Creativerse Articles RSS Feed | Creativerse RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Where to Get Iron in Creativerse Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:48:15 -0400 Damien Smith

Creativerse is a sandbox survival game developed and published by Playful Corporation. Its gameplay is similar to Minecraft in that players will need to mine, craft, build, and hunt in order to survive its large worlds.

One of the primary materials that players need to really get started in Creativerse is Iron. It is required to craft a higher tier Power Cell to mine deeper, along with more powerful weapons and stronger armor. In this guide, we cover where to find Iron Ore, what you need to mine it and how you turn it into Iron to craft those all important items.

What You Need Before Looking for Iron Ore

Before you even set out to find Iron Ore, you are going to need a few things beforehand so it's possible to obtain it. The first thing you'll want to acquire is the Obsidian Power Cell. Without one of these, you won't be able to mine the rock in the Stalagtite layer.

To make an Obsidian Power Cell, you need the following materials:

  • 4 Obsidian Bars
  • 2 Stone Slabs
  • 8 Blocks of Magnetite
  • 10 Blocks of Bedrock
  • 4 Mushrooms (Any colour)

Once you have an Obsidian Power Cell, you will be able to mine your way in and around the Stalactite layer. You will need a few more provisions first before you embark on your expedition. Here is a list of what other items you will need:

  • Obsidian Sword
  • Obsidian Armor Set
  • Plenty of Torches
  • Plenty of Extractors (Preferably Advanced Extractors)
  • Healing Potions

Once you have all these items along with your Obsidian Power Cell, you will be ready to begin your mission to find Iron Ore.

Where to Find the Iron Ore

Iron Ore is found in the Stalactite layer, which lays below the Fossil layer of rock. The Fossil layer is directly below the world's surface, meaning you don't have to mine too far down before you find the Stalactite area of the underground.

Once you are at the Stalactite area, you have two choices. The first is to start digging a cave system and simply extract any ore that you find with your extractors. Extracting ore takes time -- 5 minutes for an ordinary one and 2 minutes 30 seconds for an advanced. (The higher the extractor, the more ore you get out of each node). This is certainly the easiest method, but it can take a bit time before you find any.

The second method is a more dangerous and requires a bit of luck. But reduces the overall amount of mining you need to do. Once you are down in the Stalactite layer, begin mining in multiple directions and keep an ear out for the sound of monsters and water. If you can hear either of them, there is a cave or system of multiple caves nearby.

Once you locate one, make your way in. But be careful, it will be dark and there will be plenty of enemies. In such cave-like areas, you often find resources on the walls -- and once you have lit up the caverns, they are easy to see. Just like if you were using the other method, use your extractors and let them do their job. Once finished, simply take the ore out of the extractors and return to your base.

Turning Your Iron Ore into Iron Bars

All that is left to do now is turning all that Iron Ore into Iron Bars. All you need to do is place the ore into your forge and begin the process of turning it into Iron Bars. Make sure you have fuel in the forge to power it. This can be anything that will burn, such as Wood or Coal.

Once the forge is finished processing the ore into bars, simply take them out and they will be placed in your inventory as long as you have space in it. The iron bars can then be used to craft a higher tier sword, armor, and Power Cell. The bars can also be turned into rods and slabs, which are needed to craft other items.

And there you have it -- everything you need to know to get your hands on that ever important Iron Ore to help you craft bigger and better items.

So what are you waiting for? Get prepared and get digging! And be sure to check out the rest of our Creativerse guides for even more tips to get you ahead of the game.

The 6 Best Co-Op Games of 2017 Thu, 25 May 2017 14:47:58 -0400 Jerline Justo

As gamers, we love to playing against our best friends. Whether it's shooting them down or punching them into the turf on our path toward victory, competition is one of the defining aspects of gaming, either competitively or casually. But as much as we love to earn bragging rights, co-op games make working with a friend toward a common goal all the more worthwhile.

Cooperative games like Overcooked and Portal 2 employ the values of teamwork by pushing both players into achieving an otherwise unattainable goal. For years this has been the case, but 2017 has already provided some amazing co-op experiences that all gamers should take note of. 

Here are the some best co-ops of 2017 that you and a friend will definitely want to try. 

Pit People

With funny dialogue, cute character designs, and a chaotic narrator voiced by Will Stamper, Pit People is the perfect game to experience with a friend. This Early Access game introduces players to a turn-based strategy battle system, where teams battle head-to-head for supremacy using robots, vampires, and cake people.

But players don't have to fight alone on the game's hex grid. Players can play alongside each other either online or on the couch. As teams adventure through Pit People's bizarre world, both players uncover interesting treasure, customize their warriors, and recruit different characters to the cause. 

Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop

Instead of shooting at each other, why not shoot at an army of aliens instead? Queue Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop, a top-down shooter from the Reactive Drop Team, where players battle nefarious aliens infesting the Earth.

With a team of either four or eight players, co-op teams must work together to complete multiple various objectives, as well as survive against the aliens swarms ravaging Earth. Even though the game includes a single player mode, Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is a top-notch shooter, especially when playing and cooperating with your friends to finish a mission. 

Death Squared

SMG Studios’ Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game for one, two, or four players. it features 80 story levels and 40 party levels. Each player becomes a cutely-colored cube robot trapped in an obstacle course. And in order to succeed, each player must reach their colored goal -- all while keeping their compatriots alive.

Although it may sound simple, each level becomes more difficult as players progress. They must rely on teamwork, communication, and patience to complete each level. But once you and your friends reach the goal, it will be the well worth it.


Snipperclips introduces a story mode where two characters, Snip and Clip, rotate and change shape by overlapping each other. The goal? Snip specific shapes from each other to complete ever-difficult puzzles. Along with its story mode, Snipperclips includes Party and Blitz modes, where you can play with up to four players cooperatively or competitively.

This puzzle game encourages players to communicate with others and think outside the box while solving unique puzzles. If it's a friend or a family member, the game creates a fun experience everyone can enjoy.


Do you and your friends miss playing Minecraft? Do you want to add a unique twist to your base-building and exploration endeavors? Creativerse may be the perfect video game for you.

Playful Corporation introduced players to this sandbox game as an Early Access release in 2016 (it's now out of Early Access). Like Minecraft, Creativerse drops players into a large, vast world where unusual and dangerous creatures roam. By using your survival skills and imagination, players can adapt to the world in any way they visualize it. They can also share their creations with their friends, as well as adventure around the world together.

If you want to know what we think about this game, check out our Creativerse review here!

Lego City: Undercover (Remastered)

Lego City: Undercover was originally released in 2013 for the Wii U. However, many fans were disappointed to find that this Lego game did not include a co-op option. About four years later, the game was remastered for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch, (finally) adding on split screen co-op feature.

Instead of entering the Lego City solo as Chase McCain, both of Lego City: Undercover's players can become versions of this undercover cop and experience the storyline together. With its punchy dialogue and fun gameplay, this game is twice as fun when going through it with a friend.


From creative universes to alien invasions, 2017 has so far given players plenty of awesome co-op games. But this is only the beginning of it. Anticipating titles, like Destiny 2 and Sea of Thieves, will be releasing later this year.

So while you patiently wait for incoming new co-op games, have fun with these six games. Whether it’s online multiplayer or local couch co-op, pick up a controller and discover new worlds alongside a friend to!

What do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments!

Creativerse Console Commands Guide Mon, 15 May 2017 16:24:01 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Creativerse is a game that's very much in the same vein as Minecraft. You mine resources by destroying blocks, craft those resources into new objects, and use those objects to further fuel your exploration. Night time is dangerous, too, and to survive, you must build a base. In short, it's got everything that we expect from a Minecraft clone.

However, one of Creativerse's greatest assets is its strong online multiplayer support, which makes it easier than some of its peers to join in the fun with your friends. 

In fact, one of our very own reviewers enjoyed Creativerse a good deal, giving it an 8/10 in his review. And while that review told you whether the game was good or not, I'm here to tell you what console commands are available and what exactly they do -- helping you take your Creativerse game to the next level.

Utility Commands in Creativerse

These are some of the console commands that can truly help you out in the game world -- and help you cheat the system just a little bit. 

This command will show a list of currently available commands. However, it should be noted that many people have complained that this list is not always comprehensive.

This command will show your exact coordinates within the game world using (x, y, z) coordinates.

  • X is east and west. Y is altitude. Z is north and south.
  • If x is positive, it means you are east of the center point, or origin. If x is negative, it means you are west.
  • Likewise, if Y is positive, then you are above the origin point and if Y is negative, then you are below it. You can think of this as being above and below sea level.
  • Lastly, a positive Z value means you are north of the origin point and a negative Z value means you are south of the origin point. Currently, I am not sure how origin is determined.

This command is particularly useful, as it will un-stick you from level geometry. 

This will turn your Heads Up Display on or off. NOTE: This can be utilized to help take nicer screenshots, or merely enjoy vistas. But be cautious: don’t get carried away in combat.

Used to visualize where you are in the current section of the world.

/tutorial on
Turns tutorials on.

/tutorial off
Turns tutorials off.

/tutorial reset
This will cause all tutorials to reset, meaning that tutorial prompts you’ve previously received will be given again.

/pulleffect 0/1
Turns on (1) or off (0) the visual effect that occurs when you pull a block.

/placeeffect 0/1
Turns on (1) or off (0) the visual effect that occurs when you place a block.

Despite its name, this does not actually let you magically kill foes. Instead, it causes your character to commit suicide.

This command shows the toxicity for the block you are currently standing on. (Seems like you might want to know the toxicity BEFORE you step onto the block, but whatever.)

This will reset your preferences. 

When visiting another person’s world, this will allow you to “like” it. You are not allowed to “like” your own world, however.

Permissions in Creativerse

These are commands based around your specific permission level, such as visitor, builder, mod, etc. Your permission level determines what you are capable of doing in the world.

Shows your personal permissions, such as the above builder, visitor, etc.

/promote (visitor/builder/mod)
This command requires that you have admin access or higher. Brings up a list of players and allows you to change their permissions.

This will send a request to local admins that you wish to have builder access as opposed to visitor (ick) access.

Requires that you have admin access or higher. Brings up a list of players and allows you to ban them from your world. They can not rejoin your world until they have been unbanned.

Requires that you have admin access or higher. Brings up a list of banned players that you can now unban.

/mute (minutes)
Requires that you have admin access or higher. Once you input this command, it will bring up a list of players, which allows you to disable a player’s messages for a set amount of time. If a time is not specified, then the player will be muted for 5 minutes.

Allows you to set the position that you want new players to spawn into your world at.

Makes your world public so that other players can join it. NOTE: I have not found a command that makes your world private again nor am I familiar with an option that lets you do that, so use this with care.

Creativerse Party Commands

These commands are related to playing with others, whether it involve messaging them or helping create or disband a party.

Lists all the players that are present within your current game world.

/w (playername) (message)
Sends a whisper to a specified player. This message will not be visible in the general chat.

/r (message)
Allows you to reply to the most recent whisper you’ve received, so make sure you don’t get two people mixed up when you are talking about them behind one another’s back.

/party accept
/party invite (playername)
Allows you to invite a player to your party.

This allows you to accept a party invite you might have received.

/party decline
For when you want to politely decline another player’s party invite. (If you want to rudely decline it, then you could go destroy their base. That really sends a message, like,”I am mentally unhinged and need help.”)

/party leave
If you decide that the party you are in is just not the party for you, then this is the console command for you!

/p (message)
This will send a message to everyone in your party.

/kick (minutes)
Requires admin access or higher,

/ignore (playername)
This stops you from receiving messages from a particular person.

And this allows you to receive messages from someone you have chosen to ignore.

This allows you to ignore everyone. Sometimes we all just need our quiet time.


As you now know, console commands in Creativerse are quite versatile. If you want to work as a party you will almost assuredly want to use them. You can now do everything from kicking people, figuratively of course, to getting unstuck from walls.

Creativerse Review: A Worthy Competitor to Minecraft Tue, 09 May 2017 11:47:10 -0400 ReverendShmitty

The landscape is familiar. I recognize the dirt and trees and water. They remind me of home. I walk further into the forest and spy several pigs trotting back and forth. I switch from my gauntlet to my stick and attack. To my surprise, the pigs squeal and fight back, ramming me with their tiny tusks.

I fight them off, pick up their loot bags, then continue on my way. I switch back to the gauntlet and begin mining. Fortunately, the gauntlet functions like a vacuum and sucks up the dirt and wood blocks so I don’t have to go pick them up on my own.

This was my first hour with Creativerse, a sandbox builder incredibly similar to Minecraft. And I mean that in the best way possible.

The feeling of wonder when you first drop into Creativerse and Minecraft is like being a child all over again. The map is so beautiful. You walk around, taking it all in, imagining what you might find. You have this big open world in front of you, and it's up to you to explore it and see what is has to offer.

After a lot of roaming, the sun begins to set and I look around for a large flat space to build a shelter. I don’t know if the nights are dangerous here, but years of experience have taught me to be cautious when carrying a fully loaded inventory.

I build a small 5x4 hovel of dirt and go through my crafting menu, checking recipes to see how difficult it would be to build a door. Suddenly, there’s a flash of blue light and I leave the menu just in time to watch the roaming pigs burst into cerulean flames and transform into demonic forms of themselves.

They charge at me, and I slam down dirt blocks to fill in the doorway just before they reach me.

Creativerse's Robust Gameplay

When you log on to Creativerse, you get to name and design your character. It’s no Elder Scrolls, mind; you only have a few options available, but it’s still a nice touch that makes it easier for casual players who don’t know how to upload skins in a game like Minecraft. You then build your world, which other players can potentially join, and you spawn in with nothing but your Power Cell, a gauntlet that can mine and vacuum up blocks.

The inclusion of the Power Cell simplifies gameplay by not immediately requiring players to craft tools to mine harder blocks like stone. Players also don't have to make a point to walk around and pick up dropped blocks they may have missed. This means players can have a weapon in their hand and still be able to place an item from the quickbar without having to swap, which inevitably saves time and lives.

The crafting is more complicated than Minecraft’s, with most builds taking at least three individual items to make, but you’re not left in the dark like early Minecraft. The Crafting menu lists blueprints for every item in the game and tells you exactly what you will need to make something. Hover over one of the components, and it will list where you can find or create it.

This makes for a much smoother creation experience that feels rewarding without being too complicated, though the required creation of related items, such as being forced to build a chair in order to make a bed is a bit tedious. Similarly, having to build Extractors to mine nodes is frustrating considering Extractors only last for a single use.

Continuing in the vein of Minecraft, your weapons and equipment can be improved through better materials. But rather than let you create any high-level items by having a lucky spawn in the beginning, the game requires you build the low-tier items first and work your way up. This was an odd touch in the beginning, but after a while, it really made progression more consistent.

The component lists also began to add parts dropped from more powerful creatures and enemies, meaning I had to prepare a well-balanced character in order to kill them. There was no way I could just focus on swords while ignoring armor and potions. In short, the game really pushes the need to be well-equipped and knowledgeable.

Combat is a straightforward hack n' slash affair, but the diversity of enemies, multiple tiers of weapons and armors, and powerful gadgets -- like grenades -- kept it interesting. Monster drops are incredibly important in Creativerse, and some of them have special abilities than can easily kill an unprepared player.

The powerful -- and prevalent -- enemies in the game forced me to focus especially carefully on having a truly safe shelter. My initial hovel was cramped and exposed, with enemies just outside the walls. As soon as the sun rose over the horizon, I was on the move for a good location.

In the end, I decided to build on the edge of a cliff to gain the high ground and have fewer sides the monsters could spawn and approach. I built my cabin out of strong wood and stone (no dirt to be found here), and surrounded it with stone walls. I found that monsters can leap two blocks high, so I made all of my defenses at least three tall.

With enemy jumping and random spawns, I put far more thought and effort into not just what I wanted my base to look like, but how well it would keep enemies out. This was night and day compared to my years with Minecraft, where I exclusively focused on aesthetics.

Graphics Make Creativerse Beautiful

Not that the builds in this game don’t look great, though. The textures and art style make even a simple cottage looked fantastic. With multiple types of walls, floors, roofs, doors, furniture, and other accessories, the types of buildings possible in this game are limited only by imagination. You can easily impress your Minecraft friends by showing them your house in Creativerse. It just looks fancier.

Fully maxed out on Fantastic settings in both 4k and 1080p, the game looks great. The active lighting has bloom and godrays that create an extra level of depth in the game and help bring it to life. Textures are vivid and pleasing; just the right amount of detail without alienating the cartoon art style.

The character models are fully realized and armor affects appearance wonderfully. Animals and monsters have fluid animations and small details that make them stand out. Miru’s multiple eyes have an eerie glow you can spot in the dark, Leafys’ oversized reptile eyes shine and reflect light, and Pigsies stretch slightly when they run and charge to show how chubby they are.

Combine these vivid characters with the beautiful biomes, and you have a game that is just lovely.

It’s nothing we haven’t seen before and it won’t win any awards. It’s not Naughty Dog, after all; these graphics are not photo-realistic. But the graphics flesh out the world and remind me of an animated film or television show. And when you compare to them to its most similar competitor, Minecraft, the game is downright gorgeous.

That said, the render distance goes only so far, leaving to a lot of pop-in in the distance. I’ve also had several experiences where blocks seemingly failed to visibly load, leaving me able to see straight through to the bottom of the world. This was easily fixed by interacting with the invisible blocks, but it was very jarring and left me worried I would fall through and become stuck.

Other than those few odd occurrences, the game runs great.

A friend of mine played the game on an old laptop running two GTX 650Ms in SLI, and he was still able to run it on "Good" settings, which is essentially Med-High as it's the middle of the three options, with a solid 60 frames a second.

Pro accounts are able to make more worlds and have more options in their world seeds, get free currency for the in-game store, and can sprint for twice as long. And unfortunately, incredibly useful items like the Glider and Flashlight are available exclusively to Pro players.

This is something I, as someone who is critical of Free-to-play games, hate to see, as it leaves great aspects of the game behind a paywall and punishes players who choose not to buy the pro membership.

They're by no means crucial, so the game still functions perfectly without them, but in a game that flaunts its diversity, it's a shame to see things taken away.

Overall, Creativerse is a beautiful game with a lot of depth.

If you can put in the time and effort to progress through the extensive -- and occasionally tedious -- crafting, you’ll be rewarded with a fulfilling experience of trial and growth. Some of its best aspects are restricted to Pro accounts only, but sandbox builder fans should look no further, because this free-to-play title is a great alternative to any other on the market.

Let's Get Playful: Creativerse Launches on May 8th Tue, 02 May 2017 14:48:39 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Playful Corp, the developers behind the popular free-to-play, sandbox game Creativerse, announced today that the game will launch on Monday May 8th. This brings to a close an Early Access phase that lasted over two years and brought the game's community into the development process. 

Creativerse is an open world game designed to allow players to build to their heart's desire -- alone or with friends online. The unique multiplayer system allows players to build and share custom worlds both privately and publicly, allowing for a truly customized gaming experience. 

While the game is free-to-play, it doesn't follow the typical freemium business model -- opting instead for an item mall format that offers everything from new building bricks, to a 'pro' version that literally gives players wings. There is no pay-to-win here, as the game is feature-rich on its own. 

Garnering praise from it's players and the media alike, Creativerse has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Spurning a high-priced marketing campaign, Playful has built a faithful following of over 2.6 million players through nothing more than word-of-mouth and a few odd articles in gaming publications like this one.  

Playful is rewarding their loyal Early Access players with an in-game gift -- and in keeping with their quirky sense of humor, the item will be the incomparable Unicorn Sword (a.k.a. The Rainbownator 5000). Players logging into the game from now until May 7th can retrieve their reward from the in game store. Check out the blog post for more details. 

Creativerse can be downloaded on Steam and or the official website. Watch for the full release coming May 8th...and let the building begin!

Are There Any F2P Games on Steam Worth Playing? These 7 Are... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:00:01 -0500 Damien Smith


And there you have it -- 7 F2P games on Steam that are worth your time. From  a clicker game that will wear out your mouse to a robot builder that allows you to create any form of vehicle that your imagination can muster, there is something on this list for everyone to enjoy.


What do you think of our list? Are there any other F2P titles you think are worth playing? Let me know in the comments below!


Path of Exile

Developer: Grinding Gear Games

The last game on this list is probably the best known. Path of Exile is an ARPG similar to titles like the Diablo series. You take on the role of an exile struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast. You are fighting to gain power that will allow you to exact your revenge on those who wronged you.


Throughout your journey, you will find countless items and equipment to help you in your mission. You will embark on quests, customize your build to suit the most powerful combination with your items, and even create your own personalized town. If that is not all exciting enough for you, you can also compete in PVP against other players if you wish to do so.


POE is definitely a game that all fans of the Diablo series and other games like it, should check out.


Play Path of Exile on Steam now.


No More Room in Hell

Developer: No More Room in Hell Team

NMRiH is a tribute to the highly-acclaimed film series of the same name. It is a cooperative FPS survival horror mod for the source engine. In order to survive you will have to work with a team of up to eight other survivors. There are over 30 weapons to help you keep the Undead from eating you alive.


All it could take is one bite from a zombie for you to become infected. When infectrf, you can decide to inform your team and rid them of your burden or keep it quiet in hopes of finding a cure. There are a number of different zombies to encounter, from the typical walking zombie to the more modern running one.


So, gather your friends and join forces as you attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse.  


Play No More Room in Hell on Steam now.



Developer: Playful Corporation

If you like Minecraft, you are going to absolutely love CreativerseYou are stranded in a vast and mysterious world where anything is a possibility. Explore the world and experience the many biomes such as jungles, deserts, and swamps.


Collect resources and materials and construct anything that your imagination can muster. You don't have to do it alone either -- you can invite your friends along to help you on your adventures. This is definitely a game that any builder fan should play.


Play Creativerse on Steam now.


Clicker Heroes

Developer: Playsaurus

Clicker games are a bizarre concept to me. While I don't understand exactly why they are enjoyable, there is just something about them that makes them so damn addictive. Clicker Heroes is no exception.


With 35 different heroes, over 100 different enemies and tons of unlockables, there is a lot of fun to be had as you click your way to increasing your power. It is a game that will keep you hooked for hours on end. Just make sure to keep a spare mouse handy for when you break the button on your current one.


Play Clicker Heroes on Steam now.




Developer: Smartly Dressed Games


This one is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of zombie and survival games. Unturned is being developed by sole developer Nelson Sexton. You take on the role of a survivor attempting to make their way around the zombie-infested ruins of civilization.


To survive you must scavenge for supplies and weapons, craft new equipment, build a safe house, and more. Due to the game having the Steam Workshop integrated into it, players can download countless amounts of mods to change up their experience.


Mods include new weapons, skins, items, vehicles, and maps. With so much content, the fun never has to stop. Not too shabby for a game that is completely free to play.


Play Unturned on Steam now



Developer: Freejam

Have you ever wanted to build giant battle-ready robots and test them out against other people's creations? Well, now you can with Robocraft. You can build practically anything that you want with vehicles that can drive, hover, walk, and even fly.


You can form parties with friends and create or join clans that can have up to 50 people in them. This really is a great game for those looking to let their imagination loose when it comes to creating vehicles of absolute destruction. And best of all, you don't have to pay a penny for all that sweet robot action.


Play Robocraft on Steam now


Dungeon Defenders II

Developer: Trendy Entertainment

Dungeon Defenders II is an Early Access cooperative action tower defense game, and sequel to the original title of the same name. The Old Ones have invaded Etheria, and now you and your friends must work together to push them back by creating a team of heroes to take into battle.


You will face against tons of enemies such as Dark Mages, Wyverns, Dragons, and more...along with mini-bosses and epic bosses. Build towers to help defend the Etheria crystals and customize your character's stats, skills and weapons with countless possibilities.


If you like tower defense games and want something a bit different, Dungeon Defenders II is definitely worth checking out.


Play Dungeon Defenders II on Steam now.


Steam has a lot of F2P titles on its service. The problem is that so many of them are bad. Whether they're just badly designed, have countless bugs, or are nothing more than a P2W format...there are plenty of horrible games to be found.


While there may be an overwhelming number of titles that aren't worth your time, there are still a handful of F2P games on Steam that are definitely worth playing. These 7 games are shining examples of how much fun a free-to-play game can be when it's done right. 

Whatever Happened to the Minecraft Killer, Creativerse? Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:55:36 -0500 SarahKel

Minecraft once had a monopoly on block based construction games; then Creativerse came along with much fanfare and it seemed that everybody jumped ship, discarding Minecraft in favor of Creativerse. As per so many games these days, games are released, there is a spike in popularity and the game fades away. And this is something most definitely true of Creativerse. Undoubtedly, Creativerse has many excellent features and benefits, but why has the game largely been forgotten once again?

The developers seemed pretty quick to release the game, without much actual content and things to do. But for a construction game, that seems very apt, so for an early access game, there must be other reasons why the popularity has decreased so rapidly.

The honest answer is boredom. It is reasonably easy in Creativerse to reach Lumite level and once a player has reached this level, there is pretty much nothing else to do. Lumite is a collectible item that can only be mined and is embedded in the lowest parts of the most advanced levels of the game.

Players have to dig mine shafts in order to obtain the lumite, the top and bottom of which is constructed from corrupted blocks. Therefore, collecting these items is the most difficult and only available at the end of the game. Even so, it's possible through continuous play to reach Lumite status in just a day, leaving Creativerse's longevity severely lacking.

Creativerse is a free to play game, and as opposed to Minecraft, there are in-app purchases -- to the chagrin of many gamers. As Minecraft is a game that is all but universally adored by all gamers, there are many fans out there who abhor freemium games and the associated in-app purchases. And if players require more blocks to build in-game, then an in-app purchase is required. Blocks are more rare than in Minecraft and take longer to construct too, making it feel more tedious to gather them manually.

However, in August of this year, the developers launched Creativerse Pro: a paid-for DLC, free to players who had made in-app purchases already in the original game; but $19.99 for those who now want to jump on board and play. And yet, the in-app purchases continue. Making blueprints free is a good idea although still not generous enough to tempt people back.  Although the free to play route is a great idea to enlarge the community -- making it available to all without an entry price barrier -- it has meant that the game is pretty much ephemeral and dies quickly.

The option to 'Join Public World' is a great idea, however there is very little opportunity or facility to compete or interact with others and the game needs to do much, much more to incentivize people to play in the social world. Compare this to Minecraft -- where the social and multiplayer aspects are one of its greatest strengths -- and you'll begin to see where Creativerse falls short.

From May 2016, characters were able to be fully customised and there were different areas -- such as the Hidden Temple -- to explore. More minimal changes have been made, such as unlocks on plaques and signs. Finally in October, the developers decided to design a Halloween update, consisting of a ghostly world appearance, such as haunted stairs and ghosts, which can be hunted in the evening.

The most recent update, called 'You', asked players via Twitter what they wanted; and 30 new bricks were introduced to the game as a result. This was not enough, as players are still wanting more main game features such as galaxy systems, colonizing planets with a sense of exploration -- and have been very vocal about it. There are no spawning structures -- such as villages and dungeons -- generated randomly throughout the game, which does not provide any incentive to explore the world once buildings have been constructed. Players want quests, tasks, the ability to level up, spells, ranged weapons, factions and above all a randomly generated world.

Generally, updates appear scarce and are largely bug fixes that provide no additional positive game play. Meanwhile, player demands seem to continue being ignored.

The game was released far too early, meaning players burnt out the game pretty darn quickly and then became bored as the updates were not quick or large enough to tempt them back to play. If the developers choose to integrate players' requests into the game, then there is a great possibility that people will be tempted back, but until then the game is rather redundant in the shadow of Minecraft, sadly. 

Creativerse is available on Steam for Pro and Free to Play versions.

Let us know what features you'd like to see in Creativerse in the comments below!



Creativerse goes Pro...and they are killing it with the new features Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:29:15 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Playful Corp. released R33 for Creativerse this week and with it came the Pro version and the "Machines" update! The new Pro version is an optional purchase for players wanting to get a little more out of the game. It includes several exclusive improvements including a host of new world modifiers, double the stamina, extra inventory slots, and -- my favorite -- the glider!

The new world modifiers allow you to customize your worlds with fun stuff like low gravity and a new sci-fi themed sky box. This felt fantastic to me since the world really does feel alien anyway. The two moons/planets hanging in the sky really give it that extra touch. The low gravity is a great addition, too. It makes climbing mountains much easier, and I can finally reach that not-so-low hanging fruit (A.K.A. beehives and flowers). Clearly, they know that being short sucks. 

The glider is just more fun than anyone should be allowed to have in a game. There is a boost mode that, if used properly, can carry you a pretty long distance. One fan has already managed to glide around the entire border of his world in one flight! It's amazing and really lets you see the beauty of the world below. It's also great for scouting resources and spots to build the perfect house.

On the downside of this, only Pro members will have access to the new features. Free-to-play players are receiving a bit of a downgrade. They will only be able to create one world and won't have as many world modifiers to choose from.

On the upside, if you happened to have purchased the game before it went free-to-play, or if you ever purchased coins from their online store, you will be upgraded to Pro automatically. That is a nice touch from the developer and shows their dedication to the fans.

To take some of the sting out of the changes to the free-to-play model, Playful Corp. has also released a huge new update to Creativerse that is free for everyone. They call it the "Machines" update and it incorporates switches, wiring, and electricity.

One of the main complaints about the game was the lack of anything comparable to Minecraft's redstone mechanics. This new release is the first big step toward rectifying that. 

I haven't delved too deeply into the "Machines" update yet, but from what I can tell the mechanics of it are very simple and easy to understand. There are plenty of video tutorials available, so I won't go into the instructions here. Suffice it to say that the changes add a new level of depth and possibility to the game. 

Creativerse is the next evolution of voxel building games and Playful Corp ups their game with each new update. The game is, ostensibly, still a work in progress, but you would never know it. It is so polished and well done it's even hard to believe it came from a small indie studio.

There are a handful of games that have earned a permanent place on my hard drive. Creativerse is definitely on that list. Now if you will excuse me, I have places to fly and machines to build. To the Batglider! 

The 5 best open world sandbox games you should be playing, but probably aren't Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:46:36 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Sandbox games are a dime a dozen nowadays, especially with the flood of indie developers out there. This is great news for those of us who love the genre, but as there are so many not all of them are worth your time. Here is a short list of the best open world, sandbox titles that you should be playing right now.


Kenshi is one of my personal favorites. Developed by Lo-Fi Games, it has been in Early Access on Steam for quite a while, but the development seems to be ongoing. It is an oddly fun RTS, RPG, sandbox hybrid. You control a group of characters, which you can add to by hiring more at the local pub. It is still pretty rough around the edges with so-so graphics and plenty of bugs, but it is very playable.

This is not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination, and the beginning is the hardest bit. Give it a few hours, though, and you will be hooked. You start the game with essentially nothing, and wandering around alone is inadvisable due to the roving hordes of bandits and predators. Once you have a good sized group and have built your base, the game gets a lot more fun. You can purchase on Steam or from the official website.


Creativerse is a relatively unknown voxel based sandbox game. It plays out much like Minecraft, but with much better graphics and a much deeper crafting and building mechanic. This one is also still in Early Access on Steam and the developer, Playful Inc., is very active with regular updates.

The best part about Creativerse is that it is 100% free to play. They do have an online store, but all the items for sale are cosmetic in nature. The core game is there for all to enjoy. You can play alone or with friends online if you like that sort of thing. Check out the official website for more details. 

The Forest

The Forest is yet another Early Access title that has received a lot of love from the developer, yet still has a relatively small fan base. It is absolutely beautiful to look at and terrifying to play.

You begin the game in an airplane with your little boy in the seat next to you. The plane crashes, a crazy cannibal looking creature nabs your kid, and you are left alone in the woods. You start with a fire ax and a hundred or so suitcases to rifle through for supplies. The rest is up to you. If you survive your first night, I suggest building a treehouse. It's harder for them to get you up there. Good luck! Check out the official webpage for more details.


Crashlands is one of the most ridiculous games I've ever played, but it's also one of the most addicting games I've ever played. It looks and plays a bit like Don't Starve, but has an actual story. It's an absurd story, but it is there.

Basically, a giant head pulls your spaceship out of warp then blows it up.You and your trusty robot, Juicebox, are then stranded on a strange planet and have to find a way to get rescued. If you would rather wander around the planet building things and making cool weapons, that's fine too. It is a truly open world game with lots to do and see. Check out their website and definitely watch the very well made and hilarious trailer. 

Evochron Legacy

Evochron Legacy is the latest release from Starwraith Games. If you are anything like me, you are probably eagerly awaiting the release of No Man's Sky and Star Citizen, then this is a great game to tide you over until then. It is an open universe game in which the player starts with nothing more than a tiny ship and a lot of hope. You can do anything from trading, mining, or exploring the surface of planets.

The developer continues to work on the game and releases a new version every few years. This one is a huge improvement over the last version. It launched with some bugs, but they have patched it up and it is fantastic now. It is not for the faint of heart, however, as it has a steep learning curve. If that doesn't scare you off, there is a lot to find, and love, in Evochron Legacy.

That's it folks! These are my top 5 open world sandbox games. There are so many more out there and so many on the way. I hope to bring you some exclusive info very soon on one in particular -- Star Rangers. Until then, keep learning, keep building, and keep playing!  

Why is Creativerse so much better than Minecraft? Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:31:51 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Minecraft did it first, so why is Creativerse doing it better?

Creativerse is a polygon based builder just like Minecraft. As a player, you can build anything you want, fight off baddies, grow crops, and explore nearly bottomless caves, just like you can in Minecraft. But Creativerse has so much more going for it. Lets take a look at some of the main reasons why.


Creativerse is beautiful to look at. Yes, Minecraft has a certain pixellated charm to it, but once you get over that it really is just ugly. You can modify Minecraft with new texture packs, and that helps a lot. But the problem is that every time a new patch comes out, I have to go download and reinstall my texture packs. That is very annoying. I'd rather have the pretty graphics built right in.


Just in terms of the sheer number and types of blocks you can find or create, Creativerse beats Minecraft hands down. Do you like stone buildings, but don't want the same old grey stone? No problem -- there are at least 5 different types of base stone to build with, not to mention the different types that can be made with the various crafting stations and bought in the online game store. That's true for almost all block types in the game.

But wait, there's more. With the ability to rotate blocks, you can create an almost infinite number of combinations, giving your creations a truly unique flair. 


Hands down one of the best features is teleporters. You can plop one by your front door and one at the bottom of that enormously deep cavern that you've been exploring for the last three hours. Now you don't have to start over at the top and work your way down to where you left off, you just pop through the teleporter. It makes mining a cinch! 

Adorable creatures

The creatures in Creativerse are just adorable. Seriously, how can you not love this little Leafie? Most of them are non-aggressive until nighttime, when they take on an eerie blue glow and try to kill you a lot. Their evil cousins seem to spawn in dark places like caves as well, so you have to watch your back while digging for all those awesome blocks. Each biome also has its own type of creatures, some a little meaner than others. Watch out for the Trogs, yikes!


My absolute favorite thing about Creativerse is that the developers are still very active. They are still creating new biomes and block types all the time. This is to be expected, since the game is still in Early Access on Steam, but I get a sense that these developers will never just drop the game and walk away. Maybe I'm wrong, but I do know another game whose developer did walk away...and then sold out to Microsoft. I'm just saying.

If you are a fan of building games, this one is definitely worth trying. Check out Creativerse on the official website and get ready for some awesome building action.