Murder Miners is the #1 rated Xbox Indie Game. It's a Halo-inspired, fast-paced FPS with a crazy-fun infection mode, destructible environments, vehicles, 30 players online, Team Deathmatch, CTF, Zombie Survival and more!
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Release Date: Jul 25, 2014
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December 17

New mode added: Murder Games

Added a new mode to Murder Miners on PC today: Murder Games! It's basically a Hunger Games style mode where you play as a zombie when you die. It's free-for-all MurderMatch, players start with no weapons. At the start of the match you can rush the center (on the default map) to get weapons. When you die, you respawn as a zombie (edit: we have another update coming that adds the option to respawn as a spectator instead). Last man standing wins.

We're playing this right now for our weekly community playdate. Join us!

We also added new zombie options, they'll be in a midnight update tonight. You'll be able to turn on "tank zombies" that have increased health but can't sprint. Plus there'll be an option to turn off tentacle grabs.

This will all be added to the Xbox version too along with a few other small fixes.

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December 3

Community playdate tonight at 6

Come play Murder Miners with JForce tonight from 6-7PM Central time! (That’s 7-8 if you’re east coast and 4-5 west coast). Look for JForce Ty or JForce Ato hosting.

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About This Game

Murder Miners is the #1 rated Xbox Live Indie Game. After a year of updating the game on Xbox and several months of work porting it to PC, we're finally ready for Steam.

*The game currently does not have split-screen play as shown in the trailer (that's in the Xbox version). We may add split-screen in an update.*

Halo-inspired core gameplay

3-shot-kill pistol included, with new additions such as wall-jumping, unlimited sprint, multi-directional dashing and alt-fire modes.

Unique Infection mode

One player starts as a zombie, hunting down the miners one by one, turning them into zombie teammates. Miners can use the Minergun to build forts, while the zombies can dig through walls and use their tentacle grab to reach higher places or pull miners toward them. Unique to our game is the ability to feast upon the corpses to level up your zombie attributes.

Online co-op map making + completely destructible maps

The Minergun makes map-creation easy and fun. Almost every popular map you can think of has been remade by our community. Share your maps via Steam Workshop.

Community

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 graphics card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: You should definitely be able to run the game with DX10 card, and you'll most likely be able to run it with a DX 9.0C card.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 3.0 graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
751 of 950 people (79%) found this review helpful
102.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Get a blender. No, not that blender. A cool one, with holographic lights or something. I don't know man, duct tape Christmas ornaments to it. There you go. Now go grab your Halo collection. Yes, all of them. No wait, put Halo 4 back. There you go. Now dump 'em all in the blender. Okay, grab Minecraft. What? No, that's Terraria. Grab Minecraft. Okay, that's Yogscast Adventures, and that game doesn't even exist. Grab. Minecraft. Okay good, now throw that into the blender. Turn it on. No, no stop fiddling with the buttons. On. Turn on. Yes, it's plugged in, turn it on! It's on? Okay, good. Let that sit for a minute. Mmm, tasty right? Grab a glass. A... plastic cup? What is this garbage? I said glass, man. Glass. Okay, that's a bowl, and now you're just screwing with me. Thank you, a glass. Pour the holy combination of Halo and Minecraft into that glass. Okay, well, you spilled some on your shirt, but hey, we all make mistakes. Go to your computer. Open the disc tray. Okay, that's a waffle maker, not a disc tray. Is the disc tray open? Okay, put the cup in it. See? It's like a cup holder. Close the disc tray. Is it working? Okay then, have fun!
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104 of 132 people (79%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I've been playing MM since it was first released on the Xbox 360, and man this game has come a long way! First off, what you need to know is that this game is a multiplayer FPS. It's not a "mining" or "survival sandbox" game by any means. You're shooting other players in a competitive enviornment. The only similarity this game has to minecraft (and I honestly dislike that it can even be compared to minecraft) is that you build the maps with blocks. That's it. Secondly, you need to know that this game moves and shoots exactly like a Halo game, with the exception that you can do some wall kicks and other moves like that. If there were one game to compare it to, it'd be Halo. Definitely not Minecraft. Anyways, the last thing you should know is that this game still needs more polish in the graphics and presentation departments. Some of the textures aren't that great, there's no lighting to speak of, and the menus are pretty bland. However, I was able to overlook those shortcomings when I experienced how well the game plays. You'll probably be able to do the same! I'd be sure to hop on this game quickly, because Jforce plans to add a lot to it. These devs have a lot of good ideas for the game. Well, that's all I've got.
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87 of 117 people (74%) found this review helpful
857.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Best Xbox Indie game out, will update review when fully released. Lets just say its worth every penny.

REVIEW:

Murder Miners. Originally launched back on the Xbox Live Indie Marketplace in 2012, this title takes the best aspects of the FPS Halo (In particular, Halo: Combat Evolved) and shoves it into a Voxel Battleground, reminiscent of Minecraft.

The game just got out of a closed beta, and in it's current state is pretty much the ultimate edition of the game. For $5 (Currently $4) you get access to hundreds of maps pre-made by JForce and the community, with plenty of your favorites (I'm talking maps like Blood Gulch, pretty much every Halo map, and even Unreal Tournament 2004 maps). You do have the ability to make your own maps, with a pretty in depth map editor comapred to other titles in the genre.

Gameplay is where Murder Miners shines. The developers have fine tuned this monster to Quake 3 levels of responsiveness, leaving you with tight, fast controls. Of course, you can always lower it to suit your playstyle; Want to play like your playing Halo? Drop it down to 4. Minecraft? 3. The gunplay is great. You'll have access to 6 weapons; A Halo Battle Rifle, 3 Shot Magnum, Sniper, Energy Sword (Looks like a medieval sword), Shotgun, Machine Gun, and a Hookshot (Grappling hook). These pretty much play like you'd expect them to, and you end up with some sweet ♥♥♥ montage clips when using the grapple hook.

The game isn't all running around though. Take to the skies in a Helicopter style vehicle and reign death from above with heavy missles. Take 2 friends up with you to give some additional firepower from above. Or perhaps you're after a burst of speed? No problem, grab a hoverbike and get to work.

One of the BEST features of Murder Miners is the Infection Game Mode. Zombies versus Humans. The maps that you get default with this game for Infection are awesomely amazing, such as burnt out cities, military bases, all giving that erry vibe that an enemy isn't too far away. 30 people in an infection game on a big map equals lots o' fun. Plus, if you're a lonely person, you can have zombie AI bots! There's fun for everyone here!

The amount of possibilities in Murder Miners are pretty much endless, and if you're a fan of Halo you'll be drooling from nostalgia after playing this.
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48 of 69 people (70%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
This game is the kind of shooter I've been waiting years for. It takes me back to a time where games remembered how to be fun, not tedious grind fests, or focused on ranks, or aesthetically unpleasing and overly serious.

This game has a huge variety of gamemodes that can be interchanged with one another, as lobbies are hugely customiseable. The gunplay feels like an updated Halo CE with the addition of optional swords, mining/building guns, and grappling hooks. There is a huge variety of levels in the game by default but players may choose to create their own maps, and many popular community maps have been imported over from the Xbox 360 version of the game so you will have no trouble finding remakes and tributes to your favourite games, along with creative maps that take advantage of the customiseable game modes such as parkour and chase maps.

Whether you are a casual player looking for something to not take seriously, a competitive player, or just someone looking for a good co-operative experience with friends, this game is perfect for you. At $5, it's a ♥♥♥♥ing steal.

Buy it.
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51 of 80 people (64%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Long-time Halo fans will absolutely enjoy this game.
It's like Halo CE but with Minecraft inspired blocks & zombies.
If you haven't play this game yet, your missing out on a hidden gem.

My Rating: 10/10

Note: The review will be expended in depth when the game goes on live.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
379.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Don't write this off as some minecraft spin-off. I'd say it's 5% minecraft, 95% Halo. Like I know a lot of people have probably said, it uses block-based maps, and if the host doesn't disable it, you can place and destroy blocks. But a large majority of the time, that's not the focus of the gameplay in the very least. It can be a pretty competitive FPS. Or it can just be a casual game to play with friends, if you're not the competitive type. There's your standard team death match mode, free for all, and capture the flag, which are the competitive modes. And then there's the more laid-back, casual modes in Zombie Survival and Infection. In Infection, all players start out as humans, with one randomly selected player as a zombie. If the zombie kills you, you respawn as a zombie, and the game is over when all the humans are dead. The winner is the player with the most kills. I don't really like it, because it seems like a boring camp-fest, and there's always that one guy that just digs a hole and hides with a shotgun. But overall, this game is really fun. If you like Halo, you'll like this.

The weapons are pretty standard. The sniper, battle rifle, pistol, shotgun, and machine gun are all straight out of Halo. There's also the energy sword, but it works a little differently in this. It doesn't instantly lunge and one-hit-kill like the Halo sword does, but instead has to be charged for 2-3 seconds. Or you can use two weak sword attacks instead. Then there's the hookshot. Basically, it's a grappling hook straight out of batman. Or the hookshot from Legend of Zelda, if you like. Then you've got your frag grenades, which can't kill a full health/shield player, and your plasma grenades, which only kill if you actually stick a player. Everything is pretty well-balanced overall.

In addition to standard fire modes, all weapons have a secondary function or alternate fire mode. The sniper/pistol/battle rifle have scopes. The shotgun camouflages you as the same kind of blocks surrounding you, and the machine gun empties the remainder of its clip at double the normal fire rate. The sword and hookshot don't have alternate fire modes.

Then, there's the miner gun. It can break single blocks, a 1x3 grid of blocks, or a 3x3 grid of blocks at a time. It also has a "Blaster" mode that requires time to charge, but releases a slow-moving explosive projectile. It can also be changed to "building" mode and used to place blocks, for mapmaking purposes, or building cover to hide behind.

Anyway, there's a lot of different things you can do in this game, and for $1.99, it's an investment you probably won't regret. If this sounds like something that would interest you, don't second-guess yourself. Buy it and come play with the rest of the community!
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
149.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This game is getting alot of flak for having blocks right now. Most people will take one look at this game called "Murder Miners" and rightfully pass right over it because what, do we need another fortresscraft/castleminerz clone? I emplore you not to judge this game by its title or by its crafty appearance. To do so would be to deny yourself something simple and fun.

The reason this title is so cheap is not because it tries to emulate Minecraft. Its because this game is all about the fundamentals: Shooting.Building. Thats it.

Lets talk about shooting.
The online play is almost exclusively "guns only" meaning you won't find many people hosting a public map building session (but thats not to say you won't see them). Most servers will cater to their lobby, asking what maps they like, and what gamemodes.

The guns feel light and maneuverable. In short the games FPS mechanics just feel tight and classic. They offer all the weapons any decent shooter would offer, and they are simple in appearance and function. You get your Halo CE with a little bit of old timey shooter, and it feels great. Alot of people will say how fun the Infection mode is, and it truly is. But this isn't why the game shines the brightest in my opinion.
The thing that makes this shooter stand out from others is the "back-to-basics" mechanics that run through the whole game. It doesnt have time for the weapon attatchments, the unnecessary game modes, and the hype surrounding the popular shooters of today. J force instead boils it all down to the raw, uncensored arena FPS.

The mobility offered to the player is only expanded by the use of blocks. Players can use steps of blocks (much like Faith uses steps in Mirrors Edge) to "vault" by double tapping space. This not only works with steps; any verticle surface can be jumped off of as long as you are gaining altitude, providing endless opportuninties to assault your opponents.

The building is all done from a mining gun with a built-in block selection interface. You can spawn different types of blocks by selecting them with the arrow keys, and you can place them in four different ways (Line, face, float and fill). The build mechanics are primitive, but there is SO much you can do with primitive. The more fundamental the mechanics are, the more possibilities exist. One look at the workshop is enough to prove that.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
474.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
its fun. its creative, its goodstuff!!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I like this game alot being a big fan of the original halo series. If you like Halo gameplay and like minecraft like creation than this game is probably gonna interest you

9/10

can't wait till split screen comes out!
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Upon initially glancing upon the storepage, the screenshots (all of which are adorned with quotes in white text, placed in order to accentuate the fact that games such as this were made for enjoyment) resemble something your little cousin would draw shortly after being exposed to the world of gaming. Infatuated with this new platform for his vices, and unaware of the harsh realities of life, he shows you a sketch of what appears to be an amalgamation of Minecraft and Halo. You ruffle his hair patronisingly and drop to one knee, to look him in the eye; tears now streaming down your rugged face, because a realisation has just hit you. Your beloved cousin will inevitably get the ♥♥♥♥ kicked out him in the near future. What if this seemingly silly idea was brought to life though, thought the onlookers who happened to be the future developers of Muder Miners? Truth be told, hypothetical cousin is still receiving an ♥♥♥-whooping the second he starts kindergarten, but the game itself is great.

9/10--Community's a little quiet but the gameplay is super fun and leans itself better to smaller games anyway. For $2 y'all should get it while it's luke-warm. (Or better yet, dish out an extra $3 for three copies for friends.)
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
**Before I start the review, My playtime for this game isn't long however, I have played in the Beta and own the Xbox 360 version since Day 1 back in 2012.**

For my review, I broke it down into 3 different Categories: Gameplay, Replayability and Performance Overall (Controls, Technical Performance etc.)

- Gameplay: 9/10

Easily the most important factor in any game. Murder Miners has the same gun play as Halo:CE while adding its own unique twist. Wall-bouncing makes the maps more flexible and more easy to get around. And adding totally customizable destruction (to what map creators want). This game is entirely Multiplayer. Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, CTF, Infection are just some of the gamemodes in this game with more to come down the line. The game runs at 60 FPS (Double of the 360 version) and makes gameplay more smooth and faster-paced than before. Gun play is balanced and fair. And just like Halo, everyone spawns with the same weapon choices. Its nice to see that gunplay was a huge focus for this game as many shooters now a days focus on more is better instead of limited but balanced. If you like Halo's Gameplay, you'll love this game's multiplayer.

- Overall Performance: 8/10 *Updated as of July 31st*

Issues like crashes have not happened to me personal, but I have seen people complain about it. However, In all most every update (which are frequent) show that they know and are dedicated to resolving issues and bugs while still adding new things to its multiplayer. People have complained about the mouse aiming bug/issue. I have not witnessed this or agree with this. Also, If you're looking for a HUGE community, there is a decent amount but don't be surprised if there are only a few games.

Will continue to update and re-review the game once it has been updated.

- Replay Value: 10/10

This game has the same replay value from Halo 3. With the game comes a TON of maps to play on. Maps from Halo, Counter-strike, Goldeneye 007, Unreal Tournment and many more. Its gamemodes are a ton of fun. If you love infection, this is 2nd greatest infection game (besides Halo) for great fun. One of the features that keep this game alive is the community and workshop. The editor mode is easy and simple to build stuff like Minecraft. All those maps built are in the workshop where you can play even more maps. With more updates coming down the line with new gamemodes, maps and weapons. This game has a ton to offer and play for hundreds of thousands of hours.

- Overall Score: 9 / 10

Its a great game. If you like Halo or Custom Games you'll love this game. It has so much to offer for the price its offering of $5 USD ($4 USD right now). Although its community isn't as huge as Halo or Counter-strike, its a decent amount. JForce has been a confident with their game from the very beginning and continues to put hardwork forward in every update. Its gameplay is balanced and smooth with some technical flaws but that doesn't stop it from being one of the greatest shooters I've played since the Halo Series. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Murder Miners is a game about fast reactions, equal combat, and zombie warfare. In Zombie Survival, Co-op is VITAL. Zombies are fierce, and you must act fast. But take a second too long, and you're food-unless your buddy behind you makes a clean kill! When given the chance, build up defenses with the Miner Gun to extend your chance of action! Occasionally, a dead zombie drops small amounts of ammo, so loot when given the opportunity! Free-for-all mode makes you use your brain a bit more. With the speed and agility, you and your enemies will be dashing corners and bouncing off walls here and there. Keep that triggerfinger ready for anything! Team Murdermatch is a different story. Vehicles are strong when every seat is being used, so you need to make a big enough force to startle your enemy and go from defense to offense. Or take to the borderlines and give sniper support to your team as they advance throughout the map. In Murder the Flag, Things get hectic. Because the combat is pretty brutal and quick, you and your team need to be vigilant. You never know what the enemy is doing. That is why you must keep the flag gaurded securly, while a strike team goes to the enemy base and snags the flag. Good luck getting home in one piece. Last but not least, is the horror show of infection. One player starts as a zombie, with the optional help of other Zombie AI. This player must go and kill other humans. Using their tounge to bring the survivor to them, or bloody claws to shred both flesh and construction, the zombies will easily breach the humans line of defense! One by one, the humans will be picked off by the speedy undead. Humans, watch the bodies of the fallen survivors. Zombie players have the chance to eat the dead survivor and evolve traits. Do whatever it takes to halt the zombies, or they will get stronger and stronger before you see it coming! Once you have esperienced the chaos and want to relax, you might want to head over to Map-Making Mode.This is where you create your blocky battlefield.
I have introduced Murder Miners to many of my friends, in which they all thought the game was really fun. If you ask me, you should grab this game and have a game night with all your buddies on a Friday night!
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
was thinking to buy some csgo skins then saw this totally worth my 1 dollar :D
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
I've been into this game on xbox hardcore since February 2013. Murder Miners. They say it's halo and minecraft. I say that is not the case. You can expect blocks, sure, sure. But that is where the minecraft aspect ends.

The gameplay is of course, is very much like Halo CE, with the twelve shot magnum, the four shot snipers, motion sensors, and the shields, the players armor, but there's more than that. You have WAY more mobility than in any halo game I have seen. You can sprint, dodge, double jump(more like wall scaling) and 'ram' attack, a special movement option players get in versus modes. they look down while sprinting, increasing their movement speed, and become a deadly walking projectile. So why is this Halo and Minecraft?

Halo and Minecraft? No. no, no, no, and no. First, there is no survival concept whatsoever. No food, no home to build before night, and no open world three times the size of earth. There is Forge/ Creative mode, no doubt, but it is not halo and minecraft.

My description of Murder Miners would be Halo gameplay hybridized with Unreal Tournament,(Look that game up on here, its pretty sick!) due to the high player mobility, arena maps, and weapon balancing, with a pinch of minecraft blocks.

As I'm sure what many of you want to know, how is the infection? I'd say it's probably the best infection you can possibly find in any game, and yes it's 10 times better than halo. In fact, it makes halo infecton look like someone took a giant pile of crap, and combined it with another pile of crap and placed it in a microwave for 10 minutes. Disgusting. As a Zombie, you can tongue grapple, activate radar, and level up by consuming the corpses of the freshly dead. This awesome ability makes you faster and stronger, and your abilities become more efficient. And your levels stick with you after death! It is the first game where I truly had fun playing as zombie.

To me, this game was a divine gift from the heavens. I believe that if you love halo, but know that the series won't be getting better any time soon, you need this in your library. It's fun with friends, it's competitive, it has a lot of content for what the devs are charging, so get it asap!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Fast-paced yet accessible gameplay. A lot of people say this is similar in gameplay to Halo 2 and I can see it. A friend bought this for me and I've been playing it more than I thought I would :)

ESPECIALLY for two bucks - recommended for any twitch fps fan.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
halo + left 4 dead + a little minecraft

custom maps - remakes of many popular maps

so fun , loved it on xbox , better on pc
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
*note* I've played this for like 5+ hours but my 'hours played' thing glitched for some reason.

PROS:
-Generally friendly community
-Very tight gunplay
-Grappling hook is a nice touch to combat
-Infection mode alone is a decent enough reason to buy this
-Detailed colour customisation for your character

CONS:
-Really tiny community (8-15 people online at a time on PC)
-Not the prettiest game around
-Not worth $5 in my opinon (so get it for 99c while you can)
-Deathmatches can be a bit difficult for newer players
-There is this one player who is a regular named GET_GOOD, he is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and swears at everyone through chat and tells them all to 'get good'

SCORE: 7.5/10 would recommend for 99c.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Its like the halo i never got on pc
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Most Favorite Xbox Indie game. And it's coming to Steam! This is a must buy for all Halo fans!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This is literally Halo mixed with minecraft. There is no other way to say it. The weapons are literally named the exact same.
And I love it. If you loved Halo you will most defintly love this.
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