Minecraft Survival Mode
You’re in a field. It is green and, in its own way (Minecraft’s graphics are artfully done, but purposefully blocky and pixelated) beautiful. The sun is rising to its high noon position and, somewhere nearby, animals happily roam.
This seems like such a happy place. But come night, it turns into hell. Zombies are real, and they want your blood. Welcome to survival mode.
Minecraft’s survival mode is, essentially, a limited sandbox that forces you to build everything that you need to survive the game world. Torches, weapons, tools, and shelters – all must be built yourself. If you need resources, you must venture out into the world and find them. If you want a shelter, you must build it yourself.
It’s hard to explain just how addictive survival mode’s gameplay can be. It seems silly at first, because there is no real challenge to survival mode. Once you’ve read a Minecraft tutorial you won’t have a hard time strictly surviving in the game world.
Yet, as you begin to explore the world and realize that you build just about anything, you may find yourself becoming a kid again. Suddenly the game is not just about re-arranging blocks. It’s about using your imagination and creativity to not just survive, but thrive. First you’ll build a basic shelter. But then you’ll begin to wonder…how can I add a moat? How can I add doors and windows? How can I improve my tools?
And, before you know it, you look at the clock and it’s 2 in the morning.