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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 10 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular. To win you need a great deal of Minecraft knowledge and technical know-how to create farms for resources and impressive bases. Its wide variety of maps and ways to play make it appealing to a large range of people, from creative builders to critical thinkers.

In most modes, you start off on a small island with only a tree and a chest of essential resources, including a bucket of lava and a bucket of water. From these humble beginnings, you can create a stone generator and start building. You need to take great care not to accidentally lose your lava or water, as you then have to restart.

Getting to grips with this unforgiving gameplay requires patience and determination. Once you've established yourself, you can use other resources to continue expanding; building farms that yield more resources, and repeating until you have built yourself an impressive base.

The sense of achievement you get from thriving in a Skyblock world offsets the difficulty of getting established and is a recipe that has remained popular throughout the years. If you want to play Skyblock, there are many servers you can play on, such as Hypixel or Skyblock.net, or you can download a single-player map if you prefer to play offline.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (5 online)

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 100 hours to complete. Depending on how much you want to do in your world or on the server, the time until you stop playing can range from an hour or so to many hundreds of hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 5-player online game. On certain mainstream servers, such as Hypixel, you can play with up to 5 people. If you are playing on a private server you or a friend manages, you can play with as many people as you want.

Cross-Platform: Like Minecraft you can play against people on different consoles, computer or tablet versions of the game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Skyblock itself is considered user-generated content and falls outside the age ratings. However, Minecraft itself is rated PEGI 7 for Violence and Fear. 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.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
 
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

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. A reasonable prior knowledge of Minecraft's gameplay and mechanics is required to get items and craft farms, some very complex, to obtain resources otherwise unobtainable in the game mode.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
 

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
Depending on where you play Skyblock, you may find in-game purchases that enhance the experience or unlock extra items, or have to buy the map to play on. Alternatively, you can also quickly find free worlds to download and play on if you only want a single-player experience.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Skyblock Accessibility Report documents 32 accessibility features:
Depending on which server/map you play on, the challenge can vary quite significantly. For example, on some maps, it will be much easier to obtain crucial resources. The difficulty and accessibility will also vary depending on whether you are playing the Bedrock version (consoles and PC) or the Java version (PC only, often considered to be the main version due to the wider array of content and community content such as YouTube videos). The differences between these versions will likely not affect your Skyblock experience unless you plan on making lots of redstone (the Minecraft equivalent of electricity) contraptions and farms as it is significantly more fleshed out in the Java version.

There are many parts of Skyblock that require quite quick and precise reactions, for example quickly reacting to a mob attack or saving yourself from an otherwise deadly fall. If you die, there's quite a high likelihood that some or all of your items will be lost over the edge of the island, possibly resulting in you having to restart if you lose an essential item. This adds quite a lot of pressure to the game.

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

Most of the text in the game is large and contrasts well in menus, but sometimes text is overlaid directly over gameplay which can make it hard to read. Most servers will have a filter in place on the chat to remove profanity.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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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