While Minecraft Earth is a cool concept, here are some things you should know.
So Minecraft Earth has just been released in early access in a few countries and we at the VR Space have had a chance to play around with it. While the game (if you could call it that) is cool in how it interacts with the world around us, it has some flaws that we feel we should talk about.
It’s Not Much of a Game
It’s a fair assumption that most of us have had experience with Minecraft in some form. The original is a legendary representation of how fun a sandbox/survival game can be. It’s great, having to work hard to build a life for yourself in game, or just having fun creating all kinds of fun constructions. Minecraft will go down in history as a fantastic game.
It’s disappointing that Minecraft Earth might not. The “game” feels more like an app that lets you place a Minecraft filter on the world around you. There isn’t very much playing going on and a whole lot of opening objects around you for items.
When travelling around, you will undoubtedly come across locations that you can mine resources from and kills mobs. Like the original, Minecraft Earth requires you to have the correct tools when mining for materials. The problem with that, like most mobile games these days it takes hours to smelt metals and hours more to craft the tools you need. Of course you can make this time go faster, with the use of micro transactions.
The Micro Transactions
It wouldn’t be a mobile game without some micro transactions. With the way that mobile (and sometimes console) gaming is going, it’s not surprising that micro transactions are a feature of the game. What’s disappointing is that they are presented to you before getting a chance to play the game at all. Minecraft Earth uses premium in game currency for purchasing certain items and speeding up crafting times. Of course this is okay, however it feels reminiscent of an EA experience.
While there are positive aspects to the game, such as stumbling upon a cave or creation and constantly having rubble to destroy to find blocks, the game can be a bit boring. There really isn’t a whole lot to do in the game, and that is when the game is actually going to load. It’s important to remember that the game is still in Early Access and it’s not going to be perfect, nothing ever is. However for a game bred from one of the biggest games in history, Minecraft Earth unfortunately missed the mark for us.
If you want to form your own opinion (you should, don’t just listen to us), you can pre-register for the game here. If the game is already available in your country, you can find the game in the Android or Apple stores.