I have recently discovered a game called Minecraft. This game, with its striking simplicity, yet addicting characteristics has enthralled me for a week. I am just now able to conjure the willpower to pull myself away from the game and write a short review.
Minecraft is, at this point ( the most recent version is Beta 1.3_01) a sandbox game, one begins with nothing and harvests resources such as wood to survive against monsters that spawn when night falls. Wood is a very basic and immediately needed resource in the game, as the player must gather it to form a crafting table, with which the player can construct useful tools such as axes, picks, swords, etc.
Though the player can construct many things with the wood, and cobblestone to be found on the surface, to construct much more interesting items, the player much venture into caves, and create mines to harvest iron, redstone, gold and the like. Though this may seem uninteresting to many, Minecraft must be experienced in order to be understood.
Along with single player survival, you can play online with others, but as of this posting, I have yet to do so.
Minecraft is a great game, and I highly recommend it, and would advise anyone remotely interested to check out the Minecraft Website: http://www.minecraft.net/.