Mar 152011
 

I’ve been absent a while from Troll in the Corner and I think this game is partly why.  What game could pull someone away from writing for so long you say?  Well its a little game I like to call crafty, buildy, scary thingie. In other words Minecraft.

If you’ve never heard of this Indie game Minecraft I’m here to make sure that you don’t blind yourself when you get out from under that rock.

Minecraft is as retro style, survival, horror, exploration and building game.  Its pretty much Lego from a first person view, where you can make tools and build immense structures.  At night there are  hoards of zombies, skeletons, spiders and creepers that spawn and want to kill you.

The one that stands out the most and is a fan favorite is the creeper.  They often sneak up on you and do a kamikaze explosion as soon as they are close enough.  When they are about  to blow up they make a “SssSsSSss” sound that is like a fuse being lit.

One of the addicting qualities of Minecraft is the audible ‘POP’ you hear after picking up or destroying a block.  Its akin to the pop you might hear from bubble wrap.

I’ve been playing Minecraft since it was in the Alpha phase and its been a pleasure to watch the game and its fan base grow in a huge way.

Indie game developer Markus Persson (Widely known as ‘Notch’) created the game Minecraft in his spare time.  Eventually he was able to quit his job and live off the sales of the steadily growing games fan base.  The game became so popular that Notch was able to build a company fully staffed and immediately start work on another game.

Being in the alpha and seeing the game grow while watching Notch tweet his every move, was something I don’t know that I will get a chance to experience again.

Be sure to check out the game at Minecraft.net.  The creative version of the game is free to play.

I also did a small adventure spanning around 9 episodes on youtube.  Check out the first one below.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRJvT5lsYg8]

About Kate Phillips

I was born in southern California and have spent most of my life nose deep in games. It began with the Atari and from then on I was hooked. From MUD's, MMO's to tabletop RPG's I love everything games.

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