The beta version of the highly popular construction game
The Minecraft Beta isn't the beta version of the original game, but instead it's the beta version of the iteration that's about to be released. If you already own Minecraft for Mac or PC, you can download and enjoy the game for free. When you play the beta version of any game, including Minecraft, the object is to test the features of the game while finding and repairing any bugs that might affect how players experience the game. The developers will take what information they gleaned from the beta release to finalize the full release of the new Minecraft edition.
Minecraft, like many other games, is technically always in development. The creators see no end in sight, so they are working hard to provide players with updates and new features that those players really want from the game. The developer of Minecraft is a mobile gaming company called Mojang, and they are exceptionally transparent when it comes to the future of their franchise. Anyone who already owns Minecraft can access the beta version, and if you don't own Minecraft, you'll gain access to the beta the moment you buy a license from the developer's website.
This beta version of Minecraft is version 1.8.x, and it has been dubbed the Bountiful Update by the developers. Unfortunately, it is only a long list of small changes and optimizations to the core game. There's an obvious lack of any standout feature like what was included in the past beta releases. Version 1.6 saw the addition of horses, which proved to be a highly valuable addition to the game, and version 1.7 was called 'The Update that Changed the World' since it altered the methods used by the game to create the worlds.
Those of you who already own the game really should try the new beta version. You won't lose anything but your time, but if you are a hardcore fan of the franchise, you're probably already used to spending lots of time in the Minecraft system. It won't affect your ability to play the current official version, and you won't have to worry about your saved games disappearing.
Installing this beta version of Minecraft is a bit more complicated than standard installations, but you can still handle it with the proper instructions. After you've downloaded the file for the beta release, open the Minecraft launcher. You'll see a button that reads 'New Profile' near the bottom of the launcher, so click on that button and name the new profile 'snapshots'. Finally, check the box next to 'Enable experimental development snapshots'.
If you have any interest in Minecraft at all, especially if you actually own the game, you'll certainly enjoy this pre-release beta. Since the developer releases these betas with every new version, it's a bit like a standard preview feature of the full game. You never have to pay for the beta, and you can monitor the development of the game and the direction it's heading.
Minecraft is a beloved sand-box game that lets you build anything you can dream of out of blocks. Players will start the game in the wilderness with nothing more than the shirt on their backs. Night is just around the corner, and with it comes dangerous monsters such as skeleton archers, zombies and giant spiders that will attack you on sight. The first thing you've got to do is build a shelter.
Attack a nearby tree to gather some wood, from there you'll be introduced to the crafting mechanism in the game. By placing a two by two grid of wood blocks on the crafting square in your inventory, you'll be able to make a crafting table, allowing you to create more complex items and devices. Place the crafting table down on the ground and you can make things such as pick axes, swords and doors that will help you survive. You've got to be quick, because night is approaching fast!
You'll need a strong shelter that will be quick to build, so find a nearby cave to hold up in. Make a wooden pickaxe on your crafting table and tunnel into one of the cave walls. From there you make a door and put it up at the entrance, which will be a fine deterrent to any monsters that will be coming out soon.
Caves are a great place to gather stone, which will allow you to make stronger versions of your wooden swords and pickaxes. It's also a great place to find coal, which looks like normal gray stone blocks, but with black specs on them. Use coal to create torches, cook food and smelt iron ore, the latter of which you'll find deeper in the cave and can use to create the next tier up of gear past stone items.
At this point, you should have a decent grasp on the game's mechanics, so it's time for the real adventure to begin. You'll be able to continue mining out of your cave while discovering more and more precious minerals and gemstones. These newer minerals won't just be a static upgrade to equipment you're already familiar with, as they each have their own special properties. Redstone Ore, for instance, can be used to create a type of circuitry that will allow you to create things such as traps and basic engines.
The fun doesn't stop there, as there are tons of more things to discover in the world of Minecraft for anyone who's looking for a true adventure.
The game also has multiplayer compatibility to allow you and your friends to come together to create a truly stunning world.
Build whatever you can imagine
Procedurally generated world that is virtually endless
Servers can accommodate many different players at once.
There are plenty of player made mods that can make your game even more fun.
Without mods, the graphics in the game can look very outdated.
With all the different things in the game to do, many players will have to consult online guides as the game itself doesn't tell you everything.
The combat can seem fairly simplistic, as building is the main feature in this game.