This game is quite an intresting game. It provides a barebones experience and isn't much fun on its own. There is little to do. This is part of its beauty; you need mods to be able to have a good time. This makes every game experience a customised mixing pot of the work of decks (10s) of people, sometimes even hundreds. It's such a shame the game is called "game", and not "base". It's not a game, at least not anymore.
However, a lot of it is now irrelevant for the modern scene, however. Butterfiles and fireflies are an extra feature very few people would want. Vessels are not a feature i have ever used, save for the completely unrelated Piranesi game. These extra mods are now nothing more then bloatware. And it's not like the games improving! It's in a maintenence-only mode. There's nothing being added or removed to make the game more cohesive.
The inventory sucks nowdays in comparison to the modern systems like Unified Inventory or the Mineclone inventory. The trees are both too diverse and too regular; only the Acaia and Jungle trees stand out as unique in comparison to the monotony. Minetest game must leave more content up to the players.
And whilst this game might have proved instrumential to the modding community, over-reliance on it has forced the vast majority of players to play this game instead of alternatives worth more attention. This is a bad thing.
As we leave the scope of this review, i think that the minetest engine must do more to promote different games; have a small handful of, say, 5 games chosen by community vote for players to look at, showing the diversity of the community. The attention would be good for all parties involved. It took me a few years before i began playing other games solely because i wasn't a technical user and i didn't know other games existed (also, IIRC the scene wasn't as diverse as it is now).
Minetest is suffering as a result of this game and it needs change. The ecosystem made by this game is going stale.
Old review - A good base, but bad for the minetest communityMinetest game is a perfectly fine game, just like Development Test or Dreambuilder game. It works well, has few bugs, and is the perfect base to build on. I use it a lot and i love it.
It provides a good base for mods, for gameplay, and many other things.