Minecraft is a fantastic game that mixes creativity, survival, and exploration. Survive alone in a blocky, pìxelated world where monsters come out at night, create fantastical buildings and structures, or collaborate with other players online.
Let your imagination run wild
Minecraft has evolved a lot over the years, but the essence of the game is this: you are placed in a semi-randomly generated world, which you are able to mine, block by block, for materials. You start with only your hands, which allow you to cut down trees (..it’s a game don’t worry if it sounds unrealistic!), from which you can obtain wood.
With wood you can create planks and sticks, which allow you to create a workbench, which in turn allows you to craft tools and other objects. From primitive wooden tools, you’ll work your way up to smelting metal tools, armor, and weapons that will help you survive and master your world.
In Survival mode, when the sun sets dangerous monsters will spawn. You can fight them, but to begin with your best option is to take shelter until sunlight. In Creative mode, you’re free of monsters and other threats like hunger, and can use the game simply to create magnificent structures and buildings. This ‘LEGO’ like element has helped make Minecraft hugely popular with kids and parents alike, as it’s one of the best video games around for sparking and expressing creativity. Even in survival mode, it’s perfectly family friendly.
Confused? Get online!
What still makes Minecraft a bit unusual is how little is explained to you. You appear in the world with no instructions of what to do, but luckily the game has evolved alongside an incredibly detailed and rich online wiki, where you can find guides and information about everything in this deceptively deep game. Once you grasp the basics of mining, crafting and survival, it’s extremely fun to play. Few games give you such a sense of freedom.
Minecraft has a cute blocky graphical style, which is quite beautiful. Landscapes can be pretty dramatic, and sunsets and sunrises are lovely to watch. This blocky style also makes identifying materials to mine much easier, which is essential as you get further and further into a game. Sound effects are simple but effective, and accompanied by a gentle soundtrack that ebbs and flows over the day and night cycle.
An amazing, must own game for all ages
Minecraft is a wonderfully inventive sandbox game that really deserves the title. Few games allow for such freedom and creativity, while still being great fun to play.
You can download the Minecraft the game client free here, but it requires a paid account from Minecraft.net to start playing. You can play Minecraft Classic free, although it has less features than the current version.