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.”

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