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Tunnel Lords
Genre: Action, Casual, Arcade
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
May 22, 2016 @ 11:56pm
Jun 2, 2016 @ 8:43pm
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Status of game
Mine deep under the crust of Epsilon Eridani. Expand your newly founded colony's footprint. Avoid underground hazards. Through mining, provide materials for building new colony structures. Earn money to upgrade your drillship. Manage your drillship's fuel, health, and cargo during extended mining expeditions.

Tunnel Lords is a one player, 2D vertically scrolling, real time mining game. Mine 10 different minerals, including 2 radioactive minerals. Use 8 different buildings. Some buildings require initial construction by the player. Many buildings may be upgraded through contributing minerals.

Upgrade your drillship's hull, fuel tank, cargo hold, and radiator to delve deeper underground. Use your drillship's onboard thrusters to return to the surface after productive mining runs. Don't get greedy and stay in the mines too long or you may lose your life to lack of fuel. Avoid differing hazards in the mine or suffer catastrophic hull compromise.


Game input fully supports both XBOX 360 Game Pad and Keyboard. In Game Input cues are based off the device used to access the main menu. In game cues can be changed later through the options screen.


* Movement - Arrow Keys, WASD
* Accept - Left Control, Right Control
* Cancel - Left Shift, Right Shift, Escape
* Open Title Menu - Escape, Delete
* Open In Game Menu - Tab, Y
* Sell or dump one resource - Z

XBOX 360 Controller

* Movement - Direction Pad, Left Joystick, Right Joystick
* Accept - A
* Cancel - B
* Remove/Delete - X (Delete a saved game)
* Open In Game Menu - I, Y
* Open Title Menu - Start
* Sell or Dump One Resource - X


While we would like to broaden Tunnel Lords' support on other operating systems, we currently only support Windows. Sorry Linux and Macintosh users. Minimum computer system requirements are:

* Windows 7 or newer (Untested on Windows XP)
* Shader Model 1.1
* DirectX 9.0c
* Microsoft XNA 4.0 Redistributable installed (Game download will check and offer to download and install if not already present)


Tunnel Lords currently only supports the English language. A moderate amount of in game text is included. The storyline includes technical English. However, gameplay is manageable without understanding the storyline.


If you have a disability and would like to try and play Tunnel Lords, please contact me with your concerns and I can look into modifying the game as I am able. Please keep in mind, Tunnel Lords is programmed by one individual and I have no formal training in software accessibility.

Concerns for someone with disabilities:

* Does not require sound to play.
* Supports built in Windows On-Screen Keyboard.
* Unfortunately, no way to remap keyboard/game pad controls.


Tunnel Lords has not been reviewed by a formal ratings board like ESRB, PEGI, or ACB. However, Tunnel Lords does not contain any sexual overtones or foul language. There is no violence except for the destruction of your drillship when losing the game.

Content wise, we would have no problem letting a young child play Tunnel Lords, however a child younger than about five years old would have difficulty understanding and mastering the game mechanics.


* Programmed by: Brett Woodard
* Graphics by: Tabitha Woodard
* Music & Sound by: Eric Woodard
* Special Thanks: Katie, Shelley-Marie, Jonathan, Rachel, Casey
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artur.projetista Dec 15, 2016 @ 2:34am 
Voted yes, please take a look on my game
cartoontycoon Jun 22, 2016 @ 7:41pm 
Horus1216 Jun 7, 2016 @ 4:13pm 
Great tribute to an old favorite of mine.:steamhappy:
Game Development Championship Jun 6, 2016 @ 2:05am 
There's definitely potential here, but I really would suggest differentiating yourself from Motherload with some unique mechanics!

We are running the Game Development World Championship and would like to see you participate. It's good for your visibility and won't cost you a penny.

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Yuzu Jun 3, 2016 @ 10:31am 
Theres already a game like this,cheap ripoff...
Brett  [author] May 29, 2016 @ 2:53pm 
@Gustave5436, The fire coming out of the drillship when flying is actually animated, but apparently much too subtle. I'll talk to my pixel artist and see if we can work something a little more impressive. Thanks for the feedback.
Brett  [author] May 29, 2016 @ 2:51pm 
@Gorlom[Swe], Adding an animation sequence during drilling a new space is a good idea. I don't think it would be too difficult to add to the existing code base, so I'll see what we can come up with.
Kay May 26, 2016 @ 7:44pm 
A blatant ripoff of Super Motherload, or its predacessor, Motherload. Downvote.
Brett  [author] May 25, 2016 @ 4:16pm 
@Varda, Sent you a friend request. Will message after accepted.
The Doctor / Varda May 24, 2016 @ 9:30pm 
Hi! I'm Varda and I represent a Steam Group. May I have the chance of contact you by mail for press issues? Maybe we can help you with Greenlight Boosting services. Thanks!