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Minecraft is 10 years old, and to celebrate this milestone, Mojang has released Minecraft Classic for the web. This means you can play Minecraft in your web browser. You don’t need to download anything, and Minecraft Classic is completely free to play.
How to Play Minecraft for Free in Your Browser
Minecraft Classic has been available to play for free for many years. And this isn’t the first time it has been available to play in your web browser. However, Minecraft Classic was previously only available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and required Java.
Now, you just need to point your browser at the Minecraft Classic website and you can play for free without the need to download anything. The only requirement seems to be a keyboard, so you can’t play on your smartphone or tablet. Sadly.
You know what’s better than new content? Good ol’ nostalgia! To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Minecraft, we’re releasing MINECRAFT CLASSIC to your browser. Play the original creative mode, complete with 32 blocks and all the beloved bugs!
— Minecraft (@Minecraft) May 7, 2019
As the name suggests, Minecraft Classic isn’t the Minecraft of 2019. Instead, it’s the game as it existed in 2009. This means you’ll have to put up with a clunky user interface, be stuck with just 32 blocks to build with, and more bugs than the average rainforest.
Minecraft Classic only allows you to play in Creative mode, so there’s no Survival mode with enemies to fight off. There’s also no way to save your game. Still, you can invite up to nine friends to join your game just by sending them the link.
Minecraft Classic Is a Piece of Gaming History
Let’s not kid ourselves here; Minecraft Classic cannot compete with the current version of the game. Still, it’s free, and can be played in your web browser with no effort on your part. So you may as well take the opportunity to sample a piece of gaming history.
We covered Minecraft a lot in its early days, so if you’re new to the game you should check out our beginner’s guide to Minecraft (for latecomers). If, on the other hand, you’re a veteran you may be interested in learning how to create your own Minecraft mod.