Indie gaming sensation Minecraft lets you build, mine, explore, fight, and adventure your way across a vast blocky 3D unhindered by rigid rules or strict handholding. Without being shoehorned into any particular path or style of play, it’s possible to dabble in many pursuits at your leisure. As such, we’ve assembled a sampling of some of the most interesting and unusual roles players naturally gravitate towards. What kind of Minecraft player are you? Read on to find out.
When an early version of Minecraft was released back in 2009, it became an instant underground hit that garnered a devoted cult following, thanks to its charmingly simple visuals and easily accessible gameplay. Unfortunately for iOS gamers, Minecraft – Pocket Edition, doesn’t offer anything close to the same experience as it’s computer-bound cousin.
Minecraft is an enigma. The simplicity, both visually and conceptually, might turn off hardcore gamers who have no urge to build massive structures and replicas. But take up your tools for even a few hours and you'll inevitably be addicted by the game's scale. In Minecraft, your only impediment is your own creativity. Here's a glimpse of my time in the Minecraft world.
Independent games don't necessarily have the budget of their blockbuster counterparts, but their immediate availability, their usual open-source/developer friendly nature and their general kookyness keep us coming back for more. We picked out 9 of the best independent games we love clicking and mousing through on a constant basis. Try them out for yourself and expand your gaming palate beyond the typical first-person shooters and endless-patching RPGs.
As iOS gamers we're not used to being jealous of owners of other platforms. We're used to having every gaming company in existence grovel for our attention and charging 99 cents for their million-dollar games. So when info leaks that the developer of the indie sensation Minecraft is developing a mobile version of the game we simply assumed it would be coming to iOS first. Well, we were wrong.
Let's face facts, your Mac games rock, but your Windows PC-using friends have pointed out some pretty cool mods and expansion packs for their games over the years.
And they WERE pretty cool.
Moving beyond the fact that both Boot Camp and virtualization programs are out there and you could readily switch over to the Windows partition on your Mac or boot a program like Parallels, Fusion or CrossOver and work with game mods that way, we'd like to offer the following five native Mac OS X games with accessible expansions and downloadable levels, the expansion installations ranging from least to most technical.
If you're unfamiliar with Minecraft, suffice to say that it's one of the most unlikely success stories the world of gaming has seen in the past decade. This extremely low-budget, low-fi open world hit has now racked up more than 1.3 million downloads, and that's before the game has technically even released yet (the game is technically still in beta.) Today we got the exciting news from Markus Persson, the founder of Minecraft's developer (Mojang) that Minecraft will be releasing on iPhone and iPad "sometime later this year."
Let’s face it: we’re all waiting for Markus “Notch” Persson to bring an official version of “Minecraft” to the iOS platform. The second it goes on the App Store at a reasonable price, we’re downloading it and enjoying the heck out of the block-building, mineral harvesting, fortress building, enemy defending and slaying goodness that comes with it.
We also plan on playing until sleep and adequate social skills are but distant memories...but shh, don't tell anyone.
Still, there’s the downtime between now and the final release and not much that can be done about it, no matter how much you insist that you want the official version of Minecraft to arrive on the App Store. In the meantime, Ari Ronen’s “Eden – World Builder” will just have to be the methadone fix for the Minecraft heroin you’re craving.
If there's one thing we've learned from watching episodes of "Intervention" oh Hulu, it's this: you really don't take a user's drug of choice away, not even as a joke. A bootleg iOS-comptaibly version of the gaming phenomenon appeared and just as quickly disappeared on the App Store this morning, all signs pointing to developer Notch requesting for the file to be removed.