Minecraft is a first-person, third-person open-world sandbox game released for PCs in 2011.
It was developed and published by Mojang Studios and has been ported to various platforms since its release.
Minecraft has earned critical acclaim, won many awards, and is revered as the most influential video game, with over 126 million monthly active users playing the game.
The game has also earned success industrially and commercially, selling over 200 million copies worldwide, and has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame.
The gameplay requires players to sort for mineral resources and use them to mine or build objects, creating a virtuous poise between exploring and building.
Read our full Minecraft review and an overview of the gameplay.
|Platforms:||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux|
Sony Interactive Entertainment
|Release Date:||November 18, 2011|
Players can play Minecraft in a first or third-person perspective as players sort for mineral resources, rough 3D items —mainly cubes and fluids, representing materials, like dirt, stone, ores, tree trunks, water, and lava.
Players can mine these 3D items called ‘blocks’ and then place them somewhere else, allowing them to build things.
Mechanical devices, electrical circuits, logic gates, and other complex systems can also be constructed.
Being an open-world game, the game’s map area is extensive but limited; however, technical problems may be encountered when players reach comprehensive game area limits.
To avoid these problems, the game’s world data is divided into smaller sections called “chunks” that are only created or loaded when players are nearby.
Daily cycles are implemented in the game as each day lasts 20 minutes in real-time.
Players are compelled to create a stone-ax by placing the requisite natural resources, like wood and stone, into the Survival Mode’s crafting grid.
Players are also required to build a shelter to defend themselves from monsters that spawn at night.
This game mode features a health or hunger bar that can be depleted by damage caused by aberrations, falls, and drowns.
When the health bar is fully finished, the player dies and respawns in a different place. All previously created items are dropped.
The Hardcore Mode is the most challenging mode on Minecraft. It’s the only mode with permadeath (where players are unable to respawn after death).
Whenever a player dies, he can either be put into spectator mode, explore the world, or delete it entirely.
Players can assess all the resources when playing the Creative Mode and can focus on building and creating projects of any size without hindrances.
Hunger and damage features do not affect players, and they can fly across the world the game area at will.
Players are allowed to play and experience other created game worlds that the map maker created.
The adventure mode features a command block, allowing mapmakers to expand interactions with players through scripted server commands.
Just like Survival Mode, players are required to survive the world with the specific restrictions set.
In Spectator Mode, players fly through blocks without directly playing.
Players do not have an inventory but can teleport to other players and view from their perspectives.
Players can play through game-to-game multiplayer, Local Area Network play, local split-screen, servers (player-hosted and business-hosted), and a hosting provider like Xbox live.
Multiplayer servers encompass a wide range of activities, with some having their own distinct rules and characteristics.
The largest and most popular server is Hypixel, which has been visited by over 14 million different players.
An exciting feature is the “Minecraft Realms,” a server hosting service released in 2013 for Minecraft players.
It was released to enable players to run multiplayer server games effortlessly and securely without setting up their own servers.
Minecraft Realms server owners can invite about 3,000 people to play on their server, with up to ten players online at a time.
Minecraft Realms servers support user-made add-ons, resource packs, behavior packs, and custom Minecraft maps.
The Minecraft Modding Community has created several game mods.
These mods aim at gameplay changes like changes in new blocks, new mobs, new items, various mechanisms to craft, mini maps, waypoints, durability counters, textures, and sounds.
The Xbox 360 Edition supports downloadable content, which can be purchased from the Xbox Games Store.
These DLCs contain texture packs with skin packs and changes to the game’s sounds, music, and user interface.
In 2016, Nintendo released a cross-promotional resource pack based on the Super Mario franchise for the Wii U Edition worldwide.
Mojang released the “Discovery Update” to the Bedrock version of the game in 2017.
The Discovery Update includes a new map, game mode, and the “Marketplace”— a catalog of user-generated content that gives Minecraft creators “another way to make a living.
Minecraft’s map is commendable for its size. Nevertheless, it’s non-repetitiveness encourages players to replay even after exploring the game world.
The high level of intelligence required to play the game is quite addictive and mind-consuming.
Minecraft has a satisfying and creative mission and game modes.
Due to its directness with online and local multiplayer modes, Minecraft promotes adventuring and friendship —features of a good sandbox game.
Players are given the freedom to use their initiatives, which offers several materials to discover and utilize in crafting.
Its iconic cubes and 3D designs have created some spot-on memories in enthusiasts’ minds.
Players can make animal friends and come across monsters, which fosters the game’s thrills and excitements.
Having no particular storyline, genre, character, or theatrical scenes, Minecraft is a perfect blend of game realism in a player’s world of imagination.
The inability to gather unlimited resources and craft items and the omission of aggressive crowds and non-playable characters seems to defeat Minecraft’s open-world display.
Furthermore, its graphics may become outdated in upcoming years.
Minecraft can be described as something special; for its various crafting systems and mental exertion, everyone should play.
However, it has been slated for its lack of content, inability to collect resources and craft items, the limited types of blocks, and the lack of hostile mobs, which contradicts its open-world display.
Check out more games storyline, gameplay, trailers, release dates, and reviews.
Minecraft Review Ratings
Minecraft Review/Rating Summary
Graphics: The game’s physics system has been described as unrealistic; liquids incessantly flow for a limited distance from source blocks, which can be detached by inserting a solid block in its place or by scooping the liquid into a bucket. Players may also encounter technical problems as they reach the game area extremes. Nevertheless, computers and hardware devices have been built in Minecraft.
Control: Controls are direct and straightforward; players can control the game from a first or third-person perspective and choose game modes and difficulties.
Music/ Sound FX/ Voice acting: Music and Sound FX are standard.
Play Value: Minecraft has won many video game awards and has impacted culturally, industrially, commercially, and educationally. This makes the game one of the best games ever to be played.
Overall Rating- Must Buy: While Minecraft may not be everyone’s choice, it’s a game everyone should test out. With an overall rating of 4.68, it’s definitely not a run of the mill game but an excellent game and a ‘must-buy.’