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Skyblock (2011) is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular. To win you need a great deal of Minecraft knowledge and technical know-how to create farms for resources and impressive bases. Its wide variety of maps and ways to play make it appealing to a large range of people, from creative builders to critical thinkers.

In most modes, you start off on a small island with only a tree and a chest of essential resources, including a bucket of lava and a bucket of water. From these humble beginnings, you can create a stone generator and start building. You need to take great care not to accidentally lose your lava or water, as you then have to restart.

Getting to grips with this unforgiving gameplay requires patience and determination. Once you've established yourself, you can use other resources to continue expanding; building farms that yield more resources, and repeating until you have built yourself an impressive base.

The sense of achievement you get from thriving in a Skyblock world offsets the difficulty of getting established and is a recipe that has remained popular throughout the years. If you want to play Skyblock, there are many servers you can play on, such as Hypixel or Skyblock.net, or you can download a single-player map if you prefer to play offline.

It's worth noting that the Hypixel Skyblock game mode is the most popular way to play this game. It greatly expands the core concept so that it is more like a large online role-play game like Skyrim. Here the focus is not so much on building islands but more on adventuring and role-playing where you can level up, trade items, take on quests and other familiar aspects of these online experiences.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Skyblock 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy and Traversal game with Collecting, Creative, Fighting and Platform elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 5-player online game. On certain mainstream servers, such as Hypixel, you can play with up to 5 people. If you are playing on a private server you or a friend manages, you can play with as many people as you want.

Cross-Platform: Like Minecraft you can play against people on different consoles, computer or tablet versions of the game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 100 hours to complete. Depending on how much you want to do in your world or on the server, the time until you stop playing can range from an hour or so to many hundreds of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Skyblock itself is considered user-generated content and falls outside the age ratings. However, Minecraft itself is rated PEGI 7 for Violence and Fear. The game's player character can encounter pixelated spiders, skeletons and zombies in a dark environment, which they can fight. They fall down and disappear in an unrealistic manner. Characters are pixelated and blocky with non-detailed faces.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. A reasonable prior knowledge of Minecraft's gameplay and mechanics is required to get items and craft farms, some very complex, to obtain resources otherwise unobtainable in the game mode.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Skyblock

XBox Store Xbox X|S -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
Steam Store PC -
XBox Store Xbox One -
App Store Mac -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
Depending on where you play Skyblock, you may find in-game purchases that enhance the experience or unlock extra items, or have to buy the map to play on. Alternatively, you can also quickly find free worlds to download and play on if you only want a single-player experience. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (5 online)

Genres: Strategy, Traversal (Collecting, Creative, Fighting and Platform)

Accessibility: 32 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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