Prospectors – Virtual Diamond Panning on the iPad

The mabulous team develops the casual game Prospectors – Nature’s Slot Machine which allows players to turn their iPads into virtual panning devices and search for gold nuggets and diamonds in 16 picturesque waters around the globe.

Our client Digidiam Game Studio has set value on a technically sophisticated simulation that conveys the experience of using a gold pan as realistically and intuitively as possible, allowing the players to shake the pan as well as to move and pick up the 3D rendered objects with their fingers in a natural way.

The solution mabulous provided achieves this and much more. The gold nuggets and stones in the pan are physically simulated and can be accurately influenced by shaking and rotating the iPad. This real-world input is seamlessly applied to the virtual 3D scene presented on the screen, and even the reflections on the brushed metal finish of the digital pan react properly to the orientation change of the iPad.

Diamonds in the game reflect and refract light in different ways, can be cut by players into various shapes and viewed using upgradable magnifying glasses.


All technology and graphics design in this game is carefully handcrafted with attention to detail and optimal mobile performance. To achieve both, a high workflow efficiency and software quality, we combined Unity3D with Apple native technologies in this product and we are proud to have developed and designed the full project in-house.

Old Prospector

The game is available on the Appstore and can be downloaded for free:



  1. Mike 04/22/2014, %I:%M %p

    I really like the game but there are “rip offs”! I’m approaching the 400000000 mark and expect to be highly disappointed as when I reached the last mark and the next level opened with 0 high class diamonds! I’ve purchased all the upgrades, spent $100′s of dollars and expect much more. The latest rip,off you guys added was the 4 hour free bonus area offer for $29.99 (did I say free- ha. Wish I could get my money back on that!) which yields 1 low value diamond each 4 hours. If you continue to soak the public, you need to look at your program and juice up the finds. In all the hours and money I’ve spent my highest find has been worth slightly over 11mill. Figure it out guys and spice it up!

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