What is it
Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.
Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs.
What our team of testers said
"I like it because you can challenge yourself." - Girl aged 8
"I love it that you can build anything you want." - Girl aged 6
- Children can use blocks to build whatever they can imagine
- Building and repairing requires logic and problem solving
- Children can work together on worlds, encouraging social skills
What our experts think
Minecraft is a sandbox-style game that children can approach in different ways. They can focus on building a world from the ground up, encouraging creativity and flexible thinking which is good for problem solving. They can be imaginative and social with their play as their characters and their friends characters explore the world together.
In survival mode children need to be strategic about their buildings so that, when attacked by monsters, they hold up. This also encourages trial and error learning as they find out what works best and improve buildings where needed. Materials are limited (unless in creative mode) so they also have to think about the best use for them.
- Brands: Mojang
- No 3rd party adverts
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: No - all links unrestricted
- Languages available: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later
- Android version: Varies with device
- App Types: Games
- Types of skills developed:
Art & design
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Personal, social & emotional development
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing
Trial and error learning