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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Mostly Positive (141 reviews) - 73% of the 141 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (3,902 reviews) - 69% of the 3,902 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 9, 2011

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May 1

1.9.7 is now in Beta. Let's test Teleport Stations!

Teleport Stations are expensive-to-build blocks that allow players to create a network of outposts they can teleport between. We envision this as a long term goal that will hopefully make some of the lesser ingredients continue to have value. There are 3 different recipes to give flexibility in constructing these costly items. We're eager to hear feedback about the costs and benefits or drawbacks of this new block.

Each player must build their own teleport stations as each block is encoded to the builder. Only the builder can dig them up and move them to a new location. You need to place 2 teleport blocks to be able to benefit from this technology.

Other Changes:
- By popular demand, Dust has been removed from digging.
- By even more popular demand, we bring you: Iron Doors!
- Ore now stacks up to 255. No more 64 stack limits.
- We're experimenting with a slightly larger explosion radius on regular Rockets.

Loot Bock Balancing:
- Reduced the number of loot in lucky loot blocks.
- Reduced the spawn frequency of lucky loot blocks.
- Reduced the drop rate of the better guns.
- Downgraded the Bloodstone LMG drop to Diamond LMG.

We will continue to tune this, so please let us know how it feels. That goes for all of our changes, of course!

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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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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
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Mostly Positive (141 reviews)
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GodOfKidy
( 35.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
great game, but you guys should add traps, turrets, more blocks, beds, tables, chairs, decorations stuff, staircases, slabs etc, what if we want to build a town ingame to defend from zombies? that'd be sick if it happens, and we need building to be a lot better, add stuff like i said 1-2 lines ago, and even more, up to you guys to decide, i hope my suggestion will be taken :)
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(TMS)Ulquiorra Cifer
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
A Better version of other Survival Games(Except Minecraft) Its wide choice of differant approaches mean you never run out of ways of defeating the zombie hordes that roam the world. Coupled with the frequent updates. They add even more options to do your stuff. The next update adds a teleport so you can go between differant outposts/areas.
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Samjewellkilla
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
♥♥♥♥ing great of a game played it years ago on xbox and now its just so much better just buy the game. so fun with friends and the jump scares you get sometime is funny. hours of fun
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db4ks
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This game is Minecraft for poor people + Spooky scary skeleton mod


Me> This game is minecraft for poor people
guy1> LMAO
guy2> lol
12 minutes later....
Guy1> can i get some wood?
me> my side chick will hook you up
guy4> db4ks your one of those people...
me> Black people?
guy4> No, Immature guys
me> Dead.
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Jake B
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The game frequently crashes. Have optimised graphics but still crashes.
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VirusStyle
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
My Friend gifted me this game we aren't Friends anymore
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brettdrt
( 40.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I will say this is a good game. The graphics aren't the best, but aren't the worst. The gameplay is almost too close to minecraft, but it makes up for it with the amount of exploration. The game has many types of the same weapons and also have many melee wepons for you, and it is multiplayer so it's not empty. 8/10
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Greenpuggie
( 31.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
A really fun game. This will give you and your freinds days of fun. there are very little things to do though, so when everything is done its done :/ but its worth the money. :)
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Offline botz
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
the times back then when i played it on xbox 360. this game is still fun to mess around with friends but it need atleast one update with new stuff ever couple of months to keep this game fun cuz it can get boring
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AssXassin
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Cheap.. but makes fun in Multiplayer
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SweatyNeck
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
If you want to die repeatedly buy this game
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Inception
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I don't know why this game recieves so much criticism; sure, the graphics look like they're straight out of 2007, and maybe the sound effects aren't the greatest either, but there is so much fun to be found in this game.

There are several weapons and other tools the player can craft within this game, some including lazer weapons, lightsabers, light machine guns and everything in-between. Each weapon has many different "classes", each using different ammunition types. The better "class" your weapon is, the more damage it does; trust me, you're going to need the higher tier weapons.

The crafting is pretty self-explanatory as the game tells you what you can and can't craft, and shows you the materials for what you want to craft.

The gameplay itself is actually pretty fun; depending on your difficulty level, zombies will spawn at different times (on easy they spawn only at night, but anything higher they spawn pretty much every time.) Nevertheless, zombies will try and kill you no matter what is standing in their way. You think a dirt house will be sufficient enough to protect you? Nope. They will break the blocks surrounding your house and begin swarming inside of it. Not to mention, these mobs will literally spawn randomly from the ground, sometimes scaring you if you're caught off guard.

Dragons are also a huge part of this game. Every time you venture out far enough, a dragon will spawn and, depending on its color, it will have a certain amount of health points and a certain amount of loot for killing it. Overall, they're not too hard to kill if you have at least gold weapons, but otherwise, they will destroy your precious creations and annoy the living hell out of you.

There are also tons of "Loot Boxes" around the map that contain a lot of great loot; if you're not much of the mining type, just go after those and you'll get enough good materials to help you survive the game.

Overall, I'd give this game an easy 7 out of 10. Sure, they game is a little bit outdated looking and maybe it has a few glitches, but I find it a bit better than its Minecraft counterpart. It's only $3.99 at the time of writing this review, and I really think it's worth picking it up. Whether you plan to play alone or with friends, I'd say it's worth the buy.
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Vik
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
My mouse is go like crazy, why? How to slove this`?
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leasman
( 34.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Great game LOVE it
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Red Lobster|trade.tf
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
I normally don't play these kinds of games, and I was a little worried about the mixed rating, the UI, the graphics, etc....but I actually enjoy this game. It's pretty fun if you have a friend with you. My one complaint is that you can become OP pretty fast in survival, but other than that, it's worth it for $3.99.
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SamMy
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
10/10
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lordtigerbear
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Really spooky and keeps you on your toes, also make sure to gather stone first as dirt and wood can be destroyed by the zombies at night
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tommytuker123
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
yes this game is great! it reminds me of the old dayz on xbox 360 :)! definately buy it!
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Natsu
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Since I have been a castle miner z player since the ages of the xbox 360 I think I have the authority to say this is a REALLY GREAT for an indie game and for the low price of $3.99 why shouldn't you buy it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
"Is that Satan?" 10/10 would kill Satan again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
In all honesty this game is an 8/10, alot like minecraft but way better with the weapons, the graphics are nicer, and the enemies are something that makes you wanna use strategy against them. This game is very well thought out I recommend this game. Hope my review helped.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
A Better version of other Survival Games(Except Minecraft) Its wide choice of differant approaches mean you never run out of ways of defeating the zombie hordes that roam the world. Coupled with the frequent updates. They add even more options to do your stuff. The next update adds a teleport so you can go between differant outposts/areas.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
A really fun game. This will give you and your freinds days of fun. there are very little things to do though, so when everything is done its done :/ but its worth the money. :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Ignore all of the other reviews.
I'm pretty sure they didnt spend NEARLY as much time as me.
(Yes i know i have very small number of hours played on this game, but the Xbox Live Indie Games exist for a reason.)
"Minecraft is better"
Haha, no. At least this game doesnt have little kids screaming "BUY MY DIAMONDS N000B Xd Xd"
If you're reading this, those hate reviews are just ♥♥♥♥ing stupid. :^)
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
WHY CASTLEMINERZ IS NOT LIKE MINECRAFT (For the people who are stupid and think this game is a ripoff of Minecraft)
1. The game is nothing like minecraft (Reason)- Minecraft doesn't have guns, long distant areas, or different types of dragons.
2. CastleminerZ was made before minecraft (Haha to the people who say the game is a ripoff to Minecraft).
3. You can more action and you can die faster (Minecraft mobs are slow at crap)
4. Texture is different
5. Character aren't blocks. I REPEAT AREN'T BLOCKS.
(Last Reason) 6. No mods can be in CMZ

To all the people who hate CMZ because they think this game is a ripoff of Minecraft. Is it Similar YES. Is it a ripoff because its exactly the same NO. People, rethink. There's different thing in CMZ than MC.

CMZ - Initial release date: November 9, 2010
MC - Initail release date: October 7, 2011
MC - Beta Release: May 17, 2009
Rethink people..... rethink
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Anyways,

Lets get started by the pros and cons

Cons:
-Feels really cheap at times
-framedrops
-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 .-.)

Pros:
+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


Summary:
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
What is the game when you arent used to singleplayer and really need to get used to it? Go to a minecraft game. This one or minecraft.

Pros

-Too much detail to be called a minecraft copy.
-Soundtrack sounds boring, but when you play it, it goes along nicely.
-UFO Farms.
-Multiplayer option (Recommended for first game).
-Biomes, depending on distance.

Cons

-Laser sword (lightsaber) is too weak and expensive.
-A unminable lamp biome.
-after a certain distance, biomes repeat.

Altogether

This game is a well thought out game that has more detail than minecraft, soundtrack that goes along with the game more than just hearing it, and UFO's? Im glad theres multiplayer, and theres alot of the biomes. the thing is, the biomes are in a donut around the spawn. Yet they should buff and nerf some stuff, but altogether its really good
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Finally This Game Gets Updates To Make It Better!
9/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
altough it looks like a copy of minecraft, its a bit better at times. With wepons being guns it makes it a little harder and easyer at the same time, harder cause you have to craft ammo, easyer because you can kill from a distance.Plus zombies dig through blocks to get to you. And playing with friends just make its so much more enjoyable
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Realy enjoyable, There is alot to do in the game. The game is very cheap but I think that the game would be better if it was free to play allthough I know the developers were not making that much money from the game (this lead to updates taking mounths to come out). I dont understand why this game has mixed reviews I have been playing since the launch on the xbox 360 indie market place and I have had alot of fun and good times playing with my friends. I know alot of people see this as a "minecraft clone" witch is true in one perspective. But the thing is that minecraft is a very popular game and so people are going to make games based on the block like world we know as minecraft, Its the same as every other genre or type of game. There are horrible minecraft clones and there are ones that are allmost more fun in some ways than minecraft its self minecraft clones. This is one thats more fun than the acctual thing.

Overall really fun,cheap,A really good sandbox game,Can play for a while(does not get that boring)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
This game makes me get scared of my dog. 10/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Great game much better than crappy console peasant version
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Spawned in instantly ♥♥♥♥♥ by spooky scary skelteons found some ♥♥♥♥ made a gold rifle killed 2 dragons everythings going good go mining with my friend find i huge f*cking hole go down its all red and stuff so im like cool waiting for my friend so I'm walking along and F*CKING SATAN SPAWNS IN FRONT OF ME and his army of 30 spooky scary skeletons instanly ♥♥♥♥♥ me and my friend die best game ever. IGN10/10!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
It's good.
Nothing else to say.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
i dont know why my game cant launch
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