Minecraft hits 12 million downloads, becomes one of the most successful Xbox 360 games ever

Minecraft hits 12 million downloads, most successful 360 game ever

With 12 million downloads Minecraft is now one of the most successful Xbox 360 games in history. Minecraft is incredibly popular, so that should come as no surprise. While Xbox 360 isn't the latest, greatest console from Microsoft — that honor belongs to the Xbox One — it still lives in many hearts and many homes. And that's not all, according to TechNet Blogs:

The "Minecraft" brain trust still has plenty of surprises in store for diehard "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" fans, including the April 18 release of the new Candy Texture Pack.

So, are you one of the 12 million? And if you're a hardcore Minecraft player, how does the Xbox 360 edition hold up?



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Talk4Lig says:

Would be cool on wp8 too...

Yes please would instantly buy on windows 8 and wphone!

xboxonthego3 says:

It would be awesome if the worlds saved could be accessed on every device!

Talk4Lig says:

That would be a good start

SocalTouch says:

Wonder why more developers don't bring games to WP. There is plenty of people like me that buy games even if they are not regular gamers. People with way more disposable income than the typical Android crowd.

I'm dying for Minecraft for Windows Phone. I've tried looking for contact info about this stuff with no luck. If any one feels up to it, if they hunt down the info and we all request it, we are much more likely to get results! I do this often with many companys

+1 I think they've said before it's because it's in a different programming language or something

Nik Rolls says:

Desktop-side it used to be (or is still) in Java. However to be on the 360 it needs to be C#/C++, which shouldn't limit any portability to WP.

TaliZorah says:

Survivalcraft. Started on WP8 and us better than minecraft

Talk4Lig says:

I would still prefer official minecraft. And why do you think that survivalcraft is better?

batkingnz says:

I have survivalcraft. Great game. Runs smooth, looks great, and has customizable texture packs. It has slightly more focus on surviving... I.e. The world feels more dangerous than minecraft. Compared to the mobile versions of minecraft it blows them out of the water.

although I'm not sure if minecraft pocket version is still gimped, haven't played the android version in around a year or so.

dante501 says:

And that is was puzzles me. It has horrible graphics and not much really to it but it is so successful. Strange.

Use your imagination :D

Z10YkakPES says:

I guess he doesn't have it that's why he doesn't like it.

Editguy1900 says:

Yeah, like a lot of games.

dante501 says:

Sim city or Sims have better graphic's just saying. I mean how good would this game be with actually real looking environment. Not like a damn nes from 1990 or so.

glassadam says:

If you don't get it then you just don't get it.

Tense says:

Uh huh. Because graphics are what make a game great. /s

mnjoe says:

No offense intended Dante501, your post couldn't be more wrong. The graphics can be as basic (default) or as pretty as you want them to be with texture packs. And Minecraft is one of the deepest games in the history of video games because it's a platform for both casual and expert users to create their own experiences. If people don't think there is much to the game, they are either unwilling or unable to see it.

dante501 says:

Ok may it as it be i like games that look good and still offer a lot. Let see Mass EFFECT 1 2 3 The new Tomb Raider Dead Space all those games look Light years better and still offer a lot. Now just imagine those graphics from those games in mine craft now that would be a darn damn looking impressive game. But if you like NES looking games so be it. Just saying isnt my cup of tea. But then again i like modern things. So to each their own.

jibreezy1982 says:

I agree, I just don't like look of the game, all I see are blocks and square heads.. Iv been gaming all my life, nes, snes, mega drive, ps1, 2, 3, gameboy, psp so I know my games, minecraft just dsnt make sense to me.. Just saying..

eddieDOTexe says:

This game had so much potential. But reddit got a hold of it and notch got bored with it and left it to rot. Interestingly enough this game got a lot more content once Jeb was put in charge. He got more done in a year and a half than Notch's fatass did the entire time.

Schikitar says:

I've played it. I don't get it. But congrats to Notch for capitalizing on the '8bit' fascination of 10 year olds...

NIST says:

My kids and their friends have invented some amazing maps. I get on with them an run havok and start messing things up. They freak out and I'm laughing my as off. Damn you dad! Lol

RyanAMG says:

Father of the year right here ;)

Dare2Blink says:

Same here don't get it at all. Seems like a useless waste of time with no reward system at all, but hey, to each their own.

MikeSo says:

Hey that's what my Minecraft-playing kid says when he sees me playing Cookieclicker...



L0gic Bom8 says:

You okay there dude?


Yeah got bored and made something up.

Ben Willson says:

They say the imagination is the key to the soul... Your avatar is a animal... so yeah animal's might by your thing after all.

CombatRock says:

My daughter loves Minecraft. She had it on her Android but she switched to Windows 8 Phone and its not available??

The official one, no. :'(

Boyack says:

She can try Survival Craft.

NIST says:

We have floppy bird

keifwoki says:

My boys have switched to Survival craft but still want Minecraft as well.....

Minecraft is really good on PC, but the smartphone version is orrible and incomplete so we don't lose anything

tjoyce says:

Need that Xbox One version. My kids are just now starting to play it on Kindle, but I don't want to purchase it on the 360.

Z10YkakPES says:

They said "coming soon"

Xbox One version is coming soon along with a ton of improvements, apparently.

C'mon Xbox One version...

fbendotti says:

Xbox one and win8

Sir Switch says:

It's a wonderful and brilliant game. The Xbox One release can't come soon enough!

Coolaaron88 says:

Xbox One version please

keifwoki says:

And no Microsoft Windows Phone app????? Great work...... :/

wpguy says:

I'm not surprised. Notch essentially said "hell, no" to a Windows Store app version, because he didn't want to let Microsoft have 30%. Yet, he apparently doesn't mind forking over 30% to Apple. Whatever, 70% of $0 is $0.

Tense says:

Probably because the smaller user base WP8 has paired with giving up 30% to Microsoft made him decide that it's not worth it. I still think it's stupid, I just think that's Notch's mindset.

Ordeith says:

What's stupid was coding the PC version in JAVA.

But it is still Microsoft as Xbox, to be able to move from Xbox to WP to PC is a huge benifit for keeping people playing the game.... ??

btbam91 says:

Love the 360 version... Waiting on the Xbox One version.

Tried it on the PC and the 360 and cannot figure why people are so drawn to it, I found it rather pointless.

glassadam says:

I can't figure out why people enjoy Dark Souls. Different strokes, I guess.

Ironically, there are no curves in Minecraft, yet you failed to find any points.

glassadam says:

I can't wait for the One version. I really hope they allow mods, as well as persistent servers.

My 6 year old nephew is completely OBSESSED with freakin Minecraft...Why do kids need every dang texture pack?...It doesn't even give you new abilities just changes the way your character looks...Ridiculous...LOL

MikeSo says:

My elementary school age child plays Minecraft on the PC, on his Xbox 360 and on his iPad. On the WP he plays the ripoff Survival Craft. I'd say this is quite a hit based on him and his friends at least... Personally I can't even look at it - I get motion sickness right away :/

XcZachx20 says:

I respect the game for what it is. I understand that it's based off one's creativity, but personally I don't see the appeal in it. I do like seeing all the crazy things people do create on YouTube videos. I guess it's just not for me.

SnatchedIT says:

I played it tons on PC. It all comes down to get a good "gang" of online friends to play with and it gets really fun

Flagz says:

LOVE Minecraft. My Xbox account totals = 1700 hours! Waiting for Xbox One edition. Also, WPC editors, what happened to Terraria coming to WP8?

I think RE-LOGIC stated recently it should be coming out soon

Dare2Blink says:

Same here, I would not even call it a game, more like a weird map builder with 8 bit graphics.

coip says:

If Minecraft is that popular that bodes well for Project Spark, which is a much better creation game. Could be Microsoft's killer app.

Flagz says:

The difference between Project Spark and Minecraft is the adventure. If you never got into the game then its very unclear. I'm 21 years old and when Minecraft first came out I thought it was the stupidest idea in existence. After playing Survival Exclusively, I realized why people fall in love with the game. The adventures is amazing and the only thing more fun then running into a beautiful lava and waterfall 150 block high ravine is actually making it back home to keep your loot safe. Everytime I play with my 5 friends on Minecraft we are awed in amazement from the beautifully generated worlds, laugh from the many mistakes and awkward moment, and cry when we get so far and don't make it. Literally cried as a 21 year old man. Every adventure in Minecraft is different and you never know what could behind that next block.

coip says:

Admittedly, I never really played Minecraft (as I dind't own an X360), but only saw my friends play it for a few hours. It looked like a lot of work to build stuff. The concept seemed cool, but it seemed limited (but your description seems to show a deeper game). That said, I'm very impressed with Project Spark. The variety in creations that gamers have made thus far is simply amazing. If you liked Minecraft, I'd be shocked if you didn't like Project Spark, so you should definitely check it out!

peachy001 says:

I was eager to try Spark, but I found it painfully slow.... I know it isn't finished, but even so, I thought it was poor. One other thing, what on Earth is the aim of the game?

coip says:

If by slow you mean loading times and whatnot, then yes, it is very much in beta. Lots of bugs for them to work out. For this very reason, I was actually surprised they made the beta open last week--as it seems like it needs a lot more work before it can go public.

As for the aim of the game, there are two goals: 1. create and share, 2. play and rate. Many people will do both. The first one gives people the ability to create almost any type of game they want. You should watch some montages, like this one or this one, to see some of the games people have made so far. Very impressive. The second one gives casual gamers the ability to play any of these games. No one is going to be making the next Titanfall, but there really is almost endless potential for XBLA-esque games to be made, that anyone who owns an Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Windows 8.1 device can play for free (Xbox Live Gold isn't even required). I'm quite excited about it.

Flagz says:

I have a total of about an hour and half into project spark and I don't really like the creation aspect but I respect the worm other people put into it. I didn't make myself totally clear on why I loved Minecraft.

There's two modes, Creative and Survival. Most creations come from Creative mode, which I'm not a huge fan of, but most people who Project Spark aimed for is the people who love this mode. Unlimited resources, and you can break and build instantly. Survival mode is what I truly love about Minecraft. There's a variety of different monsters (Mobs) that can kill you, and your food slowly goes down depending on how active you are. You can craft armor which in turn lower the damage that you take. You break blocks faster with a better tool (wood - stone - iron - diamond - gold), and the deeper you are the more rare materials you find. That comes with a risk as the deeper you go the more confusing the mines get and you can ultimately end up lost or stuck. Mob spawns are frequent at extreme depths, and lava is always something to look out for beyond every block! If you don't have food you will eventually die without being experienced or having the proper tools and shelter!

Its a survival game, and what's better then showing your Survival skills than building amazing creation in Survival mode! You can't fly, and death lurks around every corner. If you die you lost ALL your XP and Items unless you can to them in time. I've built and only build amazing structures in Survival mode to show how dedicated I am.

The moral, this is what project spark is missing. Sure there's a great feeling to making your own game within a game, but you can't play a survival game and make things at the same time. Minecraft will always have its fan base because its a creation and survival game, all at the same time.

Project spark is going to be a buy for me, but I honestly don't like playing it that much. Respect to the people who made some pretty amazing things though.

coip says:

That sounds a lot more interesting than what I saw my friends play. As for Project Spark, I'll do my best to create a game that you'll enjoy and let you know when it's done! (I actually am quite enjoying creating my game in Project Spark and I have absolutely zero coding experience, so it's been an interesting challenge). My game won't be like Minecraft, but Minecraft for Xbox One is coming soon, so that void will be filled for you soon!

Flagz says:

Sounds good! :)

Bob101910 says:

Somebody made Minecraft in Project Spark

DeadlyEd says:

It might be, but i have no intention of ever playing it.

dante501 says:

Because it just looks to good it will wake up Dead PPL. Maybe it looks so bad it make DeadlyEd sleep. He might thinks hmm are we still in the age of 8 bit looking games or are we used to eye cabdy?? QUESTIONS OVER QUESTIONS.

scardboy says:

More then halo ?

Notch and his company Mojang seriously blew my mind. I hated the idea of loading a low res game on my Beefed up Gaming Machine I built but low and behold my friends finally convinced me to try it and I did and got hooked for about five years straight on the PC. They bought the PC version when it was like $8 or something like that. Was sort of messy but they swore it was addictive and it was. We still host the server both a Survival and a Creative and I still love picking it up once and a while!

Anyways I am happy for Mojang they really worked hard getting this to Xbox!

Reflexx says:

Minecraft has a similar appeal as Legos.

Bob101910 says:

I haven't played it in awhile because I'm not creative. I enjoy it much more than PC version though. No need to spend 20+ minutes trying to play with friends

herbertsnow says:

Such a boring game. Just looking at it makes want to off myself. But I won't, waiting for 8.1

cybermoose89 says:

Needs to be on xbox one pc versions miles ahead

penetronn says:

Interesting. First I've heard of this Minecraft.

tejedor1967 says:

So you don't have pre-teen or teenager childs, do you?

XDDD They are crazy about Minecraft everywhere.

AskaLangly says:

Meanwhile, as Notch hates Facebook, as FF7's Cloud said, "Not interested."

Minecraft is a great game, a lot more amazing than its aspect at first, start playing it on PC and you'll love it.
You can create, destroy, survive, have fun in tons of ways.
Lots of people says "a 8bit game in an age of stunning and amazing graphic effects, how ugly", but almost all of them never tried minecraft, and who tried it tried only the surface and didn't go deeper in the endless possibilities this game gives.
Not only the gameplay, but also the critiqued graphic was well studied, making all pixelated works better in an endless world composed of cubes, makes it easier to personalise the game itself with a personally made skin for our character, and a resource pack that makes the ambient and the sounds different from any other people.
When you'll know minecraft better you can start creating and test what your creative mind says, you'll be amazed by the incredible machines or by huge and beautiful buildings.
Then you'll start to look for new challenges and test yourself in things like skyblock and other maps, you'll try to modify your experience having a whole new game even using only few mods, and you'll say too that minecraft is like an iceberg, what you see at first is only a ridicolously little part of what is hidden below it.

Localhorst86 says:

Has the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft ever been on a sale? I'd like to get it, but I think 20$ is a bit steep.

tejedor1967 says:

My daugther shouted aloud: "I WANT MINECRAFT FOR XBOX ONE".