Saturday, 9 April 2011

Minecraft gets release date!

Minecraft has finally got a release date. Notch, the creator of Minecraft, wrote in his blog that they planned to release the game on 11-11-11. He said that it wouldn't be much of a release, it would just be a reason to take away the 'beta' label. He said Minecraft would still be updated as usual.

For all those poor gamers who don't know what Minecraft is, Minecraft is a sandbox game for the PC and Mac. You get spawned in a world that is filled with 8bit blocks. Even the animals and monsters are 8bit. There are endless possibilities in this world. Create a roller coaster, your dream house, or just explore every nook and cranny of the world. The main concept in Minecraft is that the only limit is your imagination. the world is said to be 8 times the size of the Earth so there will always be places to explore. Every time you start a new world it is generated differently from the last. In one world might have loads of forests and caves to explore (or create) and another could just have a snowy open field.
Creeper coming for player

The main idea in Minecraft is to get wood. You get wood by walking up to a tree and holding the left mouse button to cut it down. With wood you can make pickaxes, swords etc. These tools helps you find other resources that you use to create more things. But once it hits night time you want to be inside some kind of house or shelter (which you build) because monsters come out. The 3 monsters in Minecraft at the moment are zombies, Skeletons and Creepers. The Zombies just run around and attack you with melee, the Skeletons shoot arrows at you and the Creepers blow up if they get within one square of you. There has been no word of more mobs (monsters and animals) being added but who knows what to expect.

Minecraft also features multiplayer. The servers aren't up yet but Mojang has released the software on their website for people to create their own servers so they can play with their friends. I've been in several multiplayer games and they are great fun. Playing Minecraft is much more fun with friends. You can do the same things as you could in single player, just with more people. The servers get more lagged the more people there are, but that is only natural. I'm not sure what is going to happen with the multiplayer once the game is officially released.

Minecraft is currently in beta 1.4_01. It is 25% off during the beta period. You can buy the game now for approximately $20 AUD. When you buy the game in beta you get the game as it is right now and the full version once it is released. Be quick get Minecraft before 11-11-11 to save.

Seeing as this was kind of a review as well... I give Minecraft 9.5/10. It is a great game that has been developed from a simple idea. The possibilities are endless and I can't wait til 11-11-11.

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By Nathan

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