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An Attic Guest Blog Post! Topic: Minecraft Review

Today’s guest post is written by Michael Fahning of the Etsy Shop Oberon Woodcraft. Wanna write your own guest post? Drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to talk about! And now, heeeere’s Michael!

There are not many games that I get absolutely hooked on playing. I usually get bored from either bad writing or poor game mechanics.  What I love in a game is replayabilty like Civilization or a game that is completely immersive like Fallout 3. What I love about Minecraft is that it is a little of both. Every time a world is generated, a new host of possibilities open up for you to create.

And that is the hook of Minecraft.  It is a game, at it’s heart, that taps in to your creativity and exploration circuits.   You can make a castle surrounded by a mote of lava, a roller coaster of mine carts, complex circuitry to lock doors and create traps, and someone has even built a functioning calculator.

Oh, and while you are trying to do all of this, the freaks come out at night.  The game cycles between night and day.  In the day time you are safe to roam around and build.  But when the sun goes down, it’s time to hide inside your castle lest you get bum rushed by arrow shooting skeletons or suicide creepers that explode on contact.

For a game that looks like it was made in the Wolfenstein 3D era, it has a lot of nice ambient touches to it.  If you want to mine some of the better  materials, you have to dig deeply in to the earth.  Much like the dwarven mines  of Moria, the deeper you dig, the darker it gets, and the more monsters come at you.  Minecraft’s atmosphere is incredibly creepy.  Also, there is no save game feature while you play.  If you die, you’ll respawn with nothing in your inventory.  You can try and run back to the spot you died to claim your old loot, but you only have a small amount of time to get it.  Which I think is a great feature.  It lends and importance to what your actions should be.  There is consequence for failure.

The game is still in development.  In fact, it is still in the beta testing stage.  It has a lot of bugs to work out and new content is added regularly.  Minecraft also has a large (1 million copies of the game have already been sold) online community with forums and game mods galore.  Even fan based crafts have popped up on Etsy.

It’s a table AND a box!

Minecraft is cheap to buy at about $20.   For practically unlimited hours of game play, that is a steal.  It’s also made by an independent developer so you’ll be extra cool when you play it.