Gem Miner: Dig Deeper

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Dig up coal, gems, and fun in this adventure game.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

A brief tutorial at the beginning explains how to use the basic tools as you move through the game. It also has four difficulty levels, from Easy to Extreme, plus a freeplay mode.

Violence & Scariness

It is possible to have a boulder fall on you if you don't build a support, or to fall down a cavern, which causes the screen to go black. You simply reappear and try again.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gem MIner: Dig Deeper puts you in the role of a miner in search of gems. You'll dig and tunnel under the ground, building ladders, supports, and elevators as you seek out treasure. As you collect gems and minerals, you can return to the surface to sell them, free up space in your backpack, and regain stamina. You'll then use the coins to purchase upgrades to help you in your quest. While it is possible to have a boulder fall on you if you don't build a support, or to fall down a cavern, you don't really die. The screen fades to black and you find yourself back on land without the contents of your backpack.

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Is it any good?

GEM MINER: DIG DEEPER is a fun way to pass some time. The primary game mode is a free play mode, but there are also nearly a
dozen "Challenges" to complete. These are timed tasks that set you out
to meet specific criteria before the time runs out. In both game styles,
you'll need to ration your resources carefully. Do you buy more ladders
or splurge on an elevator? Do you want a bigger backpack or a bigger
lantern? It's up to you, but it could be the difference between success
and... starting the level again.

There are two minor flaws that keep this app from being as good as it could be. The first is that you'll have to dig pretty deep to find your first gem. So deep, in fact, that you may start to wonder if there are actually any gems in the game. It would be nice to have the occasional common gem to find earlier on as motivation. The second is that the "Challenges" start off pretty tricky and stay that way. It's great that they're challenging, but it's also fun to be able to achieve something early on. Despite these issues, there is something thrilling about finding your first gem. And, after digging and digging in the free play mode, the challenge levels change things up by setting goals to achieve. Gem Miner is a quality app that has quite a high replay factor (the caverns change each time you start a game or level). There are three save slots, which is great for families sharing a device. That said, it might even be more fun to take turns digging in the same cavern. You'll get farther that way.

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For kids who love adventures in their games

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