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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Mixed (103 reviews) - 60% of the 103 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (4,198 reviews) - 69% of the 4,198 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 9, 2011

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August 16

Update is now in Beta testing. Defeat monster spawners!

We have a fun build ready for testing in the Beta branch. Check out monster spawn blocks. Here's a breakdown of the current version.

* Spawn Blocks can be found in Scavenger Mode only (we'll expand this to other modes after testing and feedback).
* Spawn blocks come in two forms: Grey (easy) and Red (challenging)
* Right click on a spawn block to activate it.
* Active blocks will light up and begin flashing.
* Waves of skeletons and zombies will arise from the block.
* If you defeat all the enemies, the spawn block transforms into a loot block.
* If two (or more) spawn blocks are in close proximity, they might cause a chain reaction and all activate!

This build also fixes the bug that prevented players from harvesting their own teleport blocks for re-use.

Please let us know what you think. We're going to be balancing the waves and behavior based on player feedback. We also have more plans for future features regarding spawn blocks, so stay tuned!

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July 29

Update is live. The console displays more useful information.

- When picking up items from Loot blocks, the items will be displayed in the console.

- Global announcements are now made whenever a player reaches various milestones of kills during a play session. Enjoy a little friendly competition and bragging rights for defeating different types of enemies!

- Global announcements also occur for opening certain numbers of loot blocks.

Currently most messages are sent every 10 occurrences.

We took a little longer than we wanted on this release, but we've already made great progress on the next update. Look for a new build on the Beta branch coming soon!

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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
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16.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
alright. it looks like ♥♥♥♥♥. it's minecrafty but it does its own sorta thing. considering it got a PC adaptation should show us all something. now if you have minecraft you'd feel like this game sux. it does not. actually its more of a cheap alternative. like buying that not lego brand lego, you know the ones. they're cheap. they feel cheap. they are quickly made. you start building and you can't quite get it right but in the end you have fun with what you bought. just try it. you will or will not like it. so... judge lightly...
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3.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Un-like da X-Box version, This one actully updates!
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the shekel stealer(seth)
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
I played this game on the XBox 360 a long long time ago and I was astonished by the game, but the same can not be said about the PC version... ITS THE BEST THING EVER!
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call me onin
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
dragon goys rawr xd rawr xd
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[Cpt. Wolfire]
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
There are no Castles

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Admiral LAGbar|
23.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
According to all known laws
of aviation,

there is no way a bee
should be able to fly.

Its wings are too small to get
its fat little body off the ground.

The bee, of course, flies anyway

because bees don't care
what humans think is impossible.

Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
Yellow, black. Yellow, black.

Ooh, black and yellow!
Let's shake it up a little.

Barry! Breakfast is ready!


Hang on a second.


- Barry?
- Adam?

- Oan you believe this is happening?
- I can't. I'll pick you up.

Looking sharp.

Use the stairs. Your father
paid good money for those.

Sorry. I'm excited.

Here's the graduate.
We're very proud of you, son.

A perfect report card, all B's.

Very proud.

Ma! I got a thing going here.

- You got lint on your fuzz.
- Ow! That's me!

- Wave to us! We'll be in row 118,000.
- Bye!

Barry, I told you,
stop flying in the house!

- Hey, Adam.
- Hey, Barry.

- Is that fuzz gel?
- A little. Special day, graduation.

Never thought I'd make it.

Three days grade school,
three days high school.

Those were awkward.

Three days college. I'm glad I took
a day and hitchhiked around the hive.

You did come back different.

- Hi, Barry.
- Artie, growing a mustache? Looks good.

- Hear about Frankie?
- Yeah.

- You going to the funeral?
- No, I'm not going.

Everybody knows,
sting someone, you die.

Don't waste it on a squirrel.
Such a hothead.

I guess he could have
just gotten out of the way.

I love this incorporating
an amusement park into our day.

That's why we don't need vacations.

Boy, quite a bit of pomp…
under the circumstances.

- Well, Adam, today we are men.
- We are!

- Bee-men.
- Amen!


Students, faculty, distinguished bees,

please welcome Dean Buzzwell.

Welcome, New Hive Oity
graduating class of…


That concludes our ceremonies.

And begins your career
at Honex Industries!

Will we pick ourjob today?

I heard it's just orientation.

Heads up! Here we go.

Keep your hands and antennas
inside the tram at all times.

- Wonder what it'll be like?
- A little scary.

Welcome to Honex,
a division of Honesco

and a part of the Hexagon Group.

This is it!



We know that you, as a bee,
have worked your whole life

to get to the point where you
can work for your whole life.

Honey begins when our valiant Pollen
Jocks bring the nectar to the hive.

Our top-secret formula

is automatically color-corrected,
scent-adjusted and bubble-contoured

into this soothing sweet syrup

with its distinctive
golden glow you know as…


- That girl was hot.
- She's my cousin!

- She is?
- Yes, we're all cousins.

- Right. You're right.
- At Honex, we constantly strive

to improve every aspect
of bee existence.

These bees are stress-testing
a new helmet technology.

- What do you think he makes?
- Not enough.

Here we have our latest advancement,
the Krelman.

- What does that do?
- Oatches that little strand of honey

that hangs after you pour it.
Saves us millions.

Oan anyone work on the Krelman?

Of course. Most bee jobs are
small ones. But bees know

that every small job,
if it's done well, means a lot.

But choose carefully

because you'll stay in the job
you pick for the rest of your life.

The same job the rest of your life?
I didn't know that.

What's the difference?

You'll be happy to know that bees,
as a species, haven't had one day off

in 27 million years.

So you'll just work us to death?

We'll sure try.

Wow! That blew my mind!

“What's the difference?”
How can you say that?

One job forever?
That's an insane choice to have to make.

I'm relieved. Now we only have
to make one decision in life.

But, Adam, how could they
never have told us that?

Why would you question anything?
We're bees.

We're the most perfectly
functioning society on Earth.

You ever think maybe things
work a little too well here?

Like what? Give me one example.

I don't know. But you know
what I'm talking about.

Please clear the gate.
Royal Nectar Force on approach.

Wait a second. Oheck it out.

- Hey, those are Pollen Jocks!
- Wow.

I've never seen them this close.

They know what it's like
outside the hive.

Yeah, but some don't come back.

- Hey, Jocks!
- Hi, Jocks!

You guys did great!

You're monsters!
You're sky freaks! I love it! I love it!

- I wonder where they were.
- I don't know.

Their day's not planned.

Outside the hive, flying who knows
where, doing who knows what.

You can'tjust decide to be a Pollen
Jock. You have to be bred for that.


Look. That's more pollen
than you and I will see in a lifetime.

It's just a status symbol.
Bees make too much of it.

Perhaps. Unless you're wearing it
and the ladies see you wearing it.

Those ladies?
Aren't they our cousins too?

Distant. Distant.

Look at these two.

- Oouple of Hive Harrys.
- Let's have fun with them.

It must be dangerous
being a Pollen Jock.

Yeah. Once a bear pinned me
against a mushroom!

He had a paw on my throat,
and with the other, he was slapping me!

- Oh, my!
- I never thought I'd knock him out.

What were you doing during this?

Trying to alert the authorities.

I can autograph that.

A little gusty out there today,
wasn't it, comrades?

Yeah. Gusty.

We're hitting a sunflower patch
six miles from here tomorrow.

- Six miles, huh?
- Barry!

A puddle jump for us,
but maybe you're not up for it.

- Maybe I am.
- You are not!

We're going 0900 at J-Gate.

What do you think, buzzy-boy?
Are you bee enough?

I might be. It all depends
on what 0900 means.

Hey, Honex!

Dad, you surprised me.

You decide what you're interested in?

- Well, there's a lot of choices.
- But you only get one.

Do you ever get bored
doing the same job every day?

Son, let me tell you about stirring.

You grab that stick, and you just
move it around, and you stir it around.

You get yourself into a rhythm.
It's a beautiful thing.

You know, Dad,
the more I think about it,

maybe the honey field
just isn't right for me.

You were thinking of what,
making balloon animals?

That's a bad job
for a guy with a stinger.

Janet, your son's not sure
he wants to go into honey!

- Barry, you are so funny sometimes.
- I'm not trying to be funny.

You're not funny! You're going
into honey. Our son, the stirrer!

- You're gonna be a stirrer?
- No one's listening to me!

Wait till you see the sticks I have.

I could say anything right now.
I'm gonna get an ant tattoo!

Let's open some honey and celebrate!

Maybe I'll pierce my thorax.
Shave my antennae.

Shack up with a grasshopper. Get
a gold tooth and call everybody “dawg”!

I'm so proud.

- We're starting work today!
- Today's the day.

Oome on! All the good jobs
will be gone.

Yeah, right.

Pollen counting, stunt bee, pouring,
stirrer, front desk, hair removal…

- Is it still available?
- Hang on. Two left!

One of them's yours! Oongratulations!
Step to the side.

- What'd you get?
- Picking crud out. Stellar!


Oouple of newbies?

Yes, sir! Our first day! We are ready!

Make your choice.

- You want to go first?
- No, you go.

Oh, my. What's available?

Restroom attendant's open,
not for the reason you think.

- Any chance of getting the Krelman?
- Sure, you're on.

I'm sorry, the Krelman just closed out.

Wax monkey's always open.

The Krelman opened up again.

What happened?

A bee died. Makes an opening. See?
He's dead. Another dead one.

Deady. Deadified. Two more dead.

Dead from the neck up.
Dead from the neck down. That's life!

Oh, this is so hard!
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21.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
A lot of hours played on my 360 with this game it can be very fun with friends trying to make the run to kill the undead dragon wish more items or vehicles could have been added
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2.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
Everything i like:

1.Decent Graphics

2. Zombies




6.Better Than M1n3Cr4ft


8.Runs very smooth

9. Fast World Loading

10. Easily host an online server

Things I don't like:

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3.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
its like skyrim with dragons
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6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This was a terrible game untill i figured out you just walk backwards and you end up walking through walls and winning the game. Cheers! 6/10
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Minecraft with guns and aliens, demons, and dragons
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Honest review, the game isent to to bad. I used to play the game on xbox, and when i saw it on Steam i was very excited. For one the community isent that good. If you join a game with pvp, you get kicked if you kill someone. If you host your own game, prepare for greifing and your crates being ramsacked. It is basicly minecraft with guns but there are better mechanics (inventory,crafting,block stacking etc.) The guns are unbalanced. The assault rifle is the only gun i can kill dragons with. But the other guns are fun to screw around with. And it's fun to shoot everything with the overpowered lazer guns.

7/10 ~ would lazer gun again
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
great banter
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
this game mostly has its downs cause it doesnt have that much updates long time ago now the develepor has
continue to update the game and make it more fun not much now though still the same as the xbox version
but much more update i recommend this game for people that liked open world and sandbox survival games
so if you hate or love the game who cares just play it i want this game to be good so the develepor can make the game better more guns more enemies more blocks and more stuffs so pls like it if you want the game to improve
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
its like skyrim with dragons
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Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game is buggy, laggy, and downright unbalanced, days are to short, stamina goes down within 2 seconds of sprinting. not to bother you all with speeches why its bad, there are other anons here that have already done that. i got this game from my anglo friend for free, i can only feel pitty for him for buying it, even though i got it for free, it still isnt a good game.

i cant recommend it with a sound mind.
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