Europa 9 – Open Alpha

Euorpa 9

Europa 9 is a simple, but highly addictive mining game, inspired by Motherload & Utopian Miner where you’ll mine various ores, purchase upgrades, complete missions and travel to new worlds.

You play as Minora, a miner who is caught up working for the mega corporation Min-R-Mart.  You’ll dig for minerals and complete objectives, gaining cash and unlocking new upgrades, shops and planets for you to explore, all rendered in a charming pixel art visual style.

The feedback loop in Europa 9 remarkably satisfying, you dig to mine ore, then sell the ore to unlock upgrades which allow you to mine more ore.  Starting out with basic equipment which won’t allow you to go very deep or break through rock very fast, you’ll always be hankering for the next upgrade which will allow you to mine that much better.  The various pickaxes are especially satisfying once they’re unlocked – purchase the laser pickaxe and you’ll be gliding through rock like a hot knife through butter.

There’s no denying that Europa 9 is a fairly simple game, but it’s also very addictive and it’s a hugely satisfying experience burrowing through layers of sedimentary rock.  How deep can you go?  Very deep indeed.

UPDATE: This Alpha Is No Longer Available