#39 Miner 2049er

Posted: 16th June 2016 by Jeroen in Games
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519th played so far


Genre: Platform
Platform: Various
Year of Release: 1982
Developer: Big Five Software
Publisher: Big Five Software

It has been a while since I’ve played Bounty Bob Strikes Back, the sequel to this game. It was a charming but essentially outdated game at the time I played it.

With Miner 2049er, then, I go back in time for this game and see how it compares.

Our Thoughts

The idea of having to walk over all parts of a level to proceed from the next feels oddly weird and special. It’s an idea that would get some recognition in an indie game today as a creative change, something different from other games. Instead, it’s a potential that sets this series apart from any others.

And on the second play of the series, I can say there’s something there. Sure, the game doesn’t look great, formed by the limitations of the platforms of the time, and I don’t think it would sustain me for a long time, but the game does do really well with what it has. The levels feel quite distinct, with different features in each – reminiscent of the way Donkey Kong mixes it up quite often – with slides in some and warping lifts in others.

Final Thoughts

While Miner 2049er is never going to top any lists for me, I’m glad I had the second chance at the series, as it did give me some further appreciation for it – although as much in the abstract for the game design as the actual implementation. It might not be something I’d consider worth going back to, but as a concept it’s well put together.

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