In celebration of the game’s 10th anniversary, Minecraft developer Mojang has brought back Minecraft Classic. Released in May 2009, this early build of the sandbox game featured only 32 blocks. Now, users can take a trip down memory lane and play Minecraft Classic for free.
“In just ten days, our little crafting game turns ten years old,” writes Mojang. “That means Minecraft still isn’t old enough to drive or run for president yet, but it is old enough for us to get all nostalgic for the good ol’ days of the game.”
A very early alpha build of Minecraft can now be played for free in your browser. It’s surprising to see how much the game has changed over the years. Minecraft Classic is a lot different that what you might expect.
For starters, there’s only 32 blocks to choose from, and a good chunk of them are just colored wool. That’s nothing in comparison to the hundreds of blocks the game has now. Controls are also very different. Instead of placing a block, right click actually toggles between “place” and “break”. Another big difference the is world generation. Thanks to procedural generation, Minecraft is known for its massive worlds. However, world design in Minecraft Classic is much simpler that what it is today.
You and up to nine other friends can enjoy Minecraft Classic in all its glory for free right here.
Another way Mojang is commemorating the anniversary is by asking users to share their Minecraft Memories.
“It could be about something you did in the game, a nightmare you had about a sixty-foot-tall Creeper, that time you decided to buy Terraria instead – whatever your Minecraft Memory is, we want to hear about it!”
Since its initial release ten years ago, Minecraft has come a long way. Now that Microsoft owns Minecraft and its developer Mojang, it is working on a Pokemon GO-esque AR version of the game.