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The Alien Miner

by MAT4DOR - 48 Hour Compo Entry

NOTE: Web link doesn't really work because of the new Java updates. You need to reduce the security of your Java. If you really want play, please download the JAR from Windows or Linux links. I will try to make this work, as soon as i can.
NOTE2: Requires Java 7, I will compile for Java 6 later.

So, you are an alien, and you can mine the world and purchase some upgrades.

AD to move, SPACE to jump
SHIFT to mine the tile you are facing.
Hold W or S and SHIFT to mine the tile above or below.
You can also use the MOUSE1 button(left button) to mine the tile.
CTRL to grab tile to climb using W and S.

The objective is only to get the upgrades from the shop.
I know this is not very creative, but its what i made. :(

Hope you like it. Have fun. Thanks for playing!

Downloads and Links




eldog says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:20am

Eek dude, looks good, I want to play, but trying to play on linux 64 bit.

Got this error when I ran 'java -jar AlienMiner.jar'

com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.ResourceLoadException: Error loading sound from /jump.wav
at com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.Sound.<init>(
at com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.Sound.init(
at com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.Game.init(
at com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.Game.access$0(
at com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.Game$
Caused by: javax.sound.sampled.LineUnavailableException: line with format PCM_SIGNED 44100.0 Hz, 16 bit, mono, 2 bytes/frame, little-endian not supported.
at com.andrebaltazar.alienminer.Sound.<init>(
... 5 more

MAT4DOR says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:45am

Thats some error with the format of the sound :S Some people played it on Linux already, don't really know how to correct that bug, so I made that its plays even if it has no sound.

Thanks for trying to play :)

manabreak says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:51pm

Nice work there. :) Could have used some "real" objectives, but I had fun digging around and then trying to get back to the shop as I had digged all the ground surrounding it... Duh. :P

elfeck says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:08pm

I really like the animations of the ores and how it bounces back if you don't hold long enough. An ending would a great addition.

sam101 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:29pm

I really liked the music for some reason ! Good job ! It remided be of Steam World Dig. Good job, even if it lacks some sort of ending :)

hexagore says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:19pm

Quite fun this. Got nicely distracted picking up yellow blobs until I got myself completely stuck :)

Figglewatts says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:43pm

The best part is navigating your way up to the surface when you're done digging. Nice work!

leddkire says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:33pm

I enjoyed the controls. I found myself dancing with my fingers trying to climb back up many ledges and jumping from one wall to another.

Marcellus says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 1:29am

nice little game, could be more interesting with some objectives, the controls are a bit messy, you should consider using the left hand to move and the right hand for actions

cr2crstudios says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 1:32am

So chill. :)

Jools64 says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 7:05pm

This was quite a fun relaxing game. The only real problem with it was that there's no goal except buy upgrades so you can mine for upgrades faster. If you had some kind of boss to fight or some deep cave you have to reach that would be cool.

None the less, great effort!

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