Link to game: http://playlapse.com/bitmine/
Playing games and browsing the internet late into the night, I stumbled upon an incremental game which held my attention for quite some time. I tend to do this a lot – stay up very late playing through different incremental games, realising I’m not actually achieving anything and know deep down that I should be doing something productive… but who cares, incremental games are fun!
My latest find is BitMine – this little gem is a great addition to the steadily growing list of incremental games and held my attention for at least a couple of hours. Oh how time flies when you’re having fun…
BitMine is a multi-level incremental game: you mine ore, refine ore, and sell ore. Sounds exciting already, right? There’s more to it than just that…
This game has a steady growth factor, meaning the speed at which you gain resources and are able to purchase upgrades is balanced – it keeps you clicking and clicking to get upgrades but with each upgrade you notice a substantial increase to the speed at which you gain resources, refine, sell etc.
Overview of interface/features
When you first open BitMine you are presented with a simple webpage with a minimal design to it. The actual game itself is made with Flash and has a clean modern interface which appears simple to navigate and free of clutter. You are welcomed to the game with a short and to-the-point message: “Welcome! To the new BitMine! Expect some sweet ores 3m and below!”. Read further on for my BitMine review.
Located in the top left of the game is your money, current depth and how deep you mine per click. Below that shows your crude ores and refined ores, all of which are greyed out to begin with, indicating that you need to do some mining to progress. Three large bold buttons sit at the middle-bottom of the screen and they each have different actions assigned to them, all of which are self explanatory but I’ll explain them anyway, for clarity.
Clicking the ‘Mine’ button causes you to dig deeper however you don’t seem to be rewarded with anything just yet. Clicking and clicking until you reach a depth of 3m will unlock your first ore (technically speaking; I won’t ruin it for you). This is where it starts to get interesting…
The ‘Refine’ button refines ores you have mined (in incremental amounts) and will place them into the ‘refined ores’ section, ready to be sold.
This doesn’t really need an explanation, but clicking the ‘Sell’ button will, you guessed it, sell your ores! They are sold incrementally and the amount you sell will need to be upgraded.
Finally we’re on to the upgrades. Located in the top right of the screen (they’re hard to miss) are three buttons – mining, refining and sales. These buttons contain two different upgrades for each section. The prices increase incrementally and in my opinion are very balanced.
The mining section allows you to upgrade the tool you use to mine, thus increasing the depth you mine per click. Next to this is another upgrade: hire a new miner. This upgrade will hire somebody to mine for you, causing you to dig deeper and gain ores without doing anything! The more miners you purchase, the faster you will dig and gain ore.
The refining section contains similar upgrades: the first upgrade is your refining power – the more you upgrade it, the more ores you refine per click. Next to this is a similar upgrade to the mining section – you can hire refiners! These will refine ore automatically for you.
The sales section follows an almost identical upgrade pattern to the refining section – the first upgrade increases how many ores you sell per click and the second upgrade hires people to sell ore for you.
After playing the game for over 2 hours, I can happily say that this is one of the most fun incremental games I’ve played. It doesn’t contain features which make it stand out to other incremental games, but the balance and interface more than makes up for this – quality > quantity. Game balance plays an important role in making the game enjoyable to play – the author of BitMine (all the information you need is at the bottom of this post) has succeeded in creating a fun and addictive incremental game and I personally cannot wait to see what updates this game will receive in the future.
I strongly recommend that you play this game, you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading my BitMine review, be sure to follow us on Twitter - @incrementalgame.
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