Created an amazing construction and want to share it with everyone? Want to download other players' maps and see what they've done cool? Then find out how to download maps in Minecraft
Imagine if you spent weeks building a huge castle on top of a glorious mountain range that you found while exploring a map. After all that construction, you really want to share this wonder and allow other players to explore your castle and live in it. You can upload this map to Minecraft map sharing sites or share it on Minecraft forums, and other players can do just that.
Now multiply your effort by tens of thousands. Imagine that other people who love Minecraft are out there building and sharing, but there are also entire teams of builders. Many of these teams collectively spend thousands of hours creating elaborate and wonderful maps! And imagine now what they could do with your castle.
That's the beauty of downloading a custom map. When someone shares a Seed with you, they share the complete blueprint of a map: you will have the same villages, ravines, rivers and caves they have. When someone shares a Superflat preset with you, that person shares the map's DNA. You'll get the same kinds of things they get, like large villages, the same surface composition, similar levels of in-game materials, and much more!
Types of maps in Minecraft
While generating maps is fun, as is tinkering with presets to create unique maps and have better structure distribution, it's also fun to have someone do all the hard work for you (and build some cool stuff in the process).
Downloading a map lets you download ready-made maps with existing structures and customizations. And what does this mean for you exactly? This means that even if you still don't know exactly as much about Minecraft as you would like, you can enjoy the fruits of the labors of some master builders and designers.
Before we show you how to install custom Minecraft maps, let's highlight the main map types. While many custom maps are a combination of these various categories, typically one category has a stronger influence on the map than others.
The build maps are exactly what you're thinking: maps you download to check out other players' Creative Mode build methods. These maps exist just to be beautiful and have little to explore or modify. It's common to find creation maps that are 1:1 recreations of video game maps, famous sci-fi spaceships, cities, and other notable things from the real world, fantasy, and sci-fi.
The maps in Survival Minecraft aim to provide an interesting survival experience for the player. These maps are typically like Minecraft maps generated regularly with extra structures installed by the designer to create a different experience than simply generating a random survival map at home. For example, the map designer might build a plane that crashed on an island along with some chests of supplies to simulate a plane crash survival scenario.
More advanced survival maps incorporate elements that automate elements of the gameplay experience. Map designers use a tool known as a “command block,” for example, to trigger in-game events. In the plane crash scenario mentioned above, for example, a hidden command pad can be used to trigger a wave of attacking zombies when the player enters a temple in the nearby jungle biome.
Adventure maps / puzzles
The adventure/puzzle maps in Minecraft take advantage of the survival mode we mentioned about the game modes. In this case, the map designer used in-game tools to design what amounts to an in-game game. Adventure maps are more sophisticated than survival maps and include player-solving puzzles and obstacles that go beyond the standard problems faced by the player in normal survival mode.
They also often include a more detailed backstory than “You're stuck on an island”. If you're looking for the challenge of surviving a haunted house or getting out of a dictator's prison camp alive, this is the kind of map for you. Adventure/puzzle maps often rely heavily on the aforementioned command blocks, redstone and other game automations to create the illusion of linearity and story advancement.
Maps in game Minecraft tend to deviate strongly from the core Minecraft mechanics found in survival maps and, to a lesser degree, adventure maps. The in-game maps use Minecraft and the creative use of in-game blocks and Redstone to create what amounts to mini-games. Game maps often have themes like tower defense, scorecards, racing, and even things you would never expect in Minecraft, like golf simulation or Super Bomberman remakes.
The newest map genre to appear in the Minecraft community is Parkour maps. The name is derived from the real-world activity of Parkour (a sport focused on extreme gymnastic feats and the ability to move quickly and safely over difficult urban terrain).
Parkour's maps are focused on pushing player boundaries and game physics in the process. They often involve very challenging obstacle courses, monster rooms and a strong sense of urgency. If you want to test your skills and see if you could be an assassin like Ezio or Arno, try a Parkour map.
Installing custom maps
Let's take a look at custom Minecraft maps to show you how to install them. You'll find the installation process easy and we guarantee you'll spend more time going through the map lists and trying to decide which one you want to try first than installing!
Selecting a map
First, we need to select a map. While there are many Minecraft map sharing sites out there, we recommend the category Projects on Planet Minecraft and, for its simplicity and ease of navigation, the categories of maps at MinecraftMaps.com.
As with map seeds, you need to use the appropriate version of Minecraft for the map you want to play on. If you load a huge adventure map created in one version of the game using another Minecraft update, be ready for problems and bugs as many of the elements the map designer includes will likely be totally different and the terrain generator will be a full version incompatible. To get the most out, always read the map description and match the version the map was created on with the version you are playing on.
placing the map
Once you have the map pack, it's time to navigate to your Minecraft profile save folder. By default, the save folder is in the following location:
|Windows||C: \ Users \ [ yourusername ] \ AppData \ Roaming \ .minecraft \ saves \|
|Mac OS||/ Users / [ yourusername ] / Library / Application Support / Minecraft / saves /|
This is where all your existing Minecraft worlds are located, and if you place a downloaded file (which is actually what the map pack) in the folder, it will appear in the list of available games when you start Minecraft.
Remember, if you created multiple profiles, the save folder will be a subdirectory of this new profile folder. For example, if you make a profile specifically for playing older 1.6.4 adventure maps, you will need to put the maps in that folder (eg /.minecraft-164maps/saves/) and then load that profile to play the map.
Go ahead and extract the contents of the map pack you downloaded into the save folder. Note the name of the world. The name of the folder the world is extracted to is the name that will appear in the Minecraft world menu.
loading the map
Open Minecraft and navigate to your saved game by clicking the Single Player button. There you will find the map you just dumped into the save folder and click on the map and select “Play Selected World” to load it like a normal game map. Enjoy the map as you explore the game worlds. If you're looking for more than a tourist exploration of a beautiful creation, you'll need to go back to content creation sites and look for maps of Survival, Adventure and even, why not, Pakrour's.
Explore new worlds in Minecraft
Minecraft is an open world construction game created by Mojang Studios where players interact with the world, collecting resources, placing and breaking different types of blocks in a 3D environment. In this environment, players can build creative structures, creations and artwork on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across multiple game modes. the game is available for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, New Nintendo 3DS, Windows Phone, Android e iOS.
So, you play Minecraft? Built something impressive? Have you ever played on some cool Minecraft maps? Let us know in the comments!