With texture packs becoming more abundant every day, any aspiring creators must find some sort of niche to conquer if they have any hopes of making even the tiniest of splashes throughout the Minecraft community.  Stitch Up is a texture pack by Ignaf that stands out from the crowd.

 

stitch_inline

 

This pack is comprised entirely of textures that look like they have been stitched together.  It is almost like Little Big Planet in Minecraft form!  I may be somewhat biased because Little Big Planet is one of my favorite Playstation games, but this instantly also became one of my favorite packs.

 

What I love most about this is that it changes the flavor of Minecraft without being obnoxious or overbearing.  The game still has a light feel (perhaps even a lighter feel without so many pixels to digest) and seems a little more whimsical.

 

I absolutely love the snow:

 

stitch_snow

 

It almost looks like a comfortable quilt or blanket covering the dirt.  Or at least some kind of fabric, since it does look a little stiff.  The point is – it is adorable.

 

Even this towering construction looks harmless and soft:

 

stitch_tower

 

It is obvious that everything is going to look like fabric since you cannot exactly stitch stone or dirt, but I can just imagine how ominous this stone tower would have looked with any other textures.

 

Some people do not like “gimmick” packs like this one, as they feel that they lose their novelty after the first day or so.  In my opinion, that sort of thinking is self-instilled; people get bored of them quickly because they want to get bored of them quickly in order to remain a Minecraft “purist” of sorts.

 

Anyway, enough with the philosophical rambling – go support Ignaf for being awesome, and download this pack!

 

Installing Stitch Up Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download the latest version of the texture pack here.

  2. Load Minecraft.

  3. Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).

  4. Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks

  5. Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.

  6. Select the texture pack and click done.

 

Congratulations, you now live on Little Big Planet!  Leave a comment below with some screenshots of awesome stitched-up creations you have made.

As a wise man once said: “the best time to wear a striped sweater…  Is all the time.”  Words to live by, as user Crafty of PlanetMinecraft might agree.  Or maybe not – regardless, this Kawaii Sweater Skin features a striped sweater that I instantly fell in love with.

 

ksw_inline

 

There is only one minor negative for this skin which I wish to clear right away.  Her arms do not show any shading near the edges to differentiate them from the cloth on her torso.  Granted, such a visual effect is not entirely impossible in real life, but it does not lend itself well to the Minecraft universe.

 

Moving on: I know I say this often, but this is my new favorite female skin.  It is simply fantastic.  The patterns on the sweater are adorable and make excellent use of the limited area.  Plus that hat (beret?) truly rounds out the skin and provides a visual connection back to her boots.

 

Now, if you have been following my reviews for a while you know there is one thing about long-haired skins that bugs me: glued-to-legs syndrome.  Skins may look fine with long hair or dangling accessories while the player remains still, but since they are painted onto the back of the legs, running just looks strange.

 

Crafty clearly did not do this; along with the overall quality of this finely crafted skin and the judicious selection of hair length, I award this skin ten out of ten submerged pineapples.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

Leave a comment with your own rating out of ten and explanation why.  I would love to see others join in on my critiques of skins.

The mod Animals+ by Click_Me is another very simple mod that, as the name states, adds more animals to the game.  Though basic in nature, it adds some much-needed extra flavor to the game.

 

While the idea of adding more mobs to the game is nowhere near being original, it certainly does not hurt to have some extras – and what better way to add a little spice to your Minecraft experience than with a lightweight mod with a few different species?

 

Essentially, I would look at Animals+ as a companion mod to round out some of the other larger ones like Mo’ Creatures.  It could also be great for people who do not want to drastically change the game, but would still like to have a few more animals around town.

 

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the cast of A+:

 

This lovely pair of birds, seemingly a Blue Jay and Robin:

 

aplus_birds

 

Some centipedes which look as gross as they do in real life (I don’t like them!):

 

aplus_centipedes

 

Note that they are not poisonous, nor do they only spawn in your shower late at night.

 

Butterflies in small variety – much better than most of the butterflies I see in other mods, to be honest:

 

aplus_butterflies

 

Slithering scaly snakes to scare Steve silly:

 

aplus_snakes

 

Fish!  Always a welcome sight in Minecraft’s otherwise nearly barren waters – salmon, maybe?

 

aplus_fish

 

And some tropical fish to really add variety to the oceans and give you a reason to go swimming:

 

aplus_tropfish

 

As if the variety of fish wasn’t enough, you also get giant WHALES!

 

aplus_whales

 

Plus the majestic sting ray, harmless as far as I am aware because I am too scared to go near them, as is the case in real life:

 

aplus_string

 

And finally, if you dare delve deep enough, you might meet the enigmatic angler fish:

 

aplus_angler

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see so much marine life in this little mod.  Most mob mods focus on avian and land-dwelling creatures, with maybe one water-based mob.  Again, this is a low-impact mod that simply rounds out the animal population.

 

Click_Me actually has several other animals already made in a previous version and simply needs to bring them up to speed for the 1.7.10 version.  There are also plans to add blocks and items (I presume meat and other mob-related drops).  This mod could become much larger, so keep an eye out for it!

 

How to install Animals+ for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Animals+.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

What is your favorite animal from this mod?  Despite getting creeped out by them in real life, I think I actually like the stingray the most.  The model and animations are wonderful.  Leave your answer in the comments!

Today I bring to you a curious little mod, very minimal in nature but also quite interesting.  It changes the entire look of Minecraft with one simple alteration; some will hate it, others will love it.  Introducing: No Cubes, by Click_Me.

 

nocubes_inline

 

This mod “breaks the laws of Minecraft”, as described by the creator.  And it is true – it causes all of the terrain blocks to lose their cube-form in favor of more random and natural triangles.  My guess is that some kind of localized noise modifier was applied, but exactly how it was done is far beyond my understanding.

 

nocubes_grass

 

Using this mod does not lower FPS at all, so it is an entirely aesthetic decision.  Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about this mod – on one hand it certainly freshens the visuals of the game, but on the other hand it defeats the one basic element that makes Minecraft unique.

 

If nothing else, this mod is different, and I do recommend at least trying it out just for the experience.

 

How to install No Cubes for Minecraft 1.7.2

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of No Cubes.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

How do you feel about this mod?  Interesting or pointless?  Visually pleasing, or detrimental to the Minecraft experience?  Leave your thoughts in a comment!

One of my favorite skinners, Drazile12, strikes again with his representation of Meta Knight from the Kirby series.  Aptly described by him as a “stupid fancy ball with hands”, this skin is sure to be a favorite for any Kirby or Super Smash Bros. fans!

 

meta_inline

 

Comparing this skin to the original Meta Knight is somewhat difficult for obvious reasons.  In case you are not familiar with the character, here is a reference image of him:

 

meta_ref

 

As you can see he is quite…  Compact.  So the term “fan skin” really comes into play here in that it is a skin based off of the original appearance of Meta Knight, as you cannot change the player model.  As such there are some missing parts to fill in – such as the legs, torso, and most of the arms.

 

With comparisons aside, Drazile’s shading and highlights are terrific as usual.  The chest plate generates some serious illusions of depth, and the combination of layer with strong contrasting colors gives the wings on his back the same effect.

 

One might say this skin is quite…

 

Well-rounded.

 

In all seriousness, though – nine out of ten Kirby megaphones for Drazile.  One point docked because some of the colors feel slightly out of place (chest plate seems a little gray in some areas, for example).

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

Who is your favorite character from the Kirby universe?  Let us know in the comments below!  Mine is personally a toss-up between Meta Knight and the Waddledoo.

Star Wars fans rejoice – MaggiCraft, creator of the epic Star Wars resource pack I reviewed recently, also has a Star Wars mod in the works.  It is already quite well underway, and is being updated just as regularly as Indictor-Textures, so if you enjoyed the pack or just enjoy the franchise in general, read on!

Before I get into anything else, I need to introduce this mod’s vehicles.  Vehicles are an iconic part of any science fiction universe, and undoubtedly so for Star Wars.  They aren’t particularly integral to the rest of the mod, they are just awesome and will get you psyched for the rest of the mod:

 

starmod_vehicles

 

Awesome, right?  Five new vehicles, including the memorable AT-AT Walker.  With these new stylish and useful rides, you can conquer the land with ease -

 

No.  Not just five.  There are a whopping fifty-four new vehicles in this mod:

 

starmod_allvehicles

 

This alone is just mind boggling and could be enough for an entire mod in itself!  I am not entirely sure, but I believe all vehicles are more like above-ground structures that can be explored.

 

With that through: this mod is massive to say the least.  It is updated nearly every day, and it certainly is not showing any sign that it is slowing.

 

The ultimate, quintessential block to craft as soon as you begin playing with this mod installed is the Console.  This block acts as an in-game guide (or wiki, if you will), which is always a welcome sight.  It is crafted with relatively common materials:

 

starmod_console

 

The object at the top is a Display, which is crafted from dyes and iron poles:

 

starmod_display

 

And finally, iron poles are simply crafted with two iron ingots:

 

starmod_ironpole

 

This may seem like a complicated recipe to deal with just for an in-game guide, but it is more than worth the trouble – even for seasoned veterans of this mod.  Simply right-click the console once it has been placed to activate it.  Oh – and did I mention that it just looks awesome?

 

starmod_wiki

 

Next up is the addition of clone trooper armor.  What kind of Star Wars fan would MaggiCraft be without clone troopers in this mod?  Here is a screenshot of our good friend Steve donning the Clone Trooper armor with pride:

 

starmod_clonetrooper

 

This set of armor is stronger than diamonds and looks way more awesome.  It is crafted using Carbon as its only ingredient, which can be found in ore form underground.  It must then be smelted like any other metal.

 

As expected, the requirements and placement of Carbon is the same as any other metal or material used when creating armor.  Simply craft the desired piece(s) as you would with any other material and you’re good to go:

 

starmod_bootsstarmod_legsstarmod_helmstarmod_torso

 

However, without a rifle you would not be a complete clone trooper!  The recipe may look a bit complicated:

 

starmod_rifle

 

However, it mostly requires a large quantity of iron – so if you haven’t yet, get mining!  It is completely worth the effort to walk around as a clone trooper blasting creepers with lasers, so let us break this recipe down:

 

Two (2) barrels, made with iron poles:

 

starmod_barrel

 

One handle, again made with iron poles:

 

storm_handle

 

One stock.  Iron poles:

 

starmod_stock

 

And one scope – which also requires lenses:

 

starmod_scope

 

Which in turn can be made with just a block of glass:

 

starmod_lense

 

And there you have it!  An awesome laser rifle.  Allow me to take a moment at this point to explain how much I love these simple recipes.  So many mods have ridiculous twists and turns, complex layered recipes, and ridiculously difficult to find materials – what fun is that?  Accessibility is just as much of a component to fun as anything.  Keep that in mind, modders!

 

Now for the moment you have been waiting for: lightsabers.  These are pretty powerful, dealing 10 damage when not enchanted (enough to slay a zombie in two hits, and nearly any passive mob in one).  Especially when using the high-res version of this mod, they look just like their originals:

 

starmod_lightsabers

 

Creating a lightsaber takes a bit of time and effort.  First, you must mine and smelt Cortosis Ore into Cortosis Ingots:

 

starmod_cort

 

This ore is only found in the Nether, making it somewhat dangerous to acquire.  It is used to craft the lightsaber handles:

 

starmod_handle

 

Which can then be crafted together with any of the crystals to form a lightsaber.  Crystal ore may be found throughout the world and come in many colors:

 

starmod_crystal

 

Lightsabers do not vary in power, so crafting one depends solely on which color appeals to you the most (or fits your character!).

 

Finally, I wish to mention Tatooine:

 

starmod_tatooine

 

If you are a fan of Star Wars, you know this world well.  It has made an appearance here as a dimension that can be traveled to by creating a portal (similar to a Nether portal in design) out of Tatooine Portal Frame blocks.  These blocks are made with a very common material that takes little effort to find or gather: sandstone.

starmod_tatblock

 

Once the portal is ready, simply craft a Portal Igniter (flint and steel except with one redstone to replace the flint) and light it as you would a Nether portal.  Step inside, and you will see….

 

…. Nope!  I’m not going to spoil EVERYTHING for you.  You’ll have to go see this on your own.

 

Allow me to sum up by saying that this mod is truly well executed.  It feels polished and definitely came from the skilled hands of a Star Wars lover.  The sheer depth of content when it comes to vehicles, along with the simplicity of recipes and graceful implementation of each item into the game, are factors that make this mod what it set out to be – and perhaps.  I award MaggiCraft ten Jedi mind tricks out of ten.

 

How to install MaggiCraft’s Star Wars Mod for Minecraft 1.7.2

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of MaggiCraft’s Star Wars Mod.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

With this mod in active development (literally almost every day – go see for yourself!), new features that are not covered here will undoubtedly arise regularly.  What would you like to see in a future update, or what new feature not covered here is your favorite?  Leave a comment and let me know!