Video games allow users to escape reality for a few hours at a time. They can go to war, fight dragons and even become street hustlers, all from the comfort of their couch. In this article, we will look at the best features of Minecraft 1.7.
Minecraft is one of the most successful video games in history. It is the second best-selling video game of all time. Minecraft is what gamers refer to as a “sandbox” game. This refers to a game that does not have a set goal or mission. A sandbox game allows users to operate freely within the realms of the game. While mission games move forward linearly, sandbox games allow the user to build their world and do not consider time.
Minecraft is a building game. Players select materials from the environment that surround them and craft objects from them. Although the Minecraft world is limitless, players can only place objects on pre-selected grids. The Minecraft game allows users to build their own world.
Like many other video games, Minecraft often creates new versions or updates the video game. Let us look at the Minecraft version 1.7, explore the changes made, and determine the best Minecraft 1.7 Features.
- New Biomes
In the world of Minecraft, biomes are different settings that each has its own plant life, animals, and climates. The 1.7.2 update included the addition of several new biomes and actually doubled the number of biomes in the Minecraft game. Some of the biomes are variations of biomes that previously existed, while others, such as the sandy Mesa, are entirely new. Here is a list of Minecraft biomes in the 1.7 update:
- Extreme Hills+
- The Birch Forest
- The Deep Ocean
- The Mega Taiga
- The Mesa
- The Roofed Forest
- The Savannah
- The Snowless Taiga
All biomes offer their own set of advantages and challenges when it comes to building a Minecraft village. New biomes offer new and exciting land for the players to explore.
- New Soil Types
The 1.7 update included the addition of red sand (in the brand new Mesa biome) and topsoil to the list of soil types in the game. Different types of soil can be used to create different types of blocks.
- New Achievements
Achievements in the Minecraft game are used to teach players to explore the full capabilities of Minecraft and keep the game interesting. Achievements also encourage players to explore new features of the game. The list of Minecraft Achievements added includes:
- Adventuring Time
- Diamonds to you
- The Beginning
- The Beginning?
Some of the Achievements pre-require other achievements and they are designed to help players discover new features and enjoy full use of the Minecraft game’s capabilities.
- New Statistics
The statistics are a feature that allows players to see which actions they perform in the game and how frequently. The 1.7 version added 4 new statistics:
- Distance by horse
- Junk fished
- Mobs statistics
- Treasures fished
- New Types of Wood
Since Minecraft is primarily a building game, the types of available building materials are important to take into consideration. Minecraft 1.7 added two types of wood:
- Acacia Tree
- Dark Oak Tree
Both types of wood come in log, plank and slab variations for construction.
- New Plant Life
Although the flowers and plant life in the Minecraft game serve no useful purpose and exist only for aesthetic appeal, they are a nice new feature that keeps exploration of the new biomes exciting. There are several new flowers and plants in the update including:
- Blue Orchids
- Oxide daisies
- Rose bushes
- Tall Grass
The blocks in the Minecraft game are important, as they are what all structures in the game are built from. The entire Minecraft world is made out of blocks, as are Minecraft villages. These blocks all behave differently and function differently when broken.
Minecraft 1.7 added the ability to dye glass into 16 different colors of stained glass. The glass blocks have also been retextured and are now able to connect to each other.
- Animal Life
The Minecraft 1.7 version has added a variety of exotic birds to the Minecraft biomes. It also added several different types of fish that can give players special powers or poison them if eaten. The new fish that have been added are:
- Puffer fish
Both the clownfish and salmon have significant nutritional value if consumed. The puffer fish is poisonous but can be used to make a new potion of the game, explored in detail in the next point.
The Minecraft 1.7 added a potion made using puffer fish that allows the player to breathe underwater for up to 3 minutes.
The Minecraft 1.7 update includes two new enchantments to help you fish more efficiently.
MOBS are living creatures within the game. There are a variety of different kinds of MOBS. Some interfere with players and some do not. Some MOBS feature in the Achievements function of the game, such as the new “repopulation” achievement, which requires players to breed cows. MOBS also include hostile types that will attack your player and your Minecraft village. In addition, some MOBS can be tamed, such as horses and farm animals. There are also passive and neutral MOBS that can serve players but will not interfere in play.
The MOBS added to the 1.7 upgrade are:
- Iron Golems
As Minecraft is a sandbox video game, most of the updates are focused on enriching the player experience, with many of them adding purely visual value. However, new biomes will allow players to explore brand new worlds with new plant and animal life. There are new achievements to keep the game interesting and to allow players to explore the new features of the game. There are new animals and marine life that can either nourish or poison you. The update also includes new materials for building blocks. This includes ecological components like wood types and soil types as well as the ability to dye glass. This allows players to create more visually appealing and creative structures. In short, this update enhances player experience by adding depth and quality to an already very entertaining and fun video game.