Miner 2049er

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Box artwork for Miner 2049er.
Box artwork for Miner 2049er.
Miner 2049er
Developer(s)Big Five Software
Publisher(s)Big Five Software, Microfun, Tigervision, Reston Software
Year released1982
System(s)Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Apple II, ColecoVision, Commodore 64/128, Commodore VIC-20, TI-99/4A, DOS, Fujitsu FM-7, NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, Thomson TO7, Game Boy, Mobile, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iOS
Followed byBounty Bob Strikes Back!
ModesSingle player
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Miner 2049er was created by Bill Hogue of Big Five Software. It was a breakthrough game for the time not only because it featured 10 screens of challenging puzzles, arcade quality graphics, and high-quality sound, but also because of the innovative marketing campaign by ICG (International Computer Group) that saw it licensed to just about every system around at the time.

The Atari 400/800/1200 version became the template version that all the others were modelled on. Due to the programming skills of Bill Hogue and the advanced audio visual hardware of the Atari home computers, it is generally regarded as the best version very closely followed by the Commodore 64. Miner 2049er remains a popular cartridge for collectors and have seen complete packages sell for around $100US on eBay.

The Atari 2600 version was released by Tigervision as two volumes, each containing three stages. Volume 1 contains The Slides, The Teleporters, and The Cannon. Volume 2 contains The Lift, The Pulverizers, and The Radioactive Waste.

Story[edit | edit source]

Bounty Bob is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is on a mission to search through all of Nuclear Ned's abandoned uranium mines for the treacherous Yukon Yohan. Bob must claim each section of each mine by running over it. There are a wide variety of futuristic obstacles that he must deal with such as matter transporters, hydraulic scaffolds and jet-speed floaters as well as avoiding the radioactive creatures that have been left behind.

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