Minecraft is a block building (think Lego) game combined with resource and mining management in first person. Created by the swede Markus Persson, aka Notch, it is a recent buzz topic in the indie gaming world.
You start the game in a randomly created world with only you bare hands to start with. The first day you have to build some shelter for the night. The idea is to chop down a tree (with your hands :), pick up the wood and turn it into planks and sticks. From there you can create tools and weapons, for instance a shovel or a pick that will let you break stone blocks. With your pick you can mine out a little cave in the mountain wall where you can hide during the night. If you find some coal you can combine it with a stick to create some torches, so you will be able to see in the dark.
When the night arrives you will be hunted by monsters, such as jumping spiders, skeletons and lurkers. You will have to create a sword and try to fight them, or maybe find a little hole where you can hide the dark out. The next day you can continue on your work, maybe build a house or start farming. Before you know it you'll have your own little kingdom that you have built from scratch. There is also a creative mode were you skip the whole game part and can instead focus on building things.
The game is very addictive. A good sign of this is that even though the game is still in alpha, and exists in a free version, it is selling for about $350,000 a day. Persson said:
-It all feels unreal. I thought I could make a living from the game, but I did not expect to become rich.
The game is currently going out for €9.95 which is a 50% discount. However, it will start to sell at full price as soon as the game goes into beta.
Game more at http://www.minecraft.net.