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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:

Play Tutorial (grayed out)


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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Play Tutorial Level was something Mojang was going to add. It way always grayed out. Then it disappeared. No one knows exactly what it was really. It might have been a PC Tutorial World. Only on consoles there's a Minecraft tutorial world. – Jim Jones Feb 20 at 6:42
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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
I'm crying from nostalgia looking at your "patch note" right now... – DatEpicCoderGuyWhoPrograms Jul 22 '14 at 23:44

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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