Minecraft is a strategy sandbox game developed by Mojang. In Minecraft, your main objective is to build a shelter to survive the monsters that appear during the night. You can build whatever you want, from a regular house, to a castle, a palace or Minas Tirith. Your second objective is to find food if you don't want to die of hunger. For this purpose, you rely on other kinds of materials and creatures that will help you survive. You will have to harvest timber, work rock, or mine the land to get raw materials. You can grow cereals or raise cows, chickens, pigs and sheep. You must take into account that gravity is a force during the game and materials such as water, sand, lava or other non-compact materials will flow if they do not have anything to hold them back.
Your main objective is to build a shelter to survive the monsters that appear during the night
Light is another important element in Minecraft. The more your shelter and it's surroundings are lit, the less hostile creatures will appear and attack you. Maps are randomly generated and this way, new worlds are created every time you start a new game. In addition, they are infinite and not initially created as a whole. Scenarios are created in blocks of 16 x 16, which are generated as you travel through the map. Every generated block is saved in the game memory and you can go back the same way you travelled.
Each Minecraft map has a day-night cycle that is equal to 20 minutes. They also have their own weather since it can rain, snow, or be sunny. Different ecosystems are generated, and you can find a forest, a jungle, tundra, seas, oceans, deserts, mountains, lakes and so on. Apart from this, you will encounter Mods, which are created by players in Minecraft. You can download and play Mods that are usually packs with textures or creatures (Creepers with different colors and powers, or even clay-made stickmen that fight amongst themselves). In addition, Mods may bring different scenarios from popular movies or books (Rivendell, Asgard, The Death Star, etc.) and different game modes, such as the famous Hunger Games mod, in which you have to fight for your life until you are the last person alive.
Mobs and game modes
Within Minecraft you have two main game modes, Survival (the classic one) and Creative. Both can be played in Multiplayer mode, which means you can play online with different friends or with people from around the world. In Survival, you have ten lives (displayed as little red hearts) and you have to feed yourself to survive. For this, you are free to eat bread made from the cereals, fish or pork, or even zombie meat. You will have to build your house (or mansion, or cave or whatever you want) to shelter from monsters that will persistently stalk you by night. However, instead of hiding, you can fight them by crafting your own bow and arrows, swords and armor. To do this, you must create a crafting table and mix materials such as sand, rock, coal, diamonds, emeralds, wood, etc.
In the creative mode, you have unlimited lives, so you cannot suffer any harm. Eating for survival is not necessary, and you will have at your disposal limitless amount of material without working to get them. Thanks to this endless supply of blocks, you can build whatever you want. In addition, you will have all kinds of items such as armor and swords, or you can even generate creatures (either hostile or neutral) from their eggs.
Watch out, there are Minecraft Mobs - creatures that can swarm the world and can be divided into Passive, Neutral, Useful and Hostile. Passive Mobs will not attack you; even if you attack them they will not respond. Among these ones you can find chickens, cows, ocelots, pigs, and so on. Usually, you will be able to take advantage of these creatures since they provide food (pigs, chickens), some kinds of materials (wool from sheep, leather from cows...), transport (horses) or protection (ocelots scare Creepers).
Neutral Mobs are creatures that will not attack you unless you attack them. Here you can find the Enderman, which will attack you if you look directly into their eyes, Zombie Pigmen, or wolves. Useful Mobs are those which serve you as defenders or provide transport. Within this group, it is worth mentioning Golems (iron and snow ones) which will attack hostile Mobs that get close to you or your house. In this case, the Snow Golem will distract enemies while you flee, and the Iron Golem will defeat enemies as it has a very powerful attack. Both must be crafted by the player.
Finally, let’s talk about your beloved Minecraft friends, the Hostile Mobs. They will attack you because it is in their genes, without any provocation. We are talking about the amazing Creepers! They are the most annoying creatures in the game, since they can blow up your house in the blink of an eye. You can also find Zombies, Skeletons or Spiders...even combinations of two creatures, such as the Spider-riding Skeletons. However, they are not the worst ones (though they are the most annoying!). If you manage to open the Nether Door, and you enter this creepy world, you will find awful creatures. The Ghast, the Lepisma or the Flame will appear and defeat you if you do not take care. Finally, you can face the two final bosses found in Minecraft: the Ender Dragon, which is generated at the End and which, if you defeat it, the game is completed; and the Whiter, which must be invoked.
Minecraft 1.8 14w10a Pre-release Features
Here you can see the outstanding features of Minecraft:
- All kinds of materials are available, such as grass or stone, with different textures
- Two unbreakable blocks: Mother Rock and the End blocks
- You can discover minerals such as coal, Redstone, gold, diamonds, emeralds or iron
- Melt metals and craft materials to create tools and blocks, or transform materials
- The Elaboration Table will allow you to create potions with different ingredients and textures
- Upgrade your armor, weaponry and tools with spells
- All kinds of hostile Mobs to fight: Zombies, Skeletons, Spider Jockeys and so on
- Ability to customize you characters from the profile page
- New dimensions: The Nether and the End
- Grow and farm your own food in order to survive
- Two game modes: Survival and Creative, both with an online multiplayer option
- Mods at your disposal to add hours of fun
If you are interested in Minecraft and you want more information about this adventure before you download it, feel free to visit the official website .
The minimum system requirements to correctly download and play Minecraft on your PC are:
- Operating System: Windows XP or later
- Processor: Intel Pentium IV or equivalent AMD
- RAM Memory : 2 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: Intel GMA 950 or equivalent AMD compatible with OpenGL 2.1
- Hard Drive Space: at least 100 MB free
- Internet connection is required for the online multiplayer option
A whole world at your disposal. Feel the freedom when playing
By Benjamin White
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Minecraft is a sandbox game in which you can create everything you want by using the different block of materials at your disposal. As a sandbox, you can interact with the environment that surrounds you. The freedom is palpable since Mojang has created an infinite world that is randomly generated. You will never play on the same map unless you are playing some mod. In addition, the game is constantly updated, not only when it comes to textures, or landscapes, but also mobs. You can have your shelter in a leafy forest, and as long as you walk a few meters, you can be in a desert, a snowy mountain or a dark cave.
In regards of caves, there is a whole underworld beneath the paradisiac surface. There are lots of deep caves full of hostile mobs such as creepers, spider, skeletons and more. If you are playing the survival mode, it may be a bit risky to enter into the deeps of the caves. Maybe you will not be able to see the daylight again, because the caves are tricky and labyrinthine, and unless you have plenty of torches to guide yourself, you will get lost. The best option is to explore caves when you are playing creative mode. This way, if you get lost, you can fly your way to the surface with no more problems.
However, caves are something you have to pass by, because they have materials that are not at your disposal on the surface, for instance, gold, diamond, iron, etc.
- Endless maps with multiple environments
- Different game modes to enjoy
- Several mobs to help you or annoy you
- You can play with your friends
- Survival mode can be boring if you play alone
Get a Sneak Peak Into the New Beta Version of Minecraft
By Ivy May Palomares
On Monday, April 14, 2014
Let me give you a few historical details about Minecraft before I reveal my review. Minecraft is an indie sandbox game until its public release for PC gaming in 2009. Not until two years later that it received full release and later, its Android version. Since its development, the game has gained popular use amongst games worldwide. To play the game, players build constructions in a 3D world out of textured cubes.
Now if you hooked on Minecraft, I could get you a sneak peak at what's new in this beta version. The fundamental basics of the game are not changed in the beta version. There are however, some enjoyable additions and aesthetic improvements. I noticed there are now MPCs. There are also lily pads on the water that can be gathered. The netherworld also now has strongholds that are generated randomly.
The game also includes other activities such as combat, gathering resources, exploration, and of course, crafting. Gameplay has three modes: creative, survival and hardcore. In the creative mode, I have a flying ability, unlimited resources, and no hunger or health. In the survival mode, I have to gather resources and maintain my health to gain life. In the hardcore mode, it is like survival mode, but more difficult.
If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, you can always check Minecraft’s online beginner’s guide. Make sure to read the stable version’s full review to understand the entire game. Also, don’t forget to visit the developer’s official website and download a license of the game.
- Includes new additions to the game
- Features improvements in gameplay and controls
- Offers no major modifications from the original version
Play Minecraft in a completely pixeled world and build what you want
By Chris Larrage
On Thursday, April 3, 2014
The first time the game appeared in front of me it was something curious. The graphics, the gameplay and the overall aspect of Minecraft were something that weren’t attractive at all, but then I played it, and I had to change my mind. The main aspect of the game is that it is really fun. It is incredibly customizable; you can create any kind of building with lots of patience and the correct blocks. It takes you some time to get the elements you want, as well as the weapons. The freedom the game gives is impressive, and you can act as you want without limits.
Something that improves the game is the possibility of installing mods. This way you can customize even further Minecraft with better graphics or additional content included in these mods. The objective of the game is to survive against creepers and other players online with the elements you have crafted. When the night comes, the enemies will appear and attack everything in their sight, even your own buildings. If you want to play sometime in a world completely pixelated, Minecraft is an excellent option. Play as if it were a LEGO computer game and create the world your way.
- You can create the world your way
- Complete freedom for doing whatever you want
- Craft your own elements and weapons
- Graphics have to be better
- Gameplay is maybe too simple