My son is something of a Minecraft power user. Whenever another member of the household needs something done with “red stone” (electricity) and can’t figure it out – they come to him. So when he told me he had figured out how to build a working Connect Four style game – I was all ears.
This is our Connect Four Game built Minecraft-style. It runs on electricity (red stone) and automatically places each player’s piece at the push of a button. The players are forced to alternate because of a switch Jonathan embedded. (So no cheating.) This is pretty slick.
Besides replicating this Connect Four game, you can also build a Minecraft chess board, and come up with your own game boards using Minecraft engineering. You could do a family challenge, or work together to build the game of your choice. You could even invent a new game! Building games in Minecraft encourages thinking skills, visual spatial skills, and even teamwork.
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I took a video where Jonathan actually walks you through how this Connect Four game works, and how it was built. Hopefully, this will give you a good starting point for your own Game-Building Crafting Adventure in Minecraft!
As the piston activates, a switch inside the box below actually switches the electricity from one player to the other, lighting up the Player 1 or Player 2 sign above the game board. In this way, it is always clear who needs to play the next turn.
Win by connecting four squares in a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
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