Biomes, Creepers, Craft Tables & Stampy- here's the low down on it!
I was advised that the game could be played in either of two modes; 'survival' and 'creative'.There are no points or levels and the chief objective of the game is simply to build as much as possible and of course, survive. Happy that the boys were playing 'creatively' for the allowed time on their uncle’s x-box, I listened to their stories of what they were building, how they were working together, and against each other to do so. They were most enthusiastic and began to talk about all sorts of construction terms and what not. Our youngest chap mentioned to me one day, that he is not all that found of sandstone... he's 4.5!!! And should he design his own house when he is older, it will not have sandstone. Wow! I was loving this.
It really was all going far too tickety-boo, until our eldest comes running to me distraught that his brother has tried to shoot him with his bow and arrow (in the game!). "WHAT?!?!?"...my reaction, possibly a little dramatic. "What bow and arrow? I thought you were building, being creative in a peaceful harmonious mode, where did bows and arrows come from?". I questioned his younger brother on the matter, this was very serious indeed, you don't go around trying to shoot each other in any game, I don't like it and it's not allowed, ever! I don't even like them pretending to shoot each other with toy guns. I was slightly horrified. Somewhere along the way our youngest chap, who happens to be a slight whizz where technology is concerned, had managed to set them off in 'Survival Mode'!!
In 'Survival', players have to find their own building supplies and their own food. They search for their resources, while avoiding moving creatures such as zombies, skeletons and giant spiders, AKA 'Mobs'!!! There are also these odd green creatures that hiss and explode known as Creepers, also best to be avoided. Wonderful!! The players are more or less safe during the day in Minecraft, but they must have their house built by nightfall to keep away from monsters! I wouldn't mind but our pair in the warm light of reality are petrified of EVERYTHING. Go figure! On a positive note, being that the 'Mobs' are rendered from pixellated blocks, they really don't appear to be so scary, so I think most players are safe from nightmares.
Some of the 'Mobs', I am relieved to say, are actually good and don't pose a threat to players. Thankfully mobs such as cows and pigs can be found roaming around these Minecraft worlds and they too can be hunted for food and building materials. Ironic really, all this game technology is bringing our kids back to basics in a digital world. The players are have a 'hunger bar' which is replenished by eating food. I might use this during out own mealtimes!
They also have a 'health bar' which is obviously depleted by attacks' from any of the aforementioned lovelies above, but they can also drown or fall into lava. Urgh! So much to learn.
Personally, I much prefer the 'Creative' mode. The music is calm, there are no dangers and everything they need is provided :) Ideal world. They are presented with the supplies to build whatever they dream up and they can fly in this mode too. Positively dreamy. The only thing is there is no need to eat in 'Creative' mode! I guess we are in danger of cultivating a generation of workaholic creatives who don't stop to eat. The food issue aside, in creative mode, all they have to worry about is building creatively, limited only by their imagination.
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