REVIEW: Minecraft brings players back to childhood


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Staff Writer Maryam Ahmed writes that Minecraft makes many video game players, like herself, nostalgic.

Maryam Ahmed, Staff Writer

Minecraft, a name that brings video game players a sense of nostalgia and sweet memories of elementary school.

These are the exact memories that flow through many other video game players as well as mine in the last few months. The game has recently had a sudden resurgence and spiked in popularity during the summer, making it one of the top playing games once again. 

Released in 2009 and developed by the Swedish video game developer Mojang, Minecraft began to steal hearts with its blocky appearance, cute animals and hostile creatures. 

What drew people back into playing Minecraft truly isn’t much of a surprise. The game features a large variety of ways to keep players engaged and always wanting to play. From fighting monsters to letting the player use it as a creative outlet by building and interacting in the world the game allows players to have never ending fun.

Minecraft also has three different modes: survival, creative and adventure, each of which can appeal to any kind of video game player. Survival allows for a challenge where the player battles different mobs, while creative has an endless amount of potential for building.  The game also contains a feature that the player can use to change the world (terrain) settings.

Along with just having the basic game itself, it’s possible to download modifications that can enhance the gameplay such as ones that create better graphics or reduce lag. 

Aside from all the amazing features the game brings, it’s also a game that never ends. While most video games follow a storyline where after defeating the final challenge the adventure ends such as the “Zelda” or “Pokemon” games. Minecraft on the other hand, doesn’t have a definite end, instead the player can always explore the world without any restraints.

Minecraft’s graphics are also something that really sets it apart from other games. The game’s graphics are purposefully meant to have a pixel texture to them, making the game’s terrain far more different than any other game.

The game costs $26.95 on PC and laptop, but even though it’s slightly on the expensive side, it’s definitely worth it in the long run. The game is constantly being upgraded with new updates and features always being added to the game. 

If you don’t want to spend so much on a video game, Minecraft also has a mobile version that can be purchased from the App or Google Play store for only $7. 

Personally, I find the game to be well worth the money. It’s fun and can keep players hooked for years. It has many elements to it that make it such an amazing game, and it’s definitely worth checking out.