I didn’t immediately take much notice of Minecraft [links: homepage / dev blog] after seeing it get a mention on Indiegames, but on a closer second look, this sandbox game from Markus Persson has the potential to be freaking awesome. Indeed, it already is! Don’t let the simple blockiness fool you. Embrace your inner cube… after all, you loved it when you played Wolfenstein 3D as a kid, didn’t you?
A few hours passed after I first loaded the game up, and this was the result of its instant throat-grabbing effect. (Oh, and thanks to Markus for using it on the Minecraft homepage, even if only for a lil’ while!)
So, yes. Minecraft is just so amazingly uber that I invite you – for the first time in the history of this blog – to check out more information after the split. There’s more screenshots and everything!
Lots of other spiffy stuff has already been made by other folks (there’s a buzzing thread about it over on the TIGForums):
Despite the game currently being marked as “alpha”, Dwarf Fortress has taught us that’s no barrier to some decent enjoyment. It seems to run well on even quite low-end computers, due in part to the author aspiring to run it on a humble Asus Eee PC. All you need is a good web browser (Opera is a no-no for the time being) with Java installed, and you’re away.
Unfortunately there isn’t any way to save your creations yet, but this is apparently coming within the next few days (along with the vital addition of water to the landscape). After that, well – multiplayer seems to be the thrust, with a whole slew of Garry’s Mod-style game modes planned for the more distant future. In a game this freeform, you can quite easily make up your own rules as you go along!
Just remember, folks: don’t be like me. Be kind to your mobs. Nurture them, even if they do tend to march around like gaudily-dressed sergeant majors who’ve eaten one too many dried frog pills. Don’t lure them cruelly into bottomless pits. One day – one day sooner than you think – they might be the only allies you have in a hostile (and very cubic) world…
EDIT 20/05/09: A new version is now active, adding water and lava along with tweaked landscape generation. Level saving is coming very soon…