Fancy cranking up the difficulty level? Youtuber Seth Bling’s blocky matrix SkyGrid is your typical tough Minecraft survival map… had it been shoved through a sieve made of cheese wire and demons. To help your brain avoid meeting the same end, here’s our essential guide to finding your feet in particle purgatory.
DON’T STOP MOVING
SkyGrid is relentless, so keep up. Half the challenge is in parkouring between the treacherous single blocks, so make sure you’re sprint-jumping to ensure you’re clearing those long gaps and not, y’know, falling inexorably into the abyss. The important thing is to take your time and make considered leaps. Get too cocky, and you’ll hop onto lava or bonk your head on an overhead block. Thanks for keeping us humble, Minecraft.
You’ll be tuckered out from all that bouncing, so grab wool and wood for making a bed. Always mine the blocks above, rather than below: you can’t afford to take fall damage. Now to set up camp. Try to settle near a few melons, which will instantly give you edible melon slices upon breaking. A nearby chicken or pig spawner affords you a meaty advantage later. With a crafting table, you can rustle up a bed. Set your spawn point.
THE CHEST THINGS IN LIFE
They’re free! Take advantage of SkyGrid’s bountiful chest loot. With some careful parkouring, you’ll come across chests containing goodies like potatoes, ore, buckets, stacks of cobblestone–and maybe even spawn eggs, if you’re lucky. When you hop back to base, craft a couple of chests to store it all. That way, when you die (and you will die, constantly),you’ll spawn back at base with your preciouses safely awaiting your return.
ALL ABOUT THAT BASE
That piddling platform means getting up on the wrong side of the bed could be fatal. The solution? A cobblestone generator. Get a bucket: if you haven’t found one, build a furnace and smelt some iron ore quick-sharp. Mine a row of four blocks, and make the second space two blocks deep. Fill your bucket with water, pour it into the side with the two-block-deep gap, then scoop up some nearby lava and pour it into the other side. Voila–infinite base-building materials.
WATER GOOD IDEA
Your trusty bucket companion is also the key to safely traversing SkyGrid. Check this out: pouring water over the edges of your home sweet home creates an infinitely-flowing cascade. This doesn’t just serve to make your base a fabulous water feature. You can swim up and down the flow to access different levels of SkyGrid and transport loot back to your base. Carry your bucket with you on loot runs and start establishing a network of liquid escalators.
FARMED AND DANGEROUS
Melons don’t grow on trees (and you haven’t got any of those yet, anyway). A good source of food will aid you in your ankle-twisting parkour adventuring. Punch blocks of leaves to collect saplings and begin a wood farm – it’ll drop apples, too. Break down melons into plantable seeds, and get those’taters on the grow. Building near that chicken or pig spawner is sensible: grass blocks found in chests will make sure grass spreads to other dirt blocks and animals spawn.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
As if SkyGrid’s bonkers structure and scan tresources weren’t evil enough, it’s got some really nasty quirks when it comes to mobs. For instance, monsters spawn at night–nothing unusual there. Unfortunately, th elevitating blocks shade them during day time. Skeletons and zombies don’t burn up come sunrise. Oh. All the more reason to exercise extreme caution–light up your base with torches, and build walls around your base and paths to minimize risk of falling.
NETHER STOP DREAMING
Once you’ve mastered survival, it’s time to kick back in your sky palace and cook up some crazy schemes. An enchantment table is a lofty but achievable goal: in SkyGrid, coal is about as rare as not dying, so it’ll be ages before you save up that XP. When you’re dressed to the nines in magical diamond duds, why not try visiting the Nether? We’ll tell you why not: it’s also in SkyGrid form. Assume foetal positions on three…