CastleMiner Z, defined as an Action & Adventure game and developed by
, was released on November 9, 2011 on the
Microsoft Indie Marketplace
and currently sits at the #1 Indie Game on the entire marketplace with more than 1,000,000 downloads and 34,711 ratings, with an average rating of 5 stars
. Both the trial and full game are avaliable on the
CastleMiner Z Xbox
page for 80
($1 USD) (although the trial is free) and have a download size of 31.31 MB. It is the successor to another hit indie game (also developed by DigitalDNA)
Because of the large amount of Indie games, the ESRB does not rate them individually. Instead, they are based on user ratings. CastleMiner Z has been rated as such:
2/3 - Violence
0/3 - Sex
2/3 - Mature Content
1 Player Offline
Survival- Simple Survival, the undead and dragons try to attack you, you try to survive
Endurance- Your goal is to survive while trying to make it to a certain distance away from your spawn
Dragon Endrurance- Like Endurance except the only enemies are dragons (must be unlocked by killing the undead dragon in endurance)
Creative- Infinite blocks with or without enemies (must be unlocked by promo code)
Online Features Edit
2-8 Player Online Cooperative Multiplayer
Xbox Live Indie Game Description Edit
The Xbox Live page describes it by saying:
 Travel with your Avatar with your friends in a huge spanning and ever-changing world while defending yourself from the zombie horde. Mine the world for resources, to craft the weapons that you will need to survive. Find out why CastleMiner Z was picked as the best of 2011. 
YouTube Channel Edit
Version History Edit
Date of Addition
December 3, 2012
November 17, 2012
Fixed issues relating to low frame rates.
November 8, 2012
Added Metor crash biome, they start appearing randomly after about distance 300.
Added new blocks Space Rock and Space Goo, used to make Sci-Fi tools and weapons
Added new “Alien” Enemy which will defend Space Goo.
Added new Laser weapons, laser weapons remove some blocks when shoot.
Added explosives TNT,C4 can be set off by hitting or pressing B, also shooting.
Added grenades, grenades can be ”cooked” by holding right trigger.
Added RPG Launcher.
Added Dragon killing AA rocket which locks on dragons.
Added “Explosive Powder” needed to make explosive items, dropped by dragons.
Dragons are now MUCH harder to kill
Demons are much harder to kill and will now start to spawn above ground, if you have been to hell.
Completely reworked Sound Engine, sounds are now more realistic outdoors and in caves.
Changed Spark Effect
Reduced Memory Load to prevent Out of Memory errors and allow for new content.
August 2, 2012
Max players has been increased from 4 to 8.
Framerate has been nearly doubled.
Load times have been cut in half.
Added some detailed descriptions to the menus.
Added a code for Avatar Laser Wars 2, CMZ users will get a full weapon unlock in Avatar Laser Wars 2.
Fixed the "Out Of Memory" bug (supposedly).
Fixed the problem with invisible Avatars.
"Bind Pose" bug has been fixed.
Weapon zoom increased slightly (except for pistol and shotgun).
Erase and Optimize Storage feature added.
CastleMiner Z price reduced from 240 MS points to 80 MS points.
Promo codes reset (replaced with new ones).
Fixed Join Session errors for Creative game modes.
Teleporter and Locator
Smoother transition between items in inventory.
Music added for each biome.
Creative Mode (requires promo code from original CastleMiner).
Assault Rifle promo code replaced with Creative Mode promo code (users who already used their assault rifle promo code will still have it).
Join Session errors for Creative game mode.
January 5, 2012
The game is prone to corrupting save files. Corrupted save files will likely cause the world to either not load properly or to load and update extremely slowly.
December 20, 2011
Shotgun now has a more condensed spread.
Removed crosshairs on shouldered weapons.
Removed building indicator when not applicable
For example, when too close to a block to build on it, the yellow glow will disappear.
Decreased mining particles.
More Skeletons underground.
Fixed duplicating bugs.
Fixed crash when bringing up an empty inventory.
Fixed "nullReference" crash when attempting to join a network game.
Fixed incorrect dragon kill messages.
There are no new bugs as of this update.
December 15, 2011
Torch bug fixed.
Fixed many "Out of Memory" crash.
Fixed bug when splitting items in a crate.
Fixed bug when zooming in with weapons.
November 17, 2011
Crates as a usable storage item.
Can use the  to "activate" and "deactivate" items.
Monsters now have visible shadows that obey both scale and direction.
You can now split stacks by pressing in on the . With an odd stack, you will always get the smaller half.
Player inventory now saves in multiplayer as well as singleplayer.
Transition music and day counter now appears in all game modes.
Decreased drop rates on Zombies
Awards are only counted when achieved in Endurance mode.
Joining another's game who is playing on a different version is now disabled.
Day counter resets whenever your entire party dies in Endurance.
Improved render performance.
Improved monster lighting and detail.
Hell is much harder than previous versions.
Compasses now operate correctly in others' hands.
Snow and Ice can now be mined.
Survival is now difficult again.
Iron is less common than v1.01, but still more than v1.0.
The coding for redeeming the Assault Rifle now works correctly.
The invincible gray Zombies can now be killed.
Removed purple flash when game starts up.
Item duplicating bug fixed.
Pickaxe sounds can no longer be heard from any distance.
When splitting items in a crate, game could crash, auto-heal, and some items could be lost.
Odd behavior when zooming in with [ weapons.
November 10, 2011
On-screen damage indicator
Inventory now saves in both Survival and Free Build.
When pressing the  to bring up the menu in singleplayer, the game will now pause.
Lightning only lights up the sky instead of the whole screen.
Now, both the  and  can be used to place blocks.
Crafting list now shows all recipes, even if multiple steps are required.
Clicking on a component takes you to the recipe to make it.
Pick-ups now stay around longer.
Added awards screen where you can check the status of your awards.
Changed weapons] and knives' damage values.
Made all weapons stronger.
Lower memory use to improve performance and fix "Out of Memory" crash.
Copper, iron, and gold ores slightly more common.
Torches show up when you reload a world.
Blocks won't be placed unless a block is highlighted.
Iron Pickaxes will now give diamonds when mining diamond ore.
Fixed bug where some items could not be seen in the crafting list.
Removed "No Fall Mode" to prevent being stuck while running from Zombies.
Fixed bug where walls could not be mined with gold pickaxes.
Fixed bug where you could repair an item by giving it to another player in multiplayer.
No Zombies will spawn in Free Build.
Fixed bug where different tiered guns did not appear different.
Survival is significantly easier.
No zombies will spawn during the day.
Assault Rifle code was mixed up with ammo coding.
This caused players who entered the code to spawn with an excess of ammunition, instead of an Assault Rifle.
November 3, 2011
CastleMiner Z is first released in the Xbox 360 Indie Marketplace for 240  or $3.00 (USD).