I am trying to bring to light apps that you haven’t heard of. There is not much of a point in telling you about an app that you potentially already use. This week I found a game called Gem Miner.
The first good thing about this game is it scales up properly to the Galaxy Tab’s resolution, unlike some apps.
This game reminded me of an Indie game on Xbox Live Arcade that I thoroughly enjoyed, Miner Dig Deep. The goal is essentially the same, mine downwards into the earth, collect minerals and bring them back up. If you stay in the mines too long, then you run out of stamina and have to be rescued (basically you die). You can also die from falling from too high or having a rock fall on you. To prevent a rock from landing on you, there are support beams you can place.
When you bring minerals to the surface, you receive money from the store. With that money you can buy upgrades for your light, backpack, stamina, and more!
The game doesn’t have much longevity, since once you mine the whole cavern there isn’t anything to do. But you can’t complain about an hour or two of free fun! Use the QR code, search for Gem Miner in the Android Market, or if you are on your Tab use this link to download.