On May 26th, 2020, Minecraft Dungeons was released for Windows, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. This game is the latest game to be released in the Minecraft universe and was inspired by classic dungeon crawler games.
You might be wondering, though, why the Minecraft series is still so popular with children. The first game was released back in 2009 and, since then, has only continued to rise in popularity as the game became available for different gaming platforms.
The game allows players to mine for materials and use those materials to create a 3D world. Depending on what mode of the game is being played, players may also have to defend themselves against mobs. However, as simple as this game might seem, it still has quite a bit to offer, which is what makes it so enjoyable for children.
Relaxing and open-ended
Unlike some games where challenges need to be completed to move forward, Minecraft allows for relaxing and open-ended play. Players start with a blank world and use the resources and tools provided to them to turn that world into something. Some kids enjoy building simple houses, while others build a city or famous landmarks!
Other kids prefer going mining in underground caves or fighting off mobs. Because there are no specific requirements of what needs to be done, children have the freedom to play however they choose.
Creative and survival modes
Another popular feature of Minecraft is that it has multiple modes available. For children that want the freedom to build whatever they want, creative mode provides them with unlimited resources.
For kids that want more of a challenge, there is survival mode. In survival mode, players don’t have immediate access to available resources and instead have to gather resources, build their structure, and defend themselves against mobs in order to live. While there is still plenty of freedom in survival mode, it does add an additional element of gameplay.
Discover and explore
The freedom to discover and explore the 3D world is another feature that delights many children. Different worlds (known as biomes) can spawn at the start of a game, allowing children to explore jungles, mountains, caves, forests, oceans, and more. Each world is slightly different, so there is always something new to discover.
There are also features that allow children to freely explore the other player-created maps and discover the world created by another player. And there are many different player-created maps out there waiting to be discovered!
Collaboration and teamwork
While other games place players in competition with each other, the multiplayer version of Minecraft is all about collaboration and teamwork! Players need to work together to build complex worlds and defend their world from Creepers and other mobs!
Online servers allow players to connect. Servers can be made public, or they can be private so that only family and friends can enter the server. While finding a good server host can be tricky, sites such as MangoMatter Media help players discover the server that best meets their needs.
Appealing to different players
The open-world concept means that the game appeals to a wide range of players, regardless of age. Even the youngest of players who might not be ready for a quest-based game can still enjoy exploring worlds without the frustration of getting stuck.
Other kids might enjoy learning how to code, which then allows them to customize certain features of their game. Or if a child simply wants to build, they can do that too. The range of ways the game can be enjoyed is one of the reasons it is so popular.
Available on many devices
The series is available on all major gaming systems. Where some popular franchises might only be available for one specific gaming system, Minecraft has versions available for multiple systems, making the game more readily available.
So, regardless of what system a child has, they’re able to play the game and chat about it with friends. Even a child that might not have access to a PC or a gaming system can still play the game if they have access to a phone or tablet because there are apps available!
Minecraft is one of those games that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon! Keep in mind that it isn’t just popular with children, but adults as well! In fact, it is one of the recommended PC games to keep you occupied during Covid-19, alongside other favorites such as World of Warcraft!