Prospectors on an expedition inside a hollowed-out asteroid, stumble upon a glowing ancient alien artifact. After touching the artifact the team is teleported to another dimension. Then captured & enslaved aboard a mining barge to mine asteroids in a mech suit, while planning an escape to freedom!
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Mostly Negative (46) - 23% of the 46 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 1, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to hear from you! Feedback on gameplay and storytelling. nDiG is an independent game studio and we need your honest opinions & suggestions. We care about the community and we want to make sure we build, what the community wants. Feedback, testing, and iterative design are essential in game development; you can count on us to listen and utilize feedback generated by the Community and include them in our road map.


BONUS Purchase Early Access for Episode 1 and include a Free future Key to continue in Episode 2

We believe we’ve created something really special here, and we want your input to take ARM Planetary Prospectors to the next level. As we continue to improve and support ARM: PP into the future and beyond, with future episodes.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?
The core gameplay is there, although the player is imprisoned aboard a Mining Barge, and has to mine and craft a way to freedom. Players can also currently pilot Mining Repair Rescue Mechs in a realistic space-mining simulator that is focused on fun, and not just click and mine. Space mining is a very dangerous and risky job, and there are many things that can go wrong and hidden dangers lurking in the unknown.

Will the game is priced differently during and after Early Access?
Yes. ARM Planetary Prospectors is currently discounted for Early Access, as we are adding more content bi-weekly. We want to encourage and reward our early adopters and contributors with digital and physical rewards.

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?
Community support will be the backbone to the success of ARM Planetary Prospectors We want to hear your thoughts on the game so we can make improvements during Early Access while we still have time to significantly improve the game.

We’ve integrated an idea and bug report tool into the game, which allows us to track the number of contributions any community member makes. We want to thank our contributors with well-deserved rewards!

The community is encouraged to connect with us via our website and social media as well if they’d like to learn more about NDiG, the game itself, and keep informed about our updates:


Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter, we will be giving reward points, for the Community sharing on social media. The more success we have, the better we can make the final version.

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The plan currently is to make ARM great enough to win some awards, then it will be finally released once it's finished. Once the release of the first episode one, NDiG will then begin releasing the following episodes. Although we plan to keep it in early access until it's polished and ready to ship. Currently, it is still in Pre-Alpha state, and working with the community, to complete an alpha that is fun, and what the Community wants.

We are also started planning a Kickstarter for the iOS/Android cross-platform Companion game that will have Cross-Platform Multiplayer with ARM Planetary Prospectors”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The final release of "Episode One" will include procedurally generated "near infinite" open-world multiverse, destructible environments, simulated Newtonian physics, component system damage, and much more. Players will "Choose their own Adventure" as they find ways to try to break free from the Mining Barge Prison. They will meet enemies and friends along the way, as they come together to earn or find a clever way to escape, or work of the debt as a slave Asteroid Mech Miner. The newly added prologue helps explain the origins of our characters and tells a unique story and custom interactive experience.

After the final version, we will work to bring a Multiplayer experience, where friends can join in and help collect minerals. Later on, once mass amounts of minerals are collected, we will add a module that will allow Player, to design, craft and construct their own mining colonies, refineries, and set up defensive fortifications. Explore, Prospect, Mine, and Survive against rival mining corporations, pirates, bounty hunters, and atrocious aliens.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently in Alpha PvA (Asteroids) (PvE) form with additional episodes, new tools, new mechs/spacecraft, more branching stories and additional planets to be added over time.

In-game press R to Report and take screenshots of the bug or suggestions. Points will be awarded for doing so

Updated recently with renegade space pirates, and knifing merchants that provide black market items that can be useful trying to escape the mining barge prison.

The graphics and content are not final and subject to change

Xterminators AI Security bots
Merchant Ships to trade and upgrade the mech and tools
Friend MRRM mining AI (give orders, they will listen...if they like you)
Dialog System and Quests
Fully Destructible and Procedural generated Asteroids
Component Damage (Damage certain parts will have gameplay effects)
Simulated Newtonian Physics (Experience what it's like to pilot a Mining Mech in zero gravity)
Upgrade system (Spend credits to further improve and upgrade the Mech)
Defensive Turrets
Meteor Storms
Inventory system with NPCs that can craft tools and items
Oculus Rift VR Limited Support
HOTAS and gamepad supported”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price may go up after Early Access, as the community helps steer the final design and destination of ARM PP. The exact pricing has not been decided at this time.

Early Access adaptors get a bonus free pass for Episode TWO. Get it Now, BUY now before we Launch. Limited Time Offer

Price is subject to increase, as we add more content.

Xbox X and PS5 prices may also be different

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will discuss content and features with the Early Access community and see where they can help us make changes or implement their ideas. We are not a secretive gaming company, we want to be open and transparent with the community and have them involved in our development process. After all, we are making this game for the Community and not just for ourselves.

Come join our Public Trello Room and discuss suggestions, and report/track bugs. ( Partial Road map is also here )

This is just our first step, and one giant leap for Gamerkind!”
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Notice: This title runs in both standard and VR modes. It does not require a VR headset.
VR Supported

Buy A.R.M. Planetary Prospectors EP1 (Asteroid Resource Mining) EARLY ACCESS

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We are still in Early Access and will be updating and adding features, fixing bugs, and tuning the gameplay. We listen to our community and value their opinions. NDiG's goal is to provide the most fun and exhilarating Space Exploration, Mining Psychological Survival Horror game on the market. Then eventually port to Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox X.

About This Game

3012 A.D EARTH, 10 YEARS after the comet hit our home Terra Firma, (Earth) is on life support after an iron-based comet cut straight through like a bullet, destroying more than 70% of life on the planet...

Prospectors on an expedition, investigate a strange signal coming from inside a hollowed-out asteroid, stumble upon a glowing ancient alien artifact. After touching the artifact, the team is suddenly teleported to another dimension...

Separated and suffering from amnesia the crew is split up, then captured & enslaved aboard a malevolent AI-controlled mining barge. Enslaved and forced against their wills to mine asteroids in a mech suit, all while, collecting and crafting, while devising a plan to escape to freedom!

Flashbacks and dreams of the once vibrant Earth, and glimpse back of the advanced old Gaia, showing ancestors, a young girl piloting a mech suit carrying her wounded grandfather up a mountain...she seems almost like my Sister, that I haven't seen since being thrown into this jail cell, just after touching the alien artifact that pulled me into some kind of time dimensional portal, or alternative multiverse of hell...I must find a way out of the prison, I may have to work off my debt as a slave asteroid miner, and try to make some friends find some answers about this place...There must be a way out, and then I need to find that Alien Artifact and try to return it back home.

Once escaping from the Barge, the quest to recover the alien artifact, a time dimensional device, can turn back the time to help her Grandfather use the alien artifact to deflect the comet from devastating Earth's destruction

Experience survival in an immersive sim as a space flight, asteroid mining prisoner, explore, mine and craft to find unique ways to escape from the Mining Barge that is under control of an advanced AI alien race. Explore a procedural generated open world with fully destructible environments governed by Newtonian physics in this space flight sim, psychological survival horror game.

First-Person, Survival Psychological Horror, Adventure, Immersive Space Mining Flight Simulator with JRPG inspired elements

+ Episodic content including rescue, repair, racing, and archaeological missions (EP1 currently in Early Access)

+ Character-driven, Singleplayer story-focused for Episode one (Multiplayer coming in future episodes)

+ Psychological Survival Horror mixed with Anime-style Quest and RPG elements

+ Explore, Expedition, Prospect, Mine, Rescue, Repair, Survey, Salvage, Scavenge, Survive

+ Outwit or fight Pirates, various aliens, rival asteroid miners, and Overlords

+ Procedural Generated near infinite "Open World Multiverse" (Player is reborn, as the consciousness has been trapped and now controlled by the AI)

+ Expansive, and growing organic procedurally generated, fully destructible environments (Ever-expanding with future updates and episodes)

+ Fully Destructible Environments, mine asteroids and collect minerals to trade or have crafted

+ Trade with merchant ships, while avoiding hostile raiders and rival mining corporations

+ Find tools and have them crafted in order to escape the prison

+ Component and Systems damage, oxygen, water, fuel are only some of the systems set in play for survival in an immersive simulation

+ Science-based GeoPhysics inspired by Thermodynamics and Aeronautics, Simulated Newtonian Physics based on Real factual science simulations

+ VR Oculus Rift and HOTAS/Gamepad Support (Vive HMD support coming soon)

+ Community driven receives points and rewards for finding bugs and coming up with new ideas

Can you be clever and find a way to escape the prison of being a slave space miner?

Escape, find freedom and independence, then build a mining fleet and become the wealthiest Space Mining Jockey in the Universe!

Live the life of an ordinary Deep Space Asteroid Miner, that wakes up every day enslaved to mine asteroids for precious resources and minerals while being under surveillance and supervision of an advanced alien A.I.-controlled mega-mining corporation A.R.M.

All while the Andromeda Galaxy is doomed to collide with the Milky Way, is all hope lost. Is there no way to stop it? Can some unlike heroes from different species set aside their differences and utilize each other strengths to endure fate, adapt, and overcome destiny. Find a way to escape the mining prison barge, and save your Family!

Experience hands-on futuristic sci space mining simulation in gameplay-focused, and character-driven first-person VR and non-VR immersion, in an episodic universe centered around unlikely heroes from very different origins. Play the role of a vulnerable space miner trapped as a prisoner aboard a mining barge converted into a prison for asteroid miners. Wake up, Mine, explore, then use your wits and skills to find a way to escape the barge and find the family.

Work as an enslaved wrongfully captive Asteroid Miner, pay off your debt, or find other clever means to escape the malevolent AI overlords, orbiting Earth

Episode One EARLY ACCESS (nDiG crew vows to continue to support Planetary Prospectors for years to come)

Still EARLY ACCESS our graphics and gameplay are subject to change. We reward our Community for making suggestions and finding bugs. We are an indie team, some only working part-time until we receive more funding from our upcoming Kickstarter. nDiG promises to not give up on this series and continue to build for years to come, even if development is slowed down and have to source work from the community that we love to listen to and work with. Your support is greatly appreciated and it will keep ARM in EarlyAccess until it is ready to LAUNCH! Expected Episode ONE for Fall 2022. Come join the Community and make a difference and real impact!

If you are having any difficulties OR suggestions with the game, PLEASE reach out, and report it to us first before putting negative comments. We only have a few reviews, and every review counts, and we are investigating fixes to hopefully change any negative reviews. We want to work with you and make ARM a memorable and amazing game that players will appreciate for generations to come.

ARM PLANETARY PROSPECTORS EP1 is still EARLY ACCESS and subject to change, we are utilizing this time to make improvements and iterations to the design, art, story, tech, and performance. Once the pilot episode 1 is completed to quality, we will continue with the future episodic content. This game is not abandoned or vaporware, we are a small indie, some of us with other full-time jobs in the game and other industries. PLEASE have PATIENCE and we THANK YOU for your SUPPORT.

We have some big announcements coming up with our breakthrough in improving the voxel destruction tech

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core Duo 2.20 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB video card Dedicated DX 11 Compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: generic
    • VR Support: SteamVR or Oculus PC
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7 3.60 GHz or equalivant
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4 GB video card Dedicated DX 11 Compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: generic
    • Additional Notes: The better the GPU, the more intense the procedural generation will be

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