There are plenty of resource packs that claim to be inspired by pixel art. Such claims rarely live up to expectations since Minecraft is already a game that relies on pixel art for its visuals. Attempting to make Minecraft even more loyal to this art style is a creatively challenging task and not everyone succeeds despite their bold claims. Pixel Daydreams is one example of a resource pack that claims to be inspired by pixel art and tweak colors and textures in Minecraft to be more in tune with this art style. Surprisingly, the Pixel Daydreams resource pack manages to achieve a visual art style that is truly closer to pixel art than vanilla Minecraft and managed to do so in great style. The Pixel Daydreams has an interesting origin story. The resource pack was released around Christmas in 2013. It was not complete and it is not complete now but it introduced plenty of visual changes to make vanilla Minecraft even more lively, bright and enjoyable. Not long after release, the original developer, Steelfeathers, gave up on the project. It was his first project and abandoned the idea of keeping it updated. Sadly, the Pixel Daydreams resource pack managed to gather a reasonable following amongst the community when further development was abandoned. Fortunately, development and updates were picked up by community user Sassafrassanid and published the first update in 2021. He continued to release updates for the resource pack to maintain it relevant. Pixel Daydreams manages to achieve a lot in terms of visual upgrades without changing anything in terms of texture resolution. The resource pack still uses 16x textures meaning that we get the same amount of detail. However, it changes textures to such a degree that anyone can notice that it is not vanilla Minecraft.
The first thing that you will notice when loading up Pixel Daydreams is the increased contrast. Some textures such as the ones from grass, leaves, and other types of green terrain are simply greener. Blocks such as dirt, sand, rocks, etc. have much more intense colors. The colors have been altered to such a degree that they truly look as if they are inspired by pixel art style but without feeling excessively cartoonish. The color choices are so good that they make vanilla Minecraft look dull and dated. In total, around 50% of all the textures in Minecraft have been updated, redone, or recolored in Pixel Daydreams, with more textures being added via updates by the community member that picked up the development on the resource pack. Besides the regular terrain and environment texture update, the original developer also replaced the original textures for ores and things such as wood, ladders, bricks, chests, doors, and more. All these new textures accentuate the pixel art-inspired visuals. Another aspect of the game that was changed was the player HUD and GUI. The inventory, menus, crafting screens, and player HUD were changed to be more in line with the art style of the ingame textures. The item icons in the inventory have not been changed. The same goes for weapons and armor as they also remained unchanged. What was changed was some textures for mobs. The Pixel Daydreams resource pack is a PvP-friendly pack. It does not affect game performance in any way shape or form as it uses the same 16x texture resolution. At the same time, it does not add dynamic textures which means that the game will run the same with or without the resource pack installed. What the resource pack does not do is add more details to textures. Running with the standard 16x resolution means that you cannot add more details to textures when compared to the details on the vanilla Minecraft textures. There are only so many pixels that can fit on texture with a 16x resolution.
Pixel Daydreams should be compatible with all of these Minecraft versions: 1.18.2 - 1.18.1 - 1.18 - 1.17.1 - 1.17 - 1.16.5 - 1.16.4 - 1.16.3 - 1.16.2 - 1.16.1 - 1.16 - 1.7.10 - 1.7.9 - 1.7.4 - 1.7 - 1.6.4 - 1.6.2
Pixel Daydreams — Screenshots
How to install Pixel Daydreams Resource Pack:NOTE: Many resource packs require optifine to be preinstalled, so be sure to install it.
- Download the Pixel Daydreams texture pack for Minecraft from the download section below. – if there are many different versions, just pick the one that you like or that you think your PC can handle
- Launch the game client through the Minecraft launcher.
- On the main menu, click "Options".
- On the options menu, click "Resource Packs...".
- Click on "Open Resource Pack Folder". – folder titled "resourcepacks" will pop up
- Move the .zip file you downloaded in the first step to the newly opened "resourcepacks" folder.
- Click "Done".
- Click on "Resource Packs..." again.
- Your pack should have appeared in the left window, just hover over it and click on the arrow pointing to the right.
- Click "Done" again.
- The pack has now been successfully loaded and ready to be used in your world!
Pixel Daydreams - Comparison Without shaders
Pixel Daydreams - Comparison With BSL Shaders
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