Minecraft [alpha Review]
It might still be in alpha testing but Markus Persson's Minecraft is already something special.
You begin the game plonked in the middle of a vast randomly generated world and you are then completely free to do what you want. Every item in the world must be created from scratch, but you better be quick, because when night falls, the nasties come out to play.
Chopping trees for wood and mining coal for torches are among the first things to do. Then, it's time to build yourself a crude shelter before darkness descends.
While exploring during daylight hours, animals can be farmed for meats, skins and wool, while its essential to craft weapons and tools to use as you explore.
Players will undoubtedly start small, but some truly incredible objects can be created. I've been building a mountainside home, complete with lava flow, while work is slowly progressing on a harbour.
A quick search on YouTube throws up some mind-boggling creations, and
with a little imagination, you too can create some breathtaking structures.
The graphics might be blocky, but Minecraft certainly has a charm about it. Looking out across the game's stunning landscapes is quite special, while the freedom to do what you want is refreshing.
Markus Persson updates the game every Friday, and in recent weeks snow, boats, cacti, bamboo, paper and cows have been added.
There's a free to play browser-based version available on the game's website, but it lacks many of the game's key features. However, for less than £10, you can enjoy the full Minecraft experience. I would urge everyone to at least give the game a go, and if you enjoy it, then please purchase a copy. To find out more, log on to www.minecraft.net/
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