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Minecraft is an indie sandbox game that's rightly got a lot of press. It places you in an enormous pixelated 3D world that you can explore, mine and build in. The developer calls it 'a game about placing blocks while running from skeletons. Or something like that..'.

You have tons of freedom to build massive structures and explore endless monster-ridden caves. However, with no in-game instructions yet, it can be pretty confusing, and when the sun sets, if you haven't built yourself a lit shelter, you probably won't survive the monsters that spawn at night!

Here's my guide to surviving your first day and night in Minecraft:

The first thing you should look for is coal deposits. Head towards cliffs or hilly areas, and scan for coal, as seen in the picture above. This is a bit hit and miss, but shouldn't take too long if you keep moving. We're going to set up our shelter here.

Next, you'll need tools. Hold the left mouse button near tree trunks, and you'll start collecting wood, as above. Get about two tree's worth for now. Press I to open the inventory, drag the wood symbols into the Crafting box, and another symbol will appear. These are wooden planks, so left click until all your wood's been converted then drag the planks into your inventory.

We need a workbench, sticks and a wooden pick-axe for now. You can see how to make a workbench image above. Drop it, with a right click near the coal, right click on it and now you'll have a 6x6 crafting tool. You craft sticks by placing two planks vertically. The second image above shows you how to make a Pick-axe. Do so, and drag it into the bottom row of the inventory.

Select the pick-axe, and mine the coal, then dig a short corridor into the cliff. Open your inventory, and make torches, as seen above.

Right click on the wall of your corridor to place a torch, then select your axe and dig some more. You may need to replace your axe, and this time use some of the stone you've picked up instead of wood, for a longer lasting tool!

You need to dig an L-shaped cave. If the sun is setting now, make sure your cave is lit with torches, select some stone, and use right click to semi block your entrance. The corner in your cave will allow you to hide from any arrows fired by skeletons, and the single block window will keep them out, while allowing you to see when the sun rises again. You'll now get through your first night, and will be set up to explore and build more in the coming days.

Night lasts seven minutes, and you might as well spend the time enlarging your cave and making tools. A full list of crafting can be found here. By the morning, I'd made a door, put in a window and expanded my cave quite a bit. Check out Minecraft now and get exploring! It's one of the best games this year. You can play a trial version for free, with no saves, or buy a license for the full experience. This indie gem is certainly worth paying for.

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  • frederik |
    17/12/10
    frederik

    that is god

  • Dawson |
    22/12/10
    Dawson

    Minecraft is a pretty epic game. You can build anything..as long as you have the supplies required.But watch out for the monsters at night!

  • god |
    23/12/10
    god

    some one help me it keeps saying that i need to regester and i did but it wont let me play offline

  • Jantje |
    03/01/11
    Jantje

    Ik heb al een acount maar ik kan niet spelen.

  • blabla |
    07/01/11
    blabla

    Minceraft jest Zajebisty !!!

  • dallas |
    26/01/11
    dallas

    i never tryed it i hopr its fun

  • dallas |
    26/01/11
    dallas

    hope its fun i ment

  • dallas |
    26/01/11
    dallas

    i never tryed it i hope its fun

  • you |
    01/02/11
    you

    fking sht game

  • bubba |
    18/02/11
    bubba

    Can't you download it for free if you can where thanks for your help i really needed it.

  • beaner |
    19/02/11
    beaner

    is this a safe website????

  • sonic fan |
    23/02/11
    sonic fan

    how the fuck do you download this awesome shit!

  • sonic fan |
    23/02/11
    sonic fan

    how the fuck do you download this awesome shit!

  • kadappo |
    25/02/11
    kadappo

    @Dawson or you just put it on peaceful in the options screen!

  • Kristoffer |
    04/03/11
    Kristoffer

    This is really EASY! just come to my minecraft server: 5.225.153.132

  • josh |
    08/03/11
    josh

    Where can i get a free trial of minecraft. It looks pretty good but don't know what it's like.

  • josh |
    08/03/11
    josh

    Where can i get a free trial of minecraft. It looks pretty good but don't know what it's like.

  • Jonathan.Riggall |
    09/03/11
    Jonathan.Riggall

    @Josh, you can play 'Minecraft classic' free. It doesn't let you save, and there are no monsters but it gives you a good feel for the game. Check it out here: http://www.minecraft.net/play.jsp

  • Konrad |
    13/03/11
    Konrad

    Ummmmm can someoen tell me: how do i play offline i got minecraft (havnt baught it) i got account and when i load it up it says log in i log in and it says offline ad it wont let me play offline (do u have ot buy to play offlinE)?

  • Jon Riggall |
    14/03/11
    Jon Riggall

    You do have to buy it to play the beta version offline, however there is a basic version called 'Minecraft classic' that you can play in your browser, and it's an ideal way to see if you like the game. Play here: http://minecraft-classic.en.softonic.com/web-apps

  • hudson |
    20/03/11
    hudson

    i want to play but it says user not premium what do i do?

  • harshfighter |
    20/03/11
    harshfighter

    @hudson you should go to minecraft.net and buy the premium for 20 bucks

  • roland722 |
    21/03/11
    roland722

    how to make a window?

  • MJ |
    30/03/11
    MJ

    I'd be greatly obliged if someone could tell me how to play in multiplayer mode. I purchased a copy for both my son and I and installed the server software on my computer. I'm pretty sure there's a way for us to play together. I've tried it both with and without the whitelist. Any ideas? Anyone?...Anyone?...Thanks.

  • GamerTagGod |
    17/04/11
    GamerTagGod

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GamerTagGod

    please check out my youtube page and channel, tells you the basics and some good tips. love this game forever been through a lot of the updates. Nice website. @Netwalker this game beats dungeon keeper don’t know if it beats lego though.

    GamerTagGod

  • GamerTagGod |
    17/04/11
    GamerTagGod

    @MJ go on to http://mcserverlist.net/

    tick the boxes you want

    and it'll spit out a few servers you can join or look on the minecraft forums

  • ~~Wish~~Master~~ |
    06/05/11
    ~~Wish~~Master~~

    How to play multiplayer in Minecraft classic ?

  • anon |
    14/05/11
    anon

    do you have to pay monthly for it?

  • Jon Riggall |
    16/05/11
    Jon Riggall

    No, just once!

  • jarand |
    27/05/11
    jarand

    minecraft is a cool game

  • Anonymous |
    29/05/11
    Anonymous

    org.lgw something, something is not acclerated is what they tell me when i try to play it

  • Garry Gabell |
    30/06/11
    Garry Gabell

    Thanks to you guys I have never been bored

    Thanks so much

  • grunza2@inbox.lv |
    07/07/11
    grunza2@inbox.lv

    maicraft roks ailaikminecraft on pspppppppppppp

  • president bush |
    19/07/11
    president bush

    i wuonder how to downlaod it opp already got it srry dudes

  • isak |
    23/07/11
    isak

    jag vill ladda ner minecraft

  • SamS |
    31/07/11
    SamS

    I bought the game before I set up an account and now I can't play on-line. How do I fix that so I can play on-line? Just email me if you know how.

  • haven |
    03/09/11
    haven

    i need to downlode it

  • OMG |
    19/12/11
    OMG

    HOW THE FUCK I DOWNLOAD IT ????????

  • athena |
    02/01/12
    athena

    HOW THE HELL DO I PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND F*K THIS!!!!

  • jaia |
    13/01/12
    jaia

    ssssssoooooooooooooooo fun but cant download having com probs

  • grace |
    23/01/12
    grace

    WHERE R DA HORSES?!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • geiri |
    24/01/12
    geiri

    ken som poti sei where i ken ket minecraft.

  • karen |
    04/02/12
    karen

    can we play it

  • soldier lars |
    24/02/12
    soldier lars

    nnmnihghtfyktdykujtfuy

  • cheese cake |
    03/03/12
    cheese cake

    hohoho im santa

  • branflakes |
    12/03/12
    branflakes

    looks awesome cant wait to play

  • daniel |
    19/04/12
    daniel

    damoseghdhyyu

  • kylehartl |
    05/05/12
    kylehartl

    I f''k can not colltin cant houp me

  • oliver |
    04/06/12
    oliver

    Nice house

  • alex |
    28/06/12
    alex

    i ned to downald it

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