If you are still feeling a little lost and can’t tell the difference between the Nether and the End, or what edition to buy, here’s a quick Minecraft guide for the uninitiated.
What is Minecraft?
The Minecraft Worlds
There are three worlds in Minecraft. The Overworld is the default, Earth-like world. From the Overworld, a player can build a Nether Portal to enter the Nether, which is a dark, hostile, fire-filled world often compared to hell. (How lovely, huh?) The Nether is made up of different materials and has different characters than those found in the Overworld. Also, a player can activate a End Portal to enter the End. In the End, there is a single floating island upon which a flying Ender Dragon lives. You can kill it to “complete” the game and have the credits roll, although the player can keep playing in the same world.
The Main Characters
Other creatures: Animals you can farm to gather the resources they produce include cows, chickens, sheep, rabbits, squid, pigs, and mooshroom (an unusual mix of cow and mushroom, which looks like a red and white cow with mushrooms growing out of its back). Animals that you can tame to use as companions are dogs (tamed wolf), cat (tamed ocelot), and horses, donkeys, and mules.
Tools a player can wield include a sword, pickaxe, shovel, axe, hoe, fishing rod, map, and clock. Sometimes these can be made from different materials (i.e., “diamond sword”). Other tools a player can use include a crafting table, furnace, chests, beds, TNT, buckets, enchantment table, brewing stand, and an anvil. The game also includes all the parts for a mine cart system, which can get quite elaborate–it’ll definitely challenge you kid’s problem-solving skills.