A Guide to Minecraft: Tips for Beginners

In Minecraft, the world is at your feet. There are many ways to play this blocky sandbox. Whether you want to survive the night or build a work of art—how you experience it is all up to you! But learning the ropes of a new game can be overwhelming. To help you on your journey, we offer a library of resources that cover the fundamentals of Minecraft: from how you craft or use a controller, to how you play with friends. 

New to Minecraft? start here!

Use these tips and tricks to get started in Minecraft. A world of adventure awaits!

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Before You Begin

Everything you need to know before you start playing Minecraft.


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Getting Started

Nifty tips and tricks for surviving and creating in the Overworld and beyond.


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Level Up!

For players looking to take their experience to the next dimension.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of game is Minecraft?

Minecraft is an open-world sandbox video game. As a sandbox video game, the possibilities are endless! You can focus on being creative and using blocks to build things, or explore and try to survive the night.  

Does Minecraft have a free trial?  

You can try a free Minecraft trial on Windows, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Your trial length will vary depending on the device you use.

What devices can you play Minecraft on?

You can play Minecraft on devices with Windows 10 and above, Mac/iOS, Linux, Android, Fire OS/TV, Xbox One, PlayStation, Samsung Gear VR, and Nintendo Switch.

What age is Minecraft for?

Minecraft has an ESRB rating of Everyone 10+.

Is Minecraft a multiplayer game?

You can play Minecraft single-player or multiplayer. To play multiplayer, you'll need an online Minecraft server, or you can play multiplayer on an LAN (Local Area Network) server.

Is Minecraft a cross-platform game?

Yes, Minecraft is a cross-platform game, meaning you can play Minecraft with your friends even if they have a different gaming device.

How can I stay up-to-date with the latest Minecraft news and updates?

You can stay up-to-date on the latest Minecraft news here.

What should you do in the beginning of Minecraft?

You can start Minecraft by crafting simple objects. Check out our article How to Survive Your First Day to get tips on what to do in the beginning of Minecraft.

Is there a guide for Minecraft?

View our Minecraft guide here.

What is the goal of Minecraft?

Since Minecraft is a sandbox game, there isn't one specific goal of the game, but that's what makes it exciting! In Minecraft, you can build, explore, or focus on survival.