Textures and models aren’t the only things in Minecraft that are blocky. The animations leave a lot to be desired in most instances. In some cases there are no animations at all. Welcome to the Animated Blocks mod by Gobbob_Antyvirus, a user who endeavors to make Minecraft animations less bland as a whole!
This mod is more of a staple quality-of-life mod, rather than a fancy and bedazzling addition to the game’s mechanics or contents. For example, it adds a swing animation to doors (click the picture to see the animated gif):
No longer will your doors just suddenly appear open! This is a subtle change, but a significant one that will make the game more enjoyable. The ultimate goal is to animate all blocks that should have animations. Levers have received the Gobbob treatment as well:
And of course, trapdoors, the lesser appreciated cousin of the regular door:
Fence gates are slated for a future update, and many users have been suggesting that Gobbob also animate grass and the light on torches.
My opinion on this mod
There are other mods that provide animated versions of doors and other objects. Where these mods fall short is in their compatibility. I appreciate this mod for a few reasons – firstly, Gobbob seems to want to animate all blocks that have logical animations. Secondly, there is no fluff in this mod – it does exactly what it aims to and takes up no more space than it should. As such, it can be easily mixed and matched with other mods.
A worthy, staple download that even purists can enjoy!
How to install Animated Blocks for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Animated Blocks.
Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.
Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.
There are many other possible blocks to animate. What are some that you would like to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments!