Minecraft turns 10: The five most epic builds in the game's history

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Minecraft launched in 2011 and has since become a worldwide phenomenon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Minecraft launched in 2011 and has since become a worldwide phenomenon. (Getty Images)

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In the 10 years since it launched, Minecraft has become the second-best-selling videogame of all time, having sold 238 million copies. 

The best-selling, Tetris, has sold up to 500 million copies (although this is controversial, due to the large number of free-to-play versions and versions outside of copyright). 

What is certain is that the block-building game is now an entertainment juggernaut virtually without comparison, with 140 million monthly active users as of 2021. 

Its creator, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is a billionaire, after Microsoft bought the game for $2.5bn.

It’s all a long distance from when the Java edition of Minecraft launched on 18 November 2011, when it was a cult hit with just four million players. 

As of 2021, it’s penetrated culture to the extent that there are Minecraft toys, novels, pyjamas, and even an interactive TV series.

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The game is used by children like ‘digital Lego’, building islands, palaces and floating cities, and battling zombies and dragons. 

Persson, who Microsoft dissociated itself from after comments over feminism, has said that 'Minecraft is to a large degree about having unique experiences that nobody else has had. The levels are randomly generated, and you can build anything you want to build yourself.’

Here are some of the most epic builds you can see in Minecraft today. 

WesterosCraft

Fans recreated Game of Thrones within Minecraft (WesterosCraft)
Fans recreated Game of Thrones within Minecraft. (WesterosCraft)

It was inevitable that fans of the TV and book hit Game of Thrones would recreate the game’s setting Westeros.

Highgarden in Westeroscraft (Westeroscraft)
Highgarden in Westeroscraft (Westeroscraft)

It’s huge, with an area of hundreds of square miles recreated, and many of the show landmarks very recognisable within.

Starship Enterprise

The life-size Starship Enterprise-D (Minecraft)
The life-size Starship Enterprise-D (Minecraft)

Another early highlight in Minecraft was the guy who created a model of the Starship Enterprise… in 1:1 scale, using around four million blocks.

Creator Josh Walker said, ‘I think also it's the fact it's just the frame of the ship that sparks the imagination. It would probably have just been another Enterprise model if I skinned it.’

Minas Tirith Minecraft Middle-Earth

The Minas Tirith build is truly epic (Minecraft Middle-Earth)
The Minas Tirith build is truly epic (Minecraft Middle-Earth)

This epic model of the city in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has been painstakingly reconstructed in Minecraft. 

Fans have recreated much of Middle Earth (MCMiddleEarth)
Fans have recreated much of Middle Earth (MCMiddleEarth)

It’s absolutely huge, and has been under construction for decades - one of many Tolkien landmarks brought to life by fans.

ElysiumFire – Cyberpunk

This cyberpunk city took years to build (ElysiumFire)
This cyberpunk city took years to build. (ElysiumFire)
It took more than a year to build. (ElysiumFire)
The map took more than a year to build. (ElysiumFire)

Inspired by the game Cyberpunk 2077, this monstrous map is so demanding its makers proudly warn that it can crash PCs. 

The city took 15 people two years to build. 

Adamantis

Adamantis dates from the early days of Minecraft (Adamantis)
Adamantis dates from the early days of Minecraft. (Adamantis)

This Minecraft build became legendary in the early days of Minecraft - it’s built from more than sixty million blocks. 

Adamantis is a truly epic creation (Adamantis)
Adamantis is a truly epic creation. (Adamantis)

Created by Jamdelaney1, it’s an expansive fantasy city which took its creator three months to build. 

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