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This is the first time I'm seeing Minecraft. I don't know what it is I've never played it. I saw a "Buy now" button but I didn't press it. I instead clicked on a button that said download and I started downloading the 270KB .exe file. Is there anything I will be missing out on by not buying the game???

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You're not actually downloading Minecraft — you're downloading the official game launcher.

That launcher will, given valid log-in credentials (obtained by signing up and purchasing the game), download Minecraft and allow you to play it. So by not paying, you're missing out on the entire game, as it were.

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Oh lol okay thanks! –  David Apr 4 '12 at 0:15

You can play a free version of Minecraft here so you can get the basic idea of the game. But beware, the current version offers so much more than this classic version that to really make up your mind you should have played the full version.

To name few things you are missing out:

  1. Crafting (huge part of the game)
  2. Redstone circuits
  3. Survival mode (fight against mobs)
  4. Enchanting
  5. Alchemy

There are certainly many more I forgot to mention.

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The download will only gain you access to the launcher. The launcher can be used to play Minecraft but requires login details which you can only get by purchasing the game.

You can play Minecraft for a limited time for free using PC Gamer's Demo and this demo includes all features which Minecraft includes. Click here to go to the download page. The demo includes things as crafting, survival mode and all the good stuff you find in the full Minecraft version.

Thought I'd point out the PC Gamer Demo as it's easily forgotten about.

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This isn't true: you can play in offline mode indefinitely. What you can't do without a login is play multiplayer, or have a custom skin. Further, there's not much point in linking to a third-party demo when Minecraft.net has a "play the demo" link right on its front page. –  SevenSidedDie May 20 '13 at 9:26

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