Fans of Minecraft have two more places to explore, inspired by medieval sites from 10th century Denmark and 14th century England.
Officially launched in 2011, Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with over 200 million copies sold. Considered a ‘sandbox game’, it allows players to build and create entire worlds, and has been praised for its creativity and gameplay. The game has also been widely used as a teaching platform, and including several projects related to the Middle Ages.
Two recent additions to the official Minecraft website offer players the chance to explore worlds inspired by medieval sites. The first is Trelleborg Viking Settlement, which is based on the ring castle built by the Danish King Harald Bluetooth in the year 980 AD. The game features a much larger version of what the fortress would have been like, with numerous buildings located inside and the home to dozens of villagers. Paths lead out from the four gates of the ring castle, allowing users to venture out into the countryside.
The second world is based on Bodiam Castle, one of the most well-known castles from medieval England. Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, its construction was based more aesthetics rather than defensive needs. Today it remains a picturesque ruin.
The Bodiam Castle in Minecraft has some similarities, including having it surrounded by water, but the keep itself would have looked more like its original appearance, at least on the outside. The castle is also much larger than the original, with the interior courtyard filled with buildings and trees. Moreover, if you want this castle for yourself, you will need to fight off hordes of enemies created by monster spawners placed throughout the castle.