In a previous article, we showed you how to play Minecraft online for free. Now we will discuss what the game is all about. Created by Markus Persson, a famous Swedish programmer, the game Minecraft is a sandbox indie game which later was published and developed by Mojang. The game was publically released in 2009 for PC. Initially it was released as an alpha version and then later with gradual updates was released as full release version in the year 2011. In the same year the game released its android and iOS version. The game became so famous that it was also released in Xbox as well as PlayStation.
The game provides opportunity for players to build and construct by using textured cubes to form a 3D generated world. Other than that one can gather resources, craft, and combat and explore the Minecraft world. The gameplay of this game has four principal modes namely, the Survival mode, in which the player is required to gather resource and manage their hunger and health. Then there is the Creative mode where the player do not have to take care of his/her health and has unlimited resources and experience. The best part of this mode is that players also have the ability to fly. Hard core mode is the survival mode which mostly differs only with regards to difficulty. Upon death the players have to delete their world in this mode. Last mode is the Spectator mode, where the players are allowed to just view the world and not interact with them. This mode is available only in some versions.
For this spectacular game they received five awards in the Game Developers conference in 2011. The game was awarded with the best Downloadable Game award, Best Debut Game Award, Audience Award, Seumas McNally Grand Prize as well as the Innovation Award. A year later the game was awarded with the Golden Joystick Award. As of last month the game is considered to have sold over 12 million copies on Xbox, 14 million copies for windows PC and 55 million copies on all other platforms.
This games success has brought up Markus’s own company; Mojang AB now has two titles in development. Social media site like Facebook and YouTube played an important role in popularizing Minecraft. According to studies more than one third of the players got to learn about the game from internet videos. Other famous games like Runescape and Borderlands 2 referenced the game. A Lego set game based on Minecraft was also released in 2012 named as Lego Minecraft. The developers claim that there is a lot to come!