Pocket Mine 2
How low can you go? Roofdog Games' wildly successful action mining game is back and better than ever for iOS and Android! Tap to dig your way down as far as you can collecting increasingly-precious metal ores, gems and priceless artifacts, but don't let the game scroll you off the top of the screen! Redeem your loot for cash you can use to upgrade your pickaxe and get to the better goodies stashed further below, and complete your artifact collections for better upgrade cards. Pocket Mine 2 brings the frantic digging action with all the features of its predecessor -- bombs, exploding gas, crafting, and the crowd-pleasing Crate Radar -- along with new powerup crates like Chain Lightning, Explosive Drills, and Worm Crates. This time there are also new islands, each with their own artifacts, which you can unlock sequentially as you dig ever-deeper. But the biggest innovation in this double-your-fun installment has got to be the clothing and accessorizing feature! Y'see it's not just about looking your best while swinging your pickaxe around in tunnels a hundred meters below the earth's surface, although there is that. Whether it's Diamond Boots (chic and comfy!), Trainer Gloves, or a Brain Parasite hat many of these items grant you special mining abilities when you don them. You can mix and match, and even designate customized sets. It's time to play Princess Dress-Me-Up and get on down to the mines in your 16th-century powdered wig, boxing gloves and bunny slippers!
In addition to the major improvements, the sequel brings with it a bevy of smaller line-item alterations as well, some obvious improvements, some not. Frequent tappers will be pleased to find that blocks like Stone that required multiple taps now only require one, and the multiple hits to remove them are then deducted automatically. Bank Blocks are now one-hit wonders, releasing a heap of cash as they dissipate. Duplicate enhancement cards are now more Fusable than before, providing ever-more intense buffs! And no more collecting a variety of Treasure Chests and then opening them with Keys at your leisure. In this double-feature sequel, Keys are absolutely required to collect Treasure Chests and they'll open on the spot releasing either cards, rubies, or equipment that will either provide buffs or else be purely for cosmetic value. The second installment also unleashes another innovative new feature: Pets! Not content with wearable equipment like a canary for a hat? Try some rare cards that summon critters like pet bats to show up to help fetch the loot and bring it to you, and pet ghosts that waft around transmogrifying Coal Blocks into pure, gleaming Diamond Blocks.
In-app purchases are still here, although they're still optional. Rubies continue to be available through in-game play as well as spending hard out-of-game currency, and players will find the sequel is noticably more generous in dispensing them freely. This one does find a few more unobtrusive places to 'remind' you of the latest in-app purchase bargain offers, but the only gripe you're likely to have are the puzzling Gift Boxes that show up at the beginnings of some levels which are to be avoided at all costs; they're just attempts to bribe you with in-game rewards to invite a randomly-selected friend from your social media lists to play Pocket Mine 2. Let's be fair here: if you show up to my birthday party with a gift that's just an invitation to a marketing scheme, you're gonna have a bad time. That said, the ability to selectively invite certain friends from your Facebook or Google contacts lists -- the ones likely to appreciate and play Pocket Mine 2 with you rather than, say, the best friend of your ex- of three years ago -- can definitely come across as a feature. As with the original, Pocket Mine 2 also saves your game to the cloud with your Facebook or Google accounts elegantly and seamlessly, meaning you'll never have to lose your progress and can sync across devices. We also found that it plays very well with Bluestacks, enabling play on some Windows machines -- your results may vary -- and syncing your savegame just as easily across your accounts there. The sequel is also notable for giving random -- and significant! -- bonus awards to those who've played the original, so if you haven't installed and played the original yet it could be worth your while. If you have, you probably got the notification when Pocket Mine 2 was released. Some players found that the initial version wouldn't load, but as of this writing another version was just released that's sorted it out for many players. If you couldn't load it before, now is just the time to give it a second chance!