Though it may look primitive at a glance, your options in Minecraft are limited only by your imagination. Cobbling together a first home out of dirt and stone feels great; building a castle with a moat, a dining hall, and a working underground rail system feels even greater. That sense of creative progression, coupled with the inherent danger of mining underground caverns full of monsters, makes Minecraft exciting, rewarding, and tense. It’s one of gaming’s most expressive creative outlets.
Minecraft’s randomly generated worlds are composed of big blocky cubes of dirt, stone, sand, and dozens of other materials. The blocks are colorful, distinct, and memorable thanks to simple and charming textures. What makes them great is how they enable creativity. Piece by piece you’ll rearrange and refine the pristine, primordial world into whatever you want. It could be a mountainside home, a brick house, a sky bridge, or any other creation you can envision. This is a power we rarely see in games, and the freedom it offers is, at first, daunting.