Miner 2049er (GB)
Miner 2049er is a platform video game created by Bill Hogue that was released in 1982 by Big Five Software. It was developed for the Atari 8-bit family and widely ported to other systems. The title "Miner 2049er" evokes a 21st-century take on the California Gold Rush of around 1849, in which the gold miners and prospectors were nicknamed "49ers".
At the time of its release, a key selling point of the game was having ten different screens, which was a large number for a platform game. For comparison, the Donkey Kong arcade game had four screens (and its console versions only two or three), which was more typical of the time.
Unlike most of the home computer versions, Miner 2049er for the Atari 8-bit family was released on 16K ROM cartridge with the high price of US$49.95 (equivalent to $132.33 in 2019).
The Game Boy version is developed under strict time limits by Eastridge Technology.
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The game's music is pretty good for a game in 1992, but it has some problems. There are only two songs in the game. People who have listened to this game's music especially like the title screen's music. According to Rich Shemaria, he wrote the music in assembly in a text editor using Nick Eastridge's GB driver.
This recording is incomplete.
|01||Title Screen||Rich Shemaria||Nick Eastridge||1:42||Download|
|02||Game Theme||Rich Shemaria||Nick Eastridge||1:40||Download|
- Ripper: ?
- Recorder: Duc4Wikmedia
(Verification from composer; game lacks credits.)
When you beat the game, you are treated to a single screen ending that says "CONGRATULATIONS PLAYER ONE" or "CONGRATULATIONS PLAYER TWO". However, this may not be the case since other Mindscape titles on the GB (Alfred Chicken, etc.) have credits. Eastridge Technology seemed to not put credits in most of their games at the time, so they may have wished to remain anonymous, as the game doesn't even credit them for developing the game, in a similar fashion to TOSE's video games. Another possibility is that the developers knew the game was so bad they didn't want their name on it. We have contacted Rich Shemaria who has confirmed composing the soundtrack.
This rip is missing songs.
The game uses the Game Boy's DMG-CPU-B.