As you might expect, it is not exactly a good game or even very playable at all. It enjoys a Bad Rats level of reputation on its home country, not helped by the creator infamously flaming negative reviewers — though he claims it was someone else posing as him.
In June 2017 a DLC named Hoversurf in the Mess that's more expensive than the main game got released. It's a hoversurfing game alright, but that titular "mess", you see, it is the Brazilian political corruption. You surf over non-descript landscapes of platform hell trying not to fall off the board and for your efforts you are rewarded with collages of stolen newspaper charges and internet memes. ...Your guess is as good as ours.
A standalone sequel called Mineirinho Ultra Shooter was released in September 2017. It is a physics-based shoot 'em up game featuring not only Mineirinho but also a girl from São Paulo for questionable cooperative play. A lot of its content is recycled not only from the original, but also from another physics-based game from the same author.
2018 saw the release of an Endless Running Game spinoff called Super Lula Escape From Prison, a political satire about the crisis involving the trial of Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
This game contains examples of:
- After the End: The final stage of Hoversurf in the Mess is set on a flooded Brasília.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: The character in question is not a "miner" as the "English" title implies. The "Mineirinho" is for the character's origins: Mineiro is a term used in Portuguese for people born in Minas Gerais,note being "-inho" a diminutive in "mineiro".
- Boss Arena Idiocy: The single boss at the end does nothing but walk in circles. You defeat it by firing cannons that are set around the arena.
- Calling Your Attacks: "FRANGUINHO!" ("CHICKEN!") "PIZZA MALUCA!" ("CRAZY PIZZA!") "PÃO COM LINGUIÇA!" ("SAUSAGE SANDWICH!")
- Camera Screw: The camera is angled 30 degrees left from where Mineirinho is actually facing, making it hard to line up jumps properly, see where you jump, and where enemies are.
- Checkpoint Starvation: There are no checkpoints at all.
- Double Jump: Mineirinho can perform this.
- Gratuitous English: The game is only available in portuguese, but is titled "Ultra Adventures".
- The Hero: Mineirinho, the mascot of the brazilian restaurant Dom Zelittu's.
- Level Goal: Each of the hoversurfing levels have a huge target at the end that must be hit.
- Nintendo Hard:
- The main game has some harsh platforming, but the problem is that the controls are very finicky. For example, Mineirinho slides all over the place even if you press nothing and the double jump can randomly fail to work.
- The hoversurfing levels are more playable, but are all incredibly sadistic. One even attempts to troll the player at the very end.
- No Plot? No Problem!: The game didn't actually have the most tenuous connection to restaurants or politics at ALL. However, the Director's Cut added an intro scene to the game that shows the aliens lifting the immensurably good restaurant Dom Zelittu's into space.
- Obvious Beta: The development of the game started circa 2010. As seen in this 2011 video, the "beta" version shown at a Blender conference is almost identical to the 2017 Steam release. Now compare this presentation with the trailer shown at Steam Greenlight.
- The so-called Director's Cut adds a cooperative split screen multiplayer mode. If player 2 dies, the level either resets or nothing happens.
- Powerup Let Down:
- The Crazy Pizza has severe accuracy and hitbox issues.
- The powerups from the main game also appear in Hoversurf in the Mess but they seem purely cosmetic. Picking one merely changes Mineirinho's hoverboard to them.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Mineirinho's main means of attack is throwing his hat. Too bad it can glitch up and get stuck on walls.
- Product Placement: The game is supposed to be an advertisement for the restaurant Dom Zelittu's, but in practice it has nothing to do with anything.
- Recycled Soundtrack: The music for all three games are all shamelessly stolen from various sources.
- Shout-Out: The hoverboard Mineirinho rides in the DLC is the one from the Back to the Future films.
- A Winner Is You: Both the main game and the DLC have No Ending.
- After defeating the final boss, a brief message comes up stating "You got it! Now everyone can eat at the world's best restaurant!"
- Every level in Hoversurf in the Mess ends with a collage of random political charges and memes.