Operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment!
User reviews: Mostly Negative (202 reviews) - 34% of the 202 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 28, 2012

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About This Game

Miner Wars 2081 is a 6DOF action-survival space-shooter simulation-game set in the year 2081, 10 years after the destruction of all planetary objects in the Solar System.

You operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment, which remains persistent as you complete missions or play online with others. Realism and survival are key aspects of gameplay. Inventory and the way you use resources such as fuel, ammunition, oxygen, ore, and weapons are important when surrounded by dozens of warring factions.

The gameplay is driven by an epic story and offers a choice of single player, co-op, and death-match multi-player.

The story will introduce you to many types of missions: rescue, exploration, revenge, base defense, theft, transportation, stealth, search and destroy, pure harvesting, racing, or just flying around and destroying everything you see.

Open-world Environment

  • Fully destructible and persistent (dig through asteroids, destroy space stations ...)
  • Seamless transition between outdoor and indoor environments
  • Full Solar System traveling (billions of sectors)

Intuitive Controls

  • 6DOF - six degrees of freedom
  • Skill-based game
  • Fast adrenaline-pumping action
  • Joystick Support

Rich Gameplay

  • Story campaign - 31 epic missions
  • Mining and Exploration – Players are encouraged to explore and harvest
  • Trading & Looting
  • 50 weapons, armors, medicines, tools...
  • 22 player ships
  • RPG-like / Survival game-play


  • Co-op up to 16 players
  • Death-match up to 16 players

Survival & sandbox

  • Factions (Fourth Reich, Euro-American Confederation, China …)
  • Devoted community which crowd-funded the development
  • In-game editor and two free add-ons: Cheats and 2.5D Experiment
NOTE: Full source code of engine (VRAGE) and game released for easy modding: https://github.com/KeenSoftwareHouse/Miner-Wars-2081

System Requirements

    • OS:Microsoft Windows XP
    • Processor:CPU: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce 6 series or better, ATI Radeon R520 (X1300-X1950) or better, Intel GMA X3000 or better. Requires at least Pixel-Shader 3.0.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Microsoft Windows 7
    • Processor:CPU: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Bunch of scumbags lied about what I purchased and never provided the second game that I also purchased with it; the Miner Wars MMO.

No refunds. No compensation. Just a notification that they'd since moved onto other games; Space Engineers and more recently medieval engineers. Not even a free copy of either games as an apology for abandoning this one. Oh no, instead I had to buy Space Engineers myself.

And had I looked at the developer of Space Engineers before buying it, I wouldn't have bought it either.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
A bland story, a "open world" that again is bland and boring. This was supposed to be an MMO out in space however they either didnt have the budget or didnt have the right people to make it. So we have this game instead.

Dont even get me started on the resource system that is in place. Apparently in the near future its going to look a like the present. You need oxygen and unlike star trek that has a life support system this game has a scuba type oxygen tank meter in place. Save yourself the $10 dollars from a dead game. Go buy almost anything else besides this game. You have been warned.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
To start: I loved playing this game. To a point. The controls seemed awkward at first, but once I got the hang of them, it turned into sheer awesome. That is, for a while. I've played through every single level of this game. Twice, actually. First complaint: I have never received a single achievement. There are 12 achievements. They are all based on story progression. I have none of them. I beat the game twice. There is an issue there.
Next, the... sheer incompleteness of it. There are a huge number of extra missions and things, and... Well, you see, by the end of the game you have three allies. Before a certain point, you only have one. Then, I think, you go up to three. Then back down to two, then up to three again. No matter what time during the game you venture to the optional side-missions, you WILL have all three allies. Even if you have no idea who the hell they are, or if you currently believe that ally to have DIED HEROICALLY. He's just hanging around with you in a sidemission.
But that's not even the worst of it. Some of the sidemissions are just plain crap. You have, basically, a bunch of random crap that's really not useful at all and maybe a few mineable things just... there. Around you. Blow 'em up if you like. Maybe a few enemies will wordlessly appear. There's no mission. It's just... There. Pardon for the lack of specifics, but it's been a while since I last played, but... One of the 'sidemissions' is New Moscow, or something like that. The Russian's big main city... Er... Sorry, did I say city? I meant a few defense turrets mounted on buildings that you can blow up if you shoot a hell of a lot. There's not even a shop.
Which reminds me, if you expect all the shops to be actually functional, you'll be sorely disappointed. There's quite a few that are just completely and totally nonfunctional. Heck, the 'shop here' button shows up. Mash it 'til your keyboard breaks. Have fun. No point to it.
And then there's the mining. I could have enjoyed that so much. I love mining in games. I LOVE open world sandboxes. But you know what? I hated it here. I'd prefer to just waste a missile on a uranium deposit instead of take the time to actually mine it. And I tried. Oh, I tried SO hard. But the default mining equipment is the ONLY mining equipment. There's no way to enhance it. So the 3 or 4 seconds it takes to mine ANYTHING will ALWAYS be that way. And it's just plain not worth it. Not in the slightest. MAYBE if you're mining one of the really, really valuable resources, but still. You can find more money by just looking around and looting things. And don't bother with the secret rooms. They have nice loot, but not nice enough.
And beyond that, sometimes the game just stacks crap against you to a stupid extent. One level, the offensive turrets are literally indestructible. Literally. You actually HAVE TO disable them through the control console for them, or you won't even be able to progress in the mission. I blew up the generator that powers the console for those turrets... And wound up trapped in the level, basically. I couldn't do anything at all because I had disabled the console which I literally could not progress without accessing. And the game just... kept going. Didn't really care.
And one of the secret rooms I mentioned before? I found it. I could see inside it. I then spent ALL MY AMMO and EVERYTHING I could think of on trying to get into the damned thing. There was nothing. At all. Not in the slightest.
This game is a brilliant, beautiful START. ... But it's only a START. It needs to be refined. It needs to be FINISHED. It needs to be added to.
And the worst part? The very end of it is just an enormous cliffhanger. And I haven't heard of Miner Wars 2082. They got their money and they're done.
You see this on sale? Maybe you get it. Just don't expect things to be perfect. It won't be perfect. It'll disappoint you in a dozen different ways. But if you can get used to the controls, like I did, you might just find you enjoy it enough to bother paying... say... five bucks.
I don't recommend it at-price. If you get a sale, MAYBE. But don't expect it to be complete. You've gotta take it into your own hands a little. And don't be afraid to change the keybindings. I definitely had to.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Miner Wars is a shoddy, half-done mess whose developer realised at some point in development that they couldn't deliver on any of their promises, and rather than doing right by their community, decided to cut and run by shoehorning in a half-baked story campaign and calling it a finished product. That they still dare to refer to it as open-world is a farce. Avoid, and be wary of the developer's other products.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
A waste of money. Apparently early alpha = full game now. The most likely scenario would be that the creators all died from a lack of oxygen from being too stupid to breathe and thus, this garbage made it here.

May GabeN have mercy upon thee, for we will not.
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