Monday, July 11, 2011

Top 5 Minecraft Adventure Maps From 2011

Part and parcel of Minecraft is the ability to build your own map, and explore other people's creations. But with so many maps out there it can be difficult to wade through the mediocre to find the gems. If you're new to Minecraft, or simply want to make sure you haven't missed some great maps, check out these top five minecraft adventure maps.

5. SkyBlock 2.0

The first version of Sky Block became popular for it's limited map size and the survival difficulty it created. This follow-up version adds two more sky blocks to the map and starts you on a small island floating in the middle of nowhere, with an ice block and lava. It includes more items to find as you explore the challenge map. You won't have mastered this map until you figure out how to make a forest, a wheat farm, and a reed farm, with only 9 pieces of dirt.

4. Aramis

This RPG survival map is also known as Imperial Lands, and is massive. Although this map isn't directly inspired by any one particular fantasy world, the influences of A-List titles, such as the Morrowind series, Oblivion, the Fallout series, and Assassin's Creed. This map spans 11 cities, eight villages, three secret empires, and over 250 quests. The quests follow an open-world style similar to those designed by Bethesda Studios, and offer about 40 hours of gameplay. There is also a functional economy with a monetary system, and jobs to earn cash. Be sure not to miss the hidden roller coaster railway which provides an astoundingly long 20 minute ride.

3. The Forgotten Temple

This was one of the first adventure class maps to appear in Minecraft, and has been a longstanding favorite ever since. It plays much like a graphical version of classic text-based adventure games like Zork, by dropping the player into the middle of a dungeon, with a few signs to tell them their objective, and not much other help. You must solve puzzles, hidden doors and passageways, sound blocks and Minecraft's first high score board. It offers about 20 minutes of gameplay.

2. Deep Space Turtle Chase!

This is a relatively new map, and can be found on the VoxelBox server. What will strike you the first time you play this is how terrific the graphics look. The map comes with a high resolution texture pack, but you'd better have a machine with a little muscle to load it. The map itself is packed to the brim with tiny details to discover and plenty of things to do, including hurtling through space on a meteorite, and epic explosions. With something around 50 easter eggs to be found, you can spend untold amounts of time on this map. But this isn't just a pretty map. While players will always argue about which map is the absolute hardest, Deep Space Turtle Chase belongs in the top three, without a doubt.

1.Escape the Puzzlemaster

This is essentially Minecraft's answer to the Portal games, as it puts you in the position of trying escape a monomaniacal scientist who has placed you in the middle of a maze. The only way out, as the map name implies, is to solves a series of puzzles. You are given a series of clues to help you solves the puzzles, and they're cleverly written so as to be helpful, but not provide a readily obvious solution. The maze challenges are made up of parkour, riddles, running and lava obstacles. Completeing the puzzles will not only advance you through the map, but also provides rewards, in addition to the gold ingots scattered throughout.

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