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 (1,856 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
1,518 of 1,793 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
the creators abandoned the game
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2,298 of 2,794 people (82%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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1,437 of 1,747 people (82%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
This game is awful. About as fun as a sandpaper handjob.
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493 of 636 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
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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514 of 689 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I think I was gifted this game for a joke, it is awful. Do not buy.
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300 of 409 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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416 of 578 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Minecraft with some mods and a texture pack.
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231 of 339 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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164 of 239 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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150 of 223 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I am shocked that they still charge money for this game, it could be made much better, but it seems the developers have abandoned the game, yet another steam disaster story. Do not waste money on this "game" I only got it since it was in a bundle (that actually had some decent games in it)
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117 of 174 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
AVOID! Save your money!
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79 of 118 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
didnt even buy it and i demand a refund
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370 of 618 people (60%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
gave me a new kind of autism 10/10
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111 of 177 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Shockingly this game is bad... I know right who would have guessed?
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61 of 93 people (66%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
My Grandfather smoked his whole life. I was about 10 years old when my mother said to him, 'If you ever want to see your grandchildren graduate, you have to stop immediately.'. Tears welled up in his eyes when he realized what exactly was at stake. He gave it up immediately. Three years later he died of lung cancer. It was really sad and destroyed me. My mother said to me- 'Don't ever smoke. Please don't put your family through what your Grandfather put us through." I agreed. At 28, I have never touched a cigarette. I must say, I feel a very slight sense of regret for never having done it, because this game gave me cancer anyway.
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77 of 121 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
This game is a disgusting creation. It's like the developers sat down, after taking the entire basis of Minecraft into consideration, and then thought; "how can we make this game terrible?"

Thus, creating CastleMiner Z.

Excuse me while I go throw up.
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75 of 119 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
This seriously is a mod for Minecraft that adds guns and different textures and animations.
Diamonds are so easy to find it's actually funny, and even the best resource, bloodstone, is super-easy to obtain.
In the aspect of building, this game has next to no blocks and the best thing you can make is some blocky, symmetrical castle that gets instantly destroyed by dragons that spawn every femtosecond.
The enemies take a lot to kill, run faster than you, and kill you in 2 hits on the easiest difficulty.
It gives the option to teleport to the surface, to another player, or to spawn. This is an awful idea since it takes the factor of exploration plus finding your way back away. Most of the fun in Minecraft was getting lost in a huge cave and spending an hour finding your way back out. In this game, it's as simple as going to the menu and clicking "Teleport"
For the money it costed to buy this game, (Luckily I was gifted it...) save it and go buy Terraria or Minecraft. Same games, only better than this.
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98 of 162 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Not very Good, Not many choices, but characters are funny. and they did a good job with the guns. and how the hell do you kil the DRAGONS!!

So i give it a 4/10
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37 of 58 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
First off, I'd just like to say you know a game is bad when it somehow manages to screw up the classic Adjective Noun title format. Here we have NounNoun- and there's not even a space between the two words! It also suffers from "title is non-indicative of game content, better tack on a Z to show it has zombies."

As for the game itself? It's utter garbage. I can appreciate that it still took them time to make, but to go and sell this for $5 is a horrible error in judgement, and should be observed as such. "Oh but Law, you haven't even played it for more than an hour!" You're damn right I didn't. I played it for 8 minutes I think, and it's no hyperbole when I say that's all it took to see all the game had to offer. To be fair, 5 of those 8 minutes I spent in the pause menu, because I got up to make a sandwich.

0/10 It wasn't even a good sandwich and I had to make a deal with the Devil to get my 8 minutes back.
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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
when can i get a refund
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