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Minecraft 2015

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Tap into limitless creative possibilities with this incredibly popular sandbox game for PC

Pros

  • Four game modes: Survival, Creative, Hardcore, Adventure
  • Play styles that appeal to all types of player
  • High replay value
  • Potentially unlimited creative potential
  • Retro style, simple gameplay and graphics

Cons

  • Frame rate drops occur at times

Minecraft 2015 is the latest version of the highly popular sandbox adventure game for PC, developed by Mojang. Immerse yourself in a retro-style 3D world with limitless possibilities and experience the joy of unbridled creativity. The game is available to download as a demo version only. The full version is available externally. 

Reinventing the Sandbox

When Minecraft first appeared on the gaming scene, players were taken aback by its simple, 8-bit, pixelated graphical style and its fundamentally straight forward style of play. In many ways, this worked in direct contrast to the way mainstream games were being designed. Similar to Terraria, however, what Minecraft set out to do was beyond the limits of linear objectives or quests. It was beyond structure, order and purpose. Minecraft, like many other games before, sought to perfect the sandbox environment by offering the player an unparalleled creative capacity. 

Beyond the Limits of Creation

Minecraft is presented as a simply textured, 8-bit (though 3D) universe filled with blocks of various shapes, colors and sizes. When you are placed in its world, at first you might be at a loss about what to do - and that's part of the point. In Minecraft, you have only two objectives: building your world and staying alive within it. This has remained so appealing to players not only because of its simplicity, but because of the countless possibilities afforded to them to create, explore and innovate. Build and create structures of any shape or size; manipulate the physical world to construct lifts, platforms, houses and other figures; fend off critters and monsters of various kinds during the day/ night cycle; forge tools to delve deeper underground or high above the mountains. There's literally no end to what you can do. 

While this general premise is preserved throughout the game, there are four game modes which focus on specific aspects. The two main modes are 'Survival' and 'Creative' mode: in the former you simply have to survive for as long as possible armed with your wits and limited resources, keeping your health and your hunger levels optimal. This is for those who are more used to objective-based gameplay, since you will have to venture into the environment to collect resources and construct a home for yourself, protect against invaders and much more. Creative mode, as the name suggests, is the equivalent of 'endless' mode seen in other games, where the entire set of Minecraft's resources is placed at your fingertips and you are encouraged to create whatever you want - the best example I can cite is a man from Denmark who created a to-scale version of his country from Minecraft blocks!

Creative mode, as the name suggests, is the equivalent of 'endless' mode seen in other games, where the entire set of Minecraft's resources is placed at your fingertips and you are encouraged to create whatever you want - the best example I can cite is a man from Denmark who created a to-scale version of his country from Minecraft blocks!

For the more serious gamers, there is 'Hardcore mode'. While typically you will respawn whenever you die, in this mode once you die, it's all over. If you're interested in arcade-style gameplay, this is for you. Finally, there is 'Adventure' mode, designed much like 'Survival', only more focused on linear styles of play and objectives. Each game mode appeals in certain ways to different types of gamer: casual types, hardcore types, those who are goal-oriented, those who enjoy complete freedom. This is the most attractive point for Minecraft, beyond its creative potential. Another nice addition is its multiplayer mode, allowing you to explore and battle enemies with a friend. Collaborate when collecting resources, exploring and building for the most immersive experience. 

The Verdict

Minecraft sent creative waves throughout the world when it was first released, and now it is your chance to experience the phenomenon for yourself. Get your creative juices flowing and construct worlds of unlimited possibility. Challenge tough enemies at night time alone or with a friend, collect resources and stay alive. The game's four modes appeal to all types of player, so there is something for everyone here, whether you're hardcore or casual. Where the game shines is in its 'Creative' mode, offering the player unlimited creative possibilities. If you are someone with a highly active imagination and you would like to create something truly memorable, why not give Minecraft 2015 a try and see if your vision can be realized?

 

Minecraft 2015 icon

Type Demo

Version 1.8.1

Size 1.23 MB

Other versions

1.8.1 2013

Rating