If you’re anything like me, you’re more of an explorer than a creator. Making elaborate redstone mechanisms and monuments of yourself are fun and all, but nothing beats playing Viking with a friend or two, sailing across the ocean, searching for new lands to explore and experiences to have, leaving monuments to yourself on cliff faces, and fighting monsters with a half-broken iron sword while you desperately try and build a new boat before they catch up. That’s the kind of fun I like having.
But there are only a handful of biomes, and it really puts a cramp in the fun. You’ve already seen the forest, the taiga, the snow desert, the sand desert, the swamp, and the hill. And it’s always the same hills. Gently rolling with some trees. And the same swamp. The same plains. Except for a few minor details, Minecraft decides to fill its nearly infinite world with landscapes that are more boring than real life. After all, it never generates a Grand Canyon, or chocolate hills, Antelope Canyons, Moeraki boulders, or anything other than the same mountains and rivers and hills.
So Biomes O Plenty asks you: Wouldn’t it be fun if there were more exotic landscapes? Wouldn’t it be fun if there were, say, sixty of them?
Now instead of just forests, maybe you stumble upon an oak woodlands, complete with fallen trees. Or maybe a barren wasteland, with toxic water and hazy, dead skies. What about steppe land, or my personal favorite so far, a savannah? It’s so cool. There’s really no reason not to have this installed already, even if you hardly step away from your latest redstone gizmo.
My final verdict?
- Beautiful terrain generation
- Better than default
- Massive variety
- Not fully supported by many texture packs
- Requires Forge
Really, there’s no reason not to install it, unless you aren’t willing to install Forge. It’s a tiny download, there’s no performance hit, and it makes the game much more varied. Seriously, fill out that form and get it. You won’t regret it.
- Download Biomes O’ Plenty above, and save it to C:/Users/*name/AppData/Roaming/.minecraft/mods
- Download the recommended version of Forge
- Open minecraft.jar in C:/Users/*name*/AppData/Roaming/.minecraft/bin with your archive manager of choice
- Delete the META-INF folder
- Drag the contents from Forge into minecraft.jar
- Close your archive manager and start Minecraft!