Minecraft’s survival system is an essential part of the game. But as you’ve probably noticed, there are quite a few differences between surviving in Minecraft and surviving in the real world. Creepers don’t attack you at night in the real world, and you can’t heal yourself after being grievously wounded simply by eating a few bowls of mushroom stew.
But one mod aims to make Minecraft survival slightly more like real world survival. That mod is IguanaMan’s Hunger Overhaul mod, which aims to make hunger a more integral part of surviving. So if you don’t like cooking and keeping your player fed, then this mod probably isn’t for you.
In the mod creator’s own words, Hunger Overhaul is designed:
“…to tweak the hunger mechanics to my liking. My aim here is to make hunger more of a challenge, rather than just a mild annoyance.”
To help players out, IguanaMan added features including tooltips for food as well as automatic replanting after harvesting. The mod integrates well with HarvestCraft, which adds a richer farming system to the Minecraft world.
The food tooltips added through the Hunger Overhaul mod are designed to give players a rough indication of the food value and saturation value of the food. A snack is worth less than a nourishing meal, for example, but takes less time to cook.
Eating a well-cooked meal will provide players with a ‘well fed’ effect that lasts for anywhere from 5 seconds (for snacks) to 4 minutes (for feasts). This effect increases the speed at which health replenishes and eating multiple meals will stack these effects on top of one another.
After installing the Hunger Overhaul mod, players will notice that crops take longer to grow and will only grow with daylight (not in torchlight). To give players extra assistance, seeds now have tooltips that suggest the biome in which they should be planted.
After installing the Hunger Overhaul mod, players will also notice that the rate at which hunger drops is affected by difficulty settings. Easy and peaceful hunger loss is set to 75% speed, while hard difficulty hunger loss is set to 150% speed.
Players die as soon as hunger levels reach zero. But fortunately, the rate at which hunger drops gradually slows as players get closer and closer to the end of their bar, which means that the last few bars of hunger drop more slowly than the first few bars.
Ultimately, when this mod calls itself an ‘overhaul’ mod, it genuinely means it. Almost every aspect of Minecraft’s hunger system has been reworked, giving players an opportunity to survive like they’ve never survived before.
Some players are ready for a more food-based challenge in Minecraft. Other players would be happy to do away with the food system entirely. If you fall into the former group of players, then you’ll like IguanaMan’s Hunger Overhaul mod for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5
How to install Hunger Overhaul Mod for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5
Step 1) Download and install Minecraft Forge
Step 2) Download and install HarvestCraft (optional but highly recommended by the mod’s creator)
Step 3) Download the Hunger Overhaul .zip folder from here
Step 4) Drag and drop the Hunger Overhaul .zip folder into the .minecraft/mods folder
Step 5) Start playing, start cooking, and enjoy!