PushSquare prospected as a peasant in their recent review of UnderMine, the action-adventure roguelike brimming with secrets from developer Thorium Entertainment. Amateur rock-picker Stephen Tailby picked through the slurry and found gold:
Look, UnderMine might not be the most original game in the world, but it prospects the best bits from rogue-like classics and wraps it all up in a neat new way. The result is an addictive, challenging adventure we struggled to put down.
The main thing that makes this rogue-lite so compelling is its steady progression. Playing as a lowly peasant, you’ll enter the mine with the aim of gathering as much gold as you can find. When you eventually perish, you lose some of your riches, initially only keeping half the goods. Still, the gold you do earn can be used to permanently upgrade various stats, as well as the strength of bombs, potency of potions, new abilities, and more. You’ll also encounter many NPCs in need of rescue who will further aid you between runs. All this means you’ll almost always go back to the mine that little bit stronger, which means exploring deeper, and so on.
UnderMine is available now on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility, Nintendo Switch, Xbox consoles, and Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux. For more information, please visit the official UnderMine website and check out the full review by PushSquare.