According to PC Gamer as of 2015, some of the best Minecraft mods include Optifine, Twilight Forest, Biomes O'Plenty, Botania and Thaumcraft. Some of the most popular Minecraft mods listed on Planet Minecraft as of 2015 are Ferullo's Guns Mod, MrCrayfish's Furniture Mod and OreSpawn Mod.
Minecraft mods are downloadable game modifications that alter the original game. Modifications can change the game in many ways, including appearance and physics. Mods can also add items to the game, such as guns or different types of ore.
The Optifine mod optimizes Minecraft, enabling the game to run faster and improving the graphics. The mod supports HD textures and smooth lighting, and it can double the game's frame rate. Additionally, the mod adds variable render distance and fog control.
Twilight Forest is a fantasy-themed mod that adds hollow hills, hedge mazes, lich towers, enchanted groves and glaciers to Minecraft. This mod puts an emphasis on adventuring, offering rewards to players willing to brave the dark forests and caves.
MrCrayfish's Furniture Mod adds over 40 pieces of furniture to Minecraft, including showers, refrigerators, armchairs, radios and Christmas trees. The furniture matches the style of the original Minecraft game and fits with all of the basic textures. The Furniture Mod is available for the PC and Pocket editions of Minecraft.