So I suppose for those of you which are dedicated readers of my articles (and if you are, then you’re porbably my mother) you’ll notice that before I wrote my Mario standard review, that it has been nearly two months since I last wrote an article on the site and you may be wondering why. And even if you aren’t asking why, I’m planning on telling you annyways.
After Thanksgiving (the American one, that is) I went into vacation mode through until the beginning of 2011. Then I was getting ready for school and expectant of my birthday (Jan 19. I’ll accept late presents). However, the 20th to the end of January was controlled by one thing.
If you know what I’m talkilng about, then you must be someone who keeps up on video game/ computer culture and are most likely still absorbed in it and therefore aren’t reading this article. For the rest of you, Minecraft is the brain-child of Swedish developer Markus Persson (a.k.a. Notch) who has started the company Mojang Due to the game’s initial success.
The premise of the game is that you are a person in a land that has absolutely no signs of civilization and you get to “civilize” it however you want. You run around in the 8-bit sandbox, collect materials, craft tools and stairs and bread and whatever else you can think of, and then build whatever your mind can imagine. In the beta, they also introduced a new player choice to place creatures that come out at night and try to kill you, adding in a survival aspect. This makes the weapon and armor crafting part of the game more prominent, as well as making you think of how strong the bricks are that you are using to create your skull cave or giant cow-shaped statute or whatever you decide to build.
Both versions are fun to play and easy to use…that is, after you learn what to do.
The current versions of the game that have been released are sorely lacking a tutorial process.You are merely placed in your 8-bit world and just let to figure it out on your own, leaving you very frustrated at the fact you have to exit the game every 10 – 20 minutes just to find out how to make a pickaxe on Minepedia (Minecraft Wiki page). However, one can assume that since it kept me sitting at my computer for nearly 2 weeks straight that once you get past the towering lerning curve the game is very addictive.
Now I sure that you may be wondering “Well, Alex, if you loved the game sooooo much, then why aren’t you reviewing it yet?” Good question, reader! I did contemplate if I should make this an actual review, but as I keep pointing out the game is still in the beta stage, and I feel to say that it’s good or bad at this point it would be like stating if a 3-year-old will be a star football player by the time he’s twenty. What I mean is that the game is still growing and changing, so I’m not going to commit anything to stone (or in this case, the internet) until the game is offically released.
Of course, I do recommend that you go out and try it. There are two versions available for download on Minecraft.net for Windows, Mac, Linux, and any other computer that allows you to download it and runs java. The alpha version has been free to download since it was first available to download in May 19, 2009. The beta version of the game was released on December 20th, 2010 for €14,95 (for us Yanks here in the States, that’s $20.63US at time of writing). Along with access to the beta, the price will also garentee you a copy of the full game when released. If you wait for the release, the full game will cost you €20,00 ($27.60US at time of writing).
So if you own a computer, are bored at work/school, or just have waaaaaay too much free time on your hands, go download Minecraft.