Minecraft - Top 10 Building Ideas

by Harry Hughes Featured 23 Comments 14 Votes 271364 Views 11/02/2011 Back to Articles

Minecraft is an amazing game; it allows the creation of just about anything offers no limits, other than the player’s imagination. Unfortunately, lack of motivation often leads to a lack of progress in one’s Minecraft world.

For this reason, we present to you ten ideas for building. These can all be adjusted to suit your needs, and have been selected based on either usefulness or plain awesomeness. In no particular order, here are the 10 best building ideas in this fabulous game..

The Landmark Tower

Easy to build, easy to identify, and incredibly helpful, these towers are iconic to all who like to explore the lands. Building one of these is simple: point straight at the ground and jump while placing blocks.

The idea here is to use a block which isn’t too natural - dirt for example may blend in a little too much. Wool is great, especially if coloured a distinct colour, but gravel is useful due how easy it is to destroy.

These towers are used to find your way back home, or to a particularly tasty landscape you may have located.

Fast-Food Franchises

What better way to service yourself (or if online, others) than by having a chain of buildings where food and other healing items are readily available?

The building does not have to be particularly fancy, but for extra effect, it could be built in the shape of the food it stocks. You can charge a (small) price so that all your hard work does not amount to nothing: everyone wins!

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Epic Ships

Every decent Minecraft map/server needs at least one epic ship. Be it based off a video game model or an originally-constructed vehicle, there’s nothing quite as impressive as one of these bad boys.

For extra effect, use some mods to allow this ship to be fully functional!

Pixel Art Library

One of the many arts encouraged by Minecraft is pixel, and that can be seen in most maps around the world. But why stop at just a few characters? Try recreating an entire library of characters (you could even recreate an entire scene from a video game) in your world: if two heads are better than one, what are thirty?

Interactive Scenes

Don’t feel the need to stop at pixel art, either. Why not go the distance (and surrender your life) by recreating an entire scene from a video game or movie? Even with the help of some friends you’re looking at a long time building, but the results are incredibly amazing, so it’s always worth looking at.

Transport Infrastructures

The underground/tube/subway is a pretty useful thing. The whole railway thing works wonders when it comes to moving from one place to another. Despite its setting in a somewhat primitive era, Minecraft allows use the use of rails, making infrastructure for fast transport not only possible, but quite easy to create and maintain.

The best way to do this is to have multiple stations and link them all with a few separate lines. By doing this, you’re making creation of new areas much easier.

Once again, a few mods here can further enhance the experience - including some which boost minecarts and others which stop them; fantastic for stations.

Cities

Street lights flickering on every street, ultra-modern skyscrapers blocking your view of the night sky. This creates a surreal feeling in the real world, which can also be achieved in Minecraft. Building an entire city is incredibly satisfying and seems to fill your world with a sense of bustling activity.

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Gigantic Castle

Given the availability of different blocks in this game, it should come as no surprise that most buildings are either houses made from wood, or castles made from cobblestone. But castles are supposed to be magnificent, imposing and luxurious - three things most Minecraft castles are not

There should be plenty of work put into one of these. Guards towers should dominate the boundaries of the buildings, giving you a good view of surrounding landscapes and potential threats. There should be a high number of rooms: a master bedroom, living area and servants’ quarters all come stock-standard with this type of building, and how you fill the remaining space is completely up to you!

Redstone Devices

Redstone is one of the most versatile concepts in this title. It can be used for nearly any purpose, so studying its uses is a must if you want to truly have the coolest stuff around.

Once you have grasped the basics, you’ll be able to move on to more adventurous projects. Something like a TNT cannon is daunting at first, but is cool and only the beginning of what one can achieve with this electricity-like substrance. Someone has already had success building a fully functional computer - why not go one better and build a gaming console playable within Minecraft?

Traps!

Using your acquired knowledge of redstone (above), you should have no problems building traps. What happens after an enemy is trapped is up to you, but placing traps around your buildings will prove invaluable in the process of protecting your property.

Be creative as possible with traps: cacti, TNT and pitfalls have been overused to death, so try something new!

Just make sure you don’t trap yourself when setting traps up!

By Harry Hughes

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Wooo Hoo!! Building stuff!
Look at all the coloured wool [MOG]
Great article :)
Best thing I've built, Massive Rubik's Cube - img717.imageshack.us/...

I can haz Cheezburger?

yuh25 said: Best thing I've built, Massive Rubik's Cube - img717.imageshack.us/...


That's really nice! [MOG]

yuh25 said: Best thing I've built, Massive Rubik's Cube - img717.imageshack.us/...




Would have taken some time to get all that coloured wool, nice job.

I need to learn to build mob traps =_=
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my city is so bigt that i got bats in my atice i got the 1.4.2 scary updates but i dont have the survival games map because i do not know it
i like creative mode its fun and my freind is being mean this name is ben peac ou bye p.s i have 4 cat 1 dog im 18 year old peace out my girlfriend dump me......... [heartbreak]
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This isnt a vary good list because me and alot of other people have aready done this stuff. [Facepalm]

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