The Betweenlands is a huge dimension mod on the scale of The Aether. It's a murky swamp dimension with a complicated backstory that can be summarized as “it's a dimension in the space between the Overworld and the Nether”. Though it is still heavily under development and is a work in progress, it oozes quality so much that I simply had to share it. Let's take a look…
The Betweenlands are another dimension, so you can't expect to get there easily. You'll need to find the place where the druids guard the key to entering the murky realm - the druid circle. It spawns in swamps, but is rare, so not every swamp will have one. There, you must defeat the druids and obtain the talisman pieces they carry (I left them alive and cheated in the pieces for the screenshot since they looked really cool), then put the pieces into the magical altar which will trigger the very cool-looking magical process that rebuilds the talisman and makes it whole again. To enter the Betweenlands, one has to build a portal out of mossy cobblestone, and then activate it with the previously acquired talisman. Then, you are ready to enter the Betweenlands.
You will emerge in the Betweenlands, a dark and hostile new environment. The first thing you'll notice, if you haven't already during the druid circle fight, is the music. This mod features original music that is wonderfully creepy and fits the mod extremely well. It's just one of the many things that show the love that went into this mod, and makes it feel like such a quality experience which mods rarely achieve. You can hear a taste of it in the trailer above this paragraph, you can listen to the whole thing on Soundcloud, or you can just experience it as you play the mod.
The music helps build another stand-out feature of the mod that the creators have already nailed, even this early in the development cycle - the atmosphere. The visuals - the murky waters, the dark lighting, the creeping green fog, the unsettling monsters… it all works together with the music and the gameplay to create a unique atmosphere that I've rarely seen in mods, it's almost horror-like.
All of that wouldn't be possible without the creativity that went into designing the unique world of the Betweenlands. The mobs, for instance, shine from their designs that dropped straight out of some nightmare, to their traits that mimic those of the Overworld mobs, but are altered to be more dangerous and fit the mood. There's also great attention to detail put into everything. Already, there's tons of mobs, plants, blocks and just so much content put into this one dimension. It truly will be a sight to behold when the mod is finally finished…
… and you'll be sure to hear about it right here when it does, because I will be following this mod closely, and recommend you do the same. It's still heavily a work in progress, so I don't recommend playing through it just yet, but if you want to check it out and get a feel of how it plays, you can get it here:
Download the [WIP] development build of the Betweenlands mod here!WARNING: THIS MOD IS STILL IN ALPHA AND WON'T HAVE ALL THE CONTENT IN AND MAY NOT EVEN WORK PROPERLY.
You can check out more great screenshots here!
- Install the Forge API.
- Run Minecraft at least once.
- Put the mods .jar file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
- For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
- Ready to go! Enjoy.
Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.
Version of mod reviewed: v1.0.0 Alpha Build 32 on Minecraft 1.7.10.