Minecraft is an indie sandbox video game based around building structures in a voxel based world. Contained within is a survival mode, as well as a free play build mode.
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Pro Great creativity tool
It allows you to draw up ideas for buildings and structures before letting you create them.
Pro Enthralling, unpredictable gameplay
Exploring and fighting expands on what is a randomly generated world, never knowing what's going to happen next or what the player will find. There are no set goals and no end to reach: it is all a sandbox experience that the player formulates as they go along, making it all the more thrilling.
Pro Amazing extended community
The community surrounding this game is huge due to its popularity. There are lots of servers and projects revolving around it that allow for so many different choices in how one wants to play and who they want to play with. From crafting guides/videos, themed servers and YouTube play sessions, there is enough out there to help one find what they are looking for.
Pro Easy to set up multiplayer
Both the dedicated server and "Open to LAN" options allow fairly easy setup for multiplayer.
Pro Defined by originality
There are not many games that have become so iconic due to their original characteristics.
Pro Multitude of mini-games makes for flexibility
Due to its vast community, Minecraft has a wide variety of mini-games available for download, which can tailor to different sizes of groups.
Con Lack of meaningful story mode
There is no story mode in Minecraft: there is only a create mode or a survival mode. Neither, however, supply any kind of story or background as regard what is going on in the game.
Con Still involves killing other things
In order to progress through the game and craft items, players will need to kill other things such as skeletons, zombies and monsters which may not be seen as child-friendly or can result in frightening situations.
Con Steep and time-consuming learning curve
Learning what items are needed to craft takes quite a bit of knowledge and time. There are guides and videos online that can help with this, but not much in-game that helps the player know exactly how and what to craft.