Minecraft 1.8.9 was released in 2015. This is a very old game. These older versions are still useful and can be used to remind players of their roots.
There are several good texture packs available from earlier times for those who want to enjoy the game in a simpler way without sacrificing the modern appearance of resource packs.
Each resource pack will use one angle of a spruce forest village located in a taiga Biome for comparison.
You can combine nostalgia-filled older versions with a design aesthetic that evokes the early days of video gaming. Tiny Pixels is a resource pack that aims to achieve this by downscaling textures from 16x16 and 8x8.
This pack is not for everyone. The loss of fidelity will be against the grain of 2022 gaming. Despite this, the simplicity of this pack is very appealing.
MS Painted is a resource package that focuses on the simple, low-fidelity side of things. As the name suggests, the goal of this pack is to reproduce all the textures from the game in MS Paint. Although the simplicity of the textures is not for everyone, the attractive hand-drawn details add charm and personality to even the most basic textures.
The next resource pack, the oCd by AntonLandaoALVQ and disco_PxlHero, takes this low-fidelity aesthetic to 11!
Although the 16x16 texture packs are still available, almost every texture has been reduced to a minimum to maximize minimalism and minimize clutter.
These simple textures can increase frame rates on machines that struggle to run large or detailed worlds. However, they can also help avoid the pitfalls performance resource packs can lead to.
This pack is simple and clean, which makes it calming and appealing.
Depixel by SLembas increases the texture size of the game to 16x16 and 32x32. Although most textures are just upgrades to vanilla textures, some textures have a medieval feel. This is most evident in the stone textures.
If players have enough time to play with the resource pack, they might forget that the vanilla game is different. The brain adapts to the additional details.
Wayukian was designed by Wayuki, original_tekpir8, and predates even 1.8.9. The textures of this pack were not altered in any way. They have been given a steampunk/dieselpunk aesthetic, which is reflected in the blocks with metal. You can also see natural blocks with a more medieval feel.