Golden Miner

Gold Miner, the online flash game, has been around forever… and if you’ve never played it, here’s your chance! The object is to throw your claw into the ground below and reel in as much loot as you can. If you accumulate enough money (mostly in the form of gold and diamonds) before each level’s timer runs out, you advance to the next level. In between levels you get to buy stuff to help your mining expedition, but remember that what you spend comes out of your running bank total which could mean the difference between advancing or falling short of the next level’s goal.

Fans of the game will be thrilled to know that Gold Miner is now on iPhone thanks to Colorme Info Tech’s translation which is very cleverly named Golden Miner. Below is a fully playable version of the online game. Go on, click Start! And then be sure to read the review of this very well made iPhone app.

Press DOWN arrow to reel stuff in, and UP arrow to throw dynamite if you have it

What  you see above is almost exactly what you get on your iPhone with Golden Miner! It’s a very good iPhone-ified version of the game with a couple of minor differences:

  • There’s no shop item for increasing the value of rocks
  • There’s no shop item for increasing the value of diamonds

Other than that, Golden Miner is pretty much right on. You tap the iPhone screen to launch your claw to reel in the goods buried underground, and if you have dynamite you just tap on the dynamite sticks to throw them when you don’t feel like waiting to pull in whatever your claw has a hold of.

Unlike the online flash game, Golden Miner comes with two difficulty levels and a global scoreboard. The “Standard” skill level is easier in that you don’t need to accumulate as much money to advance to the next level, plus when you grab a diamond-carrying mole he’ll bring the diamond with him. In the “Expert” level, grabbing a mole who’s holding a diamond will yield only the animal and then you have to go back to get the diamond that he dropped in a panic upon seeing your claw flying at his head.

Overall the production values in this app are great, but the one area that strikes me as really awkward is the way some sound effects are really abrupt and sound out of place. I’m referring specifically to the sounds made by the big burly miner guy when he pulls things in… the game is mostly silent, and then all of a sudden Mr. Miner will pull in a rock and scream “ARRRGGHH!” I’m all for having sound effects to add to the experience, but certain parts of the sound editing really could use some work, and a little in-game music wouldn’t hurt either.

Another thing Golden Miner needs is an options panel for controlling sound. The game will let you play iPod music which is awesome, but your tunes will get mixed in with the game’s sound which can’t be turned off.

Outside of sound issues I’m pretty impressed with Golden Miner. It’s quite a departure from Colorme Info Tech’s Painting Scroll app and, if you like the flash game included with this review, a dollar is a very small price for having this game on your iPhone.

15 Responses to “Golden Miner”

  1. Michael (Admin) Says:

    Colorme Info Tech has been nice enough to provide some promo codes to hand out!
    First come, first served.


    If you use one, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so that everyone knows which code you took! Your thoughts on the app (after you try it) are also welcome. Enjoy!

    *** Colorme Info Tech also kindly asks that if you use a code, please post your own review in the App Store! ***

    I think that’s a fair request in return for getting the game for free :)

    Instructions on how to redeem promo codes can be found here:

    (You must have a U.S. iTunes account to use promo codes)

  2. Slimons Says:

    Grabbed the 4th code (YHEAFN37464R).


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  5. Steve Says:

    Cool stuff, thank you!


  6. PL Says:

    All gone but thanks anyway.

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  8. Rave Says:

    i swear pple sit on this site all day and refresh, as soon as i realize theres a new app there giving away there all gone =/

  9. Michael (Admin) Says:

    Haha… I suppose that’s possible, but free codes typically get posted just a few times a week so I would hope that people have better ways to spend their time! Mostly I think it’s just a matter of timing.

    I’ve been trying to come up with a better way of handing out codes but don’t have one yet. I once tried doing a random drawing on Facebook but that didn’t work out too well.

  10. Rave Says:

    alright, im just happy the issue is being addressed lol

  11. Dave Says:

    I have this site on my desktop so I can occasionally check it while I’m working. Its kind of like a mini lottery just to keep the three cubicle walls from closing in on me lol. Just got my first free app today :)

  12. jacqueline Says:

    wow this is stupid! i dont get the pont of it . its ritarded it !!!!!

  13. jacqueline Says:

    i hat how i cant play mor games ! :x :evil: :twisted:

  14. iphonejailbreak Says:

    lol finished this game in 1 day :)

    check more cool games :

  15. Drapolo Says:

    Yeah nice game, relaxing playing it, same as when playing SpaceThimblesgame on my iPhone.

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