Minecraft

Minecraft

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 37 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,912,982
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 25, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; $25.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    660.14KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,034
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Other Games

Editors' Note: Playing the demo requires registration at the publisher's site.

Editors' Review

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Minecraft is to my 25-year-old self as Legos were to my 5-year-old self: a time-sucking, mind-bending, and sleep-depriving experience in the simplest of activities. It hits the right tune on the subject of creation: it really does provide building blocks for your imagination.

Minecraft has no real direction, anchoring plot, or specific guidelines. Players are dropped into a world with only the ability to carve out resources from the surrounding land; you're a miner (duh!).

The game's graphics won't impress, but leaves you with one direction and focus: to build. Soon you'll find out that as it gets dark, chilling around with a pickax probably won't do you any good against the pixelated zombies, monsters, and other creepy critters after you.

Minecraft's central focus is in crafting tools and collecting resources to pretty much build whatever you want. Whether it's building more-powerful weapons to fend off creatures of the night or building that mega fortress to gloat at other miners in the open world, you're still going to need the right raw materials. Make no mistake: this game is a grinder. But after toiling for hours and hours and finally stumbling upon that precise material you need is a priceless moment in its own right.

As a self-sustaining teacher, Minecraft fails. Don't rely on Majong's limited provisions to learn the ropes of the game. Instead, I recommend scouting the Net for community made guides: there's a plethora of custom guides out there that will help you get the most out of this game. And really, that limit is all up to you.

If you simply want to focus on building and avoid the hassle of defending your fortress, then Creative mode is for you. In this mode, you have unrestricted access to all the building blocks and tools needed to build the structure or statue of your dreams, plus the ability to fly for kicks.

If you're uncomfortable with lack of direction, then this game isn't for you. But when it comes to open-world gameplay and mechanics, Minecraft is a primitive but fine demonstration of thriving on bare-bones gaming. Grab an ax and start digging.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"The game is great. Very cool"

March 21, 2014  |  By gabrielcarabott10

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.7.5

Pros

Great graphics
Has Multiplayer
Has a lot of modes

Cons

Need to buy
Mods are extra hard to download
With that money, you could buy a better game

Summary

Over all, the game is wonderful, but like everything, it has pros and cons.

Two things that could be improved:
1. Could be made free
2. Mods could be made easier to use (no need to use Forge!!!)

Great game, still!

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5 stars

"Very good at what it does; brings out the kid in you!"

February 23, 2014  |  By Tinnako

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.7.4

Pros

- simple gameplay means that it's not hard to learn how to play.
- can appeal equally to 8 year old children and grown adults.
- you can go in 'survival' mode and eke out scarce resources and battle with 'mobs' (i.e. monsters) and struggle to farm animals and crops, or you can use 'creative mode' and simply enjoy building huge palaces for the sheer joy of it.
- many possible world seeds, so each world can look quite different from the last one.
- PC version supports a decent multiplayer mode, and the community is pleasant and enjoyable and offers various ways of making gameplay more interesting.

Cons

- The simple, cuboid graphics won't be to everyone's taste.
- there's no 'winning', for the most part, it really is all about the taking part.
- can take up all your time.

Summary

There's a 'pocket' version for tablets, phones, etc, which is also excellent. The pocket version maintains much of the functionality of the PC version, but is simplified to suit the hardware and actually feels more intuitive to use. Not all features are available on the pocket version, but it is still excellent. Multiplayer is not quite supported on pocket edition, but you can join via wireless to friends' devices and share worlds.

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5 stars

"hottest game out there in my neck of the world"

December 25, 2013  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.7.4

Pros

-smooth gameplay
-extremely well done sand box game - the best of the bunch
-gets the creative enzymes flowing

Cons

-paid upgrade

Summary

my kids love this game. it's one of the top games out there. can build anything and you're only limited by your imagination.

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5 stars

"Simple and Complicated at the same time, Extremely Fun"

December 03, 2013  |  By ElectroBlade

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.7.2

Pros

You can create anything you can think of.
There are no standard limits.
It is a Open world Sandbox game.
The default audio and graphics may be unappealing to some, but you can get free resource packs, that include new sounds and textures.
It has a multi-player mode, as well as single player.

Cons

The new amplified world generator requires a computer with plenty of memory.
This download is free, but the game it self is a paid game, however there is a demo.

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5 stars

"Best. Game. Ever!!!"

November 02, 2013  |  By weegee2899

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.7.2

Pros

No rules to follow in singleplayer.
Build anything you want.
Many many many many more pros!

Cons

You lose all your items when you die in survival.
The creepers will sneak up on you when your least expecting it.
Skeletons are now harder to kill!

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1 stars

"Client, No game"

September 12, 2013  |  By aytimothy

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

Pros

- Great Game
- Addictive fun
- Adventures await
- Endless creations

Cons

- Purchase required
- I don't own an account
- Can only play demo with free account

Summary

This download only contains the client, which is required to play the game (accompanied with an account that has been activated as "Premium").

Note: The game itself, I'll rate as 5/5, but this download is 0.5/5, since I can't rate it 0/5

Updated on Sep 12, 2013

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This download only contains the client, which is required to play the game (accompanied with an account that has been activated as "Premium").

All it does is ask you to register and try the demo... It doesn't let me play the full game YET it says "free" as the price.. (It's actually 20 pounds..... or was that euro?)

Note: The game itself, I'll rate as 5/5, but this download is 0.5/5, since I can't rate it 0/5, and I kinda already own it.

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5 stars

"Best game ever"

August 24, 2013  |  By bozo24

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

Pros

You should download it

Cons

Best game in history

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5 stars

"If you don't know what game to play, try this."

August 18, 2013  |  By BlitzWithGuns

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

Pros

A lot of blocks and circuitry to use.
Infinite possibilities. You can do whatever you want.
Ability to play alone and conquer the world or play with friends and build together.

Cons

Lack of tutorials at the start of the game. New players have to get help from guides to play properly.

Summary

My gaming life was very different before this game was introduced to me. It used to be always the same online games.
A must have for people who want to try something new.

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5 stars

"One of the best games ever created"

August 06, 2013  |  By fieldju

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

Pros

- Unlimited replay value
- Cheap
- Unleash your potential

Cons

- Requires a lot of time to do anything cool.
- Requires some imagination.

Summary

This will forever be known as one of the best

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5 stars

"I Love Minecraft I Played It For 3 Days Straight"

July 05, 2013  |  By ryster0714

 |  Version: Minecraft 1.5.2

Pros

Fun
Keeps you Occupied For Hours
Addicting
The Best Game Ever Invented

Cons

I Have No Cons At All

Summary

Minecraft is a fun adventurous game.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.8.1
Version 1.8.1 brings new optimizations and bug fixes. It's 100% compatible with 1.8.
General
Publisher Markus Persson
Publisher web site http://www.minecraft.net/about.jsp
Release Date November 25, 2014
Date Added November 25, 2014
Version 1.8.1
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Other Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 660.14KB
File Name minecraft
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,912,982
Downloads Last Week 2,034
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $25

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