48-hours is far from an ideal
development cycle, but for developer Markus “Notch” Persson, it
was just enough time to code a miniature version of the blocky indie
game that made him famous over the weekend.
Entitled Minicraft, the 8-bit era
demake was created for Ludum Dare, a contest that
challenges developers to make a game from scratch over the span of
48-hours. In it, players must mine resources and hack away at enemies
in a procedurally generated world, with the ultimate goal being to
hunt down and kill the Air Wizard.
The project is about as basic as one
can expect from a marathon coding competition, but the mere fact it's
actually a solid, playable game is a testament to Persson's skill. No
doubt, this could easily be a discount app for iOS or a PS Mini.
Luckily, you can play it for free either by downloading it to your
rig or firing it up in your browser.
Minicraft is one of 891 entries currently being played and judged by the Ludum Dare community.
You can show your support for Notch and other marathon developers
right now at the competition page.