Minecraft is one of the most popular contemporary games, with millions of customers worldwide paying to download it. It’s a very simple game to play, but it can be confusing to the uninitiated thanks to fans variously describing it as a sandbox game, a building game, an adventure game and a multi-player online game. Which of those is it, reallly?
It’s All Of Them
When Minecraft first appeared on the scene in 2009, it was primarily a sandbox exploration game, where players were dropped into the world with no real objectives beyond exploring and building. However, the core game has been regularly updated since it’s original release, and now goals have been added to “win” the game, and functionality has been included so that multiple people can play on the same server.
Minecraft is easily modded, too, so a variety of different host servers can offer a variety of different experiences. Instead of just playing the basic game, hosts offer unique experiences, like player-vs-player servers, or special maps that act as mini-adventures or dungeon crawls.
Minecraft Fans Help Build Minecraft
Minecraft is incredibly popular, with fans all over the world, many of which are also game designers and artists. The fan community has added modifications from the beginning, and many of those modifications have made their way into the game (like rideable horses and various character skins). Because of the help of the fans, Minecraft continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in a game of its magnitude.
Originally, the world of Minecraft was made up of a few different building blocks, and very little interactivity for the player beyond tearing things down or building things. Now, the world is able to create a whole world for exploring, filled with abandoned mineshafts, jungle temples, a nether world filled with fire and lava, and a shadow-filled end game where the player must slay a gigantic dragon.
The World Is Enormous
Minecraft is a game that relies on low-resolution graphics to produce a high-end gaming experience. Since the graphics are so blocky and basic, the game can use it’s resources in world creation. The result is that every game has a uniquely generated world that’s so large it would be impossible to explore fully in any one lifetime – and it’s only going to get better.
A Minecraft world is full of different terrain, from frozen tundras to vast oceans to dense jungles, and each area generates unique plants, animals, and enemies. Villages are scattered around, and players can trade with villagers for rare items necessary for reaching the more difficult goals.
The Gameplay Is More Detailed Than the Graphics
Another benefit of low-resolution graphics is the amount of interaction they allow. Minecraft players are able to enchant objects, write books, make maps of the world, brew potions and craft a variety of things. Electrical switches are craftable in the game, and some players have even figured out how to build a computer in Minecraft that’s programmed to run an even simpler version of Minecraft.
Minecraft Is Playable On Almost Everything
Computer versions of the game are available for PC, Mac and Linux, and will run on a machine with at least a 2.6 GHz processor. There are console versions available for the X-Box and Playstation game systems, and a pocket version has been released for mobile gaming, so it can be played on just about anything, anywhere.