Miner 2049er

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Miner 2049er is a video game created by Bill Hogue and released in 1982 by Big Five Software. The game was licensed in conjunction with International Computer Group (ICG). At the time of its release, Miner 2049’er was notable for having ten different screens, which was a large number for a platform game. By way of comparison, Donkey Kong had four screens, and most of the home versions had only three.
Under the name Big Five Software, Bill Hogue programmed commercial computer games in the late 1970s for Radio Shack’s TRS-80 home computer. He created several games patterned after actual arcade games, such as Super Nova (Asteroids), Attack Force (Targ), Cosmic Fighter (Astro Fighter), Galaxy Invasion (Galaxian), Meteor Mission II (Lunar Rescue), Robot Attack (Berzerk), and Defense Command (Missile Command). Robot Attack was the first commercial game for the TRS-80 to feature digitized voice.

By 1982, the TRS-80, with its low resolution monochrome graphics, was reaching the end of its lifespan, so Hogue wrote Miner 2049er for the Atari 800. Due to a production delay, the game was first released on the Apple II. It was widely licensed, distributed, and ported to many home systems.

After a false start in 1984 with the release of the sequel Scraper Caper, Hogue finally released in 1985 the official sequel, Bounty Bob Strikes Back. However, it never achieved the same level of success as its predecessor.

Miner 2049er made a comeback in the mobile gaming market with a re-release in 2007 by Magmic Games. This version contains two forms of the game. One is a faithful recreation of Hogue’s Atari 800 original; the second a modernized version with new graphics and ten new levels. The remake received an IGN Editor’s Choice Award and won the Best Revival category in the Best Of 2007 IGN awards.

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