Minecraft – Block by Block Forever..
With over 2.25 million people playing, 1199 Player-Hosted-Servers (PHS) up and running, and having launched only March last year, is Minecraft the game of year people think it is? Join us as we delve into the unexpected with… Innuendo Studio’s…
www.Minecraft.net <- The Game
notch.tumblr.com <- His Development Blog
Minecraft’s Simplistic features twinned with the amazing ability to do Jack-all in the game is one the best game play design ever created in my opinion. Depending on if you have bought the game or not, the gameplay varies slightly, however the basic concept is exactly the same. If you have not bought the game, then you will be playing either online or single player “Indev” (Meaning In Development), and if you have, you will be playing “InfDev”.
You have all the bricks available to you at the beginning, in an infinite amount, and it’s up to you what you need to build. However, there is no sense of urgency, or any predicaments you have to wriggle yourself out of unlike the latter version of the game. Having said this, However, Minecraft is still great in the free form. Messing around, building giant Eye of Sauron’s, or massive Castle’s worthy of the best Greek God is amazingly fun, especially on Multiplayer, where you can show off your creations to your friends, and even get them to help you build your structures. One thing i love about Minecraft is the ability to make a house any way you wanted to, and customise everything the way you want it to be. The controls are so simple, you left click to destroy/remove blocks and right click to place them. Press “B” to open up the Block list, and select which block you want to use. Overall, i gave Minecraft, Indev; Gameplay – 5
Presentation - 6.5
Overall – 5.5
Now, onto the purchased version of Minecraft. Since the map size in both the versions is the same, over 6 times the size of the Earth, that is not a problem. Infdev is a massive step up from the original Indev, and there is a great crafting system rivalling most games out there today. You start with nothing, and to destroy blocks you have to hold the right mouse button until the block is destroyed. Of course, destroying blocks like Stone and diamond takes much longer than destroying mud or Sand. If you destroyed a wooden Block for example, you would first have to press “i” to bring up your inventory, then in the 2×2 crafting grid, you place the piece of wood you have gathered. Doing this gives you planks. Now, if you place 2 planks on top of each other, they create sticks. See where this is going? This is only the start of a massive crafting system that expands out for a long time. But! Is a 2×2 grid getting a bit too small for you? Simply put 2×2 planks in the grid, and you get a crafting table. With a 3×3 grid, you can make over 400 different objects, and growing! This is one the greatest things about Minecraft, and something that you don’t get on the free version; the fact that you can create things that you can create in real life, from Pickaxes and Axes to Clay Bricks, and even to Furnaces!! Another new element of the game is Day/Night, Zombies, customisable skins + Mods! There are many Mobs, including Spiders, pigs, Cows, Zombies, Creepers and Many More. I suggest you go to: www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki to see everything in more detail. Now to move onto the Scores;