Set on Mars in an alternate Cold-War era, Super Motherload is a 1 to 4-player couch co-op digging adventure with storyline by Image Comics' Kurtis Wiebe, a fully voiced cast of Soviet and American characters, and a procedurally-generated world that changes each time you play.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (123 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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May 23

Motherload Goldium Edition now included as a free extra

As a thank-you to fans of Super Motherload and the original alike, we've included Motherload Goldium Edition as a free extra with Super Motherload.

Now you can relive the nostalgia of the original Motherload and access Goldium directly from the Steam client.

Launch Motherload Goldium Edition by opening Super Motherload from your Steam Library and selecting "Launch Motherload Goldium."

Enjoy!

- The XGen Team

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Reviews

“An awesome blend of obsessive compulsive profiteering and addictive, satisfying gameplay.”
4.5 / 5 – Game Revolution

“The sci-fi ’80s vibe is delightful and the perfect setting for this ridiculously addicting game. I find myself coming back to it at the end of every day, ready for a new adventure underground.”
8 / 10 – Destructoid

“Much like the comic strip I honestly can’t describe why this game is so fun. Gabe and I played it for hours last weekend and had a great time. It’s got some puzzle elements that you can choose to engage with if you want to but you can also just dig. It’s a very relaxing game and you can lose a couple hours to it wasy without even noticing.”
- – Tycho, Penny Arcade

About This Game

Set on Mars in an alternate Cold-War era, Super Motherload is a 1 to 4-player couch co-op digging adventure with storyline by Image Comics' Kurtis Wiebe, a fully voiced cast of Soviet and American characters, and a procedurally-generated world that changes each time you play. Purchase powerful upgrades and supplies for your mining pod as you progress and prosper, as well as rare Specials Abilities with random availability.

You, the player, work for Solarus Corporation, an inter-planetary mining operation that has developed the infrastructure needed to harvest the precious resources of Mars to meet demand back on Earth. Soon after being dropped on Mars, you begin to discover that things aren't quite as they seem.

Key Features:

  • Up to 4-player co-op, perfect for Big Picture (local-only)
  • Storyline by award winning Image Comic's writer Kurtis Wiebe of Peter Panzerfaust & Green Wake fame
  • Full Voice Overs and a Full length original score by indie electronic artist Eric Cheng
  • RPG-inspired mechanics, including upgrades, quests & special abilities
  • Branching storyline choices with Multiple Game Endings
  • Over 150 Explosive-based Puzzles to solve
  • An Epic Boss Battle
  • Normal and Hardcore game modes, for new players and fans of the original
  • Support for 4 simultaneous Gamepads -- ideal for Big Picture
  • Runs at 60FPS in Full HD (1080p)
  • Super Motherload is the sequel to XGen Studios' original hit Motherload, and is currently in development for Windows, MacOS & PSN.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core (2 * 2200 Mhz) or AMD Athlon X2 64 2 * 2200 Mhz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6800 GT with 256 MB of RAM / ATI Radeon HD 5450 with 512 MB of RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 491 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0C Compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8 (x86 and x64)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2 * 2600 Mhz) or AMD Athlon X2 64 2 * 2600 Mhz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 with 512 MB of RAM / ATI Radeon HD 5570 with 1024 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive: 491 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0C Compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
The original was fun, super amazing fun, but this...isn't worth the ten bucks I paid for it, much less the additional copy I bought for my brother.

The game is not native. It's the same flash game I used to play for free. Looks awful on my fifteen inch laptop.

No true multiplayer. The option is for screen-sharing only.

Not recommended. At all. Ever. Even for a dollar. Unless they make some MAJOR changes.
Posted: June 20
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Great game!
I feel its even better than the original however, like almost anything, there are downsides.
The multiplayer is local co-op, no option. Thats not too bad, plenty of games function fine local like Magicka and Gauntlet. I feel Super Motherload behaves the same in that aspect, especially with controllers (Plays best with gamepad, Comrade!). The game also seems to lack in content to me but thats remedied by the high replay value. Honestly, thats the only real downside I see and I feel they can easily make it online multiplayer and may even be planning on it.
Many complain about the game being too easy and actively ignore hardcore mode or complain about the storyline and how its different from the original. Of course it is, they don't want it to get stale.
The graphics are improved of course and I LOVE how it has clever little puzzles that you can solve with different bombs. Nothing feels better that getting a Universe Chain of unobtainium.
My brother liked the smelter, I didn't care for it too much.
The transmission cutscenes are fully voiced and I absolutely loved that.
Honestly, this is one of those games where if you like this type of game but you don't like Super Motherload, its your own damn fault. Many complain about broken textures or black screen and say the GAME is bad for that. Don't listen to them.
Great game, great music, great graphics, great replay value, can't really ask for more in a game.

BONUS: It comes WITH the original Motherload Goldium edition as well for the nostalgia. Cool.
Posted: June 11
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Won't play properly in fullscreen for me? Text is illegible. Fun (for awhile) but not much to it: Drill for resources. There's no enemies, there's not much in the way of being a puzzle game. Just work. Drill, drill, drill. The story and art is good but there's not enough there - I wish there was shorter level areas, why not endless computer generated levels? Spend SO much time just going back and dropping off your mined goods to your base. (bases are few and far between) Game is short as I bought this yesterday and I'm at the end. The game is slow and peaceful all the way until the very end where it then turns into a race/battle game? I dunno... :(
Posted: April 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
TLDR: If you're looking for a good mining game like this but done right, check out a game called "Dig It" on the apple store.

As for this game, I'm not sure what's "super" about this other than the graphics when you compare them to the oeiginal game.

1. As you get to the bottom you'll find it almost impossible to get minerals without spending more money on bombs than what the minerals you mine are worth.

2. The further I got to the bottom the more my game crashed. Quite annoying considering the time it takes to exhaust cargo and fuel is about 30 mins at the point where I rage quit this game.

3. 6 million dollars for the ability to detonate bombs in mid air? Are you ♥♥♥♥ing high? Thats a basic requirement to get a lot of the minerals.

4. The minerals are boring. After 1.5 hours play you won't see any new minerals - just annoying yellow and black boxes which you can't punch through.

5. The story is meh. Didn't have the interest to get to the end. In fact, from as far as I saw it just looks like a copy of the original game.

As a real fan of the original game I am very disappointed. This was nowhere near cheap for a game of such poor quality.
Posted: July 19
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
years ago i was hooked on the original flash version, so naturally when i saw this i thought "what could go wrong" and i purchased it, and well...... there was nothing to go wrong..... almost literally, no fear for earthquakes collapsing your tunnels, no fear for low fuel, no mystery in the background story, just a long and safe grind to get to the next underground station.

i did like the addition of the bombs and the multi player, plus the better graphics, but to be honest this game is a lot less exciting, and dark than the original.
Posted: June 2
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512 of 569 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
i remember playing the original motherload back in the day and enjoying the heck out of it. i remember enjoying the progression of upgrading my little drillbot, the feeling of discovery and exploration, and the true fear i felt when i was low on fuel flying up to the surface.

super motherload fails to entice me in any way, and it fails to build on what made the original motherload fun. i dont feel fear any more because when you run out of fuel you just move slower instead of dying. i dont enjoy upgrading my vehicle because the game stops you from doing so until you arbitrarily reach a new chunk of story (story which i also find really tedious and boring). and i dont get much joy from exploration in super motherload. everything is more or less the same, there arent any novelty ores to discover, there aren't many ancient artifacts or items to find (unless they are pertinant to the story, again, i dont care) and the puzzles are kind of bland and rudimentary.

so what am i left with? well most of what i feel when i play super motherload is boredom. i just want to dig to the next area, increase my fuel tank because it's ALWAYS running out, get some OP combination of gems so i can... i dunno upgrade my fuel tank some more. there's no excitement, there's no surprises.

i was looking forward to this game, i'm pretty dissapointed honestly.
Posted: March 28
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