Is there a better way to waste your time than with Minecraft? I don’t think so! This sandbox video game published by Mojang allows users to build cool stuff out of textured cubes in a 3D world. If you haven’t tried it, you are really holding yourself back. Even if you don’t want to build, you can explore, gather resources, craft, or even engage in combat.
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Primarily, there are three modes from which to choose. Survival model lets players gather the things they need to build and stay alive. Creative mode provides unlimited resources as well as the ability to fly (how cool is that?!). Adventure mode gives users the chance to play from maps created by other players. For people who really just want to sit around, there is also a Spectator mode.
It was first released as an alpha version for PC back in 2009 with the full version arriving two years later. For the past three years, users have also been able to play (in order of release) on Android, iOS, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita and Windows Phone. Finally, on December 17, 2015, Minecraft is coming to the Nintendo Wii U.
Mojang made the announcement and one of the best features will be that there will be off-TV play that will allow users to continue playing on the Gamepad! There will also be six add-on content packs as well as a “festive mash-up just in time for the holidays.” Players will also be able to buy 16 more packs in the eShop.
So far, there hasn’t been any news about a physical copy of the game but the digital version can be purchased, also from the eShop, for $30. That’s a reasonable price, I think, and it will make a great last-minute gift this holiday season.
Will you be checking out the Wii U version of Minecraft?