A simple 8-bit sandbox game slowly takes the forefront in a time of high-performance gaming.
In a time when a “revolutionary video game” is defined largely by its insanely high production values and computer-melting graphical properties, a new sandbox game called Minecraft is rapidly taking gamers all over the world by storm.
The surprising catch? Minecraft is rendered in old school block-style 8-bit graphics.
The premise is simple: You play a character thrown into a randomly-generated world with absolutely nothing but trees, coal, stones, water, and a few jumping cows to keep you company. Your goal is to survive nightly attacks of skeletons, zombies, and spiders by building a fortress during the day. As lone creator Notch simply puts, Minecraft is all about “placing blocks while running from Skeletons…or something like that.”
The beauty of Minecraft lies in the power to create just about anything a player can imagine. While Notch happily made himself a roller coaster, some players took it up a few notches and built themselves an underground castle, a mile-high railway system, and even the entire planet Earth.
Watch a fan-made trailer via Vareide.