A free (gpl) PC games program for Windows
Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of recent years. It offers players a wide-open sandbox world with a heavy emphasis on exploration and customisation: players can collect resources and objects and use them to rebuild parts of the world as they prefer, making houses and other structures for themselves.
The game starts by placing the player into a randomly-generated world. The object of the game varies depending on mode. In Survival mode and the more difficult Hardcore mode, the object is to gather materials and build a home to live in. In Creative mode, the player has all the materials they need and are invincible; the emphasis is on using creativity to come up with weird and wonderful structures. Adventure mode deals with exploration and meeting other creatures, some hostile. Spectators mode focuses on simply sitting back and watching what is happening.
The game is designed to be completely flexible in terms of player count. It has plenty to offer a single user, although the multiplayer option adds a new dimension. The maximum number of players who can take part in an online session depends on the size of the server, but it is safe to say that there will be room for most players to get a good number of friends involved.
There is only one game, released back in 2011. However, there are alternate versions designed for various different platforms, including home computers, consoles and mobile devices, each tailor-made to take full advantage of the respective system.
Yes. It is possible to buy a server for the game in exchange for a small fee. From here, it is also possible to download and install mods for the server. However, for more casual users such a process will not be necessary to get enjoyment out of the game.
On home computer versions, this is a simple matter of locating the folder where the relevant data is stored and transferring it to the equivalent folder on another device with the game installed. On consoles, this can be achieved by following options through in-game menus.
The game is appropriate for all ages. It has a strong adult following, but is also extremely popular with children. Even small children can find something to enjoy in the "building block" mechanics of the world, while older kids may learn a thing or two about teamwork as they play with their friends.
Players who want a free copy should download Minecraft Classic, which comes at no charge. The downside is that this version is no longer updated. Anybody who wants to play more recent updates will have to purchase a more recent edition.
Yes. Although the player will need an Internet connection when they initially log in, it is possible to play the game's offline mode whenever this is necessary. Obviously, however, the offline mode has fewer features.
Minecraft was created by Markus Persson, known online under his pseudonym of Notch. Hailing from Sweden, Persson is an independent creator who became one of the greatest success stories in gaming industry history thanks to the vast amount of money he made from his creation.