Asteroid Miner



This little gem, also known as Star Miner, was released in 2003 by Positech Games, a developer based in the UK, known for Democracy and Gratuitous Space Battles, among other games.

The goal of the game is to mine asteroids, destroy hostile ships, upgrade your own ship, and ultimately reach a monetary credit goal to advance to the next level.

The game has eight levels, one of which was playable for free in a shareware demo. To unlock the rest of the levels, one needed to purchase a registration code from the developers.

Asteroid Miner also supports IPX and TCP/IP multiplayer with a maximum of eight players, which is unlocked in the demo.

Controls
Movement: Cursor keys
Fire: Space
Homing missile: M

Requires DirectX 5.2 or later
Originally tested with the following hardware:
Hercules terminator Beast 128 3D
ATI Xpert@Play 8MB PCI
Creative Labs 3DBlaster TNT2 ULTRA
Matrox G100
Geforce 2MX

Today, it’s tough to find this game. If you’d like to give it a go, I’d recommend contacting Positech Games and asking for a download and a registration code. It’s a tiny, simplistic game, but it’s well worth your time.

You can also find a download for the demo on Mod DB:
Note that, if you’re playing on Windows Vista or later, you may encounter an error message stating that d3drm.dll is missing. d3drm.dll is Direct3D Retained Mode, which is an older graphics display technology from 1997 that was removed from Windows Vista onwards.
You will need to find a reputable location to download this .dll and add it to the game directory (the folder with the executable).

Please note that the game version recorded was version 1.30. The Mod DB version is 1.32, which is graphically updated. I myself prefer version 1.30, which is the game just as I remember it back when I first played.

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Comments

  • Well there goes my afternoon! Props to everyone in the comments for helping troubleshoot this game. Total nostalgia trip. <3

    The Looney Chick June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • Whenever I played this game I straight up ignored gold and iron. Just never felt worth it to me, but I loved this game.

    Azhiru June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • i played this as a kid, and im going to be honest, i had no idea what the hell i was doing

    JamesPlaysGames95 June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • For some reason my eyes feel a slight pain and are watering as I watch this. I remember playing this game on a small disk of demos way back when. Me and my brother loved it.

    Drowsy Witch June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • I learned how to get any ship design I wanted by switching the image names around, or even editing them in paint.
    I spent so so so much time with this game. Emptied a lot of the maps completely.

    Nicholas Bradley June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • I have this game and the transitions between is sooooo slow!! How do I fix that??

    Victor Kidd June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • For game speed issue: Download ThirteenAG's Ultimate Asi Loader (x86) and put the .dll in the game folder. Rename the .dll to 'ddraw.dll'. Create a text file in the game folder and name it 'wndmode.ini' so the extension is .ini instead of .txt. Copy this in wndmode.ini (After saving the file Windows adds a '?' at the end of 'Border=0', delete it):
    [WINDOWMODE]
    UseWindowMode=1
    UseGDI=0
    UseDirect3D=0
    UseDirectInput=0
    UseDirectDraw=1
    UseDDrawColorEmulate=1
    UseDDrawFlipBlt=0
    UseDDrawColorConvert=1
    UseDDrawPrimaryBlt=1
    UseDDrawAutoBlt=0
    UseDDrawEmulate=1
    UseDDrawPrimaryLost=0
    UseCursorMsg=0
    UseCursorSet=0
    UseCursorGet=0
    UseSpeedHack=0
    SpeedHackMultiple=5
    UseBackgroundResize=0
    UseForegroundControl=0
    UseFGCGetActiveWindow=0
    UseFGCGetForegroundWindow=0
    UseFGCFixedWindowPosition=0
    EnableExtraKey=0
    ShowFps=0
    UseCursorClip=0
    UseBackgroundPriority=0
    DDrawBltWait=-1
    Border=0

    Ub-Oh June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • Are there any modern games similar to this? All the space mining games are trash, none of them have this same feel, RNG, PvP/PvE, etc.

    UglyStru June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the upload so memorable

    Soy5 June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • Anyone know of any modern game like this?

    Ishri Hernandez June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • will be perfect on smartphone, with just a simple restyling!!

    nado nad June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • howdy, I'm on a hunt, and wouldn't mind some help. this game came on a demo disc I had 15 years ago, I played a racing game with cars that had everything from oil slick to a nail gun, and a space fighter game I want to find, anyone know the disc?

    northernKaizer June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • This game was lit

    Imadude1243 June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • dude ive been searching everywhere for this game and now idk how to find a good dll file to down load just confused can you help?

    Joseph Miles June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • Or just type this number into the unregistered version. 3263827

    JoltDerg June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • This makes me so nostalgic, haven't played this in about 10 years

    Feyad Sahid June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • Played this game so much back when I was little this and nebula fighter were awesome

    Dan June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply
  • The memories!!! I need to play this again

    Josh P June 29, 2020 5:31 pm Reply

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