Minecraft has come a long way since its reveal back in 2009, with many additions, upgrades and changes. Now, it is time to jump back in and experience something a little different and add a bit of competitiveness for you and your friends with the new Minecraft Glide Mini Game.
It is no secret that I was dragged into playing Minecraft, and since then I’ve spent more time playing this game than any other. With the quest towards The End as well as creative mode where my children and I have made an expansive world of buildings and pixel art, the sky is the limit.
For added experiences, the mini games were included and although I haven’t spent a lot of time in these, they are a great way to spend time in the Minecraft world challenging your friends and random strangers.
A new addition to the Mini Game section has been released a few weeks back, Minecraft Glide. In this, your character is equipped with a pair of wings and you are required to steer yourself throughout the map. As you are just gliding, you are required to utilise various Speed Boosts and Thermal Vents to increase your speed and elevation respectively. Just whatever you do, don’t touch the ground, this is instant death and you reset back to the last checkpoint.
There are two modes for you to choose from, Time and Score modes. Within the Score mode, there are assorted rings along the map for you to fly through in order to increase your score. These vary in size and value with the large green rings giving the lowest score and the small blue ones a higher value but have an extra degree of difficulty to obtain. Alternatively, you can focus on using shortcuts, refined flight paths and your manoeuvring skills to get the best time in the Time Mode.
The gameplay itself is very reminiscent of games like Pilot Wings and the multitude of games which included a flying challenge. It certainly requires a bit of trial and error along with memorising the maps and their hidden paths.
The first map was supplied a few weeks back as a free update to Minecraft, so you should go check that out if you haven’t already but in addition to this, you can purchase the Track Pack Season Pass. The season pass includes an extra 3 maps available now as part of the Beasts pack, with Giants, and Myths coming sometime up until April 2018. It also includes the Mini Game Heroes Skin Pack for you to use if you wish.
These mini games are a great way to play with your friends, where you are able to converse and laugh at your errors. However, if you’re like me and don’t know anyone else who has purchased the DLC, it can become very monotonous very quickly. And it is worth mentioning, that unless you have at least one friend or playing online with random people, you cannot play the mini games. Therefore, you cannot practice on your own.
Speaking of random players online, they are the main reason my experience was heavily diminished. If you are lucky enough to complete the level, you enter spectator mode to see your opponents who are still playing. In every game, it became very clear that lag-switching allows them to briefly pause, line up their next movement and continue. This gives them an advantage to unfairly beat your time or score.
I’m not sure if this is related to the lag-switching or not, but in a fair number of levels I was left dying repeatedly after resetting at a checkpoint. In each case, I was unable to reach the nearest Speed Boost or Thermal Vent, ultimately this made the level impossible to complete. Now this didn’t happen every time, which makes me suspicious but either way, incredibly frustrating.
What I will say for this DLC, the maps are great. They are well thought-out and challenging. Each play through, I found more hidden paths and rings which means that you can certainly adapt your play style to suit the alternative routes which may benefit you in both Time or Score modes. One thing I would like to have seen is the inclusion of these maps into the normal mode. The detail of the environments and creatures are just awesome.
The Minecraft Glide Mini Game and Track Season Pass is really a good way for current players to expand on their experience and a nice way to lure back players who have moved on to other games. It is an assortment of short Mini Games which I believe is best played with friends, whether online or locally, this is what enhances the experience that this DLC can offer. If you are after more from Minecraft, and enjoy the other Mini Games, then this may be a good addition for you.