It's Minecraft mod time again. Previously we brought you the top ten
to add some variety to your single player experience. Now we're bringing you the best re-skins and texture packs, letting you change the look of your Minecraft client. And yes, these do
work in multiplayer.
Check inside for our collection of the coolest new looks.
It's easy to install all these texture packs and customise Minecraft's looks without changing any of your creations. Boot up Minecraft, click on the 'Mods and Texture Packs' section and then click "Open texture pack folder". Drop the .zip file from each pack in there and it will appear in the list of textures, ready to launch from the Minecraft menu.
There is one complication though, some of these textures are higher resolution than the original Minecraft, so to use them simply
Kahr's HD texture fix
, run it, hit patch and you're set. A big thanks to everyone on the
PC Gamer UK Minecraft server
, whose incredible creations I'm using to illustrate these screenshots today. Here are the server details for the UK and US servers:
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1. Painterly pack
One of the most popular texture packs,
keeps thing simple, with a mission statement to both stay true to the original Minecraft style and it's native resolution. The result is something that tweaks and improves upon Minecraft's unique graphical style rather than re-invents it. It's perfect for those who already like how Minecraft looks but want a little more. Painterly also works with YogBox's
Minecraft Mods Compilation
2. Okami Pack
Based on the never-released-on-PC Capcom game, the
is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous re textures on this list. The Japanese water colour inspired look is truly unique. I'll be using this stunning pack from now on.
EDIT - It seems we do know who built it, it's Amaraen. Apparently I missed the sign, sorry about that. He's also building a Reichstag, but I didn't see that at the time.
3. 1x1 Simplicity
Most people don't look a Minecraft and thing "It's good, but I wish the graphics were more low res." MacMCSeverSuport is not most people, so he made
reducing all Minecraft textures to their most basic level. It's not just a joke though. The simple, flat coloured blocks combine to create a strikingly minimalist look all of their own, proving that sometimes less truly is more.
4. LB Photo Realism
At the opposite end of the spectrum to the Simplicity skin is
Scuttles LB Photo Realism Pack
, which replaces the in game graphics with high resolution, realistic textures. Since Minecraft really isn't built for such high resolution textures it can cause a few problems, but most of them can be solved by allocating Java more memory in windows, which
this handy forum post
If I was to describe in one word why
is good, that would would be 'personality'. While other mods have a clear defined aim, Jolicraft appears to be dictated entirely by the eccentric personality of it's creator, Jolicoeur. Who says: "My name means "Happy Heart", so I guess Jolicraft means "Happy Craft". So maybe I should have called it HappyCraft, because I'm generally quite happy." He's not wrong, and the style of the pack reflects that, being light and airy and full of warmth and fun.
Another game inspired pack,
changes Minecraft's textures to resemble the distinctive visual style of Borderlands. Everything takes on a cell shaded look with thick black outlines, even the UI is redesigned to better resemble that of the Gearbox shooter.
7. Glimmer's Steampunk Pack
Minecraft already has a lot of steampunk elements, with the ability to create complex circuits and structures with redstone, rail tracks and mine carts and pistons coming soon, so it was inevitable that someone would change the visuals to fit and
Glimmer's Steampunk Pack
does a great job. This re-texture really goes to town, not only adding the desired steampunk textures to landscapes, but replacing torches with gas lamps, changing armours to fit the aesthetic and even redesigning the player model to sport a magnificent moustache. Sensibly Glimmer has also made the pack compatible with steampunk themed mods, such as
Pchan3?s Steampunk Airship
8. Creative One's Medieval pack
Creative One is certainly well named, his
Medieval texture pack
gives Minecraft a grim, dark ages look. Perfect for exploring nasty dungeons, building dark forbidding castles and plotting against the rightful King*.
*Kings not yet implemented.
Another cell shaded pack, made by modder Alree to make Minecraft less scary for his six year old son,
gives the game a bright, clear look and a cartoon aesthetic. It's a very charming look to the game which is not only perfect for children, but great fun for adults too.
is one of the biggest overhauls of Minecraft's visual aesthetic around. It changes the look of the game completely, replacing green landscapes with Tron-inspired glowing lines on dark backgrounds. The retro textures mesh with Minecraft's blocky appearence, turning the whole thing into a stylish vision of 80s cyberspace.
Check out this
big list of texture packs
if you want more. If we've missed your favourite texture pack, share it with us in the comments below.
Don't forget, we've also picked 10 of the best Minecraft mods you can install now. Click
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