Motherload is a randomly generated 2D mining game where the player mines for minerals in order to upgrade their mining vehicle and equipment, which allows them to mine further for more minerals.
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Pro Some puzzle solving elements
Due to the fact that the player can not mine upwards, there needs to always be an avenue of escape to get back above ground. Whether this is leaving enough fuel in order to fly up or leaving dirt laid out in a certain way that the player can climb up.
Having this element of complexity through puzzle solving adds a deeper level of gameplay, which is great for the non-casual crowd.
Pro Random generation allows for lasting gameplay
Each time the game is started new, the dirt that one will be mining in is randomly generated. This allows for a new experience each time played but also a way to make each individuals experience different. This way the game has a longer shelf life thanks to each experience being different from the last.
Pro Great controls
There are two different control schemes for the game, the player can use the arrow keys or the mouse. This allows the player to choose what works bets for them while also providing good controls for both.
Pro Interesting story
The story is told through mysterious transmissions that the player will receive at random, making for an intriguing story that is slowly drip fed to the player, which is a good reason to keep playing as to find out what is happening.
Con Repetitive sound
The musical score along with the sound effects in the game can become annoying with time as there is little variation, meaning the sounds and music repeat over and over again, which can be frustrating.
Con Short gameplay
Users have reported to being able to beat the game in around an hour. While the random generation allows for some replayability, the time that this game can be beaten means that a single play-though can be finished easily in one sitting. So for those looking for something to sink more time into, may want to look elsewhere.