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    Total Miner... another xbox 360 Minecraft clone.

    Post by Visage on Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:28 pm

    http://www.totalminer.com/

    First thoughts. It’s a poor Minecraft clone it even looks worse,Shocked but hay it’s 100 times better than the bug ridden fortresscraft.

    After a bit of play it's not that poor. It’s more about digging than building structures above ground.

    So far it's the most enjoyable indie game I've played and I've already put more time into this than some of my arcade games.


    The Good:

    2 player split screen was instantly fun and the best way to play, and it can even go to 4 player local.

    In Dig Deep mode there is a lot of crafting (even grenade launchers!), but you need to find blue prints before you can craft an item, an arrow points you to the nearest blue print, a few are above ground but most are below.

    Once you find a blue print you can then craft that item or …. Buy it from a shop at great cost.
    Thankfully there is a endless supply of wooden pickaxes free from the shop as they wearout fast.

    There is a little sideways 2D map in the corner of the screen that gives you a clue what’s in the rock around you.

    You can crouch and burrow through one block passages. And double jump (more handy than you‘d think)

    Spiders below ground (the only mob I’ve encountered so far) they look terrible but the ear splitting screech is even worse.

    Now the best bit and something I wouldn’t mind betting MC will incorporate one day…. Underground tremors. Only happened to me twice in about 4 hours play but very scary, the screen and controller shake and rocks start falling, one of them lasted over a minute! all I could do was quickly dig myself into a hole and hope for the best.

    Massive caves, some areas are pre-lit with scattered torches.

    You can dig down a long long way.

    It only cost a couple of quid. 240 MS points.

    The Bad:

    Massive caves, some areas are pre-lit with scattered torches. Not sure if pre-lit caves are a good thing or not.

    No day & night cycle.

    Uses a very stiff blocky figure with no animation at all, even makes the Minecraft block man look good, but you only get to see it in multiplayer.

    The world on top is very small without much variety, you can stand in one corner and see across to the other, and when the world ends it’s abruptly with an invisible wall.

    Minecraft will be out on the 360 in a few months, if that can do split screen then this wont get loaded again.


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    Re: Total Miner... another xbox 360 Minecraft clone.

    Post by Fenon on Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:29 am

    I don't like that this is so close to how Minecraft looks, granted a very low quality version. At least Fortress Craft looked a bit different (Can't believe I'm saying that...). They might as well have stolen the Minecraft code and done this on the title screen:

    Total Miner
    ^Minecraft

    I think though it irks me more that they called it Total Miner, like it's a Total War game.

    The only thing this game does that doesn't "total"-ly piss me off is the split screen, Minecraft should take that so they can crush these guys, not that that won't happen anyway.
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    Re: Total Miner... another xbox 360 Minecraft clone.

    Post by Visage on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:14 pm

    It's the split screen that sold it to me and it works a treat, can't see myself playing it alone though.

    Apparently it goes down 2000 blocks, the lowest ive been was 400 and I thought that was deep.

    I wasn't planning on buying Minecraft on 360, I don’t see the point as i can play the original with the same telly & controller.. BUT if it has split screen I'm sold.


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