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Minecraft is an open world sandbox game that was initially released in 2009 as what is now known as 'Minecraft Classic.' The game as it is known today was released as 'Minecraft 1.0' in 2011. Minecraft was created by Markus Persson, who went on to found the Swedish video game development company Mojang. The game can be played either single player or multiplayer and is available on PC, a variety of consoles, and mobile devices. Since its initial release, Minecraft has gained widespread popularity among gamers of all ages.
Minecraft is primarily based around mining different materials from the in-game world and using them to craft structures and objects. Players can choose from different worlds to play in and a large variety of characters to play as. Minecraft doesn't have a storyline or any specific objectives; the player chooses what they want to do within the game.
The Minecraft world consists primarily of cubes and has a cartoon style. The game doesn't deliver high-quality, realistic graphics. It could even be said the graphics look quite poor compared to other modern games. These low-quality graphics, however, are intentional. The cube style of the game makes it easier to build structures and the simple graphics allow it to be run easily on low-end computers and mobile devices. PC or mobile players who want to change the graphics of the game can do so by installing mods.
Minecraft is a very casual game. The game can be saved at any time, so players are not left waiting for savepoints. Minecraft can be played in survival mode or creative mode. Survival mode has 4 difficulty options: peaceful, easy, normal, and hard. This allows players to tailor the game difficulty to their needs and wants.
In survival mode, players must mine all of their own materials, obtain food to avoid starvation, and survive the enemies that appear at night or in dark caves. Although there is no set objective in Minecraft, the Ender Dragon players reach upon building and passing through an Ender Portal is similar to a final boss. But, the game doesn't end when the Ender Dragon is defeated.
In creative mode, players have access to all the materials the game has to offer and are free to build anything they can imagine, without the threat of enemies or starvation. Players have the ability to fly in this mode, which adds to the fun. There are also many tutorials online showing players how to create a variety of mini-games in creative mode. The possibilities are endless.
Both game modes are satisfying in different ways. Survival mode provides the satisfaction of crafting increasingly higher quality objects and structures, finding food to avoid starvation, and defeating enemies. Creative mode provides the satisfaction of building amazing structures and creating your own mini-games within the game.
Minecraft is a great game that has something for everybody to enjoy. Players can mine and build, fight enemies, focus on the survival element, or just have fun in creative mode. The freedom players have allows them to let their imaginations run wild and make the game whatever they want. Minecraft is also suitable for children as long as they only play by themselves or with friends, rather than online with strangers. Overall, Minecraft is a fun, casual game that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Minecraft's sandbox-style gameplay and user accessibility allows for unlimited fun and creativity.
What follows is the official description of Minecraft, from the developers.
Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Build anything you can imagine with unlimited resources in Creative mode, or go on grand expeditions in Survival, journeying across mysterious lands and into the depths of your own infinite worlds. Will you hide from monsters or craft tools, armor and weapons to fight back? No need to go alone! Share the adventure with friends in split-screen multiplayer and online!
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