More Reviews
REVIEWS Wayward Manor Review
Not even the power of Neil Gaiman and The Odd Gentlemen could save this game from a fate worse than death: a terrible score.

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red Review
"Unlimited World Red"? More like "Sorta Limited Town and Extended Areas... Red. And Blue. And Some Yellow."
More Previews
PREVIEWS Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Preview
Abandoning paint for clay, Nintendo gets crafty with Kirby once more.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Sacred 3
Release date: 08/05/14

CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14


LATEST FEATURES How Bioware Creates Romances
Bioware's games have romances where you might save the world, on the side of course.

We Absolutely Should Be Upset With Club Nintendo's Latest Elite Rewards
Surveys out the wazoo and I get a code for Dr. Luigi?
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

Super Motherload Preview

danielrbischoff By:
danielrbischoff
03/28/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER XGen Studios 
DEVELOPER XGen Studios 
RELEASE DATE  
E10+ Contains Fantasy Violence

What do these ratings mean?

We must never cede control of the motherload!

Minecraft seems to have jump-started an entirely new genre of cooperative and constructive play: the digging game. Super Motherload gives up to four players control over their very own Mars rover, but like if the Mars rover did nothing but dig and harvest resources… and fly… and you can upgrade it. It was clear from the outset that XGen's 2D co-op digging adventure had a lot more going on underneath the surface.

One of the developers relayed that he hopes the game receives certification from the Steam Greenlight program, and also aims to appear on the indie-friendly PlayStation family of hardware. At GDC, a PC version of the game allowed four conference-goers to use DualShock 3 controllers to play together. The D-pad allowed us to fly up, drive, and drill left, right, or down through the Martian bedrock.


Super Motherload transports players to an alternate Cold War history that sees the Soviet Union and America send mining teams to Mars for valuable resources that I assume will fuel the arms race. Of course, if I'm wrong, then Super Motherload is just a fun game you can play with friends to explore the crust of Mars, and that's okay too.

The Solarus Corporation employs and assigns you different resource requirements, and while you'll come to rely on the shop, fuel tanker, and repair bay, ultimately your exploration drives the story and action. Digging deeper and deeper without upgrading your fuel tank will devalue whatever resources you haul back to the surface because of the time you had to spend traveling back and forth. You can upgrade your drill bit, treads, propeller blade, armor, and more, but managing these systems grows more difficult with every added co-op partner.

Because everyone shares the same fuel tank, one player's eager digging can deplete everyone else's ability to harvest. If you want to maximize the money made for each dig, you need to communicate. The same can be said of densely packed mineral deposits. Bombs and TNT can breakdown these barriers, but placing them in the wrong spot will also destroy the valuable material.


Harvesting a bunch of platinum and hurriedly flying back to the surface is incredibly gratifying. Seeing your deposits tally up, upgrading a key component, and digging deep for more hooked me on a base level. It was a reassuring, relaxing rhythm. As new partners cycled in, I became the de facto foreman, barking orders and directing the excavation team back to the surface. Everyone there must have hated me; it's no wonder there was so much turnover on our Mars crew.

I left the GDC Play area and immediately voted for Super Motherload on Steam Greenlight. The developers hope they'll make it through the crowded indie showcase on the PC's most popular software platform, but it couldn't hurt if you headed over and let Valve know you dig XGen's latest.
More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Super Motherload


More On GameRevolution