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Minecraft Review

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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @boersc, Jo Robertson, Ben Kendall and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and survival-play, children can use complex ‘Red Stone’ circuitry to automate their creations and make interactive spaces.

The game is constantly evolving, with updates adding new blocks, enemies, capabilities, characters and interactions. Upcoming extensions of the Minecraft experience include Minecraft Dungeons, which offers an action-adventure challenge for up to four players on any standard gaming platform.

The stand-alone Minecraft: Story Mode (PEGI 12) games also offer character and choice-driven adventures. Minecraft Earth enables players to build structures that look like they are in the real world with a new AR (augmented reality) app. There’s also an array of online ‘server games’ where children can compete against others online in different battles. This is a great way for children to experiment with ambitious building projects, as well as learn the principles of programming to make their creations come alive.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. The way you play Minecraft affects how long a play session will last. The open-world offers a stream of new things to do. Children will happily play for hours and return to work on their creations week after week. The online multiplayer server games are usually over in a matter of minutes as they are competitive and played in rounds.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online. You can have 20 people in a Minecraft server to build together. The multiplayer games have up to 16 players competing with each other. You can compete in these games in split-screen mode to accommodate more players on one system.

Cross-Play: You can play against people on different systems: Xbox One, Switch, PC and Moblie. But not with PlayStation. If you purchase a map without Xbox account it is available on the other systems when you log-in.

CostsCosts

Minecraft usually costs £12.99 to £39.99.
 

Minecraft

Minecraft Master Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99

Minecraft Starter Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £20.98

Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition

PlayStation Store PS3 £12.99

Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition

PlayStation Store PS Vita £12.99

Minecraft: Wii U Edition

Switch Store Wii U £19.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Minecraft has a marketplace where you purchase additional content, skins, resource packs, and more.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This app has been rated PEGI 7 and contains mild fantasy violence and scary content. The game's player character can encounter pixelated spiders, skeletons and zombies in a dark environment, which they can fight. They fall down and disappear in an unrealistic manner. Characters are pixelated and blocky with non-detailed faces.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

6-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. In creative mode, very young children can enjoy exploring the world. Parents can play with children to help them build things and find their way around. As children grow older the way they play evolves. At the higher end of the age range are competitive games like Bed Wars that older teenagers still enjoy. Part of this is returning to the sentimental experience they remember when they were young.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are different versions of Minecraft; Bedrock (PC and consoles) and Java (PC), which is the version most community content such as YouTube videos is based around. It has the following accessibility features.

If you have a screen reader enabled on your platform, Minecraft will automatically enable menu UI narration when the game is launched.

The Minecraft Launcher includes audio cues to help players navigate the login and launch experience. To enable audio cues on the Minecraft Launcher, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B. You should hear a sparkle ringing sound to confirm that the sound is enabled.

You can customise the difficulty depending on the setting of the world you create.

You can toggle auto jump to make it easier to get around and toggle crouching to be either a click or a hold action.

Once you beat the ender dragon and re-enter the overworld, you get quite a long (but skippable) piece of text detailing a conversation between two godlike creatures. This is the only dialogue in the game and is mostly philosophical in nature, not really relating to the actual game
 
Our Minecraft Accessibility Report documents 36 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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