Today I bring to you an interesting mod that combines the elements of gameplay with a new way to create structures in your world. It adds some new blocks and items which allow the player to interact with blocks in interesting ways. Welcome to my review of Unlocked’s Stone Bricks mod!
For starters, allow me to show off some of the new blocks introduced in this mod. As you might have guessed, it prominently features stone bricks. There are actually many types of bricks, some of which are of questionable logic, such as the wooden bricks:
There are also sandstone bricks, ender pearl bricks, and end stone bricks, along with inverted versions of all bricks in the mod (as you saw in the previous screenshot):
These bricks can be easily crafted by simply surrounding a regular stone brick in a crafting table with the material in question. Sandstone bricks use sandstone, ender pearl bricks use ender pearls, and so-on. Inverted versions are made with a redstone torch in the center.
Some of the blocks are actually useful, such as the glowstone brick. This provides light and growth for plants like a regular glowstone, but looks more attractive. There are also redstone bricks, which function like redstone blocks.
Finally, there is an interesting block called the Lucky Brick. It is crafted using gold ingots around a stone brick, and can be placed in the world. When broken, it will yield a random “brick” block:
In my opinion, this is where the mod really shines. I have not seen many mods that include items which affect blocks, especially those placed in the world, and especially not in a way that is aesthetically useful for construction.
Four new tools are added with the Stone Bricks mod. The first of these tools is the hammer. As logic would dictate, the hammer is used to break stone – but not in the same fashion as the pickaxe. Right-clicking on a regular stone block will cause it to revert to cobblestone – the only way to reverse the crafting process. Right-clicking on stone bricks will cause them to crack.
Aside from these two uses, crafting any stone together with a hammer will destroy the stone, yielding four rubble which has an interesting use that will be discussed later.
Next up on the list of tools is the Wand of Exponential Growth. This little device serves two purposes: first, it will turn stone brick and cobblestone into mossy versions of themselves upon right-clicking. Second, it can instantly turn a block of dirt into grass. It must be occasionally recharged by crafting it with an emerald.
The third tool is the Wand of Reversion. This wand is simple: right-clicking with it will change any stone block to its logical equivalent. For example, cobblestone will turn into stone; stone bricks will revert to regular stone; sandstone bricks will become sandstone; and so forth.
Finally, the Wand of Ender is a tool that can swap blocks in the world with stone bricks. It is quite expensive and must be stabilized before being used, but can be quite handy. This is also a great way to grab obsidian or diamonds very quickly without a high quality pickaxe on hand. It can also be used to harvest ice, to my knowledge, and perhaps even bedrock – I am not sure, I will have to test this.
There is one more “item” – earlier I mentioned the rubble item. This can be planted like a normal seed on farmland and grown into a stone brick plant. While a little surreal, it is another way to generate stone, although it is extremely slow. I advise using bonemeal if you wish to grow stone at all.
My opinion on this mod: aside from recipes being a little unbalanced (diamonds don’t grow on trees!), the tools in this mod are exceptional. To be entirely honest, the bricks are a secondary element for me – they are nice alternatives to what is already offered, but without more diversity I just can’t really get excited for them. Wand of Exponential Growth is my favorite, as I am a big fan of mossy blocks.
The crops are interesting, albeit slightly useless due to their slow speed and low quality yield. Nonetheless, I like the mod and will use it; it adds a few nice features that decorators can truly benefit from.
How to install the Stone Bricks Mod for Minecraft 1.7.2 / 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Stone Bricks Mod.
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.
What other useful tools or items could you imagine for this mod? Leave your ideas in the comments!