Friday Fun: Mega Miner

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By Akemi Iwaya on July 22nd, 2011


Friday is finally here once again and it is time to have a bit of fun while waiting to go home. In this week’s game your mission is to take your awesome mining machine and work your way to prosperity and glory. Are you ready to dig in?

Mega Miner

The object of the game is to mine your way to prosperity and glory while upgrading your mining machine and earning as many of the accomplishments as possible.


You can have up to three different games saved. Choose the slot you would like to use and click on it.


You start the game in the middle of the small town and will see messages in drop-down boxes at the top of the window. Press the Space Bar when you are finished with each one.

The small town contains the following buildings (left to right): Mechanical Repairs Shop, Fuel Station, Teleport Station, Save Tower (for saving your game as your go), Buyer for Mined Goods, Upgrades Shop, and the Status Billboard (you can view your awards, etc. here).

All you need to play the game are the four Arrow Keys (up, down, left, right) and the Space Bar. You can also use the mouse at times to click on or select items while above or below ground.


Click on the left tab to view any expendable single-use items such as extra fuel, sonar pulses, etc. that you have on hand while mining below ground. Carrying extra emergency fuel once you start to mine deeper is definitely a good idea…


The tab on the right will show you a map of the area above and below ground along with your current location.


Stop in front of buildings and press the Space Bar to interact with the owners and conduct your business in town.


To get started on your mining career simply choose a spot along the surface that “feels lucky” to you and use the Down Arrow Key to start digging into the ground. As you are mining you will need to keep an eye on various monitors in the corners of the game window:

  • The upper left shows your depth underground.
  • The lower left shows the amount of cargo carrying capacity remaining and the mechanical health of your mining machine.
  • The lower right shows the amount of fuel you have remaining and a temperature indicator.
  • The upper right monitor is only useful when above ground and purchasing fuel, repairs, and upgrades.

You will notice that part of the surrounding area will become visible as you move around underground and explore. Near the surface the hidden areas are covered in black but further down they are hidden in white (the color change could be a possible game glitch).


As you are mining try to collect various materials such as coal, iron, silver, gold, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds to take back to the surface to sell. The deeper you go, the more valuable the items that you find become…


Continue mining until your cargo hold is full and/or you need to return to the surface to refuel. When you return to the surface go to the Buyer for Mined Goods and press the Space Bar to sell your mined materials. From there you can purchase fuel, repairs if needed, and upgrades. Make sure to stop by the Save Tower each time you are above ground to save your progress. Good luck and have fun!


Play the Game

Mega Miner

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/22/11
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