Venan Entertainment, creators of Space Miner: Space Ore Bust [$1.99 / Free] and Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! [99¢], were at E3 this year crammed in the corner of the mobile section. The two new titles they had to show off were Ninjatown for the iPad, and a brand new freemium arcade game based on Space Miner called Space Miner Blast.

Space Miner Blast will be supported by unobtrusive in-game advertising, with optional DLC which will add features to the game and disable advertisements entirely. Most of the original Space Miner has been stripped out in favor of a quick survival game with a very basic upgrade system. All you do is see how big of a multiplier you can keep going by blasting as much ore as you possibly can (while defending against enemies of course). Here is a few minutes of gameplay:

Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! for the iPad retains the same feel of the iPhone game, with upscaled graphics and a new timed mode which will soon also be released in an update for the iPhone. You have 25 seconds to start, and with every 100 meters you climb adds 15 seconds to the clock. The original Ninjatown for the iPhone works great upscaled on the iPad, but if you've held off on buying it and own an iPad it would make sense to wait for the iPad HD release.

Here is a clip of the new timed mode in action:

Venan has had a track record of releasing fantastic games lately, and if you haven't already, take a look at both the Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! review and the Space Miner: Space Ore Bust review. You really can't go wrong downloading either.

  • lu'keb

    Looks like a prototype for some sort of dual-control space shooter. There's really been a shortage of this type of game in the app store. What, 2, maybe 3 asteroid clones to date? Not everyone and his brother wants to make one of these games...

    • Eve

      I think you'd be cheating yourself to dismiss this as just another asteroids clone. The first Space Miner release has been my absolute favorite iPhone game to date and now that I've played through the whole story I've checked out some other dual shooters in hopes of duplicating that satisfying game-play experience, and very few even come close to measuring up.

      • lu'keb

        Well if they must release one, at least it's a survival mode and not just the first level or two of a campaign mode.

  • lu'keb

    Looks like a prototype for some sort of dual-control space shooter. There's really been a shortage of this type of game in the app store. What, 2, maybe 3 asteroid clones to date? Not everyone and his brother wants to make one of these games...

    • Eve

      I think you'd be cheating yourself to dismiss this as just another asteroids clone. The first Space Miner release has been my absolute favorite iPhone game to date and now that I've played through the whole story I've checked out some other dual shooters in hopes of duplicating that satisfying game-play experience, and very few even come close to measuring up.

      • lu'keb

        Well if they must release one, at least it's a survival mode and not just the first level or two of a campaign mode.

  • Felix

    Hopefully they'll also do a true sequel to Space Miner. Blast looks good and it seems like they updated the graphics, but I'm much more interested in a full campaign rather than a survival mode.

    • Eve

      i'm looking fwd to a real sequel, too, but hopefully Blast will tide me over in the meantime. hope it comes out soon!

  • Felix

    Hopefully they'll also do a true sequel to Space Miner. Blast looks good and it seems like they updated the graphics, but I'm much more interested in a full campaign rather than a survival mode.

    • Eve

      i'm looking fwd to a real sequel, too, but hopefully Blast will tide me over in the meantime. hope it comes out soon!

  • http://twitter.com/zackola zack

    Venan is my favorite company making iPhone games at the moment after I played the hell out of Space Miner Ore Bust. Just picked up Trees of Doom. Psyched to check it out tomorrow! +1 for a sequel!

  • http://twitter.com/zackola zack

    Venan is my favorite company making iPhone games at the moment after I played the hell out of Space Miner Ore Bust. Just picked up Trees of Doom. Psyched to check it out tomorrow! +1 for a sequel!

  • wilbair

    Venan is also my favourite company so iam looking forward to it! any idea on the launch date

  • wilbair

    Venan is also my favourite company so iam looking forward to it! any idea on the launch date

  • http://www.grokion.com Jclef

    Love Venan - I highly recommend any of their games. Looking forward to Space miner Blast!

  • http://www.grokion.com Jclef

    Love Venan - I highly recommend any of their games. Looking forward to Space miner Blast!

  • Stan Winstone

    Hmm I love Space Miner but just blasting/mining the asteroids as the entire game and with in-game ads you have to buy off sounds a bit lame. I'll stick with the original game and await a proper sequel.

  • Stan Winstone

    Hmm I love Space Miner but just blasting/mining the asteroids as the entire game and with in-game ads you have to buy off sounds a bit lame. I'll stick with the original game and await a proper sequel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZSH34UP6R2TTHTDQ2UQIUCHGNU andrzej raczynski

    i'm with stan on this one, the story was half the fun of space miner, this sounds like a neutered version. especially since they're also making it sound like they took away a bunch of the upgrades, just left a 'few'... AND dlc, AND commercials... sigh... will wait for the real one as well.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Of course it's neutered, it's free. What do you expect?