Like most of the internet, I have been obsessed with a quirky little game called Minecraft. I have lost countless hours to this game building shelters, exploring cave systems, and fighting against the monsters that come out at night. It’s truly a remarkable game that deserves a lot more praise.
Here are the Cliffnotes. Minecraft is…
- A sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world
- Set in an infinitely large world
- A world that allows you to build the most intricate structures you can imagine out of simple blocks
- Updated almost every week by its creator Notch (Markus Persson)
- Both singleplayer and multiplayer
- Profoundly addictive
That’s all nice and dandy, but I think the best way to let you get a taste of a game is through a short gameplay video…
Before I cut this off, I feel it’s important to mention that this game is still in the alpha stage. There are bugs, glitches, and crashes. However, the don’t detract from the fun experience of playing the game at all, and buying the game is still a good investment. Notch will continue to develop the game, and early projections place the game’s completion sometime in the fall of 2011. You can play it now though!
Also worth noting is the player base. From my experience, players are actually in the 18-30 range, which is surprising considering how childish the game looks. Please don’t judge Minecraft until you have had a chance to play it. Here, try the classic version for free.
You can buy Minecraft Alpha for around $13 right now. Exchange rates may change in the future.
Gaming Heavens also runs a vanilla Minecraft survival server. If you’re interested in that, the connection IP is gamingheavens.com.