Professor Perk and Redtopia, Minecraft Adventure Map

A redstone based minecraft adventure map, now there’s something different. I say adventure map, this is pretty much a comprehensive redstone tutorial masquerading as an adventure map. They’re trying to make us learn! They’re trying to make us learn! Persevere through the first couple of lessons however and you’ll be treated to thrills and spills as the map maker turns his knowledge of redstone on you, plunging you to certain death only to rescue you at the last moment and laugh about it. Ho ho ho. Merry lava everybody!

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to use redstone to create impressive hidden doors, traps and minecraft machines, then this is a map you simply must play. Spend a little time wandering around the initial levels to grasp the basics, then get blasted into oblivion as the map maker wreaks his power upon thee. There’s fun and challenges ahead, and a solid puzzle solving element as well.

There’s also a scoring system based on how many gold and iron ingots you can find in hidden and not so hidden chests, so for those who are motivated by the notion of numbers as a measure of success, there’s something for you here too.

Also: parkour!

The texture pack is largely based on the default textures, but adds a few modern touches, like glass doors, which make for a pleasantly scientific look, but confuse the heck out of some players on their first play through *cough* me *cough*. There’s a few other textures that add to the ambiance as well, like the Professor Perk, who pops up after the first few rounds to gently point out the fact that the computer has gone rogue and the rest of the map will be spent with the computer trying to hurt you.

And that, my friends, is where the adventure really picks up. Gluts of fire rain down upon you as lava soaks across the floor and your knowledge seems too pitiful to save you. For an exciting and adventurous map of minecraft redstone learning….

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The Library, Minecraft Dropper Map

A dropper map is a minecraft map in which the object of the game is not to survive, or to adventure, but to fall in the right place. It’s basically Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole, but with the story ending in the pool of tears and not going on to involve destroying people’s houses and kicking lizards out of chimneys.

The Library is a compilation of such maps, contributed to by many individual map makers (49 separate map makers, to be precise.) One begins, rather unsurprisingly, in an oversized library. Now I know we’ve all seen these ‘super scale’ minecraft builds before where the player becomes a tiny speck in a domestic scene, but this particular minecraft map really outdoes all others in terms of complexity and scale.

The map has a gentle learning curve, your first drop being a simple fall into a large-ish pool of water, which might lull you into a false sense of security, but don’t be lulled! Things quickly get much more exciting and visually impressive.

This is only the beginning. I’ve not included a whole lot of screenshots because a large part of the fun of the map is pressing a button and having crazy vertical worlds revealed in all their ‘oh my god I’m falling and I can’t get up’ glory.

Not only is this compilation a whole heck of fun, it’s pretty much a must play in terms of originality, scale and sheer amount of work that has gone into its construction. If you like to download minecraft maps in part because you like to be awestruck by the creative powers of other players, you will fall in love many times over in The Library.

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Wonderland, Minecraft Adventure Map

It’s Wonderland, in Minecraft! An adventure map for all the family, and one that is sure to delight any children, or children at heart who love the stories by Lewis Carol.

I will begin with one minor gripe. A gripe that is later proved so minor as to almost not be worth mentioning. As someone who loved the Alice in Wonderland tale, it was a little dissapointing that the fall down the rabbit hole was literally just a fall down a hole that was not at all decorated. Although it happens almost at the beginning of the book, the rabbit hole itself is one of the most strikingly iconic scenes in the entire story.

This is made up for somewhat when one does land in a pool of tears (although there are no mice swimming in it, who, having fallen in have subsequently lost their way.) The opening scene of this minecraft map, as it were, is a room quite mad in a way I can only describe as Johnny Depp.

The glass table with the little box is there and one certainly gets the sense that one is undersized when compared to the rest of the room and its many doors. (Remember, we’re looking for a door just at the right height that leads into a secret garden.)

An amazing narration fits perfectly with this new Minecraft version of the Wonderland tale, complete with sound effects that really bring the world to life.

It was tempting to screenshot almost everything, but I avoided that temptation so as not to spoil the map. Suffice to say, what you see here is just a fraction of the wonders that await you.

This is, quite simply, one of the best adventure maps I have had the fortune to play. It evokes and draws on Alice’s Adventures, allowing you to visit those many whimsical locations – now ridden with minecraft monsters of course. There’s humor around every corner, as well as a very solid adventure experience that can easily be played on peaceful and enjoyed – which is my personal definition of a solid adventure map. If my attention can be held with the story and locations, then the map maker has done his or her job.

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Rise of the Pigmen Minecraft Adventure Map (1.3.1)

Pigs. Pigs and bacon everywhere. The internet perks its ears up and takes a sniff. Suddenly, pigmen!

Rise of the Pigmen is the first minecraft adventure map I’ve played that takes advantage of the new minecraft writeable books, a feature I’ve personally been dreaming of for many moons, and with an eighteen page prologue to start the map off, I think we’re going to see some literary hunts in the future that will blow our minds. From the moment you spawn in the branches of a tree like the proverbial rock a bye baby, things start getting very intense and very real.

No time to read eighteen pages of pixellated text? Want to know what you’re getting  yourself into? The TL,DR of the Prologue is that after a bloody war and subsequent period of peace, a voice emerged into the minds of the kingdom’s mages instructing them to build a portal to another realm. You see where this is going, don’t you?

You, the player, henceforth referred to in the game as ‘Magnificent Stallion’ (No, I’m not kidding) must undo the evil done by the foolish mages who listened to the voices in their heads.

Thus begins your adventure as you are directed to a small nearby village where you can do jobs for villagers, earn pay, trade using both the default minecraft villager trading system and an honor system built in by the map maker.

Much like Skyrim and similar games, you can buy homes in villages if you either gather sufficient resources or simply take the key from the right chest. The ‘proper’ adventure update mode has been pushed back to 1.4, so there’s still a lot of honor involved in these maps. The fun thing about buying your home is that you are then able to decorate it with blocks allocated in the home. This, along with the extensive world map creates a sense of immersion not found in many minecraft maps these days.

Oh, did I mention that this game world is large? It’s massive. How massive? This massive:

With a great many RPG elements, including side quests, explorable dungeons and places of interest marked with blue wool balloons,  (plus a place named Winterhold),Rise of the Pigmen really goes deep. This is no shallow map to be dispensed with in a few hours, this is a deep adventure game that will draw you into a whole new world. Aladdin style.

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