The greatest thing about Minecraft is the fact that it is all about creation! I’ve always described it is as virtual Legos, and as we all know, that’s a pretty accurate description. Another interesting thing about Minecraft is the ability to play it in your own way. However, sometimes, the already established rules of the game are just not enough.
Fortunately, a few Minecraft enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to add onto the almighty Notch’s creation. They have created a few interesting mods, so I decided to take a look at a few of those Minecraft mods. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like!
Minecraft is pretty realistic, right? Eh, well… if you can get past the arrow-firing skeletons, I guess. Or the blood-thirsty zombies. Then there’s the accelerated day/night timeline. Okay, perhaps I was wrong about Minecraft being realistic. However, the game does seem to have just as many laws and physics as the real world! But as we all know, there are just a few things missing.
One of these things is extreme weather, and with the Weathers & Tornadoes Minecraft mod, you get just that. The mod spawns water spouts, tornadoes, and even hurricanes. What makes this even more interesting is that these terrifying funnels actually tear up the terrain as they move about. Beyond this, there are a few different particles (such as leaves) that can fly about, and wind plays an important role in this mod.
One of my favorite games as a kid was Anno 1602, and fortunately, MineColony is based on just that. The mod is designed to be a colony-building simulator, and it features different humans that you – the player – control. Furthermore, there are different classes of that these humans can take on. However, the player takes on more of an administrative role throughout the game.
In the true spirit of Anno 1602, the game focuses on a lot of economical and even political (kind of) situations. The player controls everything that goes on, and it brings a different point of view to Minecraft that hasn’t been toyed with before.
The trampolines mod is designed for those of you that really like to jump high. Yep, that’s about it… I really can’t think of anything else I can say about it. If you like jumping a lot, then this mod is for you. What the mod does is create an exclusive simple trampoline block that allows the player to be elevated to new heights when it lands on it.
The creators recommend that it be used for special purposes in, on, and around structures. For instance, you could make a type of elevator with it. Furthermore, you could do “parkour” around all the different buildings you create. But really, we all know why this mod was created: just because.
I really, really like Portal, and to be honest, I’ve only ever played the demo! (I’m saving for a gaming PC – don’t judge me.) However, another thing I really, really like is when people create gaming mash-ups. In fact, we already had a Mario/Portal mash-up not too long ago However, someone got the bright idea to merge Portal with Minecraft, and to be honest, they ended up with some amazing results.
The Portal gun functions just as you expect it would, and it’s actually surprisingly useful in certain situations. Do you need to fall from a great height? Just use the Portal Gun to ease the fall. Do you need to reach a really high ledge? Yep, the Portal gun should do it. To me, I think it’s interesting that you can use this gun in a “natural” environment that is not designed for puzzles. It’s a nice experiment – Aperture-worthy, even.
With the advent of DayZ, it seems as though everyone is on a supercharged zombie kick lately (but everyone was a zombie kick before that, anyway). Fortunately, Minecraft is right in there with the zombie craze, and someone created a mod that spotlights one of our least favorite mobs.
The mod simply spawns an overwhelming copious amount of zombies in the game that have a greater sense of smell and a much more intense hatred of the player. Additionally, they are the only mob to spawn, and although the latest version has not been updated (just yet), the mod seems to be growing. As of now, the creator is considering making different types of zombie Minecraft mods. Personally, I would find that very interesting.
That’s all of the mods that we have for you today, folks. However, I’m aware these aren’t the only or the niftiest mods available online. What I’d to know from you is a little bit more mod info for my own Minecraft travels.
What are your favorite Minecraft mods? Do you like the ones shown here?