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"Star Miner" is a lot like Asteroids except you collect material dropped by stationary asteroids (and sell it for upgrades, repairs etc.) and fight other ships. It's a simple game from 2003.

I *think* it's hard to find the full version of this game, so I'm sharing a link here. While doing some research recently I came across an old email from 2012 when I contacted Cliff Harris of Positech Games about his old game "Asteroid Miner" (or "Star Miner" as I played it in an eGames shareware disc). I re-contacted him, asking about getting the game on GOG, and ultimately he didn't seem that interested (and admittedly the game isn't high on the wishlist and isn't a particularly complex game so GOG might have rejected it). So I got permission to share the game; the zip file is the demo version with a registration key to make it the *full game*, and I included a dll to stop a crash and selected those standard compatibility fixes on the EXE.

It seems to run okay on my W7 machine but obviously I can't guarantee it for anyone else.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/4bqb8g548v8guj1/asteroidminerNew.zip/file

Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1fseBg0E-g
Post edited October 19, 2018 by tfishell
Cool!
You didn't add any screenshot, however.
Is this the game you're referring to?
https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/asteroid-miner
Post edited October 19, 2018 by phaolo
Anyone tried it on W10?
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phaolo: You didn't add any screenshot, however.
Is this the game you're referring to?
https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/asteroid-miner
Oh yeah I forgot to link to a YT video. Edited in.
Small bump and some info I found in the YT link comments (I didn't have any game speed issue but others might):

"For game speed issue: Download ThirteenAG's Ultimate Asi Loader (x86) and put the .dll in the game folder. Rename the .dll to 'ddraw.dll'. Create a text file in the game folder and name it 'wndmode.ini' so the extension is .ini instead of .txt. Copy this in wndmode.ini (After saving the file Windows adds a '?' at the end of 'Border=0', delete it):
[WINDOWMODE]
UseWindowMode=1
UseGDI=0
UseDirect3D=0
UseDirectInput=0
UseDirectDraw=1
UseDDrawColorEmulate=1
UseDDrawFlipBlt=0
UseDDrawColorConvert=1
UseDDrawPrimaryBlt=1
UseDDrawAutoBlt=0
UseDDrawEmulate=1
UseDDrawPrimaryLost=0
UseCursorMsg=0
UseCursorSet=0
UseCursorGet=0
UseSpeedHack=0
SpeedHackMultiple=5
UseBackgroundResize=0
UseForegroundControl=0
UseFGCGetActiveWindow=0
UseFGCGetForegroundWindow=0
UseFGCFixedWindowPosition=0
EnableExtraKey=0
ShowFps=0
UseCursorClip=0
UseBackgroundPriority=0
DDrawBltWait=-1
Border=0 "

Also I guess what I shared isn't really new (I didn't realize) since other YT comments share the same code to turn the demo into the full game.

Also, "Asteroid Miner also supports IPX and TCP/IP multiplayer with a maximum of eight players, which is unlocked in the demo."
Post edited October 19, 2018 by tfishell
Thanks fellow gog user.
Edit: works on win xp but i had one crash by now with the modname ddraw no slowdowns though.
Post edited October 19, 2018 by Fonzer
Anyone able to get it to work with win 10? Ive been at it for months now with no luck, had it at one time but it was absurdly slow and unplayable, i have the cd of the game. just need a step by step from a hero to help me out
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Shawn_Pruitt: Anyone able to get it to work with win 10? Ive been at it for months now with no luck, had it at one time but it was absurdly slow and unplayable, i have the cd of the game. just need a step by step from a hero to help me out
Did you try the Mediafire version in the first link? Sorry I can't help other than that and what's posted in this thread. You could try contacting Positech too but ultimately it just is a very old game made for old machines.