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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“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
33.0 hrs on record
If you like digging then you will like this game.
Posted: October 1
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9.0 hrs on record
i'v been waiting for this game for years, i'v played the original one so much. i was so disapointed when i bought and played this one, they have turned it into a more arcade style game, i was hoping to get some amazing mining game, sadly i was wrong.
Posted: October 12
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4.4 hrs on record
very fun and addicting.
Posted: October 13
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0.1 hrs on record
It does not start. I tried it on two setups.
This isn't just my problem, there are more people withthe same experience. Developers have been notified but seem not to care.

Check the Community Hub before buying!
If you buy and have this problem you will be stuck with a game that doesn't work. And after month and month of waiting it's save to say there will not be solution to this problem from the developers.
Posted: October 7
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173.8 hrs on record
I've spent hundreds of hours playing the original Motherload Goldium. I bought a stop watch just for the game since the only real fun for me is trying to beat my best time digging to the bottom. The reason I play is because it's something mindless to do when I want to relax. The new Super Motherload is way too complicated. I hate taking damage when I'm trying to climb and trying to race to the bottom is an exercise in frustration. The new Motherload sucks.
Posted: October 10
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3.3 hrs on record
It starts out being a fun way to grind -- dig up materials, go back to the top, sell those materials for cash, repeat -- but it becomes too much of a grind. It takes too much time and is a hassle to have to go back to the stations. I'm not sure how they'd change that in a future version of the game, but otherwise, it's fun.

I'd also imagine co-op to be insane, but in single-player, it's tedious; and the skeleton-like story isn't enough to motivate me to deal with that.
Posted: October 13
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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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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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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
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
dig
Posted: July 26
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
chum is fum
Posted: June 25
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
i buaght this game and couldnt play it because my laptop is to old but then they gave all us fans a free copy of motherload goldium adition so now i can have all the motherload fun i want :)
Posted: May 29
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Great game! Loved the original, and really love this one! Look forward to more updates!!
Posted: April 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) 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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
So much fun, great graphics, amazing storyline, and the voice acting is super. It's a great game, good value for money! :D
Posted: May 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Alright seriously. I want to know what you do when you can't read any in-game text. Because apparently I messed something up. When I enter the game, no text shows up correctly. I tried changing the resolution, and nothing happened. Would you mind changing this, or at least tell me what to do?
Posted: June 8
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
If you liked motherload goldium ages ago, this game is going to rock your world! easily beats call of duty series from MW II up.
great for spending time and having fun with friends, pad works perfectly, keyboard is a bit awkward if you have more than 2 players but doable. definetly a must buy if enjoyed motherload previously. highly recommend!
Posted: June 20
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
This game was better in every way compared to the old Super Motherload, although I was fairly disappointed of the boss fights. I haven't played farther than like the 3rd boss in a row, because it is super hard to survive in between the boss fights. The only thing you do is to follow the boss farther up to the surface, and meanwhile not get to close to the boss (you will get damaged) and not get too far behind (you will also be damaged here).
Posted: June 14
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
So... this game is good, as well as the company that makes it. they decided for no reason they were going to grant everyone who baught the game that they would get the previouse verson for free... awsome.
Posted: May 23
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