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Minecraft – Various Formats

Minecraft is an open-world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game however, there is an achievement system. The gameplay by default is first person, but players have the option to play in third-person mode. The core gameplay revolves around breaking and placing blocks.

The Game

The game world is essentially composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—that are arranged in a fixed grid pattern and represent different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks. While players can move freely across the world, objects and items can only be placed at fixed locations relative to the grid. Players can gather these material blocks and place them elsewhere, thus allowing for various constructions. Minecraft is available on several platforms, over generations, including Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. We own it in several formats so I’m talking about it as an overview. 

Tigger and Roo will play Minecraft quite regularly, while I had been playing for many years, not long after Mojang launched it, I recently was able to transfer that version to the Windows 10 version thanks to their anniversary. This was an unexpected bonus, I have played both survivor mode with friends, and then creative solo, as I have undertaken.ig creative projects. 

Minecraft is ultimately those 2 things, Survivor mode is much more difficult, as you not only have to mine everything needed, and then craft all the tools and equipment needed, using gold, diamond, stone, wood, red stone, iron etc… All of this While avoiding or trying to kill, zombies, witches, spiders etc.. Advance players can then focus on interaction with villages, and through the Nether Portal. I tend to do this more.

I love Creative mode

The creative mode allows access to everything, you also have the ability to fly which helps for big creations. There are some fantastic designs out there if you were to Google it, the kids often work together, they make cities and all sorts of stuff. 

The controls are relatively easy, I have played the pc one over the years the most and with the mouse and keyboard it’s the best option, however, I understand there’s a generation including my kids that will be used to console controllers. Personally, I think the mobile version is the hardest to control, graphically it’s good, it’s fast and they’re not much different but for me, I’m not used to the onscreen controller. Again for the younger generation, they are far more used to this control set.

The graphics overall are OK, back in its launch it was more apparent in comparison but nowadays people accept the element of this game is not about the graphics, this may change as the look to evolve the game. You can get skins for characters, and texture packs for the world. These are now bought and do offer something different as it changes what things look like, so more medieval, or futuristic, or prettier or more realistic. 


Overall this game is great, it still stands up all these years later, Microsoft now owns it, in which you could worry about it, but the investment keeps on going, even someone like myself that has played it for nearly 10 years on and off, still goes back after a couple of years break. As for the kids it still got some difficulty to it, challenges, and with the creative side of things, an opportunity for the kids to create anything. On any platform its a solid game, and you can get Enjoyment for, however, you choose to play it. 

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