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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.
Release Date: Nov 9, 2011
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Recent updates View all (9) Is now live in both beta and default branches

February 16th, 2014

This should fix the inventory reset bug people have been having.

It's a server side problem, so people will have to restart their servers for the fix to work.

As always, thanks for you patience.

Now, a quick sandwich and then it's back to the bug mine....


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February 13th, 2014

Here's what changed:

  • Make sure all bindable keys are in the keybinding menu (this means you, reload. And you too next/previous item).
  • Fix controller shoulder buttons moving next/previous item in the wrong direction
  • Fix bugs with mouse wheel
  • Added default binding for Activate/Shoulder so default controls match the original layout exactly (fixes the crates bug).

Some of the text on the binding screen is not localized yet. I'll get on that tomorrow.

If you have already played, you'll need to go to Controller settings and click "Restore Defaults" to get the corrected bindings


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About the Game

The best selling Xbox Indie Game of all time is now available on Steam! 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!


  • Realistic terrain graphics and advanced lighting bring the danger to life.
  • Play online with up to 8 friends.
  • Play with mouse and keyboard or plug in a controller for real console action.
  • PVP mode turns CastleMiner Z into an FPS deathmatch game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
1,770 of 2,095 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 products in account
5 reviews
297.6 hrs on record
If you enjoy having the ability the modify your antialiasing and texture quality, I wouldn't recommend this game. This game currently has NONE of these features:

* No resolution settings.
* No graphic settings. There's only a slider which goes from Lowest - Ultra. (Oddly enough this slider only controls the render distance)
* A "controller sensitivity" option is in the game's graphic options, even though I don't even own an Xbox 360 controller.
* Poor communication. There's no voice chat and the text chat consistantly gets in your way and doesn't allow enough text to finish an intelligent sentence.

Overall, the game looks like an early access. Low resolution textures and jagged edges are everywhere, even on the highest graphic setting. Save yourself the $4.00 and either wait for DigitalDNA to implement basic graphic settings or just purchase it on the console. It currently has the same resolution and it's cheaper.

Castle Miner Z's controls when it first launched on Steam:

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Content in this review is subject to change when the product gets modified. They do have something here, if they can add more blocks, increase the resolution, smoothen out some of the animations and implement voice chat. If you would like to contact the developers with your opinions about this product or suggestion future updates, contact them at support@digitaldnagames.com.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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1,259 of 1,531 people (82%) found this review helpful
50 products in account
3 reviews
2.3 hrs on record
CastleMiner Z.. where do I even begin? CastleMiner Z is a Voxel FPS Horror game where your only goal seems to survive or go farther from your starting point, and go progress to get higher tiers to fight the zombies with.

First of all, the graphics; They are very poor and need work, and a lot of times glitch out.

Secondly there's the Gameplay: The gameplay is decent, but get's very repetitive, with nothing much to do other than go farther away from spawn and try not to die. The guns are very unabalanced and need work aswell. For a survival game, suprisingly you don't have to eat or anything, you can literally just sit in a hole in a mountain or something and not get killed ever, and once you're aware of that it becomes very stale.

Third of all, Optimization: This game isn't optimized very well, and has laggy FPS even on good computers. The porting from Xbox 360 to PC/Steam is poor aswell and feels like they put no effort into it. Even the Xbox 360 controller buttons are still there. It's missing basic features like a ingame chat that should be there already.

Lastly, the bugs. This game has a lot of bugs, like.. a lot of bugs. How could a game be released like this? Sonic 06 all over again. This game is okay, but needs imporvement, I wouldn't recommend it right now.

I'd recommend making this a early access game if possible, it has potential, but it feels like your not using it. It's very lacking right now. 04/10 at it's current state (
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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1,956 of 2,511 people (78%) found this review helpful
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1 review
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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1,185 of 1,576 people (75%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
This review will not be helpful:

This is the dumbest thing ever.
Posted: February 4th, 2014
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832 of 1,103 people (75%) found this review helpful
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1 review
0.5 hrs on record
no resolution settings and ambiguous error messages on 4/5 connections I attempt to make with player hosted servers. This is the first purchase I've ever made on steam that I have regretted enough to email steam's support and ask for a refund. ♥♥♥♥ty pc game at release, should have been far more polished before it was allowed through Steam's vetting system. Seems to me like they're trying to make a quick buck and it makes me sick.

As of tonight (1.5 days after emailing steam support) I have yet to receive a response....
Steam has lost me as a customer unless or until I am able to get this resolved.

First I'd like to say that I purchased this game on the xbox and actually really enjoyed it but it is lacking major technical features for a full steam release title on the pc. Steam should have labeled this release as an early access title!

DigitalDNA Games, for you I have just spent 30 minutes troubleshooting your game, these are my results which are the same issues I was running into yesterday. Also I tested it on two known good systems both yesterday and today and I have a reasonably good internet connection: ping 25ms, DL 165 mbps, UL 8 mbps.

On both systems I occasionally experience an error where after selecting "Play online" I am presented with the message "connecting... please wait..." but the message just continues to flash and never disappears. I have waited as long as 5 minutes to no avail.

I seem to run into this error about 1/5 times.

When I am able to access the list of player servers I am having slightly better luck today, but still about 1/2-3/4 of the times I try to connect to one I am presented with an ambiguous error message of no use to me in troubleshooting whatever problem may exist. The text of this error is as follows:

"Connection Error

Connection failed: Host Disconnected


Also if I accidently try to join a server that requires a password, the cancel button on the dialogue box allowing you to enter a password does not work. When I click it nothing happens at all. I have to select ok which takes me to the same ambiguous error message as above and then to the main menu.

Now that I have gone out of my way to reinstall your game and spent about 45 minutes to an hour of my time troubleshooting for you, I would ask that you contact me directly or through steam and offer me a refund on the $8.49 that I spent yesterday on your hastily released title.

2nd edit: The steam support ticked I opened that has yet to receive a response is ticket #5897-WEYV-9696.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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All time best selling Indie game on the Xbox.