Mining Simulator received positive reception upon release, shortly becoming the second game to beat out Jailbreak in concurrent players during 2018. The game is similar to other mining games such as Azure Mines and Minecraft.
Mining Simulator is a simple mining game where every player starts out with a default pickaxe (small Wooden Pickaxe) and backpack (Small Backpack), and players can work their way up to the best gears and cosmetics. There is a mining area which is the 1st layer covered with grass, then dirt and then stone and so on. There are also ores that you can mine such as Coal, Silver, Quartz, Gold, Pezzottaite, Sapphire, etc. Other subworlds exist in the game with different themes and mining areas which contain different ores, as well as shops which sell different types of tools and backpacks.
When you start to mine a block, there is a bar which displays the progress of each mining cycle (when the bar is full, it means that one full mining cycle has been completed and the target ore's density decreases by the current mining power of the player). Below the bar, you can see the value of the ore you are mining. Once your backpack is full, you can go back up to the surface and sell your ore by stepping on the 'Sell' circle blacksmith. Selling ores/stones/chests/skeletons provides Coins which can be used to purchase new tools and backpacks, as well as crates for new hats, pets, and skins.
Rebirthing involves sacrificing your current tool, backpack, and coins in favor of an additional ore value multiplier. Prices of tools, backpacks, and cosmetic crates also scale up with each rebirth while any cosmetic items, pets, and permanently unlocked items that the player already has will not be lost. 20 Rebirth Tokens are also earned upon each rebirth, which can be saved up and used to buy top-tier cosmetic crates, eggs and more in the Rebirth shop without using Robux, as well as special tools that can only be obtained using Rebirth Tokens and are permanently unlocked once purchased.
Cosmetics can be equipped to provide bonuses to your mining experience. They can be acquired via opening Crates or Eggs. They may increase walkspeed, jump power, mining speed, mining power or ore value. There are 4 types of cosmetics in this game: Skins, Hats, Pets, and Pet Accessories. Skins can be applied to both your backpack and tool to have a different appearance - only the highest-tier (Mythical) skins provide the most bonuses. Pets follow the player and can be named. You can only equip 1 pet at a time. Pet accessories can be equipped by unlocking them in crates and going to your inventory to equip them there. Better tier pet accessories give you better stats. You can only equip 2 pet accessories at a time. There are currently 29 pet accessories. Hats function similar to accessories, however, they can be toggled on and off using the "Toggle Hats" feature.
- The game was nominated in 2 categories, which was Best Breakout and Best Game Trailer.
- The game lost Best Breakout to Destruction Simulator, however, it did win Best Game Trailer. The game also won bonus category of Builderman Award of Excellence.