It made quite the splash when an independent developer unleashed a deceptively simple sandbox building game around the middle of 2009. Since then it’s made the cover of PC Gamer, received speculation as to how much money it’s made, spawned mods, got more coverage at PC Gamer and dug its blocky claws in to Crack Clan!
It’s a hard game to describe but we’ll give it a go: you enter a computer-generated world that is built of blocks, these blocks vary not only in their composition (sand, dirt, wood, water and many more) but are also the subjects of a crafting system that allows you combine them in order to make new items. All of these blocks and items can be removed (mined) or placed (built), within a multiplayer, persistent environment. There is no winning or losing per se, instead you’ll find an experience that many have compared to “playing Lego with friends”; unique collaborative environment that provides an infinite amount of manipulation.