Gold Miner is a little Flash game released two years ago and this is one of the most addictive games I have ever known.
In Gold Miner, your character is a greedy gold miner who will use his claw and reel to mine gold and other treasures out of the earth. Your claw doesn’t stop swinging back and forth.
Heavy objects like rocks and large gold nuggets are hard to reel up. The bigger the gold nuggets are, the more valuable they are. Avoid rocks if possible as they are almost valueless. Bags contain a random amount of money, a strength power-up or a stick of dynamite. Each level provides a target amount of money that you must collect within 60 seconds. If you don’t meet the goal before the end of the level, the game is over. Your money carries over from on level to the next one.
What really makes the game is the balance between accuracy and greed, with a range of tantalising power-ups available to purchase after each stage, and some interesting changes as you progress through the game.
Two commercial sequels were launched last year, Gold Miner Second Edition and Gold Miner Vegas with improved graphics and more power-ups.
If you haven’t already played Gold Miner, you should really try it.