Minecraft creation maps
The purest Minecraft experience is found in Creative Mode. The ultimate canvas, Creative Mode allows you to release your inner artist and produce something beautiful. If you’re looking for that unmissable vista, the finest examples of intricate architecture, or just a lovely place to take a stroll, then this sample of creation maps is what you need.
At a distance, Arboreal looks like a massive, impressive old oak. It’s not until you get in close that you see Arboreal’s true beauty. Its branches are a road map, cradling a village. Houses, halls, and hot-air balloons fill the canopy, creating a wonderfully serene and fairytale-like atmosphere. An impressive lack of copy-and-paste means every new nook feels like a discovery.
The ghostly region of Pripyat has been embedded in our minds ever since Call of Duty sent us running around the abandoned city of Chernobyl, avoiding pockets of radiation and sniping hapless ultranationalist soldiers. Now some genius has painstakingly recreated the city in Minecraft, making for one of the most eerie and haunting creation maps we’ve ever had the pleasure to tentatively explore.
Frequently shown off as one of the Minecraft community’s greatest accomplishments, WesterosCraft recreates the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Using a massive number of blocks to replicate every detail, seen from the air it starts to become increasingly difficult to distinguish Minecraft Kings Landing from the panning shots of the city in the show. At current, Westeros is incomplete, but already constructed are classic locations like The Wall, Winterfell, and the Red Keep.
Demonstrating that the ingenuity of Minecraft users spans beyond just putting blocks together, Crafting Azeroth clones World of Warcraft’s lands using coding science, not mining and an artistic eye. Creator Rumsey developed his own code to scan Warcraft’s maps and recreate them in Minecraft blocks, analysing colours in the original landscapes to denote what blocks to use in the replica. The result lacks the finesse of a handcrafted piece, but contains every last corner of WoW’s world, which is no mean feat.
One of the most astonishing worlds created in Minecraft, Atropos is a city built atop a tortoise. Not just a whimsical ideal, Atropos is also created in the steampunk art style, meaning everything is adorned with brass pipes and clockwork gears. The level of detail verges on the insane – the surface of the tortoise itself is a mass of interconnected metal plates and cogs. But that’s just the start: Atropos is huge, and on its back is a full-sized city adorned with the same kind of elegant details that coat its exterior. The city also descends into the belly of the beast, making Atropos truly as vast as it is impressive.
A colossal crawling fortress, Agamemnon is a mechanical monstrosity riddled with spikes and tall gothic designs. The Warhammer 40,000-level of intricate detailing is the giveaway that this is the work of Carloooo, the creator of Atropos. Crafted from ten million blocks, Agamemnon has a fully detailed and furnished interior that spontaneously erupts in flames (the machine is crewed by a bunch of demons, apparently).
A quite astonishing collection of structures, Imperial City is an original creation that combines prominent architectural styles from the 19th and 20th centuries. Look around and you’ll find neo-classical, beaux-arts, and modern influences in its design. But whilst Imperial City’s buildings are its starring performers, it is actually their layout that provides the enduring backbone of the map. Imperial City feels like a city; the spacing of the roads, the order of the buildings, and the river banks all contribute to a city that feels real, if not quite alive.
More stylish, more opulent, and more mansion-y than ever, this is a creation map that sacrifices sheer size and number of blocks for carefully selected décor and ambience. Featuring its own bowling alley, an indoor pool, and a sauna, Contemporary Mansion is an architectural wonder of the Minecraft world.
The absolute ideal starting point for your Marvel adventure, Airborne Battlecarrier is a map containing not one but two monumentally huge flying Battlecarriers. What is one of those you ask? Well, it’s a gigantic aircraft carrier, decked out with boomsticks, and suspended a thousand feet in the air. The Marvel link, of course, is that they’re basically SHIELD helicarriers. Best viewed at dusk when the operation lighting twinkles gently in the dark.