Some players like to be completely immersed in their experience. Other players, such as myself, find it useful and more fun to have access to information that they normally would not if they were in the position of the character – mob health and weapon damage, for example. Vanilla Minecraft does this to some slight extent, but asaskevich’s SmartCursor mod takes it one step further.
This mod provides the player with advanced information upon mousing over various entities in the game. The only readable information given by the game without this mod pertains to items, such as potions, weapons (for attack damage), and equipment in general (enchantment levels).
One of the most basic and most useful functions is the ability to see mob statistics. By simply looking at any mob, the player can see their health, equipped items, whether or not they are hostile, and any special characteristics:
This tooltip will also display if a mob is tamed (And who owns it if it is), what type of villager they are (if they are a testificate), and more. It also works when looking at players, and will display their name, score, hunger, and respawn location if one has been set.
Looking at dropped items will yield the following information:
Item name (plus ID if item IDs are enabled)
Remaining and maximum durability, displayed numerically
How much the item will heal the player (if it possesses this characteristic)
If it can be enchanted, or if it already is enchanted, a list of its enchantments
How many items are in the stack (or if it is not stackable)
Any special effects present not as a result of enchantments
Any special elements, such as being the ingredient to a potion or an animal’s favorite food
As is the case with the mob information, this can be configured to display in a short list near the crosshair in the center of the screen, or in the corner as shown in the mob information screenshot. Below is an example of a sword showing durability:
Moving on to blocks, this feature is more useful for inexperienced (or impatient) players. Hovering the cursor over a block with no tool in-hand or the wrong tool in-hand will display the block’s name and a message telling the player that it cannot be harvested with the selected item.
Looking at a block with the appropriate item in-hand will also display its name, and will show how much it has been damaged either as a percentage or a green progress bar. This information can only be displayed in the center.
Finally, the amount of experience held within an experience orb can be shown.
All settings can be configured in-game rather than needing to open a .config file. The default key to access the configuration menu is F, though it can be changed in the game’s controls menu.
Unlike with most mods, I cannot really think of any particularly creative uses for this mod. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though; it is a simple, straightforward mod that provides extra information for the curious, the inexperienced, or those who simply prefer to be informed.
Again, it is not a mod for everyone, as some will feel less immersed with more information than is necessary. I personally love the idea, and will be using this mod for myself.
The most useful features for me are being able to see the stack amount of items, being reminded quickly if an item is important (i.e. a potion ingredient or something I can tame a mob with), and mob health – especially when trying to weaken creepers enough for a skeleton to slay it and diversify my music collection. Seeing sword durability before picking it up is helpful as well.
How to install SmartCursor for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of SmartCursor.
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.
How do you feel about this mod? Do you think it is useful and interesting, or pointless and harmful to the game’s experience? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!