Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Dayshot: Pictured above: six kilometres by six kilometres of pure magnificence, in Minecraft map form. Called Phain, or Game Board of the Ancients, this map is another one from the incredibly talented Darastlix, whose work we've featured on Kotaku three times before. Phain, which took 400 hours of work over a year to make, is the sixth in Darastlix's Lone Wanderer series of Minecraft maps, with a hexagonal look inspired by Endless Legend (a good strategy game in its own right).

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Basically, the way it works is that the map is divided into four large sub-zones, and each sub-zone into smaller, hexagon-shaped pieces of land which can vary between elevation levels, from beaches to mountains and highlands. You can travel between them on foot, or via teleports sitting next to obelisks strewn across the map. Each sub-zone has a theme:

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Blue Ice is the largest area, covered by thick snow and ice. It has blue slopes.

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Red Sun is a humid area covered with deserts, savannas, jungles and ancient canyons. It has red slopes.

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Green Leaf is overgrown with colourful forests and swamps. It has green slopes.

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

Yellow Wheat is a place filled with fields, gardens and labyrinths created by magic. It has yellow slopes and is the only area adjacent to all other areas.

I flew around the map a bit in Spectator Mode and took some screens. It looks just as great on the ground in-game, and the variety really is amazing:

Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build
Enormous, Beautiful Minecraft Map Took 400 Hours To Build

You can download the map here, either just to look, or to actually play Minecraft on it. It's survival-compatible, so it's totally playable (and it should last you a long time.) There's also an album full of high quality renders here, should you find yourself in need of a nice Minecraft-themed wallpaper.

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Comments

    looks like it's based on Endless Legend

      with a hexagonal look inspired by Endless Legend

      You didn't even get through the first paragraph?

        The pictures were to pretty

          lol, yeah fair enough ;-)

    400 hours? That doesn't seem nearly long enough to build something this amazing.

    ...20 years on... "Remember that time I spent 400 hours home alone contributing nothing to society"

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