Posts Tagged ‘sandbox’

[Update] Minecraft!

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Notch recently started testing survival multiplayer with what was supposed a closed group of testers. Sadly someone leaked the password and it got around the net pretty quick. With that aside, this is a huge step for Minecraft! It happens to be one of my favorite indie games, I mean, who doesn’t love to unleash their inner child? At its core, Minecraft is simply about creation. You build what you want. As of recently, it feels more like “craft your own world” because no one’s save file will ever be the same as another’s, not just because of everyone’s different imaginations, but also because of the infinitely procedurally generated worlds! If you haven’t bought your way into the alpha-soon-to-be-beta version, you should do so now! I have a hunch that Minecraft is going to become even more popular when the final version comes out. =]

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[Lonely Pixel News] Creating a Sandbox game.

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

So since my recent post about Minecraft, I’ve been hooked on sand box games. And I thought about a simple sandbox game that I could make. It’s still more or less just floating around in my head, but its there. I’m thinking about going with a style similar to Star Guard, the old retro look, so I don’t focus so much on graphics and actually getting it done! But i don’t do so well with actually FINISHING games so we’ll see where this project takes me.

Infiniminer and Minecraft

January 12, 2010 5 comments

It’s hard to mention Minecraft without mentioning Infiniminer, so today’s post is sorta like a double feature.

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Infiniminer is a team-based sandbox like game. The goal of each team is to mine “blocks” of gold under randomly generated levels and simply bring them to the surface. There are several different classes that have different abilities, such as, digging faster and being able to build structures. Building structures consumes another mine-able resource, ore. So throughout the whole game players are mining away collecting resources with generally no team to team interaction. You cannot kill the other team, but sometimes slow down their efforts. The servers are little to none, so your better off starting a LAN server with some friends. Though it sounds a bit boring, the digging mechanic is quite addicting.

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Minecraft was a game that followed after Infiniminer, applying that awesome little game mechanic to a totally new sandbox game. There are no goals in Minecraft, just build and dig to your hearts content. There is a small assortment of different blocks to choose from that, as seen in the image above, can produce some pretty interesting works of art. There is multi-player, but doesn’t contain much content besides collaborating on larger projects. Also worth checking out is, I believe, a fan-made website that slightly improves on the commands provided in the original as well as providing a multi-player community, called World of Minecraft.