How to Play Minecraft – Tips for Beginners

  • 16-03-2021 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

Minecraft is a game in which you mine, craft, and create. This game is a sandbox game in which you can do whatever you like. You can play in Creative Mode, which is useful for building, or Survival Mode, which is used for more of a challenge. In this article, I will be explaining how to play Minecraft for beginners.


The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. 

Multiple gameplay modes are available, including a survival mode in which the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players can play custom maps created by other players, and a spectator mode where players can fly around and clip through blocks, but cannot place or destroy any.

Game Controls

The controls for Minecraft are fairly easy to learn. The game has a default controls scheme. However, they can be changed in the settings menu. The controls are as follows:

  • W = Forward
  • S = Backwards
  • A = Strafe Left
  • D = Strafe Right
  • Arrow Keys = Look Around
  • Space Bar = Jump
  • E = Use Item/Open/Etc.

There are also controls for the crafting menu and the inventory menu.


The instructions for playing Minecraft are fairly simple.

  1. Grab a Gamepad, Keyboard, or Mouse/Keyboard (Please note that I do not recommend using a Mouse/Keyboard, as it is much harder to learn the controls.)
  2. Click Play.
  3. Create a new world, or join a friend's world.
  4. Choose a difficulty.
  5. Choose your player color.
  6. Choose your username.
  7. Choose your skin.
  8. Go mining!

Tips for Beginners

Tip 1. Play on single-player for a while first to get a sense of the mechanics of the game.  

This will help you learn the basic controls. Although it's a game that is one of a kind, it has its own basic mechanics. When you are familiar with the controls of the game, the next step is to play on multiplayer.  Multiplayer is the real deal because it's filled with many people who are more likely to be more experienced than you.  It's the place where you can learn from them.

Tip 2. Find a server with a small number of players.  

Join a server with a small number of players. It's easier to learn there.  For some people, i's easier to learn on a server with a small number of players because they won't be the center of attention, and their mistakes won't be so obvious.

So, this will allow you to gain confidence, and you will be able to play better. 

Tip 3. Observe other players.  

Find out the things that they do and how they do them. For example, you can learn how to fight monsters better by watching other players. You can get some valuable information that way. 

Tip 4. Explore the map. 

The map is built to look like a real-world, with mountains, deserts, oceans, and more. You can explore the map on your own or with a group of friends. And with the addition of new updates, you can even explore the game from the first-person point of view, or as an animal.

Tip 5. Find a good game mode.

In Minecraft, there are many game modes to choose from. Make sure you find the one that suits your style.

Tip 6. Be creative

The world of Minecraft is a blank canvas and your imagination is the limit.

The Bottom Line

Minecraft can be a great way to spend your free time, or it can be an excellent way to keep your kids entertained for hours on end. You can build, explore, and create anything your mind can imagine.