For obvious reasons, storage is a pretty big deal in Minecraft. There have been storage mods before, and will undoubtedly be storage mods to come, but today I would like to bring the CompactChests mod by Tatty Seal to your attention.
This mod is quite similar to some other storage mods, with a few added features and some specific personalization. Its primary function is to provide larger amounts of storage without taking up more space in the game world. This is accomplished in two ways: with chests and with backpacks.
The first of the chests can be crafted by placing wood planks all around a regular chest:
Each subsequent recipe follows the same pattern, using the chest before it and the material after it. The four tiers of compact chests with their respective required materials are:
Double chest, made with wood;
Triple chest, made with iron;
Quadruple chest, made with gold;
Quintuple chest, made with diamond.
Double chests hold as much space as a normal double chest (two regular chests placed next to each other). Triple chests hold three times as much space as a normal chest, as one might expect:
And for reference, quadruple and qintuple chests use extra slots and side compartments to fit all of the items – which is actually quite nice for organization:
These chests cannot be combined with themselves by placing two next to each other, but unlike normal chests, placing many in close proximity is allowed. Unfortunately, shift-clicking does not function with quadruple and quintuple chests.
Compact Backpacks can be made by placing any Compact Chest in a crafting grid in the center, surrounded in the four directions by string and with wool in each of the four corners. These backpacks are great for keeping survival kits while still having space in one’s inventory to collect items, or to transport large amounts of items from one town to another.
My thoughts on this mod: the chests are fairly cheap to make and are a balanced feature. Quintuple chests are more of a luxury than anything, as spending diamonds to get a few more spaces doesn’t really seem justifiable for early to mid-game players. Compared to other storage mods, it is fairly basic, but nonetheless gets the job done well.
If you are just looking for a simple storage mod to add to your pack, this is a great choice.
How to install CompactChests for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of CompactChests.
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.
As I mentioned previously, there are other already existing storage mods. Which one is your favorite and why? Personally, I am a fan of the Better Barrels mod, but may end up using this one as it combines features of two of my favorite storage mods. Leave your answers in the comments below.