Adventuring in Minecraft is a nearly unparalleled experience. Between its procedurally generated worlds and vast amount of content, an outing in the world of Minecraft can often seem like a journey through Middle-Earth, full of danger and discoveries. However, the default version of Minecraft is rather lacking in one key area of exploration – its navigational tools. That’s where JourneyMap comes in – while a compass can be helpful, nothing screams adventure like becoming your own cartographer.
Okay, so maybe a map mod isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. It’s certainly not Pokémon in the Minecraft world – that would be ludicrous. But let’s be honest: every little improvement to Minecraft is helpful, and the default map system isn’t really conducive to immersion. In fact, the default map is so lacking in detail and utility that I can’t say I’ve ever used it while adventuring.
JourneyMap is a mod that maps whatever world you’re in in real time. Whether you’re trekking across the surface, spelunking in your world’s depths, or even fighting your way through the Nether, JourneyMap records a detailed and interactive map for your adventuring pleasure. What’s more, you even get a radar that can detect players and mobs in the world around you. In the free Minecraft games, the recording of the playing methods will offer pleasure. The fighting with the opponent is easy for the players. The detection of the opponent’s gameplay is excellent with the creation of the free account. The charting of the adventures of Minecraft games is easy for the people.
The most frustrating thing about the Minecraft map is its lack of accessibility. You pull out a chunky piece of paper, look down at its monotonous blues and greens, and think “Cool, I’m there, I guess.” JourneyMap, on the other hand, is mad accessible. Not only do you get a detailed map and radar, you get to choose from where to access it. By this I mean that you can have it as a mini-map on your game-screen, or open it as a full-screen option in-game, or access it through a web page, or even get the map through your iOS or Android device as you play. I mean, come on.
Now I’m aware that getting lost is half the adventure, and Minecraft’s world is one that is very easy to get lost in. But I’d like to pose the argument that coming to understand whatever world you’re in is the other half of the adventure, and JourneyMap is the key to that understanding. Between its waypoints, its effective depiction of topography, and its ease of access, this utilitarian mod is actually a lot cooler than it may seem at first glance. I’m serious – pulling up your Minecraft map on your iPad and watching it update in real time might sound mundane, but I’ve found that it enhances my Minecraft experience tremendously.
Now I know that Frodo and crew didn’t have iPad’s guiding them to Mordor, but I daresay that they would have grabbed their wireless devices had it been an option. For those of you who seek realism in their virtual adventures, it only takes a bit of imagination to reconcile having a map being generated for you step-by-step. Picture Gandalf’s eagles soaring far above you, sextant and telescope gripped in their wing-feathers, and recording the terrain as you walk.