The game so big, it spawned a genre.
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in history, and with good reason. Its Sandbox mode has allowed for some of the most creative video game constructions of all time, and its various story and multiplayer modes have provided incredible platforms for cooperative play and imaginative world-building.
### What to know
- **What is Minecraft?** Minecraft is an open-world sandbox game that lets you build just about anything you want.
- **Who makes Minecraft?** Mojang (Now owned by Microsoft).
- **What platform can I play Minecraft on?** PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, Amazon Fire, Oculus VR, and Samsung GearVR.
- **Is Minecraft fun?** Most definitely!
## Build to Your Heart's Desire
Minecraft comes in many modes. It's most popular is its 3D sandbox, in which players construct, create, and explore a new universe. The free flow of the game allows for players to mine materials, then rebuild them elsewhere. Materials come in different forms, allowing for players to make a slew of different creations. More advanced materials allow for the production of sophisticated mechanical devices.
Players can pick a default skin to use as their avatar, and the worlds are randomly generated, allowing individuals to enjoy a new experience with each playthrough.
![Minecraft Buzzy Bees Update](https://cdn.gameqik.com/dnd/minecraft-buzzy-bees-update-1_1920x1080.jpg)
Other forms of the game provide different playing opportunities. There is Survival mode, in which players make specific creations while avoiding monsters. A Hardcore mode offers the same experience but deletes the world upon death. Creative mode lets players build everything at once, while user-created maps allow for players to check out the designs that others have made.
## Graphics and Audio: A charm unlike anything else
The graphics and audio of Minecraft have remained relatively static since its original release in 2011, and that has become a part of the game's lore and charm. Minecraft will not blow you away with realistic building materials, although the graphics have sharpened considerably from when the game first came out. It lacks a sweeping orchestral score.
But that doesn't matter.
Minecraft's charm is in its "simple" world, and its graphics and adorable sound effects add to its experience. "Minecraft has developed itself into its brand, and the graphics and sound it uses are examples of the world that the game successfully created."
## Gameplay Play Your Way
The game comes with a massive amount of variety and options. Standard features involve mining, crafting, and building. However, you can change the difficulty levels. This will result in additional spawning of various monsters and mobs that can kill you. Players can also craft weapons, armor, and other items that can help you construct creations or survive when the sun goes down.
Furthermore, the gameplay is extensively modifiable thanks to mods that users can download. These modes add building materials, gameplay modes, and more. As a result, users can create an incredibly customizable experience.
Minecraft is one of the best selling games of all time, so it should come as no surprise to note that it is available for download on every major platform for both consoles, computers, and mobile devices. You can buy it directly for $26.95.
![Minecraft Better Together](https://cdn.gameqik.com/dnd/minecraft-better-together_1920x1080.jpg)
Minecraft has many positives, but one of its best is that it is, quite literally, infinitely replayable. You can play Minecraft as long as you want and never possibly get bored, as its sandbox features and various game modes guarantee a different experience with each playthrough.
Minecraft has an incredible internet community, one that encourages players to try new features and have different builds. Countless forums, social media accounts, and subreddits help Minecraft players hone their skills, build new creations, and find new secrets. Indeed, this broad community feel is one of the biggest strengths that Minecraft has to offer.
It takes a fantastic game of creativity, promise, and imagination to spawn its own genre, and that is exactly what Minecraft has done.
## Gameplay Walkthrough Video
Want to see what it's like to play Minecraft? Check out our gameplay walkthrough video below:
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