Mojang’s Minecraft for the Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 is a solid translation of the building simulation that allows console users to move into a virtual world alone or with friends.
Developed by 4J Studios, Minecraft for Xbox 360 includes a new training mode that guides new users into the crafting process. In addition, a new console-friendly crafting interface allow users to see exactly which materials are needed to craft each item.
In the title, users can craft and build items by chopping world items like trees, rocks, and sand to build an array of tools, fuel, and materials. Tools can be used to craft materials faster or create new weapons, fuel can heat items to form new product from the furnace, and materials can be used to build a shelter to keep safe from monsters.
The world is non-linear allowing users to play in a sprite-based sandbox however they would like. In addition to crafting tools, fuel, and items for shelter, users can battle monsters by crafting weapons. Users can also explore the world’s dungeons and ruins to ultimately travel to The End, which includes a end boss.
The control setup is easy to learn with on-screen prompts and icons to help remind users of the controls. Up to four players can craft and explore together in local split-screen and up to eight can band together online via Xbox Live.
The graphics engine is solid at 60 frames-per-second. The sprite-based blocky world is relays an old-school charm and simplicity nostalgic users will enjoy. In addition, the sound engine provides a soothing calm to allow users to revel in the open-ended in the title.
Minecraft is a solid port of the simulation hit. Xbox 360 owners receive extra help with a new tutorial mode, all craft recipes at the start and online functionality to craft and build a limitless virtual world, block by block.