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[v1.1] Playable, but may eventually leave the player unsatisfied and wanting. Indra was here (20887) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.4
Overall User Score (63 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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The Telegraph (Dec 14, 2011)
Minecraft is by far one of the most fascinating and progressive games ever made, both in terms of its leanings towards procedural generation and emergent gameplay, and the way it has been so openly developed. In an era where the development of most games is a closely-guarded, PR-managed secret, millions were invited to buy and play Minecraft years before it was even finished. This approach has led to an unparalleled amount of useful feedback for the developers, while simultaneously making them a fortune. If you haven’t already, you absolutely must play it. Just, for goodness’ sake, make sure you’ve built a hut before the sun sets.
1UP (Nov 21, 2011)
It seems inevitable that some time in the next year or so we'll see some of the bigger studios realize what veteran Minecrafters already know: There's gold in them there hills. Whether we're treated to slicker looking, soulless knockoffs or wildly divergent games that retain the game's premise of ultimate freedom in a near-infinite world, there's already a lot to look forward to. Meanwhile, Minecraft, with all its flaws and quirks, has already joined Super Mario Brothers, Wolfenstein 3D, and Tetris in the pantheon of games that prototyped an entire genre. No, it's not perfect, but you just don't give a game like that anything less than our highest score.
100 (Dec 02, 2011)
Erkundungstouren auf der Suche nach dem Ende dieser Welt, nur am Verlauf der immer nach Westen ziehenden Wolken orientiert, zu seinem ersten Quartier zurückkehrt, lacht man über sein früheres Selbst. Die Anfängerfehler in seiner frühen Hauskonstruktion, die unbeholfen aufgestellten Fallen, in die man oft genug selbst reintappste, und erinnert sich ein bisschen peinlich berührt an seinen damals noch so beschränkten Horizont, nur auf Kohle, Eisen und - großer Gott - Gold konzentriert. Man sieht, wie weit man gekommen ist, legt doch jeder einzelne Block wissend Zeugnis davon ab. Was für eine treffende Analogie auf das Leben, Lernen, Älterwerden.
GameSpy (Nov 22, 2011)
The story behind the creation of Minecraft is even more incredible than the game itself. So glad to see it make it to its final version and can't wait to see what Notch comes up with next.
Original Gamer (Nov 26, 2011)
However, no other game in existence manages to pull so many elements together into such a cohesive, accessible, and absolutely incredible package. Minecraft is a game that will dig down into your soul, and surgically extract the joy and innocence that gaming used to provide; one that has since been tarnished with heated fanboyism, controversy, excessive analysis and a complete and total lack of imagination in an industry that has evolved into a crude, lumbering beast devoid of any emotion or joy. You will feel the way you did when you first picked up a Nintendo controller, when you first went into an arcade: a sense of wonder, a sense of excitement, and most importantly, fun. There is no such thing as a perfect game, but Minecraft is about as close as it gets because it excels in all of its positive points. For this, it receives my highest possible accolade. Simply put, this is the best game I have ever played, and one that should be experienced by everyone.
100 (UK) (Nov 18, 2011)
Minecraft is a towering achievement in the very possibilities of gaming, and it does this without losing itself to either esoterica or cynicism. It is a game anyone can play and anyone can get something out of, no matter how skilled or imaginative they are. They will make something and they will have an experience that feels like theirs and theirs alone. The last two of years of public-eye development also make for a vital and joyous lesson for modern gaming itself: go your own way, listen to your players, celebrate what human beings can do rather than what you can make them do. Minecraft might be inseparable from its own fame by this point, but one thing's for sure - it deserves every bit of it.
Bright Hub (Oct 10, 2010)
Minecraft is currently in Alpha, but it isn’t free (you can play older versions for free, but they’re pretty limited). You’ll have to pay 10 Euros (13 in U.S. Dollars) to buy Minecraft. Having to pay for an Alpha release may seem odd, but don’t worry – Minecraft is not a buggy game by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, Minecraft is more fun and more stable than games I’ve paid forty or sixty dollars for. The Civilization 5 comparison is very apt for me – I bought Civilization 5 and Minecraft at about the same time, and while I’ve played a lot of both, I find myself booting up Minecraft more often. This is an excellent game. If you have even the slightest interest in sandbox games you should buy it – now!
Indie Game Magazine (Dec 24, 2011)
At this point I realize that I have only just began to touch on what Minecraft truly contains. The rabbit-hole runs deep indeed, or rather, the mineshaft. Even if you don’t see a reason to try it on the PC, fear not. Ports are on the tracks and scheduled for arrival within the year — an Xbox Live version is promised, while iOS and Android versions are in early release. Minecraft is without a doubt worth the purchase, and even if you don’t immediately see the appeal and decide to go do something else, Minecraft will still be around in the future, with more goodies in its already gargantuan backpack.
PC Gamer (Dec 25, 2011)
Intuitively interesting and contagiously fun, with an unparalleled scope for creativity and memorable experiences.
96 (Nov 23, 2011)
Se non vi erano piaciute le versioni Alpha e Beta, la versione 1.0 di Minecraft non potrà convincervi del fatto che il titolo di Mojang è un capolavoro. Purtroppo per voi lo è e non solo. Si tratta di un prodotto storico che merita di essere studiato come fenomeno e che va ben oltre il suo essere un videogioco. Da questo punto di vista non esiste niente di paragonabile nè sul mercato dei titoli tripla A, nè sulla scena indie. Semplicemente, e lo stesso vale per tutti gli eventi storici, potete amarlo o odiarlo, ma non potete ignorarlo. E forse non esiste motivazione migliore per giustificare il voto finale.
GameStar (Germany) (May 16, 2015)
Eines der einflussreichsten und wichtigsten Spiele aller Zeiten, ein stilbildender Mix aus Überlebenskampf und Kreativbaukasten.
Game Informer Magazine (Nov 22, 2011)
Reviewing a game that sold four million copies before its official release may seem like an exercise in futility, but Minecraft is a phenomenon that deserves all of the many accolades it has already received. I’d love to see achievers thrown a bone at some point, and for NPC villages to have some kind of interaction, and for more interesting monsters to appear, and for Mojang to give me a pony. Focusing on what isn’t present is doing Minecraft a grave disservice, though, because Mojang has created a unique and wonderful star in the greater gaming sky.
Pelit (Nov, 2010)
Minecraftin yliluonnollista koukuttavuutta on vaikea ja turha kuvailla. Ihan kuten Chilen epäonniset kaivosmiehet, myös Minecraft kaipaa pelastuskapselia, joka kuljettaa jumittuneet kaivosmiehet sen synkistä syövereistä takaisin ihka oikeaan tosimaailmaan.
3D Juegos (Nov 22, 2011)
Cada cierto tiempo aparecen títulos que marcan de forma notoria a la industria del videojuego, y tenemos muy claro que Minecraft es uno de los elegidos. Adictivo hasta cotas enfermizas, tan grande y repleto de opciones que asusta, y con una fiel comunidad de jugadores que día a día continúan sorprendiéndonos con sus creaciones, Minecraft ha entrado en el Olimpo de los más grandes sin discusión alguna.
Edge (Nov 28, 2011)
“I will not tell the player how to live,” reads the poem marking the conclusion of version 1.0.0, and the sentiment rings true. The central achievement of Minecraft is a willingness to let the player define the experience; to make them the most interesting element in a world that’s already dynamic and fascinating. It’s a decision that has made designer Markus Persson a millionaire, and it’s ensured that the most important PC game of the past five years is also the most timely. Minecraft creates pockets of unmapped wilderness in a world that’s increasingly cluttered, and offers the illusion of control in an era in which genuine control is so rarely available. It’s the promise, particularly potent these days, of ownership; of not just shaping a landscape, but also calling it home.
Games Finder (Apr 09, 2013)
Mine craft is truly a game where you can do it all, be it building, adventure or something completely unintended through mods or maps (such as Player vs. Player arenas, adventure maps and games inspired by The Hunger Games).
CD-Action (Jan, 2012)
Minecraft, prawdziwe maleństwo pod względem miejsca zajmowanego na dysku, produkcja gotowa do odpalenia nawet z przeglądarki, to wciąż zbyt wielkie zjawisko, by dało się je opisać w recenzji. To tak naprawdę narzędzie do przeżywania spersonalizowanych przygód i zdowywania własnych, niepowtarzalnych wrażeń. Stąd też tak dużo w tym tekście odniesień do moich doświadczeń zamiast prób wysnuwania prawd ogólnych i stąd też widniejąca obok ocena, o całą przepaść odległa od perfekcyjnej dziesiątki.
CNET (Feb 26, 2013)
If you're uncomfortable with lack of direction, then this game isn't for you. But when it comes to open-world gameplay and mechanics, Minecraft is a primitive but fine demonstration of thriving on bare-bones gaming. Grab an ax and start digging.
Minecraft, the review? It’s impossible. There’s only experiential description to keep this reviewer from falling into a recursive, procedurally generated nightmare of Borgesian proportions (and shuddering at each use of the word “you” in a professional review). If we must, then, score this kind of game, we give it a 90/100. Whether you find joy in creating the Taj Mahal in square-ish blocks, building sky castles with friends in multiplayer, or derive an obscure satisfaction of a good life well lived in Hardcore mode, Minecraft abides. The cost is low and the computer specifications are fairly generous. Mac or PC, you can play this game. And you should.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Nov 28, 2011)
I en tid då fler och fler spelföretag begränsar vad spelaren kan göra, gör Mojang den exakta motsatsen. Vi slipper förenklad spelmekanik, förutbestämda sekvenser och förutsägbara händelser med ett spel som är nästan uteslutande fritt och öppet. I slutänden skulle jag vilja likna Minecraft vid min absoluta favoritserie på TV, Seinfeld. Det är ett spel om ingenting. Men mitt i detta ingenting är allt möjligt. Det älskar jag.
The Escapist (Jan 24, 2012)
There really isn't that much on the market today that's like Minecraft, an open sandbox for you to play and build in. This simple freedom can lead to some truly complex accomplishments.
GamesRadar (Dec 15, 2011)
Now that it’s finally “finished,” Minecraft stands as a remarkable achievement - not only a well-rounded gaming experience, but a chance for players to experiment, explore freely and reshape their environment to an almost ludicrous level. If you own a computer and haven't given Minecraft a try, you're missing one of the most unique experiences of this generation.
IGN (Nov 23, 2011)
Like any review, my feelings on Minecraft are the result of my experience with it. Maybe you don’t thrive off random adventures like I do, or maybe you won’t feel the same sense of accomplishment I did when I completed my first house. If not, then you likely haven’t or won’t enjoy Minecraft in the same way. And that’s OK. Minecraft, more than any other game I know, isn’t about playing it a specific way; it’s an open-world, a blank page just daring you to jump in and do with it what you will. The question, then, isn’t what you need to do to succeed, what’s needed to win, but what are you willing to do to make your dreams come to life?
Mana Pool (Sep 11, 2010)
Minecraft is a survival-horror, adventure, simulation, casual, surreal, beautiful, first person experience that you need to play. It’s less than $15, and provides plenty more than the cost of entry. Minecraft is not only the Indie Game of the Year, it’s one of the contenders for Game of The Year.
Softonic (Sep 21, 2010)
Minecraft is a wonderfully inventive sandbox game that really deserves the title, as your creation in it is only limited by your imagination and time!
Good Game (Sep 20, 2010)
Sure, there are no Achievements to rack up, but I'd argue that there's still a story: your own journey of discovery. Whether digging down to the world's 'Adminium' core, or crafting your first pair of leather pants, you're always learning — always shaping the world in your image. Minecraft has got that certain something. It may not be a WoW-killer, but it's most definitely a time-killer, and that's good enough for me. I'm giving it nine out of ten rubber chickens.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec 23, 2011)
Minecraft legt een wereld aan je voeten die smeekt om veroverd te worden en is nu al een klassieker. Creatief aangelegde gamers met een gezonde dosis fantasie mogen hun vrije tijd vaarwel zeggen.
Out Of Eight (Nov 28, 2011)
The addictive nature of Minecraft cannot be denied, as exploring, manipulating, and constructing your world is a fascinating experience. However, common features expected in a released product are missing, such as extensive in-game help and more rounded online components.
GameSpot (Nov 29, 2011)
Minecraft has been a work in progress throughout its lengthy public beta, and the "official release" still has an unfinished feel to it in spots that won't sit well with everyone. Visual glitches pop in at regular intervals, and some game elements seem incomplete or thrown together in haste. What's amazing is that the core game is so ridiculously absorbing that these flaws matter little in the grand scheme of things. Even in its current form, Minecraft remains one of the most conceptually impressive indie games out there. It's a game changer to be sure and one that will live on in the annals of gaming history for a long time to come.
85 (Nov 22, 2011)
Nein, das große Abenteuer ist Minecraft nicht. Es ist etwas anderes - und zwar nicht weniger als die hervorragende Simulation eines riesigen lebendigen Universums. Dort geht es nicht um vorgezeichnete Geschichten, dort verwirklicht man Träume. Denn nur in Minecraft kann man buchstäbliche Luftschlösser errichten, die Fantasie ist die einzige relevante Grenze. Es spielt überhaupt keine Rolle, dass die Welt aus gigantischen Pixeln besteht: Wenn man mit eigenen Händen Rohstoffquellen erschließt, die Materialien verarbeitet und aus etlichen Bauteilen schließlich kleine und große Meisterwerke errichtet, dann erkennt man in jedem Winkel den Schweiß und die Kunst, die dahinter steckt. Man ist Jäger, man ist Gärtner, man verteidigt seinen Hof gegen unheimliche Eindringlinge. Man ist der kreative Kopf in einem Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten!
The shortcomings are most likely due to the fact that the game hasn't even hit its beta stage, but even though it doesn't quite seem fully fleshed out, there's no doubt that for an alpha, it has a lot of content. It may not be for everyone, but we'll see when the game goes gold.
Indius (Feb 16, 2012)
Finalement Minecraft est un très bon jeu, bien qu'assez rebutant de par son aspect graphique et son absence d'explications du début à la fin, il saura séduire les joueurs passionnés et débordant de créativité souhaitant découvrir une expérience manquant encore un peu de contenu après tant de développement mais heureusement doté d'une communauté si active compensant largement les défauts du jeu.
Softonic (Nov 10, 2011)
Minecraft est un jeu au scénario infini incroyablement innovant. Son qualificatif de sandbox est largement mérité car les uniques freins à cette simulation sont le temps et votre imagination.
GameStar (Germany) (Dec, 2010)
Auch für 15 Euro ist Minecraft eine uneingeschränkte Empfehlung, insbesondere im Vergleich zu Vollpreistiteln wie Call of Duty. Weit über 100 Millionen Dollar hat Activision in Black Ops investiert, um ein Spiel zu erschaffen, das seine Käufer zerstreut. Man muss froh sein, dass es Ein-Mann- Projekte wie Minecraft gibt, die zeigen, dass Computerspiele so viel mehr sein können als nur das.