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Creative

Creative Mode is where the player has unlimited usage of blocks, tools, and items. Tools will not lose durability. Players can wear armor but it won't give armor points. Players can also fly around their world. Players can do anything they could do in survival, such as crafting, storage, etc. When opening the inventory in Creative, there is a scroll-down menu in which players can drag and drop items into their item bar (normal inventory, and full item list replacing crafting interface in console editions). Players can also, while holding an item with their hand, get a stack of that item.
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The Previous Inventory Screen In Creative Mode

Players can only die if they fall out of the world and into the void or are targeted by the /kill command.

Survival

Survival Mode is where players have an experience bar, health, and  they can wear armor. Typical first-night homes are made from finding a ravine and digging a dugout or cave in the dirt, with a temporary 'door' made of dirt. Chop down trees to get wood and go to the inventory and turn them into wood planks, which can then be used to make a variety of tools and items. Make a Crafting Table, and Chest/Large Chest. Kill cows for Leather and Beef, and kill pigs for pork. Killing Chickens is good as well since they drop Raw Chicken, eggs, and feathers. Cooking the raw chicken in a Furnace will give Cooked Chicken. To receive cobblestone from mining stone, one must have wooden tools. To get Iron, stone tools are needed and so on. Recommendations for the first night are; finding wood, coal, stone, flowers(optional), chest and crafting table. Try to also find sheep to get wool and make a bed to speed up time. Finally, hitting T in the game will open up the chat box. If players are in Survival Multiplayer, they can discuss plans and such.

Hardcore

Hardcore

Death Screen in Hardcore

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Hardcore mode Button posted on twitter by Notch

Hardcore Mode is a mode in which players create and play, it is similar to Survival, except the difficulty is always set to hard. Also, if players lose all their hearts and die, the world ends. However, if players close the game without deleting the world, the world is saved.

Adventure

Adventure Mode is used for those who want to only explore maps for mini-games or something else. In this mode, blocks cannot be placed and can only destroy blocks using the correct tool for them. Weapons, such as swords or spades, still can be used against mobs and other players.

Spectator

Spectator Mode is a gamemode added in update 1.8. It's only accessible through commands or through the Debug Mode world. The gamemode allows players to fly, like creative mode; however, players can't stand on any block, as they will faze through the floor. It also allows players, when left-clicking on entities, to see what they see. However, mobs are controlled by their AI.

Demo Mode

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Demo Title Screen

The demo mode is a demo version of Minecraft for users who have not purchased the game yet and would like to try it out first. It is focused on Survival Mode only.

If demo mode is played, then the full game is bought, a world called "Demo_world" will appear, which was the demo world.
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Demo Screen

Capture The Flag

Capture the flag is an unimplemented gamemode, but has been mentioned before. It is likely it won't come out in The Far Future update.

  • It may come out in the Holy 2.0 Update.[citation needed]
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    Capture The Flag Suggestion by Aylywyn

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