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The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft!

The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft! Volume 13

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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in this issue

1 min.
“everything you need to recreate the nintendo collect ’em up…”

How does the saying go? Gotta build ’em all? Oh, that’s close enough. It seems like you can’t walk 10 feet these days without bumping into someone playing Pokémon Go (and I do mean that quite literally), and Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon is out next month, so this seems like the perfect time to celebrate those ubiquitous pocket monsters through the medium of Minecraft. In our big feature you’ll find everything you need to recreate the magical Nintendo collect ’em up, proving once again that Minecraft is the Ditto of the gaming world, changing shape to match every conceivable challenge. As well as that, we’ve got an in-depth look at what VR means for Minecraft. If you ever wondered what it would be like to step inside your favourite blocky…

1 min.
ready to tumble!

Mini games on console are clearly a bit like buses. You wait for one free update and two come along at once. Not only has Battle Mode been added to PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, but now Mojang has surprised us with Tumble on consoles. This absolutely free mini game sees you destroying the blocks underneath your foes feet to send them, errr, tumbling into an abyss below. If you’re a PC player and this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s based on popular community game Spleef. But how does it play out on consoles? “There are two variants of the game to choose from: one which lets players launch snowballs, the other equipping combatants with shovels,” explains Mojang’s Marsh Davies. “Each bout consists of a best of…

2 min.
london town is burning down!

The Great Fire of London in 1666 was definitely only ‘great’ in its sense of scale, not the other definition. Well, not one likes to come home to find their street has been burned down. That’s definitely not great, The city was on fire for four days and destroyed the homes of around 70,000 of the 80,000 people who lived inside the City walls. No, it was absolutely nothing to do with lava, but regardless, the Museum of London has painstakingly recreated 17th century London in Minecraft to mark the 350th anniversary of the most devastating blaze in the entire history of the city. “The Great Fire 1666 maps will allow Minecraft players to explore the City of London and experience the story of the fire like never before,” explains digital learning…

2 min.
ai believe in miracles

Want to be responsible for the growth of artificial intelligence? Well here’s your chance. The incredible Project Malmo that uses Minecraft to test advanced AI research is now available to download for free on GitHub. It does require some novice coding knowledge, but means that AI can be tested on a grand scale to help develop better and smarter future robots. Led by Katja Hofmann and Matthew Johnson, the project had previously only been available on a small scale for researchers but has been opened up to the general public. “Minecraft, it turns out, is a pretty great proving ground for AI. It’s an open-ended game with hugely diverse challenges and opportunities for creative solutions, spatial and temporal reasoning, collaboration and more,” explains Mojang’s Marsh Davies. “In other words, it shares…

1 min.
add-on time

Sick of your creepers just not being, well, creepy enough? Well that’s about to change. Another of Mojang’s E3 announcements revealed the new Add-ons function coming to Pocket and Windows 10 Editions this autumn, and it’s ridiculously exciting. Add-ons will allow us to customise the game however we want by using simple scripting tools and Microsoft Paint. Mojang has allowed all the customisable parts to be visible and edited using a format called JSON – that’s Java Script Object Notation – which is easily accessible across all platforms. This means you can up the speed of your Creepers, add weapons, give abilities to monsters who didn’t have them before, and even edit your own textures in Paint – hmm yes I want this Creeper to be bright yellow and wearing a…

2 min.
to infinity and beyond

Prepare for a lot of numbers. It was bound to happen when two seemingly infinite games exist and the internet has plenty of time on its hands. PS4 and PC space exploration fest No Man’s Sky is enormous. Featuring procedurally generated galaxies, aliens and solar systems, No Man’s Sky promises – wait for it – 18 quintillion planets. Yep, that’s 18 zeroes so many, many lifetimes worth of exploration in just one game. But how does it compare to Minecraft? Which game is bigger? That was what YouTuber ibxtoycat decided to work out. “Something I think everyone kind of has a rough kind of handle on is a Minecraft world because for most people it is essentially infinite, and realistically if you wanted to reach the edge it takes months of…