Gold Miner is a cute and addictive little Flash game that has you mining for gold using just a claw and reel to unearth valuable treasures in a race against the clock. Each level provides a dollar value goal that must be met within the time limit to move on to the next.
Using just the [down] arrow on the keyboard, press the key to stop the claw from swinging and send it down to latch onto the first item it encounters. Gold nuggets, ranging in size from pebbles to boulders, yield values commensurate with their size. Rocks and larger gold nuggets require more time to reel in, with rocks being worth a tiny fraction of gold. Items can be bought between levels with earnings to spice up the game and add a small element of strategy to the gameplay.
It's a well produced game with cute, appealing graphics and sound effects.
Thanks to Carlo for pointing me to this fun little Flash game.