We previously talked about Idle Factory Tycoon, now we’re looking at Kolibri Game’s first game, Idle Miner Tycoon. This one is all about ore and obviously maximizing profit.
Much like in the factory, you start off by manually getting the ore and selling it, you automatize it by buying managers. This is where the first differences appear. You can buy multiple managers, they have different levels and active powers. It’s recommended to have multiple high-level managers because later in the game you will rely heavily on their active powers to get enough money for the next upgrade. While one of them is on cooldown, you can freely select another one and use the active power associated with them.
There is a lot less micromanaging on the miner's side, they just mine the ore, all you have to worry about is leveling them up and using the manager's powers. It’s a lot simpler to manage than Idle Factory Tycoon because you don’t worry about the workflow, you just have to make sure there is no bottleneck anywhere.
The recommended way of playing would be to keep warehouse workers high enough of a level to keep the elevator at zero ore. After that, you upgrade the elevator to make sure all of the mine shafts are empty and only then you upgrade the mine shafts to increase the ore output.
With that in mind, you should have no problems in advancing in the game and exploring the different mines. Just remember to use the power-ups when costs start piling up.
Recently super-managers have been added and you unlock them with emeralds that you get from coastal mine shafts on a special island. Each of them has unique objectives that you need to do to receive the emeralds. They aren’t difficult but they are definitely worth your time.
There’s a lot of different islands all with their own mine shafts, they share the income, so you can easily get a new one started. Periodically event mines are also available and you get great rewards from them. You can also prestige mine shafts, reset them back to zero and start again, but you get a percentage increase on sales after that.
The graphics, again, aren’t overly detailed, but they are very colorful and pleasant to look at. The smiles are a bit creepy, but that’s fine.
Honestly, I can’t really find anything wrong with the game. It’s a bit simpler than Factory Tycoon, but that makes it better. There wasn’t anything that disappointed me or I consider inherently wrong with it.
If I had to nitpick something, it would be that at one point upgrades become incredibly expensive. This is mostly due to the fact that I don’t want to prestige any of my mine shafts yet, but the increase in income from doing that would fix the price issue.
Idle Miner Tycoon is in my opinion even better than the Factory version. It’s is simpler and has less micromanaging, but it's also a lot more fun and it’s never short on content. Give it a try and you’ll get hooked, like really, really hooked. Send help. Please.