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Minecraft
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Platform(s)
Java Edition
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Bedrock Edition
Native
Windows 10
AndroidiOSiPadOSFire
Xbox OneNintendo SwitchPlayStation 4
Backwards Compatibility
Xbox Series X|SPlayStation 5
Education Edition
WindowsmacOSChrome OS
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  • Java (Java Edition)
  • C++[1] (Bedrock and Education Editions)
Latest version
Release date
Java Edition
May 17, 2009 (Classic)
December 23, 2009 (Indev)
February 27, 2010 (Infdev)
June 30, 2010 (Alpha)
December 20, 2010 (Beta)
November 18, 2011 (Release)
Bedrock Edition
Android: August 16, 2011
iOS: November 16, 2011
Fire OS: April 2, 2014
Windows Phone 8.1: December 10, 2014
Windows: July 29, 2015
Fire Phone: 25 July 2014
Gear VR: April 27, 2016
Apple TV and Fire TV: December 19, 2016
Windows 10 Mobile: February 22, 2017
Xbox One: September 20, 2017
Nintendo Switch: June 21, 2018
iPadOS: September 24, 2019
PS4: December 10, 2019
Legacy Console Edition
Xbox 360: May 9, 2012
Xbox One: September 5, 2014
PS3: December 17, 2013
PS4: September 4, 2014
PS Vita: October 14, 2014
Wii U: December 17, 2015[2][dead link]
Nintendo Switch: May 11, 2017
Pi Edition
February 11, 2013
Education Edition
November 1, 2016[3][dead link]
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
September 13, 2017[4]
Rating(s)

See Java Edition, Bedrock Edition, Education Edition

Size

See Java Edition, Bedrock Edition, Education Edition

License

Terms of Use

Source available

Java Edition: Partial
Bedrock/Education Edition: No

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Minecraft is a sandbox video game originally created by Markus "Notch" Persson. It is maintained by Mojang Studios, a part of Xbox Game Studios, which in turn is part of Microsoft.

From its creation, Minecraft was developed almost exclusively by Notch until Jens "Jeb" Bergensten started working with him and has since become head of its development. It features music by Daniel "C418" Rosenfeld and by Lena Raine and paintings by Kristoffer Zetterstrand. Initially released as what is now known as Minecraft Classic on May 17, 2009, the game was fully released on November 18, 2011. Since its release, Minecraft has expanded to mobile devices and consoles. On November 6, 2014, Minecraft and all of Mojang Studios' assets were acquired by Microsoft for US$2.5 billion.[5][dead link][6] Notch has since left Mojang and is no longer working on Minecraft.

Minecraft focuses on allowing the player to explore, interact with and modify a dynamically-generated map made of one-cubic-meter-sized blocks. In addition to blocks, the environment features plants, mobs and items. Some activities in the game include building, mining for ore, fighting hostile mobs and crafting new blocks and tools by gathering various resources found in the game. The game's open-ended model allows players to create structures, creations and artwork on various competitive or collaborative multiplayer servers or their single-player maps. Other features include redstone circuits for logic computations and remote actions, minecarts and tracks, and a mysterious underworld called the Nether. A designated but completely optional goal of the game is to travel to a dimension called the End and defeat the ender dragon.

Purchase and availability

Minecraft Trailer

Java Edition can be purchased from the Minecraft website. Gift codes can be bought for others, for the same price as buying the game for oneself. The demo version can be played for free. Java Edition does not run on Windows RT or Chrome OS.[7]

Bedrock Edition can be purchased on Google Play, App Store (iOS/iPadOS), Amazon Appstore, Microsoft Store (Windows) (Xbox One), Nintendo eShop (Nintendo Switch), and PlayStation Store (PlayStation 4).

Legacy Console Edition can be purchased on physical media or on the respective platform's store, including the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360 Edition and the Nintendo eShop for Wii U Edition. The PlayStation 3 Edition and PlayStation Vita Edition can only be purchased through their respective consoles directly. The Xbox One Edition, Nintendo Switch Edition, and PlayStation 4 Edition are no longer available for direct digital purchase. These versions are considered to be discontinued.

New Nintendo 3DS Edition could be purchased on physical media or on the Nintendo eShop. This version was discontinued.

Gameplay

Main article: Gameplay

A newly created Minecraft world.

Player

Main article: Player
Steve player character model

One of the two default player characters, called Steve.

The player is the person that the user controls in the world. When the user starts a game, the player is put in a world, generated by a random or specified seed, with an empty inventory. If the bonus chest option is enabled, a chest filled with basic items generates near the player. The player has a health bar with 10 hearts and can be damaged by falls, suffocation, drowning, fire, lava, lightning, cacti, sweet berry bushes, magma blocks, falling into the Void, falling anvils and being hit by mobs and other players. Damage to health can be mitigated by armor or Resistance potion and health can be restored by eating food and drinking specific potions or if difficulty is set to Peaceful, health regenerates on its own. Hunger is also a factor if the difficulty is not set to Peaceful, depleting over time and even faster while sprinting, jumping or swimming. Food replenishes the hunger level; however, eating rotten flesh and raw chicken has a chance of giving the player a hunger effect. Depending on the difficulty level, starvation depletes a player's health and may even kill the player.

A player can change their skin on the profile page of Minecraft.net or in the launcher in Java Edition and in the pause or main menus on Bedrock Edition.

Blocks

Main article: Block
A building based on a Greek acropolis.

A building based on a Greek acropolis.

The world of Minecraft takes place within a three-dimensional grid of cubes, with each cube being occupied by a certain type of block, not all of which are necessarily cubic. There are different types of blocks; natural blocks such as grass, stone and ores that generate randomly within the world. There are also blocks that players can craft, such as a crafting table and a furnace. Resources can be extracted from blocks by hand or by using tools. Some of these resources are simply blocks in the player's inventory that can be placed elsewhere, while others are used as material to create other blocks or tools. Others yield no practical use whatsoever. Some blocks cannot be broken through normal survival means, e.g. bedrock, end portal frames, command blocks, nether and end portals, barriers and air.

Mining

Main article: Mining

Various ores (in proximity of lava) that can be mined with a pickaxe.

Mining is one of the main aspects of Minecraft and is done to extract ore and other materials mainly from below the surface of the map. These ores include coal, iron, gold, redstone, diamond, lapis lazuli, copper and emerald. Mining can involve digging a hole from the surface or going down through a cave. Mineshafts and ravines create extra areas that may contain resources, since they are usually rich in ores.

Crafting and smelting

Main articles: Crafting and Smelting

A crafting table is used to create most of the blocks and items in Minecraft.

Crafting allows players to create new tools and blocks using items from their inventory. Subsequent versions often contain crafting recipes for new blocks and items. A player can use the 2×2 grid in the inventory or the 3×3 grid provided by a crafting table to craft. Smelting requires a furnace in addition to fuel and processes blocks into a more useful form such as raw irons into iron ingots.

Brewing and enchanting

Main articles: Brewing and Enchanting

An Enchantment Table with glyphs being absorbed into it.

Brewing creates potions from various ingredients and water using a brewing stand. They are stored in a glass bottle and then consumed by the player or thrown at other mobs to generate a certain effect based on the magical ingredients used to create the potion. Enchanting is also used to upgrade armor, tools or weapons with an enchanting table or anvil. More powerful enchantments can be accessed by gaining experience and placing bookshelves around the enchanting table.

Mobs

Main article: Mobs

A creeper in a forest. Creepers stalk the player and then explode once they get near.

Mobs (short for "mobiles") are the animals and other creatures that inhabit the map. Hostile mobs attack the player while passive mobs do not. Neutral mobs attack when provoked (not all neutral mobs are provoked the same way).

The Overworld contains many passive mobs that may be killed for food or bred with one another; these include:

  • Pigs: drop porkchops upon death and can be ridden using a saddle.
  • Cows: drop beef upon death and can be milked using a bucket.
  • Sheep: drop mutton and 1 wool upon death and can be shorn to produce 1–3 wools.
  • Chickens: drop chicken meat and feathers upon death and lay eggs.
  • Horses: drop leather upon death and can be ridden using a saddle, traveling much faster than pigs.
  • Rabbits: drop rabbit meat, hide and its foot, a brewing item.
  • Bats: ambient mobs that fly around caves.

Common hostile mobs found throughout the Overworld include:

The Overworld also contains some rarer mobs that spawn only on occasion or in specific biomes, places or times:

Some are found exclusively in the Nether, including:

The End contains the ender dragon, which is the main boss mob in Minecraft and allows the player to exit back to the Overworld when it dies.

Withers are the second boss mob in Minecraft and are created by the player by placing wither skeleton skulls on top of soul sand in a specific pattern. When spawned, they shoot wither skulls at nearby non-undead mobs.

The Nether

Main article: The Nether

The Nether.

The Nether is a dimension in Minecraft accessible from the Overworld by a nether portal. It consists of five unique biomes, which are the nether wastes, the basalt deltas, the crimson and warped forests and the soul sand valleys. Each biome has unique generation and terrain. It is populated by zombified piglins, blazes, ghasts, wither skeletons, magma cubes, piglins and hoglins. Ores in the nether include nether quartz, nether gold and ancient debris. The Nether also has large oceans of lava that have striders walking on them.

The End

Main article: The End

The End.

The End is another dimension of the game where the player battles the ender dragon. The End is accessed by entering an end portal found in a stronghold. The End is composed of end stone and is inhabited by endermen. It also contains tall obsidian pillars on top of which are end crystals that heal the ender dragon. Once the ender dragon is slain, the exit portal is created in the center of the map and an end gateway portal is created near an edge of the map, which transports the player to the expansive outer end islands which are full of chorus fruit forests and end cities filled of chest loot and shulkers. The end gateway portal is only accessed by throwing an enderpearl in the portal. There are no ores in the end.

Multiplayer (Java)

Main articles: Server and Multiplayer

PvP on a multiplayer server.

Minecraft multiplayer servers have developed to include their own rules and customs, guided by their administrators and moderators. The term griefer, meaning a player who causes grief, is a typical term on the internet but has taken up its definition on Minecraft servers: a person who destroys or defiles other users' creations on servers.

Griefers are the reason many server administrators make rules, but this has been taken a step further with modifications to the Minecraft server and even plugin-based replacement servers such as Bukkit. Because of these plugin-based servers, new user-created features have shown up in Minecraft. This includes features like money, vehicles, protection, RPG elements and more. These features normally do not require modification to a user's client and can be accessed by using chat commands. With the default controls, the chat screen is brought up by pressing T.

One popular game on multiplayer servers is Spleef (a play on the word "grief"), a game where the player aims to make another player drop through the floor by destroying blocks beneath the opponent's feet. This is typically played in a designated area and is usually run automatically using server plugins.

Many popular multiplayer servers exist that may contain, PvP arenas, custom minigames or large Survival or Creative worlds.

Multiplayer (Bedrock)

Multiplayer in Bedrock Edition differs from multiplayer on the Java edition in that it is centered around a friend system. A player can add friends through the Friends tab in the menu or in the pause screen of a world. A player may invite friends to a world instead of having to pay for a server or realm. Minecraft has featured servers on Bedrock, which means that they are available when opening the game. There are six featured servers: The Hive, Cubecraft Games, Mineplex, Lifeboat Network, Mineville (InPvP) and Galaxite.

Minecraft Realms

Main article: Realms

Minecraft Realms is an official subscription-based server hosting service that allows players to create and manage their own private Minecraft multiplayer worlds. Hosted by Mojang Studios, Realms provides an easy and fast way to create servers and allows the owner to manage them from inside the game, without prior knowledge of the concepts for hosting on the internet. However, Realms are not intended for large public servers, but for groups of friends or as a family server.[8] Private Realms servers are easy to set up and available 24/7 as long as the owner pays for it.

Editions

Minecraft sales data, up to December, 2015.

Main article: Edition

Java Edition

Main article: Java Edition

The original platform for Minecraft, running on Windows, macOS, and Linux and started through the launcher. The game was initially released for an "early private singleplayer alpha" on May 17, 2009, followed by several development stages (notably Classic, Indev, Infdev, Alpha, Beta) with the game finally being released on November 18, 2011. The Java Edition has seen many significant updates since its official release.

Bedrock Edition

Main article: Bedrock Edition

Notch with the Pocket Edition of Minecraft.

The Bedrock Edition (also known as the Bedrock Platform, Bedrock Codebase or Bedrock Engine) refers to the multi-platform family of editions of Minecraft developed by Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios. Prior to this term, as the engine originated with Pocket Edition, this entire product family has been referred to using as "Pocket Edition", "MCPE" or "Pocket/Windows 10 Edition".

Minecraft, with no subtitle, is the title of all Bedrock editions of Minecraft. Before the Better Together Update, it had different subtitles on different platforms including Pocket Edition (for all mobile platforms), Console Editions, Windows 10 Edition, Gear VR Edition and Fire TV Edition.

The Pocket Edition was initially launched exclusively for the Xperia PLAY on Google Play[9] for US$6.99 on August 16, 2011. It was later released for other Android devices on October 7, 2011,[10] and iOS on November 17, 2011.[11] On September 13, 2012, the Pocket Edition was made available for purchase on the Amazon Appstore. The Windows Phone version was released on the Windows Store on December 10, 2014,[12] for which the Pocket Edition 1.0.0 release and newer are available only for Windows 10 Phone and newer. Since then, four adaptations of Pocket Edition have been released; for Windows on July 29, 2015, the Samsung Gear VR on April 27, 2016, the Apple TV on December 19, 2016, and the Amazon Fire TV on December 19, 2016.[13][dead link][14][15][16] As of September 24, 2018, the Apple TV Edition has been discontinued.

Legacy Console Edition

Legacy Console Edition refers to the editions of Minecraft for consoles that are developed and updated by 4J Studios.

The Legacy Console Edition was initially announced for the Xbox 360 on June 7, 2011, during E3 2011. Xbox 360 Edition released digitally on May 9, 2012 followed by a physical release on June 4, 2013. The game was later released on additional platforms as PlayStation 3 Edition on December 17, 2013, PlayStation 4 Edition on September 4, 2014, Xbox One Edition on September 5, 2014, PlayStation Vita Edition on October 14, 2014, Wii U Edition on December 17, 2015, and Nintendo Switch Edition on May 11, 2017. As of December 10, 2019, no further feature updates have been released for these versions, and the newest available update depends on the platform. The most recent update on Xbox One Edition and Nintendo Switch Edition is the World of Color Update, while Xbox 360 Edition, PlayStation 3 Edition, PlayStation Vita Edition, and Wii U Edition have access to Update Aquatic. PlayStation 4 Edition is the most up-to-date version with Village & Pillage.

Education Edition

Main article: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is an educational version of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use. It is developed by Mojang AB and Xbox Game Studios and contains features that make Minecraft easy to use in a classroom setting. The full game was released on November 1, 2016.

New Nintendo 3DS Edition

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition was released on September 13, 2017. It is a unique port developed by Other Ocean Interactive. It is available on the Nintendo eShop, but only for the New 3DS and New 2DS. Multiplayer is limited to local play. This edition was discontinued on January 15, 2019.

Other

There are a number of other versions of Minecraft. Minecraft 4k is a simple version of Minecraft in the style of other "4k" Java games (everything is packaged in 4 kilobytes) that Notch has entered in contests. The Pi Edition was a free ported version of the 0.5.0 version of Pocket Edition for the Raspberry Pi,[17][dead link] which was intended as an educational tool for novice programmers. It allowed users to manipulate the game code and supported multiple programming languages, however was discontinued in January 2016.

Edition comparison

Edition Price (USD) Developer Platforms Buy/Download Input methods Account type Skin changes Support Notes
Java Edition $26.95 Mojang Studios Windows, macOS, and Linux minecraft.net Keyboard & Mouse Mojang
Microsoft
Free, user-created help.minecraft.net The most feature complete version. Access to occasional test updates known as snapshots.
Bedrock Edition $6.99 – $29.99 Mojang Studios
Xbox Game Studios
4J Studios
SkyBox Labs
Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S (via backwards compatibility), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 (via backwards compatibility), iOS, iPadOS, Android, and Fire devices Microsoft, Oculus, Amazon, Apple, Google, Nintendo, and PlayStation stores Keyboard & Mouse
Touchscreen
Controller
Gamepad
Microsoft Account (for achievements)
Nintendo Account (for Nintendo Switch Online)
PlayStation Plus (for online play)
Free, user-created, via in-app purchase, or via Xbox Live help.minecraft.net support.xbox.com Cross-platform local server multiplayer. Windows, Xbox, and Android users have access to occasional test updates known as betas.
Education Edition $1 – $5 per user per year Mojang Studios
Xbox Game Studios
4J Studios
Windows, macOS, iOS (iPad only), iPadOS, and Chrome OS education.minecraft.net Keyboard & Mouse
Touchscreen
Controller
Gamepad
Microsoft Office 365 Free, user-created educommunity.minecraft.net Designed for teaching.
China Version Free Mojang Studios
Xbox Game Studios
NetEase
Windows, Android, iOS, and iPadOS mc.163.com Keyboard & Mouse
Touchscreen
Controller
NetEase Free, user-created, or via in-app purchase gm.163.com Transplanted from Java and Bedrock editions

Game Customization

Add-ons

Main article: Add-on

Add-ons[Bedrock Edition only] are the first step toward bringing customization to all editions of Minecraft and are officially supported by Mojang Studios/Minecraft. They currently allow players to transform the look of their worlds, change the behavior of mobs, and add entities, items and blocks, structures, functions and biomes.

Behavior packs

Behavior packs[Bedrock Edition only] change how vanilla mobs and fogs behave. They are still in development, and will soon also be able to modify how blocks and items work[citation needed].

Resource packs

Main article: Resource pack

The game officially supports changing most of its various textures, sounds, and texts through resource packs. Resource packs must contain a certain structure of files and folders placed in the .minecraft/resourcepacks folder. Installed resource packs, as well as the folder in which resource packs are placed, can be accessed in the options menu. The extent to which the resources are changed is dependent on how many files are contained in the resource pack.

Data packs

Main article: Data pack

Data packs‌[Java Edition only] provide a way for players to further customize vanilla worlds in a similar way to resource packs. Unlike resource packs, which modify the game's resources, data packs can be used to override or add new advancements, functions, loot tables, structures, recipes and tags without any code modification.

Skins

Main article: Skin

Skin refers to the texture that is placed onto a player model or mob. The skin is divided into areas that act as the surface area of the character (for example, the front head area, left leg area, etc.). A skin allows only solid color; transparency is not allowed on the skin file except on the second layer, which is transparent by default; playing offline, pixels can be left free resulting in "holes" in the skin. The second layer can be used to give the character glasses, hats, or other accessories. Players can also change the arm size to be slim or normal. The slim variant is 3 pixels wide while the normal variant is 4 pixels wide.

Bedrock Edition

In Bedrock Edition, there are many more types of skin customization. Players can add 3D custom hair, eyes, mouths, arms, legs and more. Players can also change the size of a character. Players can also get many different accessories for the skin. However, the player cannot do this with a custom skin, only with an in-game skin. Players can also buy accessories and skins. Having a skin that is smaller than normal or larger does not affect the hitbox size, but can still give an advantage in multiplayer servers because it can be harder to see them. Some of the skins also do not show their armor or hand-held items.

Java Edition

In Java Edition, there are no special features in the skins. This version has only the features listed in the first part of this section.

Capes

Main article: Cape

Capes are an uncommon vanity item can be equipped to the back of a player. In Bedrock Edition, players start with a cape that is not equipped by default and some skins come with capes. Capes can be shown on many famous minecraft youtubers.

Capes also flail around when the player runs. When the player equips elytra, the texture of the elytra changes to an equipped cape.

Unofficial mods

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The contents of this section are not supported by Mojang Studios or the Minecraft Wiki.
Main article: Mods

Minecraft can be modified by replacing or adding Java class files to minecraft.jar in Java Edition. This method of making custom modifications is not supported by Mojang as it can break the game if the mod is outdated, defective, or in conflict with another mod. Some such modifications impressed Notch or Jeb sufficiently that they were added to the game and the authors were credited under Additional Programming. Some examples of mods being implemented into the main game include Hippoplatimus' Piston Mod and horses from Dr. Zhark's Mo' Creatures mod were added in Beta 1.7 and 1.6.1 respectively.

Third-party programs

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Main article: Programs and editors

There are many programs designed for Minecraft. These include 3D map editors and viewers, game modifiers, various informational programs (such as crafting recipes) and server wrappers, and other specialty programs. As with mods, these too are not supported by Mojang.

Media

Film

The Story of Mojang

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a 2012 documentary created by 2 Player Productions about the history and development of Mojang Studios. It was directed by Paul Owens and produced by Paul Levering, Peter De Bourcier and Burnie Burns, with additional funding given through a Kickstarter campaign. The movie was announced on February 21, 2011, was streamed on Xbox Live on December 22, 2012, and publicly released on other platforms, including The Pirate Bay, the next day.

The Movie

Main article: Minecraft: The Movie

Minecraft: The Movie is an upcoming live-action American-Swedish film based on the video game of the same name. It was originally being directed by Rob McElhenney and written by Jason Fuchs, but have now been replaced by Peter Sollett and Allison Schroeder. Originally slated to be released on March 4, 2022, the release date is now unknown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Novels

The Island

Main article: Minecraft: The Island

Minecraft: The Island is a novel by American author Max Brooks. It was published by Del Rey Books on July 18, 2017.

The Crash

Main article: Minecraft: The Crash

Minecraft: The Crash is a novel by Trinidadian author Tracey Baptiste. It was published by Del Rey Books on July 10, 2018.

The Lost Journals

Minecraft: The Lost Journals is a novel by American author Mur Lafferty. It was published by Del Rey Books on July 9, 2019.

The End

Main article: Minecraft: The End

Minecraft: The End is a novel by American author Catherynne M. Valente. It was published by Del Rey Books on December 3, 2019.

The Voyage

Main article: Minecraft: The Voyage

Minecraft: The Voyage is a novel by American author Jason Fry. It was published by Del Rey Books on May 5, 2020.

The Shipwreck

Minecraft: The Shipwreck is a novel by Chinese-Vietnamese-American author C.B. Lee. It was published by Del Rey Books on November 3, 2020.

The Mountain

Minecraft: The Mountain is a novel by American author Max Brooks. A sequel to Minecraft: The Island, it was published by Del Rey Books on March 2, 2021.

The Dragon

Main article: Minecraft: The Dragon

Minecraft: The Dragon is a novel by American author Nicky Drayden. It was published by Del Rey Books on July 6, 2021.

Mob Squad

Main article: Minecraft: Mob Squad

Minecraft: Mob Squad is an upcoming novel by American author Delilah S. Dawson. It is slated to be published by Del Rey Books on September 28, 2021.

The Haven Trials

Minecraft: The Haven Trials is an upcoming novel by author Suyi Davies. It is slated to be published by Del Rey Books on December 7, 2021.[18]

Children's books

Woodsword Chronicles

Minecraft: Woodsword Chronicles is a series of children's books written by Nick Eliopulos and illustrated by Luke Flowers and Alan Batson.

Stonesword Saga

Minecraft: Stonesword Saga is an ongoing series of children's books written by Nick Eliopulos.

Other

Minecraft Mini-Series

Main article: Minecraft Mini-Series

The Minecraft Mini-Series is an action/adventure animated web series based on Mojang Studios's Minecraft. The series is produced by Mojang AB and Xbox Game Studios in collaboration with Atomic Cartoons and Mattel Creations, with Christopher Keenan serving as executive producer, and premiered on October 26, 2017, on the Mattel Action YouTube channel, with the final episode being released on May 10, 2018.

Dark Horse Comics series

Minecraft is a graphic novel series based on the video game of the same name, published by Dark Horse Comics in partnership with Mojang Studios.

Builders & Biomes

Minecraft: Builders & Biomes is a board game published by Mojang Studios and Ravensburger. In the game, players explore the Overworld and build structures while defeating hostile mobs, with the goal being to score as many experience points as possible. Players are also allowed to collect blocks and weapons.

Other games

Story Mode

Main article: Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode was an episodic point-and-click narrative-driven graphic adventure video game based on the sandbox video game Minecraft, released in October 2015 across multiple platforms with a Windows 10 release on December 16, 2015, a Wii U release on January 21, 2016, and Apple TV release on August 24, 2016, a Nintendo Switch release on August 22, 2017, and a Netflix release on November 27, 2018. The game was developed by Mojang Studios, the developer of Minecraft, in collaboration with Telltale Games. Music for the game was composed by Anadel, an atmospheric folk band based in California. The game follows the episodic format that Telltale has used for its previous titles, where player choices and actions have significant effects on later story elements. The game is discontinued as of June 25, 2019, due to the closure of Telltale Games on October 11, 2018.

Story Mode - Season Two

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two was an episodic point-and-click narrative-driven graphic adventure video game based on the sandbox video game Minecraft, released in July 2017 across multiple platforms, with a Nintendo Switch released on November 6, 2018. The game was developed by Mojang Studios, the developer of Minecraft, in collaboration with Telltale Games. Music for the game was composed by Anadel, an atmospheric folk band based in California. The game follows the episodic format that Telltale has used for its previous titles, where player choices and actions have significant effects on later story elements. The game is discontinued as of June 25, 2019, due to the closure of Telltale Games on October 11, 2018.

Dungeons

Main article: Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons is an action/adventure role-playing game developed by Mojang Studios, Xbox Game Studios and Double Eleven. It released May 26, 2020 release for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Earth

Main article: Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth was a free-to-play augmented reality mobile game for iOS, iPadOS, and Android, based around building structures and collecting materials by traveling to real-life locations. Released worldwide on December 11, 2019 after a months-long closed beta, Minecraft Earth was discontinued on June 30, 2021, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a factor.

Merchandise

LEGO Minecraft

Main article: LEGO Minecraft

In December 2011, Mojang submitted the concept of Minecraft merchandise to LEGO for the LEGO Ideas (then known as LEGO Cuusoo) program, from which it quickly received 10,000 votes by users, prompting LEGO to review the concept.[19] On January 24, 2012, LEGO Ideas announced the concept was approved and they would develop sets based around Minecraft. In February 2012, the first LEGO Minecraft set of Micro World was showcased and made available for pre-order, with a release set for mid-2012.[20]

Minecraft Books

Main article: Minecraft Books

The Official Minecraft Books are a series of guidebooks for Minecraft, written for new and inexperienced players while being high-quality enough for collectors. The books are written by various authors; a few of them being well-known Minecraft personalities such as Jordan Maron and Paul Soares Jr. Originally published by Scholastic beginning in 2013, publishing rights were later transferred to Del Rey Books in 2016, who have continued publishing various Minecraft books to this day.

Creeper Crunch

Minecraft: Creeper Crunch is a breakfast cereal that is produced by Kellogg's in the United States, consisting of pulverized oats flavored with cinnamon and "Creeper Bit" marshmallows molded into cubes.

Reception

Metacritic ranked Minecraft as one of the best video games of the 2010s,[21] and Video Game Canon ranks Minecraft as one of the best games of all time.[22]

Awards

Mojang Studios' trophies.

Since release Minecraft has won numerous awards including:

  • PC Gamer's "Game of the Year"[23]
  • Independent Games Festival's Grand Prize and "Audience Award"[24]
  • Good Game's "Best Downloadable Game of 2010"[25]
  • Rock Paper Shotgun's "Game of the Year"[26]
  • Indie DB's "Indie of the Year", "Most Innovative and Best Singleplayer Indie"[27]
  • Game Developers Choice Awards's "Best Debut Game", "Best Downloadable Game" and "Most Innovative Game Award"[28]

References in popular culture

Many references have been made in culture in response to the popularity of Minecraft, this includes many memes and also references in these video games, TV shows, and movies.

Video games

  • In Super Meat Boy, Steve?[29] is an unlockable character. He is known as Mr. Minecraft in this game.
  • In Battlefield Heroes, players could get a Royal Minecraft T-Shirt or a National Minecraft T-Shirt from the 29th to the 31st of July, 2011.[30][dead link]
  • In Team Fortress 2, there is a hat called Top Notch that resembles Notch's avatar in a cubic form.[31] Notch is the only person to have this hat.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Binding of Isaac, an item called the "Notched Pickaxe" can be found and used, referencing the game's creator Notch and the pickaxes that feature prominently in Minecraft.[32][33]
  • In ChopLifter HD, there is a hidden island with Steve and chickens in the "Operation Charlie Takedown" mission.[34] When he is saved, players unlock an in-game achievement. It should be noted that Steve is called "Blockhead" in this game.
  • In the PlayStation 3 game, PixelJunk Shooter 2, there's a small Creeper in the title screen hidden among other enemies native to Shooter 2.[35]
  • In Borderlands 2, there is a hidden section of the game with blocks in the style of Minecraft's stone and breakable ore blocks. There are also enemy Creepers in this same area.[36]
  • In Torchlight 2, there is an area called "Notch's Mine." In it are Creepers, that can be killed for loot. There are also hidden swords in the game with the same graphics as swords in Minecraft.[37]
  • In Patch 1.13 of Awesomenauts, a new skin for the character Clunk was added known as Creeper Clunk. It is unlocked by killing a player using the Creeper Clunk skin.[38]
  • A vehicle card in Dusk of D.A.W.N. is called "Mine Craft". The description at the bottom says "The Mine Craft is truly top-notch".[39] Notch's Twitter picture is hidden on the card.
  • One of the many paths in The Stanley Parable eventually takes the player to a Minecraft world.[40]
  • In Plague Inc, a popular multiplatform game, there is a chance for a message in the news to appear with the headline: "Top notch mine opens in Sweden" and the caption "Miners and crafters look forward to the opening of a new, top notch diamond mine which is expected to revitalize the Swedish economy". This is a reference to the value of diamonds, Notch, Mojang's headquarters in Sweden, and the game itself.[41]
  • In Terraria, there is a wearable creeper costume.[42]
  • In Cookie Clicker, the name of achievement "Never dig down" is a reference a well-known Minecraft tip.
  • In The Henry Stickmin Collection, there are multiple references to Minecraft throughout the chapters. In the prologue, Breaking the Bank, if the player chooses the "shovel" option, Henry tries to get inside the bank by digging under the walls, but hits and ignites a gas main; the failure message is "Never dig straight down.", a well-known Minecraft tip. In chapter 2, Stealing the Diamond, if the player selects the "sneak in" option and then the "pickaxe", Henry begins to mine the wall of the museum the diamond is in, only for a creeper to come up behind him and explode. Henry survives, however, and the explosion gave the entrance that Henry needed. In chapter 5, Completing the Mission, if the player launches with the "Government Supported Private Investigator" and "Convict Allies" ending, and then selects the "jetpack" option, the player can select the "build" option, in which Henry begins building a bridge out of dirt blocks from the building he is standing on to the Toppat rocket. However, Henry runs out of dirt blocks and accidently walks off the edge, and falls to his death, dropping a stick, steak and leather boots, with the fail message saying "You died!", similar to the Minecraft death screen. Additionally, if the player launches with the "Government Supported Private Investigator" and "Ghost Inmate" ending, and then selects the "Magic Hat" and "Free Transform" options, the player can select the "Leafmöde" option, and a diamond block can be seen near the painting.
  • In There Is No Game : Wrong Dimension, there is a RPG Dimension called Legend of the Secret and its Free2Play variant Legend of the Secret Ultimate Clicker VIP Deluxe 4.2 Free with lootboxes contain parody ads. One of those ads is Ninecraft with C418-like BGM, and player can break the title, get nine puzzle pieces and combine them in a 3x3 grid to make a pickaxe useful in gameplay. Mr. Game comments Ninecraft as "another one of those 'indie games' that's doomed to fail".
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Steve, Alex, the Zombie, and the Enderman are featured fighters included in its DLC, as well as themed stages and remixed music.
  • In Genshin Impact, the blacksmith in Mondstadt gives a quest called "Mine Craft".

TV shows and movies

  • In season 17 of South Park, the 2nd episode depicted a kid teaching Minecraft to adults.[43]
  • In the The Walking Deceased movie trailer, the Minecraft zombie sound can be heard at 0:30.[44]
  • In season 25 of The Simpsons, the 17th episode had a couch gag known as SimCraft, complete with Bartender Moe as a creeper blowing up the house.[45]
  • In Season 3 Episode 10 of Rick and Morty, the title characters mention or are seen playing Minecraft throughout parts of the episode.[46]
  • In Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg), the opening scene in the Oasis shows a Minecraft planet.
  • In season 10 of Adventure Time, an episode named Diamonds and Lemons shows the characters in a Minecraft-like universe.

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