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Human beings are extremely adept at navigating three-dimensional space. This is how the real world works. But try and add an additional dimension to something as simple as even, say, Minecraft and suddenly things take a sharp turn into the confusing. Confusing, then, is how I would describe 4D Miner. It's available as a demo for free on Steam (opens in new tab), developer Mashpoe's extradimensional version of Minecraft is an enormous amount of information to comprehend, even after following an instructional video that describes the concept of dimensionality by way of a cute frog. This tutorial will introduce you to the concept of rotating through dimensions. It will demonstrate the concept of a 2D platformer and help you see how the "slice" represents an entire 3D space. Move the mouse wheel and the slice will rotate, changing your 2D view. You can play the game, and the same idea applies. You're exploring a 3D world similar to regular Minecraft. Welcome to my blog You scroll the wheel and your "slice of the greater 4D world" rotates, cutting the world from itself. It's confusing because I'm still trying see how the dimensions relate to each and each. One appears to fold the world within itself, while another invisible plane rotates against it or within it. To continue exploring the world, you'll need to rotate your view through the fourth dimension. Things could fall from trees or rock blocks outside of your current perspective caves could open up into forest valleys, and you may be attacked by terrifying Hyperspiders that are outside of your current frame of reference. There are tools that can help you wrap your head about the 4D world. You can make 4D glasses from a mysterious ore to view things from a different angle. A compass however, will give you an accurate representation and help you find out where you are. Right now, 4D Miner is a fairly basic emulation that mimics Minecraft's mechanics. However, the added dimension adds infinite complexity even to something as simple as "how do I construct a house within four-dimensional space?" The developer even toys with the idea of four-dimensional multiplayer, which could be an amazing way to get confused with your friend. "On the surface, the game does appear a little like Minecraft, and the inspiration is unquestionable," Mashpoe said in an explanation video on YouTube. "But things like building, gathering resources, and even navigating in-game are completely different. This impacts pretty much every mechanic in the game. "I plan to enhance this aspect of the game further in the future so that most of my new game mechanics will focus on how the player interacts the fourth dimension." Mashpoe attempted to Kickstart 4D Miner last month and failed, but has taken to Patreon (opens in a new tab) to further develop the game. It's hard to tell whether 4D Miner can stand on its own as a game or remain a tech demo that's complicated for its own good. However, I would love to see Mashpoe's research in 4D space go on. Let me take an hour of rest before I go as all this dimension-bending has given me a bit of a headache. Welcome to my blog