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The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft!

The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft! Volume 24

Dedicated to our furry friends, Volume 24 of the Ultimate Guide to Minecraft takes you on an exciting adventure into the world of animals. Build the ultimate farmyard, meet Mincraft’s most terrifying beasts, check out the latest maps and much more.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
the ultimate guide to   minecraft

Minecraft offers a whole world of opportunity, where you can let your creative juices flow and your imagination run wild. And going wild is exactly what we’re doing this month. Dedicated to our furry/scaly/feathered friends, Volume 24 of the Ultimate Guide to Minecraft takes you on an exciting adventure into the world of animals. In our epic building guides we’ll show you how to craft a giant cow (with working udders, obviously!) and build an awesome farmyard to house your blocky beasts. And it’s not just animals of the farming variety either. To spice things up a little we’ll introduce you to some of the most dangerous beasts Minecraft has to offer, as well as a gang of terrifying zombie creatures. And speaking of terrifying, for those of you looking…

4 min.
animal shaders!

Minecraft’s simple design means it never feels outdated. While other games try to amaze us with photorealism and clattering set-pieces, Minecraft has remained blocky, simple and superb. It’s better for it. We can smile at people spending their pennies on PC upgrades, then smugly returning to our cubic wonderland, safe in the knowledge that it doesn’t matter what Minecraft looks like. But what if you were tempted by that dark path? What if you wanted to keep digging, but in a world that looked incredible – surely there’s a limit to what you can do to a game about boxy dirt? Prepare to be amazed. Shaders are a type of mod that lets you tweak the appearance of the game without altering the core structure of Minecraft. By using them, you…

7 min.
top 10 animal mods!

Minecraft has never been short on animals. In fact, sheep, pigs, chickens and plenty of other wild and domestic animals have been part of the classic Mojang experience from its earliest days. But, despite a few new four-legged faces along the way, there’s very little choice if you want to increase the creature count in the world. That’s where the power of animal mods comes in. If you’re playing on PC, you’ll have access to a menagerie of Minecraft creatures that can be added to your server with a few simple clicks. However, all that choice can often be a little overwhelming, and it’s not always easy to know where to start. To make your prospective animal-keeping life a lot easier, we’ve collated our 10 favourite animal mods into one…

1 min.
creative mode power tips

So you want to get creative in Creative mode, huh? Did you know you can build incredible things in the base game without any mods or add-ons? Mods are great, but they only add in extra stuff. Everything you need to fulfill even the biggest Minecraft creation is right there at your fingertips. So here are five little tricks to get you started. Use ‘shift clicking’ To move more than one block into your toolbar, simply hold ‘Shift’ and click to drag an entire stack. Utilise Saved Toolbars In Inventory, click the second tab from the right. This is ‘Saved Toolbars’ for saving sets of blocks in a group. Try block picking Want to grab a block fast without using your inventory? Press the middle button or scroller on your mouse to place a nearby block…

5 min.
re-animated re-animals!

What is it with the human race and our fascination with dead things coming back to life? Films, TV, books – untold numbers of them are all about the undead, and this is definitely also true of Minecraft, where the decayed flesh of a zombie is so useful to your character that you can actually survive on the filthy stuff. We just can’t get enough of our friendly, neighbourhood revenants! In Minecraft it’s not only the regular zombies who think that staying dead is boring and old-fashioned. With the right mod, you can even make the animals in the map zombify. Two mods that come to mind are Mutant Animals and Zombie Animals, both pretty old now, but still available to install alongside older versions of Minecraft. Of course, if you…

6 min.
a giant farmyard

What do horses, pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and parrots all have in common? Well, they’re all animals that you’ll need to start up your own awesome farm! This masterclass is a multi-tier guide, meaning we’ll be showing you how to build more than one enclosure. We’ve got a huge stable and a water tower, as well as smaller builds, including a chicken coop and a mini-aviary for all your feathered friends. We’ve also found a great way to mine up your crops with minimal effort. So sit back and get comfy, because it’s time to play Minecraft Farming Simulator. 01 THE FOUNDATION Always start with the front door frame, as it makes sizing up the rest of the build so much easier. Place down a stone brick, a set of steps, and…