Game of The Day #1: Minecraft

  • Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4
  • Launched: 2009-05-09
  • Cost: €25

Many people have fallen in love with Minecraft. From its humble beginnings as an Infiniminer clone on the TigSource forums to its worldwide success as a genre-buster, Minecraft is an indie gaming success story. Its Swedish creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, meanwhile has managed to not let the cool millions he now sleeps on each night go to his head. And that’s a good thing. He regularly does programming for the game, is accessible, and talks to fans on Twitter and events regularly.

The premise of creeper-minecraft-swordMinecraft is deceptively simple: you start and must survive on a piece of land randomly generated for you by the computer. In order to do that, though, you’ve got to dig dirt, fell trees, collect water, plant wheat, and harvest meat. Most of this must be done before nightfall or else the zombies and skeletons that live in the dark will kill you. In a way, Minecraft is a bit like actually living inside the LEGO worlds you built as a child.

It’s not all survival, however. There are a number of other things that make the Minecraft experience noteworthy. In addition to playing alone on your own piece of land, you can join a multiplayer server and survive with friends, comparing your builds to theirs and flexing your creative use of the world’s resources. You can create circuitry using switches, levers, buttons, and doors. You can detonate TNT to speed up your mining efforts. The list goes on and on.

The graphics are simple but beautiful. Since the world is created randomly by the computer as you walk through it, landscapes are rarely (if ever) the same twice. Sometimes, coming over a hill to see the sunrise will be stop you in awe. It’s surprising but this game’s graphics feel more artistic than functional. Combine the natural beauty of the world with some of the talented works people have put together and you’ve got a wonderful world to explore.

If you haven’t tried Minecraft yet, you should stop reading blogs and go buy it. I really think it’ll be one of the best PC game purchases you’ll have made in a while.

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