Micro Miners, upon first impression, should be a piece of cake. All you need to do is lead a merry band of white colored miners where they will discover diamonds and dig out gold and silver deposits. Just slide your finger on the screen to create an easy path to their intended target and you're home free. If this game were as simple and as uncomplicated as its graphics, maybe I wouldn't have a headache while writing this. Depending on the way you look at gaming, Micro Miners might be the kind of puzzler you've been looking for.

Since this adventure continues scrolling south, your workers are literally tunneling their way through the earth, and if they are stuck in the same spot by the time their location reaches the top of your device, the miners are doomed and the game's over. Things get even hairier when your crew runs into black colored coal miners who are also looking for gold. Since your group can't mine coal, you must also guide these miners into their respective areas, making sure that the black and white works never merge in the tunnels. Oh yeah, make sure you also stay away from the red stuff, since that's lava. Unless you're the human torch, lava mining is entirely impossible.

No man is an island, and if you think you can outsmart the game just by using your thinking cap, then you're a better gamer than me. There are just too many variables which will throw you off as you try completing your level, but thankfully there are tutorials to give you specific drawing techniques to aid your workers. It's important to mine every little nook and cranny of each level. If your guys miss three intended targets during the level, you've failed. Want to save your group from falling to their death and also empower them to actually mine correctly? Just go over the tutorials and brush up on these new techniques.

A nice little touch to the game is the witty and pop culture centric dialogue which these lemming type creatures spew out while doing their job. Although the "Luke, I am your father" line is usually cheesy whenever it's referenced, I actually welcomed that little quip after watching my miners fail to reach their gold and diamonds time and time again. A little levity and humor is needed in this puzzler, especially since the levels can get frustratingly difficult.

Micro Miners is the type of game which really demands your concentration, and there really are no free lunches with most of the levels. Depending on your mood, that difficulty might be completely enticing, and if you have a completely lazy day to figure out all its nuances, then have at it. As for me, my mining days are over.


App Store Link: Micro Miners for iPhone & iPad | By BonusLevel.org | Price: $0.99 | Version: 1.0 | 27.2 MB | Rating 9+

6.0 out of 10 arcade sushi rating