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August 2020
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Motherload is a classic mining game where you dig deep into the ground of an alien planet to mine various raw materials. This addictive title was released in 2004 using Flash, but you can play it here in HTML5.

How to Play Motherload

Mine deep into the ground

Your mission is to mine resources, bring them back to the mineral processing plant, and sell them.

Refuel and sell your minerals

Initially, your mining vehicle won’t be able to travel far, and you’ll need to resurface frequently to refuel and sell your resources.

Upgrade your capabilities

You can purchase various upgrades to your fuel tank, cargo capacity, drill, engine, hull, and radiator using your earned money. You’ll find these at the junk shop. Beside this shop is the emendation station where you can get your hull repaired. You can also purchase one-off items like spare fuel tanks and explosives here.

Find rare artifacts and resources

Once you’ve made some upgrades, you’ll be able to travel deeper into the ground safely, where you’ll find more valuable minerals like platinum and emeralds. Once you hit roughly -1000 ft, you’ll also find religious artifacts that instantly grant you $50,000.

Motherload Tips

  • There are precious resources the deeper you go, like religious artifacts - so focus on getting there as quickly as you can
  • Use backup fuel tanks to prolong your mining expeditions
  • Use your flying ability to avoid fall damage
  • Running out of petrol makes you explode, so think carefully about how far you travel

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Motherload is made by XGen Studios. The Steam version is available as Super Motherload.


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  • Dig: press ASD or left, down, and right arrow keys
  • Fly up: hold W or up arrow key or left mouse button