By Mark S. Kuhar
It is not yet available in the United States, but if you are in the U.K., you can own your own virtual quarry, courtesy of a new simulation software package developed by Astragon, and distributed by Excalibur.
As the promo copy for the new game exclaims, “Dig deep with your skills as you aim to manage a series of challenging excavations as you embark on a quarrying quest to become a mineral magnate! Utilizing numerous vehicles such as wheeled loaders and huge dump trucks in concert with seven accurately reproduced excavation machines, you must strive to meet orders from the construction trade. With numerous rocks and minerals including marble, limestone and granite in your quarries, your services are much in demand. You will need to be an entrepreneurial excavator as you rush to meet delivery deadlines and grow your business, often working in harsh weather conditions that push your quarry crew to the limit. Will you use drilling machines and crushers or will risky explosives get the job done?
“As your business expands you can ease your workload by purchasing new fully drivable vehicles and machines or investing in new lucrative quarries. The choices are yours, but with a range of challenging missions and a full reward system, the fruits of your rocky labors will be recognized! Embark on exciting excavations where only the most enterprising engineer will become king of the quarry!”
Price is £24.99, which is a mere $40.35 in U.S. dollars. You can see videos of the game in action at www.excalibur-publishing.com