Mining was never a topic here at IndieGala. Nor was Core Keeper to be honest. Why? It’s a brand-new game that we promote. And because now at this moment, the thought of writing about mines and mining is very appealing to us. But that’s not to say that we didn’t touch on plenty of other cool professions. Like Treasure Hunters for instance. Yup. We had articles about that too. Or being a Police officer. Check it out here.
But now it’s time for Core Keeper. And the mining profession that comes with it. But first…
What’s Core Mining All About?
Developed by Pugstorm and published by SoldOut, Core Keeper is a great adventure RPG game.
Drawn towards a mysterious relic, you are an explorer who awakens in an ancient cavern of creatures, resources and trinkets. Trapped deep underground will your survival skills be up to the task?
So, you get to mine relics and resources to build your base, craft new equipment, survive, and power up the Core. Also, you get to defeat giant monsters, discover hidden secrets, farm crops, cook new recipes. And let’s not forget you get to explore a procedurally generated underground world in a mining sandbox adventure for 1-8 players. So go ahead. Explore a vast underground cave of endless resources. Mine resources, discover hidden crystals, fossils & trinkets and survive a procedurally-generated underground world. Last but not least, find massive bosses in an infinite, procedurally generated world with endless gameplay and resources. And don’t forget to have fun with it.
Get it here. You’re gonna love it. And if Core Keeper doesn’t really do it for you don’t despair. We have plenty of cool sales for you to check out. Like the PlayStation PC Sale which offers up to 78% discount on certain titles. Check it out here.
But what are some of the Early Access Steam Reviews are saying about Core Keeper?
*SilverBird writes: The worst thing about this game is that there isn’t more of it.
*Chonk adds: This game is more polished than most triple-A games, enough said.
*While NotStalgia Gaming YT adds: Damn bro this game is in early access. I was finally able to take a much-needed break from Elden Ring to play this masterpiece.
But which movies go well with Core Keeper?
Well, we have a selection if 5 movies that not only have mining/mines/miners in them, but most of them have true events inspirations. Which ones made the cut? Scroll down to find out.
Inspired by a real-life story and with a famous actor in the lead role. Indeed. That’s The 33 in a nutshell. But in fact, The 33 is a film adaptation of the incredible story of the 2010 Copiapó mining disaster. An event that shocked the entire world back in 2010. Which even are we referring to? Well, the 2010 event in which a group of thirty-three miners got trapped inside the San José Mine in Chile for 69 days. Each and every single one of them got out of the ordeal alive, after spending 69 days in the depths of the mine. But the movie deals with the events after the explosion in the mine. The survival of those men in the 69 long days.
Antonio Banderas portrays Mario Sepúlveda, the public face of the group of miners, who did daily video logs to assure the public that they were all right. But Rodrigo Santoro, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips and the Oscar winner Juliette Binoche are in it too. Check it out if you have the chance.
Fun fact: Due to lack of work, the rescued miners took roles in the production of the movie being filmed about its history in Copiapó, Chile.
Much like The 33, North Country also has a female director behind the camera. The talented Niki Caro of course. And much like The 33, North Country also has true events inspiration. The 2002 book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler. Which chronicled the case of Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Company. The first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit in the United States. But Charlize Theron stars in North Country along with Frances McDormand, Sean Bean and Jeremy Renner. It’s a movie that happens to deal with mining, but the real theme is the sexual harassment that the women miners had to endure. It’s also a great movie.
Fun fact: Sean Bean does not die in this movie.
Another great movie, and another one that’s inspired by real-life events. You’ve probably never even heard of it, but you really should know more about it. Not only does it has the great Chris Cooper in the lead role (in his film debut), it’s also a pretty great movie nonetheless. However, Matewan dramatizes the events of the Battle of Matewan. A coal miners’ strike in 1920 in Matewan, a small town in the hills of West Virginia. The talented James Earl Jones, David Strathairn and Mary McDonald are in it too, and it’s worth the watch.
Fun fact: According to John Sayles’ official website, this picture “has become a staple in the teaching of U.S. Labor History”.
The Molly Maguires
This is the oldest movie on this list, but it’s also inspired by real-life events. And it has the one and only, Oscar winner Sean Connery in the lead role. So, there’s that. Based on the 1964 book Lament for the Molly Maguires by Arthur H. Lewis, The Molly Maguires, is a movie about an undercover detective (played by Richard Harris). He’s sent to a coal mining community to expose a secret society of Irish-American miners battling exploitation at the hand of the owners. It’s a great movie to watch. Especially if you’re a fan of Sean Connery.
Fun fact: The opening sequence of The Molly Maguires runs 14 minutes and 51 seconds. Through three Henry Mancini scores, before the first word of dialogue is spoken.
There Will Be Blood
I know I know. It’s not a mining movie per se. Well not in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre way, and that’s fine. It really is. But hear me out. Although the movie is mostly centered around oil drilling, the lead character amasses his wealth by mining for gold and silver. His profits subsequently launch his career as an industrialist and a future oil man, and the rest is history.
But yeah. The movie captures the human cost of mining in the late 1800s and early 1900s when there were little to no safeguards for the work. It also shows the hustle and cunning that is acquired to put together a property. And you’ve guessed it. It’s inspired by The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Although not my favorite Paul Thomas Anderson Movie (It’s Magnolia BTW), There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece in its own right. With fantastic acting from Daniel Day-Lewis, great cinematography from Robert Elswit, outstanding music from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood… And yes, the brilliant screenplay/direction from PTA himself, The Will Be Blood is just an astonishing movie. It’s a must-watch. Seriously… It’s a must.
Fun fact: Paul Thomas Anderson told Entertainment Weekly magazine that the fake oil used throughout the movie included “the stuff they put in chocolate milkshakes at McDonald’s.”
But Are You a Fan of Core Keeper?
How about mining movies? If so, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section. We’d love to know all about it.