Miner VGA is a classic game, one of my personal favorites from my childhood years. I used to play it on our first computer, so it brings back memories of the time when graphics and sound were simple to all computer games and no one really cared how realistic they looked because they weren't real.
The true meaning of the game is to find gold, silver and platinum and try not to lose any while your still underground in landslides and swells of water. It would be recommended to buy certain items from the general store before entering the mine, as spades and picks help to dig up these items, while the lantern informs you of where minerals (sometimes valuable, while sometimes not) can be found. Once these have been found they can be sold at the bank, though the price does change each time you go in, so if it is lower than you think you can get for the minerals go out and come back in. Money is important in the game, as it is how you can buy more tools and lanterns when they run out, as well as go into the hotel (which requires a minimum of $5,000) and pay for medical treatements. It is vital to watch the health level, as this is damaged during landslides, swells and if you use the dynamite too close to the mine shaft. When your health deteriorates it is important to go to the hospital and pay for treatment.
The game is suitable for all ages, as younger children may not understand about the hotel and the purchase of ‘condoms’ and a ‘fun night’, and judging on how far in the game I got when I was young the chances are they won’t earn enough money to be able to enter the hotel in the first place. This content is aimed at an older age group who are more capable and understand the aim of the game is to in fact find a diamond to propose to Mimi, once you have spent enough time with her.
While the graphics of the game are simple, they reflect the original colourations and simple themes similar to games like Crusher. Unfortunately there has been no upgrade of the Miner VGA game unlike many of the other original DOS games; however, it is still worth having a go at, just to see how much money you can make, and remembering how even though games used to have simpler graphics they were still as difficult as the ones today, the only difference is now they are a little more retro!
Written by: ~dorento1