CastleMiner Z is an infinite world filled with deep places to explore, and horrifying monsters to slay. Build structures out of blocks, craft weapons and tools from raw materials, and explore the vast and frightening world around you.
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Release Date: Nov 9, 2011

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April 9

Update 1.9.6 is live! Discover loot blocks in Scavenger mode!

- Loot blocks can be opened with pickaxes or explosions to find random items.
- There are common (blue) and rare (gold) loot blocks.
- Gold loot blocks require a gold pickaxe or better to open.
- Survival and Exploration loot blocks are primarily underground and on sky islands.
- The new Scavenger mode has more frequent loot blocks.
- Endurance and Dragon Endurance mode have no loot blocks.

Other changes:
- Block stack sizes have been increased to 999.
- Spawn beacons now work underground!

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March 24

Loot blocks! Update 1.9.6 is available for beta testing!


We've modified Loot Blocks based on everyone's feedback. We'll do another short beta pass to get further feedback before this goes live.

- Added Scavenger mode with high frequency loot blocks (similar to 1.9.6)
- Survival and Exploration mode loot blocks have been reduced as follows:
* Loot blocks will not spawn on surface sand or snow.
* Lucky Loot blocks only spawn deeper under ground or at very high altitudes (sky islands)
* You should find loot blocks are much rarer now. Perhaps too rare!

- Loot Block glow reduced by 50%.
- Loot Blocks do not spawn in Endurance/Dragon Endurance mode.
- Creative Mode uses the Scavenger mode settings for now.
- Lucky Loot blocks give 1 less loot.
- Lucky Loot blocks require a Gold pickaxe to open.
- Rare item frequency has been reduced.
- Diamond guns have been replaced by Gold guns in the loot table.

The changes really comes down letting people who like the old challenge use Survival mode and people who love loot hunting the new way can play Scavenger mode. We'll adjust these further (and expand the loot tables) in future updates.

More feedback is encouraged!


Loot blocks are scattered randomly through the world. Break open blue blocks for a random item. Seek out the rarer golden blocks for piles of loot.

There's only one way to find out what's inside! Well, aside from using lasers and explosions, of course.

For testing feedback, we need to determine if the drop rates feel good, and which game modes are appropriate for loot blocks.

Please let us know what you think!

- We also fixed spawn beacons to work underground.

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Update 1.7

We have done a massive overhaul on the game with the recent 1.7 update, giving the game a major face-lift and integrating many of the features requested by the community.

1.7 New Features

  • Complete Graphics Overhaul
  • Completely New UI to Make Crafting Easier
  • Full Support for Any Display Mode
  • Rebind-able Keys
  • Mod Support
  • Enhanced Graphic Detail Settings

About This Game

CastleMiner Z is an online coop survival horror game in a block based environment. Travel with your friends in a huge, ever-changing world and craft modern weapons to defend yourself from dragons and the zombie horde!

Game Play

CastleMiner Z is an infinite world filled with deep places to explore, and horrifying monsters to slay. Build structures out of blocks, craft weapons and tools from raw materials, and explore the vast and frightening world around you.

Play by yourself or online with friends in any of these exciting game modes:

  • Endurance Mode: There are tales of a place beyond the mountains where Hell itself has torn through. How far can you get before you succumb to the zombies, dragons, skeletons, or other enemies that thirst for your blood? Run, fight, and sneak your way across dry deserts, snowy mountains, and icy expanses on your quest to vanquish the ultimate guardians of the abyss. In Endurance Mode, the world is randomized each game and the death of your party is permanent.
  • Survival Mode: If you enjoy Endurance, but would rather build permanent structures and defenses, Survival Mode is where you’ll spend your time.
  • Creative Mode: With simplified crafting and the ability to adjust or eliminate the enemy threat, Creative Mode is a great place to build vast structures in peace.
  • Dragon Survival Mode: For those who like their trophies big and their hair singed and smoking, Dragon Survival Mode brings you up close and personal with wave after wave of the biggest, meanest, scaliest brutes in the game.

Worlds can be saved in any game mode (except endurance) so try building a castle with enemies turned off, then grabbing some friends and loading it up with enemies turned on!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 8, 7 , Vista, XP
    • Processor: 2.8 GHZ Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c or better with 500 mb memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
    • OS: Windows 8, 7
    • Processor: 3.0 ghz Quad Core or Better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c or better with 1 GB memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
84 of 101 people (83%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Ahhh the memories I have from playing this game on the Xbox 360. Being a young dumb 15 year old back in 2011, I would search the Indie Game marketplace endlessly in search of finding a fun cheap game. Minecraft was all the rage at the time, so when I discovered this gem, I thought it would be a fun alternative to minecraft. The graphics were more unique and different from minecrafts, zombies and dragons to fend off (Not to mention the aliens that would be released later on), and it had GUNS. An alternative to minecraft... with guns! The map for this game was very unique, as you travel further north east south or west, you experience forests, floating islands, deserts, mountains, and much more. Not to mention a Hell world with endless amounts of zombies and devils. You can travel the map or set up a homebase or both, so this game really is adventurous! I mean sure, the graphics arent top notch, but what would you expect from a cheap indie game? The graphics really dont hurt the gameplay, unless youre running on Windows 95 or 98. I really would reccomend this game if youre just looking for some classic arcade fun with friends or even by yourself!
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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
It's like Minecraft got drunk in the same bar Frank Woods did. Woods gave him an idea, one based off how Wood's bosess made millions.

And thus,

CastleMiner Z.

So this game is basically like it's predecessor CastleMiner (Did you know that was a game?) with Dragons, skeletons, and surprise surprise, Zombies.
Yes, the graphics are 2007 level, and the sky almost never changes, and when it does you cant see it because your 200ft underground hiding for your life, but this game is fun even without beauty.

I first played this on the Xbox (actually this game is a well done port from that.) and loved it. So I got the PC version, for two reasons. 1: The PC version has a better interface, and 2: I didnt own that Xbox.
Anyway, while this game is too scary to play singleplayer (at least until you get an assualt rifle), it's a great game to play with friends, and that one guy who joins when your forgot to make it private, who you later kick and feel bad for 10 minutes.

In other words: It's worth the $4 (unless it's more in the future, but still get it even then!)
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I played this game since its release on the Xbox 360. I probably have double or triple the hours dedicated on the Xbox version than the PC version.


Lets get started by the pros and cons

-Feels really cheap at times
-Zombies can glitch through rock
-Use of xbox avatars
-Minecraft clone
-Can be glitchy
-$3.99 is still a little high compared to the xbox version (but the xbox version literally runs at 15 fps .-.)

+Gotta work to get the different game modes
+Very fun with friends
+Can be challenging
+Not a early access lets take your money scheme
+Updates are refreshing to the game
+Simplistic yet a depth of complexity
+Constantly updated (Other words: this isnt something the developer will abandon anytime soon)
+Devs are consistent and polite
+A better "minecraft clone" ( I know I put it as negative but its a give take)
+Doesnt require a beefy computer for the most part

This is by no means a perfect game, but if you can look past the flaws it really is a decent game. Its a minecraft clone that isnt abandoned, this game has been running since November 2011 Its safe to say this is a commited project. I really wish the developers well in their future projects!
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256 of 456 people (56%) found this review helpful
391 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Not too sure what to write here so heres a recipe for Pancakes instead

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups milk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more as needed

Now to make it
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
2. In another bowl, beat the eggs and then whisk in the milk and vanilla.
3. Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.
4. Whisk the butter into the milk mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and whisk until a thick batter is just formed
5. Keeping the skillet at medium heat, ladle about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet, to make a pancake. Make 1 or 2 more pancakes, taking care to keep them evenly spaced apart. Cook, until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes, and the undersides are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side. Serve immediately or transfer to a platter and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.
6. Procedure for adding fruit to pancakes: Once the bubbles break the surface of the pancakes, scatter the surface with sliced or diced fruit, or chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Flip with a spatula and cook for 1 minute more, being careful not to burn toppings.
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44 of 72 people (61%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
"Is that Satan?" 10/10 would kill Satan again
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