Blocky fun for everyone - an all-inclusive guide
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Minecraft is an open-world survival adventure - starting with next to nothing, you will harvest the materials of the surrounding world to equip yourself and build shelter. Once you establish some safety, you can set about building to your heart's content. Want to build a castle? A village? A replica of the Starship Enterprise? Go ahead – the sky is the limit.
The entire world is composed of blocks of different materials and nearly anything can be broken down or harvested with the right tools. Once you gather a block of something, you can place it wherever you like. If you chop away several trees worth of wood, you will have the material to plunk that same wood down and build a cabin. Certain tools and devices that can be assembled by combining blocks in your inventory or at a workbench allow you to create more complex or unusual materials - heating sand in a furnace will produce glass, for example. With enough determination and harvested material, you will be building castles and glorious statues to commemorate your greatness in no time.
Unlike the optional creative mode, where you have access to any block in the game in limitless quantities and the world is your playground, the normal survival play mode will pit you and your projects against hostile forces. The world of Minecraft is full of monsters and environmental dangers like zombies and lava. Delving deep into the earth will confront you with dark caverns and mines full of lurking enemies, including ever more valuable blocks, dungeons, fortresses and rewards untold. You will forge and arm yourself with more and more powerful weapons and armor, enchant them to take you to even greater heights of power and fight back against a hostile world to cut out your own little slice of peace and prosperity. In the pursuit of ever more complex materials and greater challenges, you might assemble a portal to the infernal Nether, or take it a step further and activate a portal to The End and face off against the game's big bad, the Ender Dragon.
Minecraft is a game about creativity pitted against a world of destructive forces, survival through ingenuity and giving your imagination form. Whether you play the creative mode or the default survival mode, there's something in the game for most players to enjoy. Determination, strategy and invention all have a chance to shine in Minecraft.
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