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How to play Minecraft for free at home, legally

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To play Minecraft for free is incredibly easy - players can now access a version of the game on their browsers, with no download, payment or money involved at all. Admittedly, that doesn't mean it's necessarily the full experience, as explained momentarily, but it's certainly better than nothing and might be enough to sate some people's desire to knock blocks around for a while.

Put simply, the free browser version of Minecraft is literally an older version of the game, and solely limited to the creative mode, restricting your choices and experiences pretty substantially over the actual game. But again - it's definitely better than nothing, and will serve as a decent substitute for those who want their fix. Read on for details on how to play Minecraft for free, at home, legally. 

Playing Minecraft for free explained

Play Minecraft for free

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Players can enjoy Minecraft for free at this link right here, an in-browser form of the game that's far more limited than any paid model. Specifically, this version of the game features "Minecraft Classic", an older form of the game and only the creative mode from that. No modern additions, no updates, and no mobs or survival elements - you're essentially in a time machine back to the 2000s. There are only 32 different types of blocks (with most of them being dyed wool), all the original bugs are in there, although you can build as much as you want as Classic Minecraft only has the creative mode.

Still, it's not without its charms and could potentially work as a demo for those who are considering a full purchase, want something for their kids to enjoy on a rainy day, or who just don't have the money to burn on games right now. 

There's also one other downside to consider - you can't save the game! Any progress, creations or explorations you make in the Browser Minecraft are lost when you shut down the game, and there's no way to get them back. Keep that in mind - don't get too invested in what you build!

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Leon Hurley
Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures. 

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