You are a mine worker, stuck deep in an underground cave system. All you have are your hi-tech mining tools. In order to get out of the caves, you will have to shape the dynamic environment to your advantage. You can also create force fields for different purposes.
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Positive (44 reviews) - 86% of the 44 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 4, 2015

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You are a mine worker, stuck deep in an underground cave system. All you have are your hi-tech mining tools. In order to get out of the caves, you will have to shape the dynamic environment to your advantage. You can also create force fields for different purposes. Roast enemies with the laser field or jump higher with the bouncy field, for example.

The game contains many puzzles, deadly traps, and bloodthirsty monsters. You will have to use clever and unconventional ways to get past them.

By finding treasure you can boost your abilities, making your quest for freedom and a well-earned vacation slightly easier to achieve. Get a scanner to see through walls or a scifi version of the good old ninja rope to be the king of the rock jungle!

And of course there's a story! Something weird is going on in the mines. Your employer isn't what it looks like, you are hearing strange voices, and there's some maniac running around in the mines and sabotaging things. What's your role in all of it? Find out!

There's also multi-player! Whereas the single-player mode is more about adventuring and solving puzzling problems, the multi-player mode is all about fast-paced action and destruction! The dynamic environment and many different weapons, tools, and tricks allow endless tactical possibilities to beat your enemies.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card that supports Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: You can try the demo first if you are unsure whether Sandmason runs on your machine or not.
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Positive (44 reviews)
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the sOciolOgist
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Hey, this is good.
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Flying Shisno
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
I played the demo quite a bit longer than an hour, but I only just purchased the game, so it only says an hour. Anyway, this is a puzzle type game in the style of Portal, where you run around in First Person View Mode solving puzzles in the environment with what I call a 'Themed Mechanic'. In Portal, the Mechanic was, obviously, portals made with the portal gun. In Sandmason, it's dirt if said in its simplest form. You have a can that can dig and store dirt from the environment, and then be placed down again in the form of spheres made of dirt. You use this to reach places n' stuff. Along with various puzzles involving moving to places, there are ones where you need to help get a ball shaped power source to a socket, and also contend with giant slime creatures and get creative when avoiding/killing them.

There are various power ups too, like jetpacks and super speed that are fun to use.

It's a very fun game, and there's also a demo, so try it out. I recommend it.
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andrea8989
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Interesting and pretty good game where you have to use imagination and be creative for passing some levels... The soundtrack is also pretty good.
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kfuc giersgn
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I dont even
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Cirilla
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
funny :P
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No Skill Without Hacks
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
Great game, good concept, and simple enough that you don't need much to run it. how ever the only reason i give it 7/10 is because on the lvl guiding pipes has an extremely hard part where the flies that attack you are smack dab in your way and get killed in like 6 hits. please fix this, other wise you should get it it is gud
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Ravenger
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
I'm very impressed with the game so far. Interesting, fun game play and soundtracks are great as well. This game is easily worth 4 dollars. Was a ABSOLUTE bargain for .79 cents... go on....BUY IT !
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Istou90FIN
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
FPS puzzle adventure, about diggin caves, building bridges, ramps etc... Got it cheap 0,79€, worth easily full price or even more.. Demo available if u r not sure about it.
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BORIS ZAHARYAS
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
It's definetly more fun than i thought. Sometimes you have to be really creative to pass the checkpoints. Plus awesome in game beats. I would recommend with no doubt.
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twoxcell
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
You may think. portal nock off!! but no its a very fun new puzzle game. it is worth the cash 3.99. i give it a 3 and a half out of 5. and for what you get for the price you cant beat it.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
Nice indie game that's a creative mix of the FPS and puzzle genres where you complete cave levels by modifying and interacting with your environment. There's even a bit of RPG style character building mixed in in the form of skill points that you can use to boost your abilities after completing levels, but the main focus of the single player mode is on solving puzzles.

The game rewards creative thinking and patience in exploring your surroundings, and there are plenty of hidden areas and bonus items to uncover. It also doesn't hold your hand too much, which is great for people who like a challenge. The tutorial levels show you the basics and you get the occasional tips and pointers, but the game doesn't give anything away for free so to say.

A special mention goes to the music, which has an old-school tracker sensibility with some spacy acoustic guitar parts mixed in. The multiplayer mode is also great for some good old team deathmatch games with the ability to build and dig ground and a variety of weapons that are actually different from each other.

Writing at the time of release, there is still the occasional crash but it seems the developer is actively working on fixing those. Overall I'd say this game is easily worth the price if you like puzzle and/or FPS games.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Sandmason is a simple but effective FPS puzzle adventure, about diggin caves, building bridges, ramps, or any possible form to avoid danger and reach our path to the exit.

We are given a Mining tool, used mainly to storage sand, and deploy it in the form or bridges,
pillars, walls, ramps, or anything needed to overcome the levels.
It also has a force field function to build platforms.
Flares are unlimited, very useful for those dark zones where our eyes can reach.

Theres a Skill points system that allow us to modify both character and mining tool stats.
Every skill point is earned via collectibles, power spheres (Treasures).
Theres also Minor Skill points, that are scattered all over the levels in the form of minerals.

However, Skill points are optional, with them we can modify stats such as health, jump distance, etc, very useful for the latest levels where we might encounter some trouble, but if you are going for a challenge, and Master achievement, you should be able to beat the game without using a single skill point.

There are 31 levels, the variety is good, from simple puzzles using the physics, to hardcore digging. It also includes a Final Boss and a Bonus level where we get a special addition.
We can use this extra feature to replay any level.
It also includes a Multiplayer Deathmatch oriented.

Graphically isnt very appealing, but the strenght of the game resides in the mechanics.
The music is decent, some tracks are really good, some others are slightly out of place.

Overall, a really entertaining puzzle game, with a cool gameplay system.
Highly recommended to anyone that enjoys games like Portal, Qube or Quantum Conundrum.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
So far it's more enjoyable than I expected.
Like other FFP (first person puzzler) games in the wake of Portal (QUBE, Polarity etc), it's obviously a low budget game by a small team, and doesn't have the best visuals or polish. But the mechanics are solid, and there's enough interesting puzzles and content for a good amount of hours yet.
The level I just completed was rather simple to finish, but had some more interesting puzzling to get the collectibles as well.
If you enjoyed the other games I mentioned, I think you'll enjoy this too. I paid sale price but wouldn't have been dissapointed at the regular price, it's so cheap anyway.

Also the mining reminds me of the glass house tech demo in the original Red Faction.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Sandmason is a first person puzzle game much like the Portal games, but instead of a portal gun you have a sand castle gun?

The game is pretty straight forward, you are a miner stuck deep inside a cave and must use your fancy pants mining tools to work your way through puzzles.

Using your mining tools you must dig through sand and avoid weird amorphous blob monsters. The catch is your mining gear has a reverse button. As you mine the sand you're actually collecting it. You then use your sand castle gun (or glove? I'm not sure. It could be like a Nintendo Sandcastle Power Glove) to creature beautiful sandcastles. Okay, not actually sandcastles. Though, you could make a sand mountain. You use the sand you've collected to build bridges, reach ledges, and flip some switches.

As you clear away the sand you will also find experience nodes that allow you to level up your abilities. So yay? I don't really see the point of the rpg elements in what is a pretty straight forward first person puzzle game. It's kind of pointless if you ask me, although I did only play about an hour of this game, so who knows. Maybe adding those extra points into mining speed and movement speed become super relevant? I doubt it.

Overall, the game takes a new look at what Portal did with the genre by adding it's own puzzle mechanic in a unique way. It's enjoyable, challenging and the exploration is nice.

I'll update this review with a video if I get the chance, the one I made originally had some problems =/

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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
a very solid and enjoyable puzzle fps. red faction-style terrain destruction tied to some clever puzzles, plus a rad force-field gun. it's good and you should buy it!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
This is the absolute best find I've made on steam. If it had multiplayer lobbies I would play it ALL. DAY. Currently recruiting friends to play with me because the multiplayer is some of the most fun I've ever had. I don't even know how to describe it. Force field, disentegrators, force gun, rope swing, dig, build, OH MY GOD BUY THIS GAME.

And I didn't even mention the single player campaign/puzzles are INCREDIBLE.

10/10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Very fun and good game to play with friends, worth the price for some good entertainment
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
A unique mining style adventure with cool build/destroy mechanics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxVIOnD9usY

You are a mine worker, stuck deep in an underground cave system. All you have are your hi-tech mining tools. In order to get out of the caves, you will have to shape the dynamic environment to your advantage. You can also create force fields for different purposes. Roast enemies with the laser field or jump higher with the bouncy field.

By finding treasure you can boost your abilities, making your quest for freedom and a well-earned vacation slightly easier to achieve. Get a scanner to see through walls or a scifi version of the good old ninja rope to be the king of the rock jungle!

And of course there's a story! Something weird is going on in the mines. Your employer isn't what it looks like, you are hearing strange voices, and there's some maniac running around in the mines and sabotaging things. What's your role in all of it? Find out! - Recommended!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
FPS puzzle adventure, about diggin caves, building bridges, ramps etc... Got it cheap 0,79€, worth easily full price or even more.. Demo available if u r not sure about it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
I'm very impressed with the game so far. Interesting, fun game play and soundtracks are great as well. This game is easily worth 4 dollars. Was a ABSOLUTE bargain for .79 cents... go on....BUY IT !
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