Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and later developed by Mojang. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat.
Multiple gameplay modes are available, including a survival mode in which the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players can play custom maps created by other players with certain restrictions, a spectator mode where players can freely move throughout a world without being allowed to destroy or build anything and be affected by gravity and collisions, and a hardcore mode, where the player is given only one chance and the game difficulty is locked on hard, (if they die, the world is deleted). The PC version of the game allows players to create mods with new gameplay mechanics, items, and assets.

Minecraft Review

The first time you play, you enter Minecraft as helpless and confused as a newborn child. The only difference is you’re not crying (yet) and your default character is not nude and covered in goo. At your disposal is nothing but your hands and an inventory, and night is approaching with all its terrors. In this world, your only advantage over a hostile landscape is the ability to build, so if you don’t want to die, you need shelter. If you want shelter, you need to gather materials by mining the landscape around you. Dirt, rocks, and trees break into distinct cubes that you can reassemble building-block style. If you want to gather materials faster, you need to craft tools, which requires arranging materials in special configurations in either your inventory or on a special Crafting Table. If you don’t want to cower in a dark hole every time the sun goes down, then you better build a nicer house. If you don’t want to starve to death—and yes, hunger is a game mechanic—you better learn how to find and prepare food.

Minecraft really comes alive when you and your friends start playing together. In fact, once you start logging in regularly to see what’s been built and share your resources, going back to your single-player game will probably feel downright lonesome. Any single player world can be shifted into a multiplayer game with the touch of a button, provided all the players are on the same network. It’s a free and convenient way to share your creations with friends, or quickly host a game LAN party-style.

The graphics in Minecraft are old school, a nod to the early days of video games. But that’s the glory of Minecraft. If it looked too realistic, like Gran Turismo or even The Sims, it wouldn’t have the signature style that makes this game unique. So go wild on Minecraft. Build like a modern architect. Build like a steampunk novelist. Build like a pioneer. Build high or long or with moats and forests. Build a Scout jamboree park. Then, tear it all down if you like.

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A communal imaginarium, a cultural phenomenon, and an epic social experiment; Minecraft is all of these things and more, but it’s also a superb example of gaming’s ability to ignite and inspire our fascination with creation.
  • Limitless possibilities for play
  • Generation-defying accessibility
  • Blocky retro aesthetic is charming
  • Great balance between building and adventuring
  • Some minor quibbles affecting each version of the game
  • No in-game tutorials or recipe guides
Gameplay - 9
Graphics - 8.5
Audio - 8
Longevity - 10

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