Classic is the second development phase of Minecraft, following "Pre-classic" and being succeeded by Indev. Creative and later Survival game modes were introduced in Classic. It was constantly updated and improved over several months, between May 10 and December 22, 2009. The original game mode was creative, but the Survival Test updates put survival mode into development. The test included a points-based system where a player could get points from killing some of the few early mobs. Even after Classic was long phased out, the Survival Test could still be played until December 16, 2010, when Minecraft's website received a major overhaul.
Much like creative mode, there was an infinite amount of blocks a player could use at their disposal, although, a player could only place the old textured cobblestone. However, unlike creative mode, Minecraft Classic did not let a player fly (without the use of mods or plug-ins).
Minecraft Classic was the original version of Minecraft. It was originally given away for free. However, it is now bundled with the release edition, as part of the Minecraft Launcher.
Minecraft Classic did not include any mobs except a players themselves (Minecraft Classic did support multiplayer as well as singleplayer).
In Minecraft Classic, a player was limited on how far they could explore since the worlds were limited in size.
Like all of the other editions of Minecraft, Classic was a sandbox game. This means that there are no objectives and no unlocks—a player is free to do what they like.
As with most early Minecraft editions, worlds were generated randomly and had limited space.
Unlike the Alpha and Beta editions of Minecraft, sponges had the ability to absorb water in Classic.
Singleplayer was a mode within Minecraft Classic that, once selected, placed a player in a world surrounded by fog. In this world, a player could use the infinite amount of materials available to them to create whatever they wanted.
Guests to the Minecraft website were able play Minecraft Classic for free. However, the links to access it are no longer on the front page which makes anyone without the link unable to play it.
Guests could not save their worlds like premium users can. Premium users could save their worlds in the browser, but non-premium members had to save any worlds as a save file.
Multiplayer within Minecraft Classic allowed for several players to connect via a server. Servers in Minecraft Classic operated in a much similar fashion to that of servers for Minecraft Alpha, Beta, and full release.
As with current Minecraft servers, Minecraft Classic servers were compatible with mods and plug-ins.
Multiplayer worlds in Minecraft Classic were an identical size to that of worlds in Minecraft Classic singleplayer.
Blocks that were available in Minecraft Classic included:
- Wooden Planks
- Leaves (Oak)
- Stone Slabs (Xbox 360 Edition includes different slabs).
- Mossy Cobblestone
- Saplings (Oak)
- Flowers (Red and Yellow)
- Mushrooms (Brown and Red)
- Sand (Note that sand is still affected by gravity.)
- Wool (White, Orange, Magenta, Light Blue, Yellow, Lime, Pink, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Purple, Blue, Brown, Green, Red, and Black)
- Ores (Iron, Coal and Gold)
- Iron block
- Gold Block
- TNT (inactive)
- Bedrock (able to use and break, unlike Minecraft full release survival).
- The walking animation for Classic consisted of the Player running forward and moving their arms in an unusual fashion as if they were flailing their arms. This animation, however, can only be viewed in multiplayer Classic since the ability for players to see themselves was not added until a later edition of Minecraft.
- Classic versions 0.0.11a to 0.0.13a_03, as well as c0.30_01c are available in the Minecraft launcher's "Time Machine" feature. Players are advised to PROCEED AT THEIR OWN RISK due to these versions containing bugs. Also, versions below 0.0.14a will not load up for an unknown reason. Maybe it is due to some files missing in the older versions. The earliest playable versions are rd-132211 and rd-132328.
Many versions of Minecraft Classic' are considered to be lost: (Recently, the .jar file for 0.0.23a_01 has been found).
- Classic 0.0.23a_01 - Last version to spawn human mob using the "g" key.
- 0.24_05 - The version Pigs were introduced, where they were cross eyed.
- 0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 12 - Last release of Survival Test before creative Classic returned.
- 0.28 - Creative Classic returned. Many servers for Classic appeared on the old site.
- 0.29_02 - One bug was fixed for servers.
- Creative (Indev) 0.31 - Was featured in one video which showed a Plank glitch. Rana was also featured in this version. This version is extremely difficult to find.
- Players could spawn Humans by pressing the "G" key in versions rd-160052 to Classic 0.0.23a_01.
- Most builds in Classic were Pixel art.
- Infinite water sources (and the lava variant) were used by griefers in Classic.
- Rana was added in Classic in the version 0.30_02.
- If a level was saved in Survival Test, then loaded in Classic, there would be mobs on the loaded world due to Survival Test having mobs.
- In 0.0.14a, there was a test of using offset blocks while not using cube blocks. This feature was never used.
- There were about 8 releases of 0.0.14a possibly for bug fixes, but only lasted an hour as 0.0.15a was released on the same day.