A game for Minetest in which you have stranded on the planet Hades. Use your limited supplies to survive and use terraforming to create a beautiful habitable place. (EARLY TEST VERSION)
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Hades Revisited

Version 0.15.1

A game for Minetest, focused on terraforming and landscaping. Based on Minetest Hades by Glünngi.

THIS IS A PREVIEW VERSION OF THE GAME. This game is playable, but incomplete. And future versions might change a lot and will often be incompatible and break your old worlds.

Requires Minetest 5.4.0.


Due to a gross miscalculation of the gravitational pull of the volcanic planet Hades, the latest terraforming attempt of your space crew went horribly wrong! You managed to survive, but it seems you are stranded on this hellhole of a planet full of lava, stone and ash for good!

You still have a pickaxe and a few apples. Also, water is hidden inside the tall and chaotic stone spires. So your only chance of survival is to search for water, use your crafting skills to form some soil and plant apple trees. More plants might follow. The underground holds great riches, but also great dangers, lava is death. With your new acquired resources, maybe, just maybe, you will turn Planet Hades into a nice, habitable place.

But beware: Many were not so lucky: Mutants will haunt on the surface and who knows what dangers might hide in the deep underground?


You need Minetest 5.4.0 to play Hades Revisited. Minetest can be found online at https://github.com/minetest/minetest/.

Automatic installation with ContentDB

This is the easiest method.

This game is available in Minetest's official ContentDB! If you have an internet connection, just go into Minetest and browse the Content section to install the latest and greatest version of the game.

Manual installation

If for some reason you must install this game manually, just insert the Hades Revisited directory into


in the Minetest data folder.

Important notices and short game guide

  • Be sure the minetest.conf file in the main Minetest directory doesn't have any parameters who are in conflict with the minetest.conf file from the hades_revisited directory. Especially mapgen parameters or stuff like give_initial_stuff = false
  • There only 1 biome, with the focus on terraforming and landscaping
  • Not everyone will like this game. But maybe there are some freaks out there ;-)

An attempt to colonize planet Hades went horribly wrong: Your exploration ship disintegrated and you survived with very limited supplies. Hades is a very young planet and characterized by highly volcanic activities and a lot of fertile ash. Asteroids have brought some water on Hades. So there are the basics for life, you just need to help it to get the nature going, make the planet habitable and survive. Not every colonist has duly arrived. Most of them have been mutated and strayed around the planet. There are creatures and most of them live in the underground and darkness.

How to start:

You start with the following items: 1 steel pickaxe, 12 apples, 1 wall lamp and a stick. Watch out for flowing lava above you at first!

Next you should dig some stone to craft a stone sword with the stick. Now explore the area and search for some water.

Dig some stone and ash to craft fertile sand and place it in neighbor to water to become dirt. Take a dirt and a apple to craft a sapling. Plant the sapling on dirt to become wood and leaves from the tree. If you ran out of apples or lost your pickaxe, kill some mutants. They sometimes drop apples, pickaxes and other things. Make more dirt and place it near water.

Take 2 mossy stone (near water) and a dirt to craft grass.

Grass + dirt = tropical grass.

Dig the grass and the tropical grass to get some seeds.

Plant the seeds on the soil that you have placed over the water source.

And now survive with the crafting guide.

Things you should know

Block transformations

  • Fertile sand (which must be crafted) turns into dirt in the near of 10 nodes to water and direct contact of a dirt.
  • Volcanic ash turns into volcanic sand if leaves are nearly.
  • Volcanic sand turns into fertile sand if leaves are nearly.
  • Volcanic ash slowly turns into clay when next to water.
  • Flowing water turns lava source into water source and flowing lava into volcanic gravel.
  • Stone, tuff and cobblestone become burned when next to lava.
  • Stone, tuff and cobblestone become mossy when next to water.
  • Mossy cobblestone turns into gravel when next to flowing water.
  • Chondrite turns into marble if it is below -500 and it must be in near 4 nodes to lava and it also must have direct contact to water.
  • Volcanic gravel turns into obsidian below Y=-1000. It must have direct contact to lava and water must be nearly.
  • Sugarcane appears near of papyrus. It dosnt need water to grow, just dirt

Other gameplay stuff

  • There is no fire
  • Beds let you set the spawn point, you can't skip the night
  • Volcanic gravel can only be dug by a shovel.
  • Mobs spawn on stone, ash and tuff
  • Tuff is too breakable for tools so it can't be used to craft stone tools
  • There are no buckets, you need a water pump to spread water.
  • Weak torches can be upgraded with a string to bright torches
  • Plants grow with light level of 8 or higher. Underground farming is thus possible
  • 2 emeralds = 1 sapphire. 2 sapphires = 1 ruby. 2 rubies = 1 diamond.
  • With the Staff of Gaia you can turn following blocks into dirt: ash, volcanic sand, fertile sand, burned stone, stone, cobble, mossy stone, tuff, burned tuff, mossy tuff, mossy cobble
  • Pale tree saplings can be planted on ash
  • Cacti grow on ash
  • Prismatic furnance is faster than the original furnance and has more slots


Ores generate at and below the following Y levels:

  • Coal: +60
  • Iron: 0
  • Copper: -115
  • Tin: -115
  • Mese: -200
  • Gold: -333
  • Emerald: +20
  • Sapphire: - 300
  • Ruby: -900
  • Diamond: -1200
  • Max. ore generation at -10000


A save mining experience:

w = water
l = ladder
o = light
s = stone
- = air
X = lava


List of external mods (incomplete)

Important: A lot of the mods used in this game have been heavily changed from their original.

hades_furniture (based on 3dforniture) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=2207

hades_bags (based on bags) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=3081

hades_bedrock (based on bedrock) http://www.moontest.org/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=9231

hades_farming (based on farming_plus) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=2787

hades_glowcrystals (badsed on glowcrystals) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=9047

hades_mapgen_lakes (based on highlandpools) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=8400

hades_itemshow (based on item_frames) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=5600

hades_chests (based on kerova) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=8054

mobs (Mobs Redo) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?t=9917 https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=9184

pipeworks https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?t=2155

hades_plantslib (massively-trimmed down version of plantslib) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=3898

signs_lib https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=2041

hades_trash (based on trash_can) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=6315

hades_vines (based on vines) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?id=2344

hades_doors (based on sorcerykid’s Doors Redux) https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?t=24459


This game is free software. It has been licensed under these licenses:

  • GNU LGPLv2.1 (or later) for the code
  • CC BY-SA 3.0 for the media

Some mods have separate licenses:

  • hades_doors: LGPLv3 for code, CC BY-SA 3.0 for media
  • hades_furniture: GPLv2
  • hades_bags: New BSD License
  • hades_bedrock: zlib license
  • signs_lib: LGPLv3
  • hades_bushes: MIT License for code, CC BY-SA 4.0 for media

For detailed credits and author information, check out the readme files of the individual mods (in the mods directory).

Sorry for the mess, it might be cleaned up later.