Venan Entertainment's Space Miner [$4.99 / Free] seems to be universally loved by nearly everyone who touches it. We couldn't get enough of the game in our review, and it is one of the few iPhone games video games I've ever played where I enjoyed playing through it so much the first time that immediately after I beat the game the first time I started a second play through on the next higher difficulty.

From our review:

In short, it's Asteroids meets the RPG. But that description really doesn't do the game justice.

Space Miner places you in the role of the nephew of good ole' Uncle Jebediah Gritstone, proprietor of the galactic Gritstone Mining Station. Uncle Jeb has hired you on to help with the ore mining and it's with much excitement that you make your way to his mining station in your veritable space jalopy. Once on board, things get complicated (it's a long story, enjoy it in-game) and Uncle Jeb is desperately counting on you to go out into the neighboring sectors, blast asteroids, and bring back the precious ore contained within. The more ore you collect, the bigger your cut of the profits. But the pitiful ship you start off with is hardly up to the task.


As you accumulate profits, the money can be spent in Uncle Jeb's shop, where more powerful ships, weapons, shields, ore collectors, power plants, and the like can be purchased. It doesn't take long to find yourself sitting in a decent ship with multiple ore blasters, a sizable cargo bay, and an ore collector that can get the job done. And the whole package is done up with a great deal of spot-on humorous dialog and even an amusing banjo-based audio track that fits ole' Uncle Jeb's operation to a T. (There's no doubt that he's got a still hidden somewhere on that rock of his.) ...Read More

This update makes this amazing game even better. If you've got an iPhone 3GS or 3rd generation iPod touch, you will be able to enjoy new shader effects on the asteroids that really make the game look a lot cooler. If you don't have a new device, you'll still be able to enjoy the rest of the new features which include a new level 7 pilot's license which unlocks even more spaceship upgrades. Also, five new pieces of alien technology are floating about somewhere in space for you to find.

My favorite addition is the new even harder UltracORE perma-death difficulty mode. Perma-death always adds an amazing sense of danger to a game, and seeing how far I can get in Space Miner on UltracORE has pretty much owned my evening so far.

The difficulty curve of the game has been slightly tweaked, and to go with all of these new features comes another set of Plus+ achievements for players to unlock as well as Facebook and Twitter integration to make sure your friends know exactly how good you are at the game.

If you haven't picked up Space Miner yet, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. It's on my short list of games I tell people to check out after buying an iPhone, and if nothing else, you really should give the lite version a spin. Space Miner is a fantastic game made even better by this update.

App Store Links: Space Miner: Space Ore Bust, $4.99 - Space Miner: Space Ore Bust Lite, Free

  • ImNoSuperMan

    An awesome game becomes even more awesome :D

  • ImNoSuperMan

    An awesome game becomes even more awesome :D

  • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

    I was hoping an update would come with some extra content. Starting with the second play through right now!

  • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

    I was hoping an update would come with some extra content. Starting with the second play through right now!

  • MidianGTX

    Typo: "...pretty much owned -by- evening so far."

  • MidianGTX

    Typo: "...pretty much owned -by- evening so far."

  • LdC

    …and a slightly more critical typo in the headline :-D

  • Dran

    Holy crap, I thought the game looked amazing already, now with the new shader effects its like Im playing super stardust!

  • LdC

    …and a slightly more critical typo in the headline :-D

  • Dran

    Holy crap, I thought the game looked amazing already, now with the new shader effects its like Im playing super stardust!

  • Mark

    "It's on my short list of games I tell people to check out after buying an iPhone"

    Interested - what are they?

    Maybe have a feature for all TA writers such advice?

  • Mark

    "It's on my short list of games I tell people to check out after buying an iPhone"

    Interested - what are they?

    Maybe have a feature for all TA writers such advice?

  • DaverJ

    Loved the game on the Touch, but this is one of the few games that doesn't play nearly as well on the iPad @ 2X.

    It will be hard to go back to playing on that tiny screen, but this is one of the few games that can push to do that!

  • DaverJ

    Loved the game on the Touch, but this is one of the few games that doesn't play nearly as well on the iPad @ 2X.

    It will be hard to go back to playing on that tiny screen, but this is one of the few games that can push to do that!

  • http://www.pitchthat.com Mr Wells

    More... licences...? but... i completed the game and deleted.

    • ImNoSuperMan

      Time to re-install it now :D

  • http://www.pitchthat.com Mr Wells

    More... licences...? but... i completed the game and deleted.

    • ImNoSuperMan

      Time to re-install it now :D

  • Brandon

    Goody. I beat the game once but decided not to save. So I'm basically at the end of it and will get to get the next level license (If I don't already technically have it) and enjoy some new weapons and extra hard difficulty!

  • Brandon

    Goody. I beat the game once but decided not to save. So I'm basically at the end of it and will get to get the next level license (If I don't already technically have it) and enjoy some new weapons and extra hard difficulty!

  • http://www.youtube.com/reviewsbysteve Steve

    Didn't mention it in the article, but do you get the shader effects on the iPad also?

    • LoG

      Good Question - Even though the iPad isn't available over here yet. ;)
      I have to admit that this is one of the very few games that I bought because of all the great reviews but I played it only once and for max. 10 minutes... I'll give it another chance tonight.

  • http://www.youtube.com/reviewsbysteve Steve

    Didn't mention it in the article, but do you get the shader effects on the iPad also?

    • LoG

      Good Question - Even though the iPad isn't available over here yet. ;)
      I have to admit that this is one of the very few games that I bought because of all the great reviews but I played it only once and for max. 10 minutes... I'll give it another chance tonight.

  • Guibs

    I downloaded the update and my saves games are gone! Great indeed...

  • Guibs

    I downloaded the update and my saves games are gone! Great indeed...

  • overthrow

    after the update, selling stuff causes a crash for me.

    fyi

  • overthrow

    after the update, selling stuff causes a crash for me.

    fyi

  • shadowphone

    yeah.. I encountered a glitch early in my 2nd play-through where it jumped me to the end boss fight, in HARD mode and it froze! Every time I load my game it basically crashes. Deleted my save and started a new one... :(

  • shadowphone

    yeah.. I encountered a glitch early in my 2nd play-through where it jumped me to the end boss fight, in HARD mode and it froze! Every time I load my game it basically crashes. Deleted my save and started a new one... :(

  • Frog

    I bought it a well ago but haven't played it yet..:P Time to do so!

  • Frog

    I bought it a well ago but haven't played it yet..:P Time to do so!