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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,303 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 9, 2011

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
1,776 of 2,081 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
CastleMiner Z introduces a completely new genre to the gaming industry, in which a player is set in a randomly generated sandbox world with nothing but blocks to survive and thrive. It also has zombies. Also never done before. and Skeletons with Bows. Never seen it. You can also go to a hell-like underworld with zombies and fortresses. This is like the greatest game ever made. broke the scale, I can't even rate.
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734 of 898 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I would rather drag my testicles though 70 miles of broken glass and rusty nails than play this game for another 15 minutes.
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615 of 758 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game is terrible. It is a blatant minecraft ripoff, but with guns. Now, I can't go into the specifics, as it has been several months since I have played, but I recommend you just save your money and get the normal minecraft. I'm glad I got this game for free!
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413 of 500 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
the creators abandoned the game
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292 of 358 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Such a shame.
Graphics are nice, (except for the amount of dust while mining obscuring the block you're aiming at). Nice, dark feel. A promising crafting system and potential for so much more.
Unfortunately, as far a I can tell, nothing of any significance had happened since last May.
It's almost as if the developers have released a half-finished project for sale and just cut and run with the money.
Kickstarter projects and early release accesses require a certain element of trust.

To my mind, and I'm sorry for all the honourable, hard-working, independant developers out there, this has put me off funding/supporting projects-in-development for good.
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622 of 806 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
no
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342 of 432 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is awful. About as fun as a sandpaper handjob.
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287 of 360 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I came into this being a fan of minecraft and an avid player of it.
This was of course made as a replacement of minecraft on the xbox but moving it over to pc is simply a mistake.
Graphics... minecraft kills it especially with texture packs, the guns... easily moddable, gameplay...boring unless trolling people in mp

You want a blocky survival game go for minecraft, a small price to pay for a much better game which is excactly the same idea.

With minecraft around, there is simply no reason for this game on pc, it is inferior in every way to the original even though all the basic mechanics are the same.

Basically a clone of a far more superior game, for xbox fine but on pc we have minecraft!!
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161 of 189 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Imagine minecraft.

Now imagine it's not very good.
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230 of 285 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
First off, this game needs a LOT of work. It's fun, but there's not much here. The only things that you can craft are basic building blocks from wood gathered, tools (just like the ones in Minecraft), and an assortment of guns. It's too simple! There's no need to make a crafting table in order to make better weapons, there's no form of armor, and there's no need to build a furnace to smelt the ore that you've collected during your mining adventures. I can't stress this enough. It's too simple!

Secondly, the game is really hard, despite it's simplicity. Even playing on Easy mode, the zombies would kill me in just 3 hits, which is ridiculous. To make matters worse, when you die, all of the items in your inventory are gone. Poof, vanished into thin air, so even if you manage to get back to where you were killed, you can't collect any of your stuff that you had worked so hard for. Oh, and did I mention that the zombies spawn almost right next to you? Yeah, random spawn points for ALL of the enemies, based entirely on where you are. In other words, you are the spawn point for enemies. It's really unfair, especially when they take an entire clip to kill, can run at you faster than you can run yourself, and can kill you in 3 F#$KING HITS EVEN ON EASY MODE! Oh yeah, and a Dragon will come by and F#$k your s#$t up royally every couple of days...

Which brings me to my next issue. The day/night cycle on this game is absurd. Days only last a few minutes at best, and the night lasts forever! I got into the game, was looking through the UI for the crafting and by the time I had understood how everything worked, it was night time and I was getting my face ripped off by a zombie. It's ludicrous how short the days are and how long the nights are. SERIOUSLY needs to be reworked.

Lastly, and this is just a nitpicky thing, the sensitivity is really high, and even when you adjust it, it doesn't change anything. When you're in standard view, if you twitch in any direction, you'll practicially do a 180, but when you aim down the sight, you're lucky to get the damn thing to move. It's very unpolished. Honestly, I'd stick to Minecraft if you're looking for a sandbox crafting type game, it has way more to do, the enemies are balanced and won't continually spawn right next to you, and if you die, you can at least get your stuff back (if you manage to get back to the spot where you died fast enough)
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530 of 728 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Do you really need me to tell you that this is bad
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329 of 442 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
don't get this game,playing this game feels like eating diarrhea.




























in other words,i dont recommend it.
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146 of 184 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
If someone's going to rip off Minecraft, it could be done a lot better than this.

The addition of guns is pretty cool, along with crafting ammunition and whatnot, but that's about it for positives.
The animations are poor, the enemies are faster than you and can kill you in two hits even on Easy, and so on.
There's a very small window of things you can craft that aren't weapons. There's no brightness adjustment (it says brightness in the options menu but is really a bad gamma balancer) which is terrible because the game is very dark, especially since it's never anything but cloudy.

All in all, I very much love the concept of this game, but it was attempted very very poorly.

3/10
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206 of 276 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I think I was gifted this game for a joke, it is awful. Do not buy.
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174 of 240 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Minecraft with some mods and a texture pack.
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117 of 157 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Can't tell if this game is in development still or not. His thumb sticks through the starting psitol in the beginning of the game. Day and night cycle happen fast. He uses the same animation for almost everything. Compass is a blob of iron that barely works. And the monsters (Dragons, zombies, and skeletons) are impossible to kill. The dragon wastes every bit of your ammo. Zombies are faster than you and kill you in four hits. Skeletons are just annoying because like minecraft they shoot arrows at you but they are 10000 times more killing and slow you down when you get hit. Game isn't worth much.
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111 of 148 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Installed it, played it for a few minutes, said NOPE, and deleted it immediately... This ♥♥♥♥ is bad, I mean really bad. Not only is the game itself is bad, but it's poooorrlly optimized for PC, it runs well, but the forced mouse acceleration makes it unplayable. Also, the game itself is extremely boring, nowhere as addicting as minecraft, there's hardly anything to do in this game. Don't buy this unless you're too cheap to buy minecraft..... actually... Don't buy this then, it's too terrible, even it was a penny, don't buy it..
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301 of 443 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
2/10
I only played for 30 minutes, and this game already gave me cancer. There is no mouse sensitivity settings in which it desperately needs, The textures reminds me of a generic playstation 2 game. And the worst part is the only chance I had of having fun in this game blew it, I had just ran into a dragon and was trying to take it down. After about 7 or 8 minutes of battle my freaking game crashed. This game has potential, it just needs polishing, ALOT of polishing.

UPDATE:
For those of you who aren't smart enough to figure it out, there was no mouse sensitivity setting when I first created this review. I do applaud the effort on making this game better. However, I still find it bland and boring.
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77 of 105 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This game is purely soleless (or however the heck you spell it). When this came out on Steam, Minecraft had already been out for some years, and has been heavily updated and can be heavily modded, while this game has a severe lack of content (which is a terrible flaw for this type of game), very minor updates and cannot be modded. On top of that, this game costed $0.99 on Xbox 360 before it was discontinued, so why the heck do I have to pay $4.99 for it now, especially considering this game is a sad PC port. Plus, the co-op mode has no in-game chat system whatsoever.

Minecraft's Main Focus (in my opinion):
Mining and crafting is the main point, and once you become an unstoppable warlord or whatever with all the best swords, armor, enchantments, etc., there are countless things you can still do afterwards. (someone was actually able to make a fully functionable computer with a crap ton of redstone)

CastleMinerZ's Main Focus (in my opinion):
This Minecraft clone has a heavy emphasis on survival, but there's like only 5 different enemies or something like that, and once you've got the best guns and a crap ton of ammo, you're done! There's no point to keep playing because there's nothing else entertaining to do afterwards.

The Verdict:

At Its Best: Crap (seriously, this game is that bad)
At Its Worst: Garbage
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405 of 654 people (62%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Rating 52/100
Recommendation - Where countless games have gone before, now with adequatulence.
Don't spend more than - A bone or two.

Everyone and their dog knows what game this is trying to copy. You could show someone a screenshot OR read them the name OR explain the concept, and you wouldn't even be able to finish before they said "Minecraft."

This is a shameless, shallow, cash-grab copy of what used to be a unique game. You know what, though? I still had fun with it.

It could be because I only played it a dozen hours or so. It could be because I got it in a $4 bundle deal along with 9 other games. It could be because I played almost the entire time co-oping with a friend. Or it could even be that the concept of Minecraft is so addictively fun that even the cheapest knockoffs still are enjoyable.

Whatever the reason, I enjoyed my little slice of time in this world. There's really nothing else I can say than that. There are the same set of Minecraft tools (pick, shovel, axe, sword, etc.), and the same set of Minecraft ores (bronze, silver, gold, diamond, etc.). The enemies are different (and VASTLY more annoying), you can craft a whole slew of guns (from pistols to laser sniper rifles and alien AKs), and the game has a slightly more survival-based attitude to it. That could be an intentional design choice from the ground up, or it could just be that they only put in a small number of building supplies and chose to add difficulty as padding. Who knows.

If you already own Minecraft, don't buy this. It is SO similar (and inferior) in almost every way that you will just be wasting money. Surely there are even Minecraft mods that add guns and running zombies.

If you do not own Minecraft, are intrigued by the concept, and this game is on sale for cheap (I'm talking CHEAP), then go ahead and grab it. The multiplayer was stable, the controls are responsive, and it has the same addictive just-one-more-block-so-I-can-add-to-my-castle quality of Minecraft.

I can't see myself ever going back to it though.
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