Build your own… Easter designs and ideas for Minecraft!

If you liked our build challenge video from this morning, here are several of the design ideas we used, as well as some other simple Easter designs that you could try yourself in Minecraft. We only had fifteen minutes, so couldn’t try them all – so let us know if you build anything we didn’t get to – we’d love to see your own screen shots in the comments if you try these for yourself! 🙂

Happy Easter x

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Easter Build Challenge!! (We-Game Realms #12)

Happy Easter to those of you out there that celebrate this yummy holiday! Join us today in the We-Game creative Realms world for a quick build challenge on all things bunny-related and then for a quick egg hunt, after all that hard (?) work building.

If you want to try out any of these build ideas yourself, check out the Minecraft designs post we’ve put up alongside this video for things you can try yourself! Have fun!!

Minecraft Weapons Build! (We-Game Realms #11)

Want to decorate your world with some giant weapons? Well, who wouldn’t!

Today Melvis is in the We-Game creative Realms world for a super quick build video to show you how you can build your own GIANT weapons – you know, if you felt like doing that…

All the designs used in the ‘weapons’ build have been posted to the blog as well as some extra ones, so if you want to try yourself, there are some easy to use block designs on here – let us know how you get on if you try the build yourself!

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Western Dodge! Beware the angry cows!! (Tried and Tested #12)

Yee-ha! It’s time to try Western Dodge minigame in Minecraft Realms!

See how Melvis and Hopper fare against tornadoes, stampeding cows and runaway minecarts – there really are 101 ways to die in the west!

If you like the look of Western Dodge, you can find it in the minigame section on Minecraft Realms and try it for yourself – see if you can survive the ‘iron horses’!!

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You can check out our blog for even more gaming action and information on how to try the stuff featured in our videos!


Additional music courtesy of Purple Planet Music

Our Top 10 Games of 2017!

Well, we’re just at the start of a new year and thought we’d take a few minutes to look back 2017 and what games we played the most and discovered in the year. There are some old favourites and new ones – do you agree with any of the games on our list or do you have your own favourites from 2017? Let us know!

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In no particular order, here are our favourites!

As always, you’d expect to see Minecraft in our list – we’re still playing it as much as ever, wiMinecraftth Realms being the main place Hopper and Melvis play together. Hypixel is still popular with Hopper for online gaming.

Marvel SuperHeroes 2



Released near the end of 2017, we’ve had great fun playing the latest Marvel Superheroes 2 Lego game – and FINALLY the Guardians of the Galaxy made the team – I LOOOVE GROOT!!


Another great Lego game that came out in 2017 was The Ninjago Movie videogame – it has lots of similar features to the other Lego games, but different with this game to a lot of the others is the special moves and training that you ‘upgrade’ to throughout the game.

KingdomsIn the summer we came across Kingdoms and Castles released on Steam for PC and Mac. Melvis is a sucker for Sim City style games (Theme Park, old school Sim City, Hay Day) and so this was a big favourite of 2017 for her. As well as building up your medieval city with blacksmiths and grain stores, training your own knights and deploying archers in your stone towers, one of the best things about the game is the ‘Peasant Profiles’ you get when you hover over the little people who inhabit your world… Things like Boris Stephorn, 26 ‘Mostly thinking about clouds’… Petunia Gobstone, 84, ‘Just stepped in mud’… We’re just waiting on the next update which will introduce trading and other extras to the game and then Melvis wants to do some videos on it – watch this space!

Clash Royale

Not a surprise for you that Clash Royale has made the Top 10 is it – yes Melvis is still obsessed, yes, she’s collecting more cards and currently trying to level up to Level 10. There will definitely be more videos on this game in the future – her hobby at the moment is trying to put together good decks around 2-3 specific powerful cards to see how effective they can be. (Judging by the amount of battles she’s losing during the experiments, don’t expect to see the Three Musketeers / Hog Rider combo any time soon!)

BeamNG Drive

One of Hopper’s favourite games – that we’ve still not even got ourselves – is So far, he’s had to make do with watching it on YouTube, but maybe he’ll get the upgrade he needs in 2018 to get his hands on this…


Totally Accurate Battle Simulator has stayed on Hopper’s PC playlist from 2016 and so it has to make the list – there have been some new groups added this year, to make the battles even more fun / crazy. From the ‘Farmers’ and crazy ‘Dark Peasant’ to ‘Vikings’ and the disturbing ‘Chicken Man Man’… Totally weird!

Apollo VR

We were lucky enough to get the PS4 VR in mid-2017 and so have had some fun playing the games that come with this. The Carnival VR game was great fun and a good starter game for getting used to the new controls of the VR set. We also loved the underwater adventure in the demo disc and flew to the moon on a real NASA space mission in Apollo 11 VR, bringing real footage and audio from the launch and mission together with VR experience – amazing! (You can link to the Play Station website here to see a post on 107 amazing things you can do on your VR set today! Click here to open their web page.)


Last but not least – Hopper has developed a taste for driving games in 2017 and whilst there are quite a few that he’s played The Crew seems to have been his favourite. Melvis’s favourite driving games were the retro ones she found at Play Expo in the summer, especially the ‘moving’ version of Outrun!

So that was our best of 2017 – what were yours? 🙂


Logic & Elves – Extra!

If you liked our video yesterday on Logic & Elves, or would like to know more about the creator of the game, then check out the links below for Dwittyy who built the game!

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Here’s the link to Dwittyy’s own YouTube channel, where you can find out more about the games he has designed and other gaming stuff!

(Please note: this link is for external content and all detail have not been verified as kid-friendly, so please review and decide for yourself).

Logic and Elves!! (Tried and Tested #11) Minecraft Mini Game

Ho Ho Ho – Merry Christmas Everybody!

It’s nearly Christmas and Melvis and Hopper have got themselves temporary jobs in the present sorting office in Minecraft to help the elves get ready for the big day… OR… they are trying out another festive mini game in Realms – you decide 🙂

If you like the look of Logic & Elves, you can find it in the minigame section on Minecraft Realms and try it for yourself – see if you can beat our (not so) super time of 21 minutes!

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Abominable Snowball Fights!! (Tried and Tested #10) Minecraft Mini Game

It’s cold outside, it’s nearly Christmas so, let’s see what Minecraft Minigames there are for the festive season…

Look, look, look – we found Snowbound!

Today’s video is the latest in our Tried and Tested series and we’re playing the Minecraft Minigame ‘Snowbound’ in Minecraft Realms – how can something with this much snow in it not be festive?

See what happens when battle commences between two very cute snowmen (aka Melvis and Hopper) and how much fun this minigame is!

If you want to try this for yourself you can get it automatically in the Minecraft Realms mini-game section, which is where we played it from.


Minecraft – Console Commands and Using Them

Everyone needs a little help now and then when it comes to Minecraft…


In our Realms World, Hopper and I have been playing around with commands to see what they can help you out with. Below is a list of many of the basic commands that you can use in Minecraft (if you have permissions set correctly) and some help on how to use them. If you want a player to have access to these features – make sure that they are trusted, as they can do lots of things as an ‘operator’ – and then go to their profile in your Minecraft Realms ‘Players’ tab – click the shield to make it gold and they will be promoted to an operator. If you want to remove this, then you can do this in the same way.

Now for some of the commands you can use in this mode!


Typing this in will bring up a list of the general commands available to you at that point in the game. If you type /help [CommandName] it will provide you with more information on the command that you have asked about.

e.g. typing /help gamemode will tell you how to use/type that command

/give [Amount] [DataValue]
Use this command to give another player an item from your inventory, or can also be used if you are in Realms survival to get something very specific.

e.g. typing /give Hopperboye diamond 64 will give your Minecraft buddy 64 diamonds!!

If you want to give a specific item, like a diamond sword, which has two words in the name you should use an under-score to separate them, otherwise they won’t be recognised.

e.g. /give Hopperboye diamond_sword 1

/tp [TargetPlayer]
No more running and jumping from place to place – instantly transport yourself or another player to a specific location in the world. Using another player’s name in place of the coordinates will transport the target directly to said player’s location.

e.g. /tp Melvis_WG would bring Hopper from wherever he is to where I am

You can use this same command with coordinates to travel great distances (helpful if you know where things are in your world). So, you can use these to move around your world, or different bases quickly.

e.g. /tp Melvis_WG would bring Hopper from wherever he is to where I am

For our guide on coordinates in Minecraft, click here.

Kills your character, adding another player’s name e.g. /kill Hopperboye will apply the command to them. 😦 Let’s not use that!

Allows you to choose the weather or your world.

Options include:

    type Description
    clear Sky will clear and turn blue. It will stop raining/snowing.
    rain Sky will darken. It will start to rain (in a snow biome, the rain will appear as snow).
    thunder Sky will darken. It will start to rain and then thunder/lightning.
  • duration is optional. It is the length of time (in seconds) that the weather cycle will last, so leave a space and type in how many seconds it should last.

e.g. /weather clear will make it clear permanently

/weather clear 999 will make it clear for 999 seconds


Creative mode
/gamemode creative
Changes the gamemode to Creative mode, which allows player flight, unlimited resources and stops mobs attacking you. (You can also use /gamemode 1 for Creative)

Survival mode
/gamemode survival
Changes the gamemode to Survival mode, which means mobs will attack you and you’ll have to gather all resources the old-fashioned way. (You can also use /gamemode 0 for Creative)

Set time
/time set 1000
Sets the time to day. Replace “1000” with “0” for dawn, “6000” for midday, “12000” for dusk and “18000” for night.

Change difficulty to Peaceful
/difficulty peaceful
Changes difficulty to Peaceful mode. Replace “peaceful” with “easy”, “ normal”, or “hard” for more of a challenge.

How to find your world’s seed code
This will produce a code for your world, note it down so that you can load up an identical one in the future.

Keep inventory when you die
/gamerule keepInventory true
Ensures you don’t lose your items upon dying. To revert this, type “false” in place of “true”

Stop time
/gamerule doDaylightCycle false
This will stop the game’s day/light cycle in it’s place, allowing you to live under permanent sunshine or moonlight. To resume the day/light cycle type in “/gamerule doDaylightCycle true”.

Instantly drops a desired creature or object into your world, especially handy for when you’re short a couple of tame wolves.

Shoots a TNT block at where the player’s pointing.

Atlantis mode
Dramatically raises the world’s water level, submerging all but the highest mountains.

Teleports the player to where they’re facing

Mob damage
Mobs can’t deal any damage to you.

Turns the creature you’re facing into a mount.

Instant mine
One-click mining with any tool.

Stops mobs in their tracks.

Fall damage
Turns fall damage on and off.

Fire damage
Turns fire damage on and off.

Water damage
Turns water damage on and off.

Smelt item
Turns all items into their smelted form.

Instant plant
No more waiting around for a planted seed to grow.

Store items
Stores all inventory items into a chest, which spawns nearby.

Item damage
Weapons no longer receive damage or degrade.

Copies and drops the item stack that you have equipped.

That’s all the basic commands covered, but if there’s something more specific you’re looking to do with console commands check out a more thorough guide here on Minecraft Gamepedia!