Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
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  1. 100
    4J has turned in an accomplished port, boasting crisp, high-resolution visuals and a reorganised inventory...In terms of console sims, nothing touches it. Minecraft's world is one that everybody should experience.
  2. May 7, 2012
    All in all, this feels like an excellent port of one of the best PC titles in recent years. If you've missed out on the PC version of the game for whatever reason, do yourself a favor and check this out. And if you're a PC Minecraft veteran, but want to school your console friends on your Minecraft knowledge, then you'll be happy to know that game makes the transition to consoles without a hitch. It's a great port of a great game, and well worth picking up.
  3. May 7, 2012
    It's very rare to find a game that perfects the minute details of simple actions and turns it into a work of art. What's even more shocking is that there have been games that have been in development for over ten years that don't even come close to the quality of this game, and it's an arcade game at that.
  4. May 10, 2012
    Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is just as fun as it is on the PC. The only limitation is your own imagination.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 29, 2012
    Slightly simplified compared to the PC version, but still a great conversion of an excellent game. Endless amount of creativity are guaranteed. [July 2012]
  6. Jul 13, 2012
    Minecraft on the Xbox Live Arcade is an addicting and rewarding experience, assuming you are willing to put the time into the experience. This is one of those games where you will truly get out whatever you put into the game, and that can be both good and bad. If you put in the time and dedication though, you will discover one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences ever.
  7. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 19, 2012
    A masterful piece of contemporary game design and a richly rewarding experience suitable for all ages. [Issue#86, p.98]
  8. Hyper Magazine
    Jun 13, 2012
    A learning experience of the best kind. [July 2012, p.67]
  9. May 23, 2012
    Even though some PC features did not make it to this version, Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is still a game that will have you hooked for months.
  10. May 15, 2012
    A surprisingly solid port - given the switch to controller.
  11. May 12, 2012
    Minecraft is an excellent port of the famous PC game. At a glance you'll have a hard time noticing the differences. The Xbox 360 version is way more accessible though thanks to a way clearer crafting system. Veterans should skip this version, because the PC-version boasts many more options.
  12. May 11, 2012
    In short, Minecraft 360 is a slightly older, self-contained version of Minecraft. It has a deftly handled new user-interface and control scheme, a guided version of the crafting system, a handy tutorial and split-screen co-op; none of which the PC release can offer.
  13. May 10, 2012
    What could've been a second-rate PC port for the service is instead a quality addition, one with hours' worth of gameplay, whether going on your own or joining up with friends in the building community. The stuff you can make is only limited by your imagination, and though it takes time, the effort is certainly worth it.
  14. May 9, 2012
    It's a good deal less aimless in this new 360 version, which makes a few notable concessions to accessibility for this notoriously inscrutable game.
  15. May 8, 2012
    A perfect console porting for the Notch's masterpiece, with the promises of new, free of charge updates.
  16. May 7, 2012
    If you've never played Minecraft before, the Xbox 360 version is by far the easiest to get to grips with.
  17. May 7, 2012
    The indie superstar goes on Xbox 360 with a renewed and simplified crafting system, but still faithful to its sandbox philosophy. Only time will tell if the console audience is ready for this kind of games, but this is undoubtedly a very well-crafted porting that keeps the philosophy of the project intact.
  18. May 9, 2012
    I've always been a fan of games that emphasize exploration and freedom, and that's what Minecraft is at its core. I absolutely love the feeling I get from scaling a blocky mountain and seeing a wide-open expanse of pure possibility in the distance. It was revelatory when it was released on PC, and Xbox 360 players now have a chance to experience all the wonder that Minecraft offers.
  19. 88
    The smaller world size and lack of Adventure Update features mean this is the PC version's little brother rather than an upgrade. Still, you'll lose yourself for hours.
  20. May 7, 2012
    An unique game, capable of capturing the player's attention for many, many hours. The lack of a more guided and objective-based structure could alienate the less creative and patient players, though.
  21. May 7, 2012
    Is Minecraft unfamiliar to you, yet you don't want to start off into this vast world without any kind of guidance? Then the Xbox-Edition is for you.
  22. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 20, 2012
    Minecraft is just as addictive on the Xbox 360 as it was on the PC. Too bad the world is only a small fragment of that of the original game. [June 2012]
  23. May 17, 2012
    Overall, the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft is an excellent port. It lacks many of the features its PC sibling has, but those are expected to be implemented in the game's free updates. If you're looking for a fun, highly addictive way to relax and let your creativity run free, or if you want an entertaining game to play with some friends, this won't disappoint.
  24. May 8, 2012
    With the lack of the customisation and overall support of the PC version, veterans may find the game a tad gimped, at least for the time being. But for newcomers, or strictly console gamers, The Xbox 360 version is the perfect time to jump in.
  25. May 8, 2012
    The core experience you're getting here is a great adaptation of Minecraft for the console market, one that plays to the strengths of the format it finds itself on. After five days of play, it's safe to say that this is the version I'll be sticking with for now.
  26. May 7, 2012
    Minecraft on Xbox 360 is a superb package that is well worth the inflated XBLA price tag. For $20 you get so much content that it is hard to argue the value, especially considering it is cheaper than on PC, and now more accessible for players without a gaming rig.
  27. May 8, 2012
    Minecraft comes to Xbox 360 with a renewed and simplified crafting system. It's a great port of an amazing PC game, perfect for new players.
  28. CD-Action
    Jun 6, 2012
    The X360 edition is a kind of an introduction to the Minecraft's world and concept – some of important gameplay mechanics were lost in the process of simplification. [July 2012, p.87]
  29. May 31, 2012
    The addictive core gameplay of hunting, gathering, and building is intact, with streamlined crafting and multiplayer that make the console version unique. It's definitely not a game for people with short attention spans or addictions to hyper-violence.
  30. May 25, 2012
    Minecraft is suited for all, who have not killed the child within themselves yet. Although, the console version cannot be compared (for now) to the PC one, it still offers a great deal of fun, and with its regular updates we may expect of it to be a supernal game any time.
  31. May 22, 2012
    On the whole, any Minecraft is better than no Minecraft, and the 360 version is a full, satisfying game, when not judged against the PC version -- even in slightly-gimped form, Minecraft is better than most games on earth.
  32. May 22, 2012
    This version is somewhat limited compared to the original, but overall it is a decent adaptation and absolutely obligatory for anyone who has never experienced the game on PC.
  33. May 21, 2012
    A huge surprise two years ago on PC, Minecraft remains astonishing on Xbox 360, especially for new players. Actually, this version of Mojang's masterpiece takes off some elements to become a more accessible game. From now on, the crafting is simplified and all the latest enhancements on PC are unfortunately absent. But, thanks to its enormous open world and its brilliant gameplay, Minecraft is still a must have.
  34. May 18, 2012
    There'll always be limitations on console, and it's highly unlikely the game will ever compare to it's PC counterpart, but this is an impressive port and a brilliant game regardless. It's made even more of an ominous time-glutton by having you sprawled out on the sofa, pad in hand, mind, so be careful.
  35. May 16, 2012
    Graphically, Minecraft may not look like anything special on the XBox 360 and sort of looks like a strange hybrid LEGO world. However when these blocks and ideas are combined together, Minecraft becomes an amazing experience that is only limited by your imagination. The ambient sound also takes a backseat in the game as does the music but together with the graphics, controls and almost flawless gameplay on the 360, it creates one of the most original games in years.
  36. May 14, 2012
    Too bad this 360 edition doesn't include most of the refinements of the computer version. It's a port of an old beta version, but it's actually a very good one, complete with an enhanced interface, a very nice tutorial, and probably the best multiplayer of all since it's Xbox Live based and as such, very easy to use and enjoy.
  37. May 14, 2012
    It's still cut from the same cloth eternal favorites are made of. It does come from a much smaller coil this time around, though. (…) Instead of staying mysterious and unfamiliar for basically forever, the smaller maps of this conversion mean that you've grasped every inch of your surroundings all to soon. You will get to the point where you'll feel trapped, wanting to escape and to start over somewhere else.
  38. May 13, 2012
    Those who see past the blocky graphics to bring out the fun of Minecraft, especially with their friends, will find that this game is well worth the money.
  39. May 11, 2012
    Only on the console you'll get basic explanations as well as comfortable crafting without having to read through millions of forum pages. But the pad-explored worlds are limited and not infinite like on the PC with the result of you losing a sense of freedom. It is still fascinating, though.
  40. May 10, 2012
    Like its source material, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has no shortage of flaws, but it also provides a wholly unique gaming experience that can last for untold hours, whether you're mining alone into the deepest depths of your randomly-generated world or crafting a giant Starship Enterprise replica with a crew of up to seven other players.
  41. May 10, 2012
    As I said before, Minecraft is what you make of it. The game has no real end goal and a minimal set of instructions, so you decide what you want to do. It is a sandbox in the truest sense of the word, so it'll please those who like making things up as they go along. It still needs updates to unlock the true vision and potential, but what you have here is a very enjoyable and versatile experience that should be played at least once.
  42. May 10, 2012
    Minecraft for Xbox 360 is a solid conversion and much more user-friendly than the PC version. The new split-screen mode is a great way to experience Minecraft with others. There are some issues, though, and the main problem is the small environments which removes a lot of the exploration that was so fun on the PC.
  43. May 9, 2012
    The 360 game offers enough value for block-building neophytes to justify its existence in a world where Minecraft has already seemingly been wallpapered everywhere you look for the last couple of years.
  44. May 9, 2012
    Like Sim City and Civilization before it, it is a sandbox that not only facilitates but also actively nurtures experimentation and creativity. That is much more rare than it sounds, and so much more valuable.
  45. May 8, 2012
    Minecraft on the Xbox 360 does an admirable job of reproducing the essence of its forbear, and on the strength of the local co-op, it also manages to improve upon it in a small but essential way.
  46. 80
    The amount of missing features is disappointing, but as a first step this is an excellent console version of one of gaming's most open-ended and creative experiences.
  47. May 8, 2012
    Once the initial 'oooooo' factor wears off, singleplayer does get a bit tiresome if you haven't got a purpose, but then all you need is a couple of online friends or someone in your own house to share the experience with, and it becomes fun again.
  48. May 8, 2012
    That is the dilemma of Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition. What is there is fun, but incomplete; with each purchase there is an investment of trust that Minecraft will grow and evolve on Xbox 360 as it continues to do on PC. Of course, those venturing into Minecraft's world for the first time would never know that pieces of the puzzle are still missing.
  49. May 7, 2012
    Minecraft is an experience of total freedom. If you haven't had a chance to try the PC version, this may be the right time.
  50. May 7, 2012
    It doesn't have as many options as the original PC title, but it keeps the same essence. It is still Minecraft and the implementation of the control is great, one of the main concerns with this adaptation. It lacks some options the PC version already has included, like the RPG elements and the possibility to apply mods and skins, but it is much more friendly for novice users thanks to its tutorial and the revamped object system.
  51. May 7, 2012
    Xbox 360's version keeps alive all the essence of the PC original game and allows you to enjoy its unique and addictive stile with only a gamepad. Despite its quality, the Hardcore and Creative modes, so loved in the PC version, are missing and even the massive online servers have now been changed for 4 player split screen games, playable up to 8 players on Xbox Live. This new version is the perfect option for new players.
  52. May 7, 2012
    If you've already been playing Mojang's baby for years, though, there's nothing new here. Stick to your establishment. And it should be obvious, but if you've tried Minecraft and didn't like it, Xbox 360 Edition won't make a fan out of you.
  53. May 15, 2012
    If you don't need mods and prefer to play on your Xbox 360, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is much better built than its PC partner. Long time fans will no doubt find some of the differences disappointing - for instance the world is limited to 1024x1024 - and while this is small compared to the PC version, with an 8 player multiplayer limit it's still massive. If you are looking to finally see what the fuss is about, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is an excellent purchase.
  54. May 7, 2012
    I don't regret the engrossing, addictive, and often boring adventure I've had. No matter how tired I may be by the end of a day's excavating, stone smelting, and undead slaying, I can say that, overall, it was worth the effort. Just about.
  55. Jun 10, 2012
    Between the challenge of establishing a comfortable existence out of rough-hewn wilderness, the hunger to learn the game's metanarrative, and the opportunity to de-stress from the worries of real life, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition transformed itself from a dull dirt-digging sim into something challenging, appealing, and far different from what I'd usually spend time with. I never thought I'd become a devotee, but I have to admit that there is greatness here-anyone describing the game as simple creation is massively underselling the concealed complexity of the ultimate design.
  56. May 31, 2012
    A well-made conversion of the incredibly popular PC-game. The lack of features and modes is made up by a great interface, very good controls and the awesome possibility to play four player local co-op.
  57. 70
    As a fan you know what to expect. As a new comer you might be dissapointed that this is based on 1.6.6. This means that there is only survival mode and no realaxing creative mode. Still we know it will propably come along in the form of an update. Awesome splitscreen options make this is sure hit if you got hours to spare juggling building blocks.
  58. May 11, 2012
    Despite the nice multiplayer options, the improved accessibility, and the refined crafting system, the missing elements are a sizable backslide from the PC version. But is the core foundation still a lot of fun? Absolutely--if you temper your expectations.
  59. May 10, 2012
    Chop, mine and build - the world is your canvas with almost endless possibilities for creative minds. A lot of features from the PC-version are missing, but it's still a fantastic game.
  60. May 7, 2012
    The plethora of in-game tips and tutorials make Minecraft far less intimidating to gamers with little time or patience to stumble around blindly looking for the fun, much of the mystery and discovery of the original game has been stripped away by the very things meant to make it more palatable.
  61. 70
    For all the game's possibilities, however, it also feels remarkably sparse at times, with a seemingly limited set of materials, animals, and enemies in the world. Minecraft is naturally a very slow and deliberate experience, but the Xbox 360 Edition is curiously based on a year-old PC beta version, and thus lacks many of the elements seen in the official release and later updates, including new animals, resources, food, enemy actions, and combat mechanics.
  62. 60
    Can kill a couple of hours, but the PC version is far superior.
  63. May 10, 2012
    If Minecraft on the PC is the video game equivelent of LEGO, then Minecraft on XBLA is Duplo. It's a perfect introduction to the game and its experience-but it won't take long for you to outgrow it and want the real thing.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 564 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 81 out of 564
  1. May 9, 2012
    It's Minecraft, just now on 360. The maps are smaller, it is running on an older version of the game (with updates to be rolled out over time,It's Minecraft, just now on 360. The maps are smaller, it is running on an older version of the game (with updates to be rolled out over time, much like the pc version), and it has ditched dedicated servers in favor of a drop in, drop out system based on the original player's save. It also includes a nice 4-player splitcreen mode, and allows for eight people to play together at any one time. They have also implemented a more intuitive crafting system, allowing the player to easily manage that which he wishes to create, along with the materials needed, doing away a lot of the trial and error that normally comes with crafting. If the changes they made to the game don't bother you, then you are in for a great experience. Full Review »
  2. May 14, 2012
    This version of Minecraft should only be played by those who have not or can not play it on the pc. The game is based on an old version of theThis version of Minecraft should only be played by those who have not or can not play it on the pc. The game is based on an old version of the game, it has no texture packs, mobs spawn during the day as well as inside your house when you try to sleep. Food does not stack, the maps are limited, the time it takes to create and save a map is grossly disappointing, there tends to be considerable lag when playing online, and there is input lag from the controller to the game. The only positive thing I can say is that at least this is a version of the game before hunger was introduced. If you've never played Minecraft before this could be fun, but for the price it should have at least been the first released version of the game. Therefore I say doodoo pie overall. Full Review »
  3. May 9, 2012
    By no means a bad game but the pricing is all wrong 1600msp . I tried the demo enough to get what its about @ 800 point I may have bit , wayBy no means a bad game but the pricing is all wrong 1600msp . I tried the demo enough to get what its about @ 800 point I may have bit , way overpriced . Many many games on XBLA that simply offer more fun and content. Full Review »