The Parrot LLS April 2014 - Page 13

Minecraft Review and Short Film

by Curt Hoggarth and Luke Armstrong

Minecraft is a console and computer game involving blocks, building, and survival of the fittest. It is like a digital form of Lego. You start off in a randomly generated Minecraft world but you own nothing. You play as a man called Steve but can change your “skin” (i.e. your costume) to change your appearance.

There are two modes Creative and survival, in creative you have infinite resources meanwhile in survival you collect resources manually. Every day in Minecraft you go out mining to collect precious minerals, like gold, lapis

lazuli, iron, diamond and, if you have the title update 14, emeralds. You then use wood and any glass you have collected or made on your way to create a makeshift house.

With your minerals you can make tools and armour like a pickaxe, shovel, sword, or hoe and a lot more. As you progress through the game, you and your house get better. You will also need to find or make food to survive. This can be obtained in two ways: slaying animals and cooking the meat or by growing crops. You can have more than one world at a time and you can revisit your previous worlds from the start menu.

Minecraft is a multiplayer sensation so you can play alongside your friends wherever they are in the world. It is possible to make fascinating structures with your friends. 14,448,588 people have bought this game and in the last 24 hours at least 9000 people will have bought it. Marcus Persson originally created it (he is also known as Notch.) It first came out on May 17, 2009. It was designed as a coding game but has evolved into an addictive game that appeals to all ages. On You Tube, it is the most watched game ever.

The Minecraft world, dubbed by some as Minecraftia