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.
What started as casual poking at the environment in Crack Clan turned in to an enjoyable pastime enjoyed by many as a break from their usual competitive pursuit and a fascinating, changing landscape that never fails to impress. With a significant Halloween update expected on the 31st we’re looking forward to starting fresh – a perfect time for friends or members to get involved, especially considering that the game costs only 10 Euros and includes lifetime updates. Get on board and get in touch if you’d like to join in, here’s what a few people had to say about what they liked about the game:
cc//BlackHawk5:Â “I love being able to mine & craft with other cc// members, each person brings something different to the game & it’s been a joy to see how others build & mine.”
cc//Innovation: “It pushes my HD 5870 2GB Vapor-X to the limit”
cc//Crystal: “I like Minecraft because it’s simple and I can build anything I want. It’s like being a kid again with my lego except none of the pieces are missing! It brings out my creative side!”
cc//Essexboy: “It’s a’ight”