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Tiny Miner app review: step into the shoes of a miner



Here's your chance to work in the mines as you do what you can to get out as much ore as possible. The Tiny Miner app can be played on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and is one of those games that is so wonderfully simple that you become hooked almost instantly. In this new release you have to try the best you can to get to the top of the leaderboards and challenge your friends. Now what will really leave you surprised about this game is the fact it was created by a high school student, and this is actually the third app that he has created.

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The Latest Offering

The Tiny Miner app is the latest offer from Zachary DeStefano who has now created three mobile apps and is still just a high school student. Clearly he knows what people are looking for in games and understands that you don’t have to offer cutting-edge graphics, in-depth storylines, and all kinds of characters in order for it to be fun, challenging, and addictive. There are four different game modes to play here which are calm, medium, insane, and timed so you can pick the one that best suits your mood. The app uses very simple and responsive controls all you have to do is touch the screen in order to move up and then release the screen and you will be pulled down.

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The app is free to download and play however there are in-app purchases available that range in price from $0.99 to $9.99. The app scores very high with users who have given it five out of five stars.

Cute gameplay with a variety of game modes
Cute gameplay with a variety of game modes

The Gaming Experience

The whole goal in the Tiny Miner game is to mine as much Ore as you possibly can from the cavern in order to fill up your mining ship. There are actually different types of Ore that you can mine and they all earn you Miner Dollars. Every time you reach 1,000 meters you will also be awarded with Miner Dollars. These Miner Dollars can be used for time freezes, magnet power, boosts, and offer you more powerful shields. As mentioned the app supports Game Center, Achievements, and the Leaderboards. You’re going to really need steady hands in order to navigate these tunnels.

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As mentioned the graphics aren't going to blow you away in this offering, nor will the sound effects. It's all about the gameplay which, thanks to the responsive controls and easy-to-understand rules, is a very positive experience.

Try to out-do your personal best each time
Try to out-do your personal best each time

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Pros and Cons


  • There are a number of different game modes
  • The app supports Game Center, Leaderboards, and Achievements
  • The game controls are simple and smooth
  • The rules are easy to understand
  • The game is addictive and challenging


  • This one won’t blow you away with the graphics and/or sound effects

Tiny Miner screenshot
Tiny Miner screenshot

Final Thoughts

The Tiny Miner app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is that perfect casual style game that you can pick up and play for a couple minutes, or easily spend hours on as you try to better your score each time.


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