What is it about tunneling through huge, hazardous, dark, smelly places with the constant threat of death and cave ins that we love so much? We're talking about mining, of course, and in the grand tradition of games like Motherload, Zupergames gives us their own spin along with some platforming-style gameplay in Glean. You'll be guiding a plucky little drill-equipped mining bot through a series of lonely planets rich in precious gems and minerals ripe for the taking. Stranded far from home and low on supplies and fuel, will you ever be able to help our hero build what he needs to get home? Or is he doomed to becoming just another rusty hulk of space-junk?
Use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, jump, or double-jump and glide, and hold down the [spacebar] to activate your drills so you can bore through dirt to get at valuables. Just don't do tunneling around all willy-nilly... the deeper you go, the more you might find, but as the temperature rises you might get bitten in the mechanical tookus by your greed. The ore and gems you find can either be sold for upgrades and the like back at your ship on the surface, or processed underground on the fly to get more fuel or repair yourself. Glean isn't a concept we haven't seen before, which may make getting used to the controls a little tricky, but the additions of the story and the galaxy map keeps it from feeling stale. With its great presentation and simple, addictive gameplay, Glean is a familiar but welcome treat for fans of mining games, and friends to lost little robots everywhere.