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A casual RPG that's one of the best for iPhone

Space Miner: Space Ore Bust takes the old arcade classic Asteroids and mixes in some RPG elements and a sense of humor to create a truly entertaining game.

Space Miner: Space Ore Bust takes the old arcade classic Asteroids and mixes in some RPG elements and a sense of humor to create a truly entertaining game. Most of your time is spent mining different sectors of open space, using an onscreen joystick to turn and buttons for thrust and fire. By itself, blowing away the asteroids is pretty fun, but there's much more to Space Miner than a simple arcade shooter. Your base camp is your Uncle Jeb's mining facility, which also has a store to buy new ships and ship components and your apartment where you can view stats. This facility is the place where the funny storyline plays out through conversations with cartoonlike characters.

Space Miner: Space Ore Bust has a southern country feel with banjo music, ships that look vaguely like semi trucks, and dialogue that fits right in with the down-home theme. As you progress, you'll gain new licenses that let you explore more difficult sectors as you mine for ore and blow away enemies. Each load of ore adds to your money total, letting you buy new ships and parts for your ship to increase gun damage, strengthen your hull, improve your engines, and increase tractor beam strength for easier ore collection. The RPG elements are truly well done, making it easy to get addicted to this game as you try to make the ultimate mining and fighting machine. Overall, with the funny storyline involving cleaning up Uncle Jeb's mining operation, the capability to improve your ship, the non-linear sandboxlike layout, and the familiar Asteroids core gameplay, this game is perfect for those who have been looking for a casual RPG.

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