Some mini "Minecraft" games are "Asgard Ascension," "Factions," "Capture the Flag," "The Hunger Games" and "Skywars." These games all require the purchase of the computer game "Minecraft."
"Asgard Ascension" is an adventure-based "Minecraft" mod that allows users to battle it out to conquer the mythical world of Asgard. It is based on the world created by Marvel's "Thor" franchise. "Factions" is a role-playing game modification. It allows players to join factions in order to engage in brutal betrayals, massive raids and tactical defense all within the world of "Minecraft."
"Skywars" is derived from the famous "Skyblock" concept. In "Skyblock," players have to survive in the world of "Minecraft" only existing on a floating island with minimal resources. It can be played cooperatively with friends. "Skywars" takes an interesting spin on the idea by introducing a competitive element. Players can find other players' islands, kill them and take all the resources.
The "Capture the Flag" mini game is based on the traditional outdoor game. Players are divided into teams and have to capture their opponents' flag while guarding their own. "The Hunger Games" mini game is based on the popular book and film series. Players engage in sudden death combat until there is only one person left standing.
Different Minecraft servers can feature various mini-games. The mini-games offer a wide variety of type, story and game-play. Mini-game themes may correlate with the overall server community atmosphere, or they may differ vastly. The quality of mini-games also varies and is dependent upon their creators and hosts.
Many servers feature information explaining their mini-games on sites such as Minecraftmaps.com. Some examples of mini-games posted there are "Moveblock," which is a simple block-moving game, "Guide the Flying Chicken," for which the player guides Austin the Chicken through various obstacles, and "Ore Whacker," which is a simple ore-smashing game.
As of July 2015, some of the largest and oldest Minecraft servers are: Mineplex, Lichcraft and DatPixel. Each server offers a unique community experience and theme. Most servers have one master host and a number of other administrators, depending on the server's size. Some servers do not have any mini-games, as their host prefers more traditional Minecraft play-through. Reading the server description offers useful information about a specific Minecraft server and its admin.