In the early 80’s, piracy on Atari home computers (and most other brands) was rampant. It was popular for pirates to add as many cracked (or dumped if it was a cart like Miner 2049er) and “trained” games on a disk as would fit along with a tiny, crude menu to launch them. Training a game meant adding cheats, usually activated by a simple menu shown upon launching the game. Miner 2049er got the same treatment as every other game. No exception!
Pictured here is a pirate disk full of games, the menu to launch them and the cheat screen. Last level!
Even rarer than the Japanese SCV release by Epoch, the French release from Yeno is incredibly hard to find. While the packaging is different, the game is identical to the Japanese release.
We are missing the manual for this! If you have it and wish to donate it to the Miner 2049er Museum, please reply to this post! We’ll even accept just a picture if you don’t wish to part with yours.
The rarer Canadian release of Miner 2049er for Colecovision featured a plain black and white label with both French and English text. The game is otherwise identical.
We are missing the packaging for this! If you have it and wish to donate it to the Miner 2049er Museum, please reply to this post! We’ll even accept just a picture if you don’t wish to part with yours.
The European release of Miner 2049er for Colecovision got a CBS electronics sticker/wrap around the US box. The carts appear identical to the US version. The one pictured above is from France. (Thanks to romualdl from Silicium.org for the pic.)