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by Happy Mom (subscribe)
I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published September 14th 2013
Let your Imagination take shape
Minecraft has taken the world by a storm. The first game was officially released in May 2009 for PC, and the world has never been the same since.

Minecraft app on Smart TV

My children who are 7 and 5 were introduced to it by school friends, and downloaded the innocent free version app on the ipad, which seemed naive enough to me at the time. To my dismay, soon there were persistent requests to purchase the full version of Minecraft Pocket Edition. And only a few weeks into it, now there are demands of purchasing an Xbox console so that the Xbox version of Minecraft can be played, because it has "more exciting things to collect". Watching YouTube clips which teach how to play the game are also very popular in our household.

Building a Castle in a Cool-looking World

In case you don't already know (which probably means either there are no children in your house, or you live in a bubble), Minecraft is a building game in 3D worlds, where the unit of building is a simple 'cube'. The cube can be made of wood, iron, diamond, gold, water, soil or anything you can imagine. You can build ANYthing imaginable: tall, wide, high, underground, big, small, coloured, plain, weird shapes or regular ones. You can also break the cubes if you placed it somewhere by mistake. You can also connect with your friends via internet to enter the same world, and build together. Worlds can be as imaginative as the player wishes. There are two modes (as far as I know): "creative" and "survival". The Survival Mode adds an element of danger as zombies and other deadly creatures roam the world and threaten to attack you, but you can defend yourself by building a shelter and/or by killing the attacker.

The Inventory - Where you can select the blocks or other items to use for building your project

The game has won many accolades and gained momentum worldwide in record-breaking time. Even as you read this review, the game is evolving to a bigger and better version, but updates about the game can be read on There is an iOS/Android version for tablets and smartphones, and an Xbox version.

When I googled Minecraft, I got 230 million results. When I searched for Minecraft on weekendnotes, I didn't get a single result. So I started wondering if other parents around Australia are also experiencing the same invasion of the Minecraft in their homes. Share your story by leaving a note.
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We have just move to Brisbane from England and my kids 7 and 11 have been playing this for a while on their tablets. They would happily spend all day building in their 'worlds' and the game has actually brought them closer as they work together and share worlds. Glad we gave it a go as almost wrote it off due to its appearance! X
by saman (score: 0|5) 2834 days ago
My boys (5 & 7) are OBSESSED!!! My husband has created a server so they can all play together when dad is away for work :) I find it has given my 5 year old great computer skills too!
by Brdav (score: 0|4) 2834 days ago
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