney responded that "unless the developers copy the actual programming code" it is not considered plagiarism. However Kenney did give a fairly positive review on it, stating that this is one of the best Minecraft clones on the Xbox Live Marketplace.[4]

In contrast, Bill from video gaming-focused blog ExtraGuy stated in his review that Total Miner is "essentially just Minecraft".[5]

Total Miner has been commercially successful on Xbox Live Indie Games; in May 2012, Total Miner became the best-selling game on XBLIG with over 800,000 paid downloads sold, surpassing another Minecraft-inspired game on the service, FortressCraft, by 50,000 downloads.[6] However, it lost this distinction when it was announced that another Minecraft-inspired game on XBLIG, CastleMiner Z, reached sales of at least 900,000 paid downloads on August 15, 2012.[7] Total Miner has since gone on to sell over 1.2 million copies.

Total Miner developer Craig Martin announced in September 2014 that Total Miner would be coming to PlayStation 4.[8] Following that in November 2014, he announced that he would be developing a Windows version of the game and submitting it to Steam Greenlight.The game has since then passed greenlight, although the exact release date is unknown.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "BFF Report Episode 80: Minecraft-Inspired Games". 2011-09-02. Retrieved 7 September 2011. Minecraft-inspired titles available on Xbox LIVE Indie Games. He tries out CastleMiner, FortressCraft and Total Miner.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ "BFF Report - Episode 80 - Minecraft Inspired Games". Retrieved 7 September 2011. voxel-based sandbox, or "Minecraft inspired," 
  3. ^ a b "About - Total Miner: Forge". Total Miner. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  4. ^ Kenney, Briley (30 June 2011). "Wait... Another Minecraft Clone?". The Happy Gamer. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Bill (1 August 2011). "Total Miner review: Not crafty enough". ExtraGuy. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Priestman, Chris (2012-05-04). "Place Your Bets: 'FortressCraft' Sells 750k, 'Total Miner' Surpasses 800k". Indie Game Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  7. ^ Hinkle, David (August 18, 2012). "CastleMiner Z crests 900,000 sales, becomes fastest-selling XBLIG". Joystiq. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ Craig Martin (26 September 2014). "TM on PS4". Total Miner Forums. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Craig Martin (24 November 2014). "TM on PC". Total Miner Forums. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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