Tuff Terrain is some seriously psychidelic, fractal stuff. It’s also a series of two awesome minecraft survival maps, one being in the survival island / sky block scheme of things, the other being a fractal desert that is more beautiful than I can express with these limited words. Un-englishable, as a certain fellow used to say. Surviving the map is one thing, not falling into the void whilst staring at the unquestionable beauty of irregular regularity is quite another.
So there’s like, this Minecraft chunk. And it’s, like, suspended in the sky with nothing around it. As a survival map, its purpose is simple. Just mine the chunk for whatever resources you can find and try to survive without falling off the edge too many times. Cobble generators will no doubt be popular with the ‘eternal expansion’ crowd, but others will be happy to simply sit atop the chunk, growing forests, fighting mobs, farming pigs and contemplating the great blue yonder.
Are there challenges? Are there challenges. Yes. There are challenges. The first challenge is the cobblestone generator I mentioned above. There’s always a cobblestone generator, with all the fleeting possibility of accidentally creating obsidian or melting yourself. For those of you past the cobblestone generation level of challenges, there are more. Like make five bowls of mushroom stew, or build a fortress made of snow. These are all inherently pointless, without even a vague attempt at story to make them somehow coherent, but that’s how minecraft survival map players like it, difficult and highly specific.
You begin your journey trapped in a pocket of air in the lower corner of the sky aquarium. The sky aquarium is a small place, a place where one tree grows a few meters away and where the constant press of water makes breathing difficult.
What makes this map hard is the relative lack of resources. At first glance there are no animals, no grasses, no wheat farms, no mushrooms, not a whole lot of food of any kind in fact. Small pockets of ore do exist, but they are not easily found and the player will have to create ways to hold back the waters in order to harvest their bounty.
Although this is a tiny map, I found it to be one of the more enjoyable sky survival maps thus far, perhaps because exploring the small reaches of this little map took an awful lot of engineering, and when I found those precious deposits, I felt a glow of achievement difficult to attain in a world where one takes air for granted.
Can you survive in a Garden Pot? You’re about to find out! In the vein of Ant Farm Survival and Fish Tank Survival and Survival in a Bottle comes Garden Pot survival, a massive garden pot in which you must survive.
This minecraft map is largely comprised of a massive tree, a tree so large that you’ll probably get a nose bleed trying to climb all the way to the top of it. The top of the tree is dusted with a coating of snow and the ground below is entirely brown dirt. No grass graces the pot at first, so therefore you have quite a task ahead of you cultivating the garden pot into a wilderness that can sustain life.
This island is what happens when you take Minecraft out for a night of hard liquor and even harder women and then switch it on the next morning. If that analogy isn’t appropriate for you, it is what happens when Elmo and Megatron have a fight. This small block of WTF is nestled cosily in the void, and it is your job, as a player of the game of minecraft, to attempt some form of survival upon it. No animals will spawn naturally at first (unless you count the three little pigs clinging to outcroppings above an endless fall,) who are highly likely to turn themselves into cooked pork chops if they get loose. Arable land is at a premium, meaning there is almost none of it. Good luck growing crops when the flame from the netherblock keeps turning them into crispy wheat flakes before you get a chance to harvest them.
This simple minecraft survival island / sky block map is the sort of thing that survival dreams are made of. Can you sort out the chaos that is the random smattering of blocks into something useful? Or will you slip and fall into the void, never to spawn correctly again? Although this sort of map has definitely been done before, the randomized terrain adds a new level of challenge that most players will find quite enjoyable. I liked the fact that the mandatory ‘single tree’ wasn’t one of the usual oak tree sticking out like a sore thumb. This is a sky survival map for a new generation, a generation of players using the minecraft 1.4 update.