I broke down over the holiday weekend and bought the Minecraft app for my son. My little guy has been obsessed with this game for over a month now - it's his new thing. Don't feel bad, I had to google what the heck Minecraft is too! As the Minecraft website states: "Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things."
There are a couple of "how to play" instructional videos on the site but if you have a six-year-old in your house (which I do), they've probably already watched the YouTube channel dedicated to Minecraft. My son's wealth of knowledge would have been useful the first night I played the game. I spent THREE hours trying to figure out how to build the tools, fight off the "mobs", and build a house.
After a couple of days playing the game, I'm still searching for flint to make more torches so that I can mine for iron and diamonds. I fought off zombies who broke into my home and was killed by a spider. I've learned that if you don't put your things in a container, you respawn in the forrest with nothing - leaving you to find your mine.
I'm so hooked on this game that I'm debating on eating my lunch in my office with the door closed so I can get an hour of mining in today…