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 (218 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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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 available on Windows, PS4, and PS3

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
12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I played Motherload, the flash game on XGen's website years ago. What kept me playing was the fact that I was making progress despite starting from the top again at times. Digging into the earth, harvesting minerals, returning to the surface to sell, repair, refuel, and upgrade is the norm for the game. For others it's tedious and mindless because it is just lather, rinse, and repeat. For me, it kept me entertained when I had nothing to do.

Super Motherload brought that formula and gave it an overhaul. Everything was updated and upgraded. There are even outposts to reduce many needs for a teleporter, which is commonplace for Motherload. The basic mechanics were still there but there are no longer those pockets of gas that instantly destroy your pod. Replacing it is magma and metal blocks which require certain explosives to do so.

To be honest, this game felt a little shorter than Motherload. However, the reason Motherload was longer is likely the lack of those outposts and the gas pockets.

tl:dr This game isn't for people who like tedium, like Minecraft and Terraria. For the others, I'd recommend checking it out.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
amazing sequel to the first one, i'd just wish it could last longer
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571 of 638 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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.
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218 of 269 people (81%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
As one who have played the original flash game for more hours than I dare admit, naturally I have been hype for this game since I came across it when it first got on greenlight and was very excited when I saw it pop up on the steam front page.

I was dissapointed, I got in the game and started digging, and the digging felt weigthless, the blocks just disappeared as with the old one you could see that you were digging through the blocks. And when I went to get upgrades there were no tooltips, no flavor text, only generic names and a set of boxes for each upgrade. It just felt empty.
Also the world feels too bright, this might just be an effect of playing on a high resolution, but it kind of ruins the atmosphere for me.

Other than that, They did a good job with the music and the fact that you can co-op (even though it's only local right now) is sure to be a big plus if you happen to have someone to play it with.

This saddens me, and I hope in the future they will do something to the game to make me want to give it another shot because it's such a good game and I know they can do better than this.
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52 of 76 people (68%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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.
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