Who doesn't love Minecraft? Well, other than those of us older folks who just don't seem to get it and can't handle the graphics. The whole game hurts my eyes. But Boo, his friends, and pretty much every kid I know just love it. Well, the original game from Mojang has now been taken in a new direction by Telltale Games, in collaboration with Mojang and members of the Minecraft community.
Sometime in October, Boo came to me all excited and told me he absolutely had to have "Minecraft Story Mode." He had some money to spend, so I brought him to the game store and he went up to ask about it. Apparently we were 2 days early for its release. He was so bummed. The next day, coincidentally, I got an email asking if we'd like to review the game. Heck yeah! Mom of the Year, right here :)
Minecraft Story Mode is actually a series of five episodes that are being released sequentially. The style is true to Minecraft - blocks and pixels - but it is much easier for my old eyes and it looks great. But this version of the game is driven by a narrative, and a quest to save the world.
In Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named 'Jesse,' you'll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse's friends discover that something is wrong... something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.
The first choice you make in the game is whether you wish to play as a male or a female, with the gender-neutral name Jesse. From there on you will make a number of choices that will direct the action and determine what happens next. Boo ripped into this as soon as it arrived and played straight through episode 1. Happily Episode 2 had already been released, so he got that for the next day. His only complaint? He wished Episode 2 were longer, because he played through it so quickly. He has since gone back and begun the play through again, making different choices to see how things change.
This is a fun take on Minecraft, adding a narrative dimension while staying true to the core features of the Minecraft universe. Pick up the disc for a great gift for any young gamer on your list, or any Minecraft fan.
Minecraft Story Mode is available for digital download on PC (Steam, Telltale Store), Playstation Network, XBox Games Store, App Store, Google Play, etc. It is also available on disc for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3. The disc will contain Episode 1 and provide a code to access upcoming episodes as they are released. The game is rated 'E10+' (Everyone 10+) for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language by the ESRB.
Telltale Games has provided me with a download code to offer one of my readers. This code is for Steam, an online game platform that you install on your computer. The code will allow you to download Minecraft Story Mode, including all upcoming episodes as they are released. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 20. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!