Despite a suspicious sounding name, I can thankfully report that “Miner Warfare” has absolutely nothing to do with Minecraft. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, what does it have to do with? Well, it’s a 2D combat game that’s a bit like Boulderdash… if Boulderdash had competitive multiplayer for up to 8 players, that is.
8 players you say? Like “FallDown” and a few others, two people can share a single controller to increase the maximum from 4 players to 8. That can be awkward at times, but in the right frame of competitive mind that can actually be part of the appeal (in the same way that groups of people can have fun playing Twister).
Beyond that, the game is silly fun with you alternately between digging through the dirt and trying to bury your pickaxe in the heads of opponents. Variety is helped by more than two dozen weapons and 10 maps. It’s a bit like Bomberman crossed with Dig Dug, and that was worth 80 Microsoft Points to me.
Here’s what the developer (HeartBit Interactive) has to say about the game:
“MINER WARFARE is a frantic 2D shooting and digging multiplayer experience. With the innovative 2 player per controller system up to 8 miners can dig their way through dirt blocks and other miners in order to be the wealthiest at the end of the match. Ten maps, 28 weapons, up to 8 players (yep, 8 players with 4 controllers) and only 1$, MINER WARFARE is the perfect couch game friendship breaker!”