Cus­tom­ize plot in slice-of-life tale

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

In Minecraft: Story Mode, play­ers are swept into the sprawl­ing, charm­ing world of Minecraft — but this time with a mis­sion. That might sound odd to long­time fans of the game. Minecraft is known for be­ing a com­pletely open world — no plot­line is sort of its ap­peal. But some­how, Minecraft made it work. The game pro­vides a fun, slice-of-life tale that doesn’t over­write sto­ries play­ers might have imag­ined. You have lots of op­tions for plot cus­tomiza­tion.

Minecraft: Story Mode should ap­peal to fans of the main game, al­though some car­toon­ish vi­o­lence and jokes have earned a 10+ rat­ing on Google’s Play Mar­ket­place. It’s de­signed to run best on newer de­vices, such as the iPhone 5 or later. Also of note: The first episode is out now, and de­vel­op­ers will re­lease more over time — so be pre­pared to sink ad­di­tional money into the ti­tle if you get hooked. It’s $5, for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

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