Fancy Menu is a creative mod which changes the vanilla game drastically by adding new features, recipes and loot tables. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with its functionality and setup. Its interface is very easy to use and it enables you to do almost anything with the game. It does require some initial learning curve but once you get the hang of it, you will feel like a boss. For instance, instead of having to go to a workbench to cook or gather ingredients, you can now cook anywhere you want and gather any kind of ingredient you need for whatever recipe you are making. That means more variety and more options for you to choose from!
Unlike other mods that have limited options, Fancy Menu has hundreds upon hundreds of recipes! Some of them are even recipes for rare items which are exclusive to the mod and cannot be found in vanilla. This definitely gives you more freedom and makes playing the game more fun!
For instance, I recently made a campfire and placed several firewood logs around it. Then I crafted a small campfire table and added some torches. Now I have a place where I can make my food – what’s not to love? However, not everything is as simple as that. The problem is that you cannot sit at your campfire to eat your food – you must go to a workbench first. So what are you supposed to do then?
Well, Fancy Menu adds to your creative skills by enabling you to cook, gather and craft so many things with just a few clicks. There are recipes for almost every item you can imagine, so you should never have any trouble finding something that is good for you and your character. I especially like how recipes are separated into levels – there is a level for each skill and it is rewarding when you find the right recipes to level up with. For example, when I went from level one to level two, I got access to better recipes for all of my characters.
That said, crafting does require a bit of planning. To make the most out of your experience, you need to know what recipes are best for you and your character, as well as what to craft, where and which resources are best to use. Some recipes are really useful when it comes to crafting, but they may not be very effective if used on a high-level area. In this case, I would recommend looking at other recipes instead of doing them. Sometimes it’s worth losing ten minutes of gaming time to gather more materials or simply look for better places to grind.
So, if you enjoy creating and sharing games that require skill and lots of thinking, then Fancy Menu is a great way to whip up some creative recipes that will appeal to your character and your playing style. Just remember that you will probably spend quite a bit of time mastering the crafting system in order to make the most out of the features. Crafting is something that will always be in demand, thanks to the internet, so prepare to have fun while spending a little time gaining the skills you need! With a bit of practice and knowledge of the game’s mechanics, you should be able to create 1.16.5 truly magnificent items with the Fancy Menu. If you have trouble creating recipes at first, don’t worry, I’ve been in your shoes before and figured out the hard way that it’s never too late to get help!