Super Motherload Review
Super Motherload Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Xgen Studios
Pub: Xgen Studios
Release: November 15, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence

Super Motherload supports up to four-player couch co-op. All players share the same fuel supply, but collect ore, money, and drill upgrades separately. Although I was unable to test the co-op play, I remain unconvinced that shared boredom is preferable to solo boredom, especially since players have to wait for everyone to return to the surface after the fuel supply is burned up.

Super Motherload Screenshot

I can't fault the game's retro science-fiction style and story, though the voice actors sometimes fail to put the emphasis on the correct syllable, and more interesting graphics for the ores, minerals, and bombs might have been nice. While those parts of the game felt workable, and I did find myself intrigued by the story tidbits that were doled out--hinting at scientists driven homicidally insane by some kind of creeping doom that lurked below--it simply wasn't intriguing enough for me to contemplate actually digging to the very bottom.

Perhaps I expected too much from Super Motherload, but the game, as it stands, simply put me to sleep. Perhaps I would have been happier with more depth, more strategic interest, and a bit of danger beyond smashing into things and running out of fuel. Anything to break up the endless digging and returning, especially early on when it feels like the boring stretches of red rock will never end, locking what puzzle mechanics are to be had well out of reach. The thought of replaying the game and enduring that early portion again kills any repeated play value for me.


Fun games can be simple, and simple games are often fun, but there's a tedium at the heart of Super Motherload that it just can't shake. With a number of tweaks that added more interesting puzzles, made the game less grindy, and reduced the amount of up and down necessary, it could’ve been a lot better. As it is, I think I'd really rather go back to playing Diamond Mine in Bejeweled 3.

Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
Date: November 27, 2013

Graphics are sharp and have a consistent style, but feel dull after a while underground.
Controls are too slippery for a digging game.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and voice acting aren't bad, but they aren't particularly good either.
Play Value
The beginnings of an addictive game are here, but as it is, it's just endlessly tedious.
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Set on Mars in an alternate Cold-War era, Super Motherload is a 1 to 4-player couch co-op digging adventure with storyline by Image Comics' Kurtis Wiebe, a fully voiced cast of Soviet and American characters, and a procedurally generated world that changes each time you play.
  • Purchase powerful upgrades and supplies for your mining pod as you progress and prosper, as well as rare special abilities with random availability.
  • Players collect minerals beneath the surface of the planet, and then return to the surface to sell these minerals at a mineral repair depot. The core of the game revolves around making trips deep into the ground and returning to the surface to sell, repair, refuel and upgrade your digging apparatus for increased efficiency and profit.

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