The creator of Minecraft entered the annual accelerated game development competition Ludum Dare over the weekend and did what he does best: he made a miniature version of Minecraft called Minicraft — and he did it in just 48 hours. Perhaps Markus "Notch" Persson was lucky that the community chose the theme of "alone" this year, which naturally fits with the popular sandbox game's solitary play style. The purpose of Minicraft is to kill the Air Wizard, the only other sentient being in the world, to ensure you're alone forever. Gameplay is kind of a cross between The Legend of Zelda and Minecraft in survival mode — you can wander the 2D landscape killing monsters in addition to gathering resources to craft things like weapons and armor, but you don't actually build much. You can play Notch's latest creation online or download the source at Ludum Dare — just be careful, as it's inherited some of the addictive qualities of its predecessor.
Notch makes Minicraft in 48 hours
The creator of Minecraft made a miniature version of the popular sandbox game called Minicraft in just 48 hours as part of the accelerated games development competition, Ludum Dare.