In before every corner of the Internet knows about this. Over the past couple of weeks, several people recommended that I pick up Minecraft. Last weekend I caved and forked over the €9.95 (about 15 USD). I did not sleep for the next 24 hours; I was too busy constructing a castle. Minecraft is one of those games that is beautiful in its simplicity. 8bit graphics may be a bit hard on the eyes, but they are a small price to pay for a game that really redefines the “sandbox” genre. There’s no plot, no goals to speak of beyond those that your set for yourself, you’re just handed a world (thanks to the low demands of 8bit, it really is world-sized) and told “do whatever the fuck you want”.
It’s like being turned loose in the largest, most advanced LEGO collection ever. And if you don’t like LEGOs you are probably either a sociopath or allergic to fun. While the game does present various baddies that threaten your health bar, beyond being alive you can pretty much choose to ignore them. Of course, killing them does net you some of the best resources in the game, or at least access to said resources, but if all you wanted to do was build things you need never bother. I could go on and on, but I think the point would be better illustrated with a video. There are plenty more, but I think that is probably the best.
Also, some screenshots of what I managed in the past week (at least, above ground….)
Minecraft isn’t for everyone, but if you like open ended gameplay, exploration, or even action/adventure, this is a must-have. Also it has multiplayer.