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Top 5 Mining Games on iPad

Best ways to dig deep on iPad

Humans have mined for valuable resources for thousands of years, inventing increasingly sophisticated means of delving below the earth's core.

As well as mining being pretty darned handy for the advancement of civilisation, there's an undeniable sense of adventure to exploring the depths of our battered old earth.

It's perhaps no surprise, then, that we like to play games about mining, as this list of the Top 5 mining games on iPad will hopefully show.

We hope you - ahem - dig it.

This delightfully oddball game is like a cross between Where's My Water? and Lemmings. So, yeah, you guide your crew of miners to a series of underground treasures. It's a strategy game with plenty of depth. Sorry.
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8.5
Junk Jack X enables you to build any structure you fancy on the surface of its vast, randomly generated 2D world. But it's the ability to dig down into that world's dank crust and plunder its resources that really excites us. Dig, little cartoony man, dig!
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8.4
Mines of Mars is a bit like Terraria and Junk Jack X... just with the building elements removed. As such, it's a pure mining adventure (and a deeply atmospheric one at that), in which you guide your spaceman to ever greater depths in the name of cold futuristic capitalism. Hurrah!
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8.1
Just like Junk Jack X, Terraria is all about sky's-the-limit building in an open-but-hostile world. Also like Pixbits's game, though, you have to hack your way down into the earth for the necessary raw materials. Whether you're swinging a pickaxe or setting explosives, mining in Terraria is a joy.
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8.1
Space Miner HD swaps out spelunking and pickaxes for space exploration and asteroid blasting, though it remains a mining game at heart. It's still about finding and excavating resources... just with arcade shooter mechanics.
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7.7
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