Minecraft is now over 10 years old. And to celebrate this milestone, Mojang 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.
Minecraft Classic has been available for many years. However, Minecraft Classic was previously only available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and required Java. Now, it’s available for anyone to play for free without downloads on the Minecraft Classic website.
How to Play Minecraft for Free in Your Browser
To play Minecraft Classic, just point your web browser at the Minecraft Classic website. It will immediately start generating a level. Once your game has been generated you’ll get given a unique link which you can share with friends.
If you want to invite some friends to play with you (doing so isn’t mandatory), share that link via email or on your messaging app of choice. Then, just pick a username and click the Start button to start playing Minecraft in your browser.
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
The controls are simple: Just left-click on your mouse to place or mine blocks, using right-click to toggle between the two. Otherwise, it’s the usual WASD controls for moving forward, left, back, and right, as well as some other simple keyboard controls.
You can press the Escape key at any time to bring up the Game Menu. Here, you can generate a new level or copy the link to the existing one. Clicking Options lets you turn various settings on or off and remind yourself of the controls.
What You Can and Can’t Do in Minecraft Classic
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, as mentioned above, you can invite up to nine friends to join your game. Making it more entertaining.
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.
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 scouring the ultimate Minecraft commands cheat sheet for any you don’t yet know.
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