Mine Craft
Written By Fenton

“That’s a very nice house you have…would be such a shame if something were to happen to it” BOOOOM!!! That is potentially one of the thoughts flying through your head as you are blown to bits playing Minecraft.
The alpha version was released in 2009 by Swedish Developer Markus “Notch” Persson, and later by the company Mojang. The full version was released for PC in November 2011 and later released on Xbox 360 as an arcade classic in May 2012. And actually no purpose or in game goals unless you download one of the umpteen mods created. Gameplay wise, the game is extremely addictive, as you constantly say to yourself…just one more block, next minute it is going 6 in the morning and you have spent all night building to your hearts content….whoops.

The sounds are enough to keep you worried, and the occasional music that plays while you mine, gives you some comfort.

The Minecraft world is endless, with different terrains varying from jungle, desert, meadows, marshland, arctic and woodland.  Combined with the randomness of a seed there is much to explore both above and in the randomly generated caves, caverns and abandoned mineshafts, while fighting zombies, skeletons, spiders and creepers (here’s a hint, if you hear a hiss…run like hell from the crater about to be created by the walking green TNT!)

The game is functional in 2 modes…survival and creative…and if you want to build large structures, people can normally switch from survival; which involves constantly digging, smelting ores and stone, to spend umpteen hours building a mini version of the statue of Liberty (it was hard ok!) to creative, where people go onto a menu and get infinite bricks or items. Personally, without mods the game can be quite boring and very repetitive… unless you are a budding architect and want to constantly test yourself building massive structures. Even the Millennium Falcon if the mood takes you.

The sounds are enough to keep you worried, and the occasional music that plays while you mine, gives you some comfort.

The Minecraft world is endless, with different terrains varying from jungle, desert, meadows, marshland, arctic and woodland.  Combined with the randomness of a seed there is much to explore both above and in the randomly generated caves, caverns and abandoned mineshafts, while fighting zombies, skeletons, spiders and creepers (here’s a hint, if you hear a hiss…run like hell from the crater about to be created by the walking green TNT!)


Gameplay and controls – the gameplay is long and endless, and the controls are very simple… (W, S, D, A for forward, back, left and right) left click to destroy blocks, right click to place. Out of 5 I give this area a 4

Sound and Music – 
the sounds are reminiscent to that of what you would expect, the sounds of something being placed, running water, the groan of the occasional zombie, and combine that with the soothing music just to stop the silence as you dig or build for a lengthy time. Out of 5 I give this area a 4Graphics – The graphics to the game are set to be read by 32 bit Java systems…so mostly everything… however though to the present day…there are mods which make the graphics almost life like…however though they are pretty basic. Out of 5 I give this a 3

Story/immersion/replay ability – THERE IS NO STORY TO THIS GAME! all you do is dig, build, find the ender portal to the Ender dragon, (1 of the games “bosses”) and defeat it…However, though as said in the review, the game brings you a feeling of building things as you did with Lego bricks when you were younger…which is, in my opinion its main selling point…you can build absolutely anything, AND I MEAN ANYTHING! And the fact that the diameters of the game are endless (in simple regardless of how far you go you will never reconnect at the other side) it’s for these reasons I keep going back and enjoy exploring or building. Out of 5 I give this area a 5

Overall the game is one I would recommend any budding builders, or anyone who just wants to relax…wait rephrase…I would recommend anyone to get the game, preferably for PC as the Xbox and PlayStation versions are not as adapted, or well developed as it is for the PC, but they are just as fun and challenging.

Grand score: 16 out of 20!

Publisher: Markus “Notch” Persson, Mojang, Microsoft studios, Sony computer Entertainment

Watch The Trailer Here