Minecraft

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Switch

You are probably behind

You may think you already know everything there is to know about Minecraft, but that might not be true. There have been troves of additions to this game since it’s initial release, and the updates have yet to slow down.

Most recently, the game has been getting it’s “Village and Pillage” updates since early 2019.

From Gamepedia, on the latest update: > …It focuses mainly on villages, adding a new subset of illagers known as pillagers, and redesigns village architecture to match the biome it is located in. This update also introduces many new blocks and mobs, revamps the crafting system, updates the taiga biome with foxes and sweet berries, and adds a new bamboo jungle biome along with bamboo and pandas…

Here’s just a few of the other huge content additions and updates it’s received since it left beta:

  • Update Aquatic
  • Exploration Update
  • Frostburn Update
  • Combat Update
  • The Update that Changed the World (yes, that’s the update name, no, I didn’t make it up)
  • Redstone Update

Not as simple as it was, but still

While this may not be a bad thing, Minecraft has gotten much deeper and more complex than it used to be. It’s still very easy to jump into and learn, so we’ve given it a 4 in this category.

Crafting contains the right level of mystery, but isn’t complicated once you start to discover recipes. Surviving may seem hard at first, but once you’ve learned the different enemy types it’s hard enough to keep you on your toes without being frustrating.

What has become a little more complicated is everything layered on top of crafting now, like enchantments. But these features are left to later stages of the game when you’re more likely to be ready for them.

Fun at every turn

This game is immensely entertaining without requiring fast reflexes or even a ton of attention. One of it’s best qualities is how easy it is to jump into any world at any point and always have fun things to do (other than punching a tree, I guess).

It’s also fantastic for splitscreen play, online co-operative play, or if you jump into large online servers or Minecraft Realms you can even enjoy custom game modes like Battle Royale, the Floor is Lava, and many others.

It’s easily a 5 out of 5 in this category.

Creativity galore

It’s hard to find a game with more endless possibilities, most creative games get compared to Minecraft rather than the Minecraft compared to them.

You can build almost any structure you can imagine, and what you build or craft directly affects how you’d like to survive, fight, or explore.

There aren’t many wrong ways to do things, even dying can be mitigated by having a bed to respawn in and then retreiving anything you dropped.

Just, you know, avoid the lava.

Price

The price is still less than half of the cost of most new games, with the current Mac+Windows edition running for around $25. That normally would be a good deal, but we’ve lowered the score in this category to a 3 for a couple of reasons.

The first reason is that you have to re-buy the game for other platforms, such as mobile. This instantly takes a game that was cheap and portable, and forces you to decide where you want to buy it or how many times.

The second reason is that Minecraft now features in-game purchases. These are purely cosmetic at the moment, so thankfully they aren’t required, but this still disqualifies Minecraft as a truly “pay once” experience.

Age

As you might already imagine, this game is totally fine for all ages. I’d highly recommend using Creative Mode for younger children to make the game more approachable and easier to learn.

Conclusion

Overall Minecraft still comes highly recommended, even moreso than a year ago. If you haven’t played recently, or on your platform of choice, give it another go! You won’t be disappointed.