Minecraft is a veritable hub of creativity that seems to get more and more impressive with each passing month. We all have our favourite builds, I dare say that some of these will be a tad clichéd yet it’s an unfounded fact that most of these builds will be included in most people’s Top 10 lists.
So here we are. [My] 10 Best Minecraft Creations.
1) Lifesize USS Enterprise
By now, everyone knows about this (IW: Assuming you play the game). Originally uploaded by halnicholas (real name Joshua Walker), this is an almost to scale model of the infamous USS Enterprise from the Star Trek series. Scaled at 1.22:1, the ship contains nigh on 4 million blocks, making the in-game size roughly 800m.
A lot of people have a certain amount of negativity over this project, due to his self admittance of using a computer to lay down the blocks.
“If they mean fake by ‘I didn’t lay down every block’ well, yes, I used a computer to help, but it’s just a tool,” Walker explained. “I just applied a little ingenuity to make what I did. If it seems cheap, well, it was something I whipped up for fun. I didn’t mean for it to blow up and get scrutinized by people from around the world.”
Either way, it’s a masterpiece, and one that will forever be lore in the tales of Minecraft history.
2) Video Game Characters
A weekly Top 5 by machinima, this episode shows off the best video game related character and logos found within Minecraft. Included is a video showing how a huge Pikachu was made and the most photo-realistic image of Link I’ve ever seen in Minecraft.
3) 16-Bit ALU
Uploaded by theinternetftw, this mind-blowing creation is a plan for a fully working 16 Bit computer that will run entirely inside Minecraft. This arithmatic logic unit shows that isn’t just buildings that are created. Using Redstone Simulator and MCEdit, countless hours of precise ingenuity was integrated into this build, which is laying down the foundations for a 32-Bit console AND memory. The result?
He might be able to play Minecraft IN Minecraft.
“The world is fully playable (includes ores, trees, etc). Elevation has been scaled to fit the constraints of a Minecraft world. Sea level was adjusted to 40 blocks which puts Mt. Everest at 121 blocks high. The Earth was generated with various images from NASA (including landmass, satellite, elevation, and vegetation maps) using a custom python script incorporating codewarrior’s pymclevel python library.”
There’s not enough words that can describe the badassery that they’ve accomplished.
5) Earth 2
But there’s more.
Uploaded by Run3scaped, this Earth is in the form of a globe, and it’s so damned pretty I had to put it in my list.
There’s a reason this is even more impressive though. Look around. They did it in classic mode.
6) Middle Earth
Only way to describe it, to be honest. The scale is 1:3 to 1:4, and takes HOURS to walk across it. This map incorporates the WHOLE of Middle Earth, not just the places that we see in the video. Shown are The Prancing Pony, Rivendell and the Mines of Moria, but rest assured, the map contains every area expected for all die hard Lord of the Rings fans.
To get a sense of the scale of this project, at the 9:50 minute mark, the host is asked how long it would take to visit area from their current position. “We’re only about 15 minutes away from Bree,” is the reply. “With Rivendell, we’re about three-ish hours away. Moria, we’re about six hours away.”
The Prancing Pony is found at 16 minutes, Rivendell at 29 and Moria at 33, if you can’t watch the whole thing.
7) Moment of Impact
“It’s my take on a snapshot of the moment a meteorite collides with a Minecraft world. I managed a mega fail at one point and accidentally set the whole thing on fire with all the lava , so had to start from scratch on the meteorite again.”
So twice he made this, and I thank him for it.
8) Playable Guitar
My second favourite, this playable guitar by disco_ (creator of Temple of Notch and Cake Defence) is absolutely immense. Using a staggering amount of pistons and redstone, you can step on individual pressure pads to change the chords that are playing, almost instantaneously. There are 10 open chords arpeggios available, and as the video beneath shows, it’s ridiculously complicated
9) Minecraft Interstate
I picked this mostly for the awesome video, true, but it goes to show how simple builds can sometimes be the most effective. Uploaded by brt547o (real name Brett), this map incorporates a 7.67 mile long track, which in real time takes 27 minutes to traverse. I picked this however for the enigmatic video that was made by Brett himself; a time-lapse of 3:24 minutes set to a hauntingly beautiful song from Mindthings.
As an art student based in Florida, Brett was asked how he found his motivation for mining in a literal straight line. “What I can say, is that if you’re finding yourself lacking creativity or simply don’t want to finish something, set a goal and take a break. For me, my goals were, ‘OK, next mountain, next hill, let’s get to the other side of the river/ocean’ … Setting up your project into chunks or sections is a nice way to progressively develop your project.”
10) Welcome to Rapture
My favourite, and unfortunately one of the most well known Minecraft creations, but it is undeniably a god send for fans of Bioshock. Uploaded by Adam “Ein” Shefki, he managed to recreate the opening of Bioshock using only blocks that he mined himself, and yes, it’s set entirely underwater.
Developed with the help of many user from Penny Arcade, it’s a breathtaking glimpse at how powerful a tool Minecraft actually is, and is so in tune with the original opening that they even keep the swimming whale, as it glides through the glass intersections of Rapture.
In an interview for The Escapist, he tells about the problems encountered with making this epic. “When we first started building Rapture, we weren’t very comfortable with underwater building, so our initial structures were made by digging down into the sea floor, hollowing out a giant space inside, and then building our structures within that area. When they were done, we cracked the roof over the structures and dug them out so they would be exposed.”
Luckily, they developed a better system. With a team of 30 members over five weeks, Rapture was finished. It’ll never be totally finished though as there are a myriad of ways to improve the map, as well as implementing new systems that were not available for the original build. Neither is the map perfect; but with the limitation of Minecraft, it’s astounding that they’ve been able to create such a masterpiece with so few pieces of in-game equipment.