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I finally decided to go ahead and buy Minecraft. I purchased a premium account via paypal, downloaded the client, logged in, and am at a main menu screen:

Single-Player
Multi-Player
Play Tutorial (grayed out)

Options

If I press "Single-Player" what version of minecraft am I playing? (Alpha, Survival, Classic, etc.)

Unless I'm missing something glaringly obvious, (and the variety of different minecraft versions is clearly not helping) how can I tell which of the many modes I'm in? (or will be in?)

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You're playing Alpha (aka Survival).

"Survival test" is here and Classic (aka Creative) is here. Neither needs a premium account.


Here's a bonus chart of what version added when in Minecraft:

   Classic    Graphics, Water, Lava, Fog, Mobs, Saving, Clouds (free)
      ↓
SurvivalTest  Health bar, Enemies, Weapons, Finite inventory, Cracking (free)
      ↓
    Indev     Crafting, Dynamic light, Night, Armor, Healing, Hell (unavail)
      ↓
   Infdev     Infinite maps, improved caves, finite water (unavail)
      ↓
    Alpha     Redstone, Boats, Carts, Biomes, Nether, Survival Multiplayer
      ↓       
    Beta      Creative mode, Weather, Structures, Hunger, Experience, Maps
      ↓
     1.x      Endgame, Hardcore, Potions, Enchantments, Repairing, Superflat

The Minepedia has more information (Classic, Survival Test, Indev, Infdev, Alpha, Beta, Minecraft 1.0, Version history).

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the version number you're playing is always displayed in the top left corner. –  alexanderpas Nov 1 '10 at 15:31
    
By Cracking I mean you need to crack blocks down instead of having them magically vanish on mouse click. –  badp Nov 2 '10 at 10:18
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Classic:
This is the previous free version.

Alpha - Survival:
This is the one you have now, the single player is survival mode.


Check the text under the header logo here:

See the text under the header logo

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It says "une baguette", but your link just takes me to the minecraft main site. What am I looking for? –  Raven Dreamer Oct 31 '10 at 23:33
    
Included an image now, it was just a reference where I got my information from. –  Tom Wijsman Oct 31 '10 at 23:41
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