LockerGnome’s Robert Clarke writes:

Minecraft is a fun game on its own, but a lot of people don’t realize that you can play a variety of other mini-games that have been made in Minecraft by others. One great example of this is Escapecraft, which is a puzzle game that you play inside of Minecraft. It’s made using some of Minecraft’s redstone functionality combined with obstacles and other challenges. But the question is: how do you play this in Minecraft?

The first thing you’ll want to do is obviously download Escapecraft (or any of the custom maps that you want to install). Extract the folder so that you have a blank folder with all the world data inside it. Be sure that it is the actual World folder, and that there are no other files inside of it. If you have the correct world folder, there should be some folders and a file called level.dat. Next, go to your user folder, which has My Pictures, VideoApp Data folder. Then go into the sub-folder Roaming, then .minecraft after that. You should see a folder called Saves. Drop your custom map folder in there, and you should be all set.

How to Play a Custom Map in MinecraftSometimes you’ll have to restart Minecraft, but then you’re all ready to play your custom map. You should see it in your Single Player folder. Remember that sometimes maps have instructions on the Web site where you downloaded them, which will save you from a confusing 10 minutes wondering what you’re supposed to do.

Minecraft is an excellent way to relax after a hard day. Whether you’re working from a dynamically generated world, or a pre-built one from the community, you will be hard-pressed to find a program that is quite as flexible and addicting as this one. In a sense, Minecraft is a platform on which you can create your own unique experience, and turn what would appear at first glance to be a somewhat boring blocky game into a virtual world filled with your very own creations.