Minecraft is a game chock-full of adventure, exploring, and creativity where you survive in a world composed of blocks – similar to Legos – that you can move around however you like from your first-person perspective. And when we say ‘however you like’, we really mean it, as you can collect blocks of any sort of material to use later for whatever you see fit. You can do everything from chipping off big chunks of stone to build a house, to chopping down trees to build furniture to put in your house, or even putting together more complex projects like wells, statues, buildings, etc. Your only limit is your imagination, and as soon as you start creating you’ll realize that the options at your disposal are practically infinite. But obviously, building things is only part of Minecraft. The other part happens at nightfall when monsters come out of their caves and the game becomes a proper survival horror title. It’s then that you have to face off against giant spiders, skeletons, endermen, or the terrifying creepers. And it’s then that you’ll make good use of your sword or bow and arrows. To survive in the world of Minecraft you’ll need more than just your home with a bed, your sword, and a few tools. You’ll also need food, as your character will get hungry. You’ll need to explore your world, as the best materials aren’t always lying around in plain sight. And you’ll definitely need to make use of the huge freedom the game offers at all times. Visually, Minecraft is not great, as you’ll see in the images and video, but its grid look is completely necessary for the gameplay to make sense. Also, the game lets you radically customize the graphics using mods or skin packages. Minecraft is the most successful independent game of recent times. And with good reason. This masterpiece from Notch has managed to worm its way into the hearts of millions of players, who enjoy it on all its available platforms: iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Linux, Mac, and (of course) Windows.
Minecraft in 2015: Still lots of life left in it
It might appear that the trail has gone cold and the scent of Minecraft is waning, but in fact there’s nothing further from the truth. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang (Minecraft’s studio creator) for $2.5 billion last year, the numbers have continued to stack up: 20 million digital copies sold for the PC and Mac versions and more than 30 million of the Pocket version, not to mention the recent launch of a new version for Windows 10 and its interconnection between platforms. Without counting those who play the Free version, the number of Minecraft purchases has now topped the total population of Spain or Colombia.