Minecraft is a ‘sandbox’ video game that can be played across a number of platforms for a one-off payment. It’s called a sandbox game because it allows users to play around, explore and create what they want. The creative and building aspect of Minecraft allows players to build 3D constructions using textured cubes. The virtual landscapes in which building or game play takes place are often referred to as ‘maps’ because of their simulation of geographic areas.
To date, Minecraft has sold over 100 million copies and is one of the most popular video games in history. It is used by players of all ages and is becoming increasingly popular within education.
More information on Minecraft can be found at https://minecraft.net/en/.
Great Fire 1666 is a set of 3 Minecraft ‘maps’ telling the story of the Great Fire of London. Minecraft ‘maps’ are virtual environments or games created in Minecraft, often by players themselves, and made available for others to download and play.
Great Fire 1666 maps are available free to players of Minecraft on PC or Mac. However, please be aware that they are not compatible with the Windows 10 version of Minecraft. They will only work with Minecraft: Java Edition, version 1.11.2.
Each of the maps can be downloaded as zip files by clicking the links on the individual game pages:
Pre-fire London map (click to download)
Fire of London map (click to download)
Rebuild London map (click to download)
Click on the Download symbol (an arrow facing down to a line) in the top right hand corner to download the files.
Once you have downloaded a Great Fire 1666 map to play, in the form of a zip file as explained above, follow these instructions (intended for users with the latest version of Minecraft: Java Edition):
To play Great Fire 1666 via your Minecraft account you will need version 1.10.2 (or newer) of Minecraft: Java Edition and to follow the instructions above.
Mojang, creators of Minecraft, recommend the game for players aged 13+, mainly owing to the one-off payment required to download the game. However, many younger children will enjoy playing Minecraft and Mojang offers guidance to parents for account users under 13.