The objective in Minecraft seems pretty simple and straightforward: build anything you can imagine. For kids, it’s a great way to practice their creativity and imagination, as it gives them the freedom build anything they want, from famous architectural landmarks, towers, and castles, while some express themselves through meticulous and well-thought designs.
Since its release in 2009, Minecraft has sold more than 20 million copies. If you think this is because of the usual blockbuster, you are mistaken. It’s not your typical graphic-heavy game, as a matter of fact, it is boxy and blurry, and easily looks primitive to other hardcore gamers. But that’s what really makes this game special; it is unique on its own way. Why do kids love it?
Set in the virtual world of cubes and various materials – rock, dirt, sand, lava, water, obsidian, etc. Almost all of these components can be used as materials for building anything, while a few can be refined to make raw materials for building, such as iron, wood, even diamond and more. The game starts on any of randomly-generated terrains – square blocks that makes up mountains, deserts, forests, and even clouds.
To play the game, gamers have to build a sustainable shelter, which can be as simple or as elaborate as the gamer would like. This means turning all those raw materials into building blocks, and combining some materials to one another to make rare items, such as bows and arrows, swords and armors to help kill the game’s many antagonists, ranging from creepers, skeletons, monsters, zombies, etc., that appears when night falls. Gamers have to defend his house and fend of the monsters until daybreak. This simple setting has grown to a world-wide phenomenon, as more and more kids and kids-at-heart are being addicted to this game.
However, there’s more to this game than the actual gameplay – the chance to showcase your creativity and work your imagination through making complex house designs.
1. Medieval House
Mostly consisting of timber, Medieval-style houses with specific features in common – something that comes from the fantasy world of movies, books, and art forms.