In Minecraft, build, explore and survive

  • Friday, March 29, 2013 3:56pm
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What is it? Minecraft is a video game in which players create and break apart various kinds of blocks in three-dimensional worlds.

The game’s two main modes are Survival and Creative. In Survival, players must find their own building supplies and food.

They also interact with block-like mobs, or moving creatures. (Creepers and zombies are some of the dangerous ones.)

In Creative, players are given supplies and do not have to eat to survive. They also can break all kinds of blocks immediately.

Are there points or levels? No. The purpose of the game is simply to build and explore (and survive).

How many players can play it? You can play by yourself or you can play online with others. The smartphone and tablet versions offer multiplayer options through WiFi networks.

Players can connect to thousands of Minecraft online games (servers), some of which involve battling other players.

Which devices can I play it on? There are versions for PCs, Macs and Xbox 360. There’s also a version for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire and Android smartphones.

How much is it? The computer version is $26.95. The Xbox version is $20 (1,600 Microsoft points). The tablet edition is $6.99.

Where do I find it? The PC and Mac game can be downloaded at www.minecraft.net. The Xbox edition is available at Xbox Games Store (www.marketplace.xbox.com). The phone and tablet editions are sold through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Amazon.com.

How do I get started? Players age 12 and younger must have a parent create an account for them. Always ask a parent before going online.

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