As far as Indie games go, Minecraft (other Minecraft articles: multiplayer guide, featured communities, paid alternatives, and Android release) has been getting all of the buzz lately. Now with its official release behind us, you might be a little baffled at the price of $28 (although there are plenty of other games that dig a bigger hole in your wallet).
Although the game is quite addictive, as I have bought it myself, those who’d rather save the money can still get a taste of what Minecraft has to offer for free.
Minecraft vs. Minecraft Classic
Minecraft has evolved from its early beginnings (which has been put aside as Minecraft Classic) to the intricate and unique world that people know today. During this evolution, Minecraft has begun to offer two different modes of gameplay, survival and creation. While survival is more the main focus of the game, in which you have to use your resources to protect yourself, build tools, and discover new materials, creation is more focused on the Lego-type aspect of the game. In Creation mode, instead of having to worry about creepers sneaking up behind you to take you out, you can concentrate on building your own imaginative structures using all the different kinds of blocks that are offered in the game.
Where To Play
Minecraft Classic is available for free, so anyone can play it. The game is available only as an in-browser game, which is different from the full Minecraft version where you can play in-browser or in its own client. You also have the option between single-player mode and multiplayer mode.
Under multiplayer mode, you can choose between a couple of preset servers. These servers are regularly visited by enough people, so you don’t have to be worried about playing by yourself on a server. You can find the links to play both single-player and multiplayer versions of Minecraft Classic on the homepage, under the Buy Now button. Make sure that you have Java installed on your computer before you try to play.
Once you have the game loaded, you’ll immediately start seeing some differences compared to the full version of Minecraft, if you have already experienced it. You start in the game with all ten spots filled with certain kinds of blocks. As in the full version, you can lay them down with a single right-click, but unlike the full version, blocks fall apart with a single left-click. While this makes it slightly less realistic, it does make the creation process a whole lot easier and faster.
You’ll also know that any blocks you break don’t leave something behind that you can pick up, not even dirt. This is because you have infinite resources, as there are no numbers placed next to the blocks you hold, yet they don’t disappear, and picking them up would be pointless. Again, this simplifies things so you can concentrate more on your construction.
Choose Your Materials
A crucial part of good construction is good design. This requires the use of certain blocks to attain a desired look for your structure. As you can see, you only have ten different spots to hold blocks. However, you’re not restricted to only those blocks that you see. If you press the B button, you’ll be presented with a screen of all the different blocks available in the game. Here you can change one block for another so that you have access to that new block. Now you can build that gold house you’ve always wanted.
Minecraft is a fantastic game, and I’m happy to see that the developers offer a free version of their game on their website for anyone to play. This way, people can still have fun playing Minecraft without having to pay for it. With some co-ordination, you can have plenty of fun with friends, building mega structures or exploring what other people have already made.
What’s your favorite feature in Minecraft? What would you like to see as the next addition? Let us know in the comments!