Minecraft has just turned ten years old and, in that decade, the Minecraft community has been busy beavering away on some truly incredible creations. It seems as though you can build pretty much anything you can dream of in the sandbox game, and with every update creators keep coming up with ever more imaginative feats of engineering.
So here are just a few builds which we think showcase just how amazing many of the Minecraft community’s creations are. Have you played any of these before?
We’ve come across this server before, but we’ll never stop being amazed by its sheer scale. Explore the cities, mountains, rivers, and rolling countryside of the Seven Kingdoms of Game of Thrones as you traverse from Dorne in the far south all the way up to Castle Black and the Wall in the North. And yes, if you can get over the Wall in one piece, the North is available for exploration too. Just watch out in case there are any White Walkers. We’ve not heard good things about them.
2. Minas Tirith
If you’re more of a Lord of the Rings fan, the Minecraft community has you covered. They’re busy building Middle Earth in its entirety, but for now you’ll have to visit each of its most iconic locations in isolation. Minas Tirith is particularly beautiful, and you can explore the winding streets without having to worry about being attacked by hordes of orcs in the process. If you want to re-enact pint-sized hero Pippin’s dramatic climb to light the beacons, or you feel more like channelling your inner Gandalf and cantering around the city on horseback, you’ve definitely picked the right place.
Now, there are some pretty large Minecraft builds out there, but this recreation of an entire country is even more impressive because it’s actually been built to its real-life scale. What made Denmark ideal for this kind of project is the fact that it’s a really flat country – so the highest point is at a mere 171 metres above sea level, far below default Minecraft’s maximum of 192 metres. And it’s a lot easier to go sightseeing in Minecraft.
If you’ve ever longed to go to Disneyland but never had the chance, this Minecraft server is a pretty good alternative until you can go for real. It recreates the whole experience in amazing detail, right down to the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom and the winding corridors that you shuffle through as you wait to get on the next ride. And the best part is, the rides actually work.
These ambitious creators have also been working on other theme parks, such as Universal Studios, so make sure to visit them all.
If you’re anything like us and you’re still waiting on that Hogwarts letter (look, it’s definitely just lost in the post somewhere), here’s your chance to go to Hogwarts anyway.
This huge Harry Potter themed server lets you explore the school on foot or by Floo Powder, test out your learned spells on deserving baddies, or head to the Quidditch pitch to try out your skills on a broomstick. And if that’s not enough to satisfy your exploring bug, you can even head to other iconic locations like Diagon Alley and the Ministry of Magic.
This fantasy city uses a mere sixty million blocks and took its single creator three months to complete. Water from springs in the cliffs is channelled into aqueducts and courses down in picturesque waterfalls through the many tiers of the city. It’s so huge that you could spend days exploring, but that’s if you can find the time to stop crying over how beautiful it all is.
7. A working iPhone
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to use an iPhone if you were the size of a bumblebee, this is probably a pretty close approximation. Headbutt the screen and you can do pretty much the same thing as you would on a real smartphone – like changing your password and background image, checking the weather, making notes, and playing Flappy Bird. Honestly, we’re still staggered that the whole thing was created using nothing but Minecraft blocks.
8. Sonic the Hedgehog
Gotta go fast! This action-packed course looks just like a real Sonic level, and it features a timer, checkpoints to find, and plenty of TNT-loaded springs to boost you up to higher levels. It’s thoroughly addictive to play, and shaving one more second off your high score is always a good feeling.
9. Cops and Robbers
One of you is a cop in charge of a prison. The rest of your friends are robbers trapped in said prison. The objective is for the robbers to appear as if they’re going about their daily prison routine… while they’re actually doing their best to escape without being detected. There are five ways to escape this particular prison… can you find them all?
10. World of Warcraft
Recreating a level or location from a game is one thing, but recreating a whole in-game world is an even bigger feat. This incredible World of Warcraft project is approximately 500 square kilometers in size and made up of over 100 million blocks, and although it was created by automation rather than by hand, it doesn’t make the end result any less impressive. Featuring plenty of familiar locations and multiple randomly generated caves to explore, you’re sure to find something new on every expedition.
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