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Developer: Loco Joy
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Gold Miner OL is a simple and easy to play game that combines timing and aiming. Players use a swinging grappling hook to rope in gold and other valuables to get rich. However the ground is full of obstacles standing in the way of success.

The crux of Gold Miner is to drag in valuable gold ore by firing a grappling hook that swings back and forth at the top of the screen. This is complicated by worthless rocks and other obstacles that get in the way. Sometimes the levels will fill with smoke, which makes aiming more difficult. The larger the ore or rock, the longer it takes to drag it in, so hooking onto a large rock wastes a lot of time. However, the bigger the ore, the more points it yields.

Besides the gold ore and rocks scattered throughout levels there are usually additional things to rope in, like barrels of TNT, diamonds, and mystery sacks. There are many in-game items like dynamite sticks, which destroy rocks that are being dragged in, potions that make dragging faster, a radio that lets players see the next level, or a fan that will clear the level of any smoke.

The in-game store is pretty robust and offers many different types of items. Players have the option of purchasing in-game currency with real money. Also, purchasing the paid version of the app gives players additional in-game currency. The app has a career mode and an online mode to play with friends. Game Center integration is also included.

Although there are many items and an online mode, the $4.99 price tag is very steep. Even though buying the app does include additional in-game currency, it hardly seems worth it. I would definitely recommend checking out the free version first.

GoldMiner OL is a fun and easy to play game. However, the paid version is only worth it if the free version doesn’t offer enough game play.

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