No Cubes – a rounded world

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The Minecraft world is made out of cubes. This fact is core to the game’s identity, it is such a fundamental part of the gameplay that you almost can’t imagine Minecraft without it. But, modder Click_Me has taken up the task of showing us a vision of this different dimension through his No Cubes mod. Let’s take a look.

No Cubes works in a way that doesn’t actually modify that much about the way the game works – it is, in effect, aesthetical. It merely makes the existing cubes have more polygons in a way that makes sense for their environment.

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At first glance it may seem drastically changed, but this strange new world actually feels quite similar once you explore it a bit. True, the ground is rounder, but the way the world generates is still the same familiar landscape you know and love.

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The landscape is where we run into our first problem with the mod – water. This mod is still in heavy development and clearly very complex, so shores aren’t working quite right yet – with water having the usual cubic edges that then float above the new rounded terrain.

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Underground you will find a new interesting look to the caves you know and love. With the edges rounded, they get a very holey, mysterious look. I can’t quite describe it with words, but a picture will do.

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Now you might be wondering how this will affect one of the core mechanics of Minecraft – building. Luckily, this is easily solved in No Cubes by having it only affect natural terrain blocks. So, your buildings will still be built and shaped with good old block cubes. The mod gets a bit iffy when it comes to making edges of flat surfaces you can build on clear, but once you lay down the foundations, it’s smooth sailing from there on out.

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No Cubes is a very interesting mod. It’s certainly something I can recommend wholeheartedly to everyone, but not for everyday use. It’s fascinating to test it  out and play around with it, but it is too buggy right now for it to be something you can use through a whole playthrough comfortably. On top of all that, it requires shaders to work properly since the mod completely messes up vanilla lighting, which will make it unplayable on many machines.

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Overall, it’s an interesting mod that has its problems, but is worth a try. If you have a computer strong enough to run it, you can get it yourself here:

Download the No Cubes mod here!

Installation instructions:

  1. Install the Forge API.
  2. Run Minecraft at least once.
  3. Put the .jar file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
  4. For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
  5. Ready to go! Enjoy.

Optional, but recommended to fix lighting:

  1. Download the shaders mod here.
  2. Put the mods .jar file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
  3. For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
  4. Download the SEUS v10.2 Prerelease here!
  5. Now take the SEUS .zip file and copy it over to the “shaderpacks” folder in your .minecraft folder (make one if it isn’t there).
  6. Ready to go! Just enable the shaderpack via the in-game menu. Enjoy.

Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.

Version of mod reviewed: v1.0 on Minecraft 1.7.10.