In This Chapter
Registering your account
Buying and downloading Minecraft
Starting your first game
Recognizing the basic controls
In the sandbox-survival game of Minecraft, you build structures, fight monsters, collect items, mine minerals, and work toward your own goals. This 3-D, grid-based game features naturally generated landscapes and challenges.
In Survival mode, you must manage your resources and acquire increasingly useful items to advance through the game. In Creative mode, you can build or design whatever structure, setup, or invention you want in your personal universe. However, most of the information you need is found in Survival mode. This chapter explains how to obtain Minecraft, start on a Survival world, and familiarize yourself with the basic game controls.
Registering a Minecraft Account
To jump into the action, you first have to register a Minecraft account. Then you can play in Demo mode or upgrade to a Premium account, which you need for the full version. Follow these steps to register an account:
1. Go to
The Minecraft ...