Minecraft – Pocket Edition

from Mojang, originally released 17th November, 2011

Minecraft — Pocket Edition is a Universal App! Play on any iPhone and iPad. It’s constantly evolving thanks to our free updates.

Minecraft is about placing blocks to build things and going on adventures!
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Minecraft – Pocket Edition Review

Who doesn’t like Minecraft? No, seriously, tell us; we’ll fight them. We’ll also have a choice word or two for whoever decided to put Minecraft – Pocket Edition up for sale in its current state.

In case it’s your first day on the Internet in like a year, there’s an indie sandbox game called Minecraft that has pretty much set the world on fire. Even though it’s just getting its official release today, it’s already sold more than four million copies. Four million. Yeah. So the company behind Minecraft, Mojang, isn’t one you need to feel charitable towards when you see the $6.99 price tag on their iOS app, especially when it’s so underwhelming.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Even though there’s a paid version of Minecraft on PCs, there’s also a free version known as Minecraft Classic. It’s available to play in your browser on the official Minecraft website. Much like this mobile game, there are no resources to gather, items to craft, or enemies to protect yourself from. The world also is also finite in both the Classic and mobile versions, unlike the (nearly) limitless main game. Our problem is that Minecraft for iOS is less appealing than the version Mojang gives away for free.

Now, Minecraft has an aesthetic that some people might call ugly, but most of us find it charming and maybe even beautiful. The vast, procedurally-generated expanses you encounter combined with the vibrant color palette make for the kind of singular experience that Minecraft has been celebrated for.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition, on the other hand, is like an ugly, cloudy day in the Minecraft multiverse. The draw distance is very short, and there’s a thick, grey fog obscuring the boundaries of what is being rendered. There’s no skybox, and hitting the edge of the world (which doesn’t take long) feels jarring.

It’s like a glitch version of the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It’s not all bad, though. The game controls really well, better than we would have expected. You’ll automatically jump up onto surfaces one block higher than where you started, and you can create and destroy things with just one finger. Popping blocks into the world by tapping on the screen is satisfying in a very visceral way, and we’re impressed that Mojang was able to come up with such an elegant control scheme for a game that started as a first-person mouse-and-keyboard game. You can control your avatar in either first- or third-person view, as well.

If the price was lower, it’d be easier not to be offended by Minecraft – Pocket Edition’s shortcomings. This release costs about one-quarter of the desktop game’s full price, but it doesn’t feel like it’s close to a quarter of the amount of fun. If this is what Minecraft needs to be to run on a phone, maybe it should just stay off of our pocket-sized devices. It’s possible that Mojang put this out before they should have as a reaction to Junk Jack, but–even though Minecraft is the sandbox mining game and it feels wrong to say this–you’d probably be better off getting a copycat for a dollar.

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Updates

Minecraft: Pocket Edition Updates with Skins and More

After a whole lot of hype, version 0.11.1 of Minecraft: Pocket Edition is finally ready to enter your life. There’s a whole whack of new features, as well as tweaks and fixes.

What’s New in Version 0.11.1
Custom skins
• Skins! Change your in-game look by uploading your own skin or choosing one from our downloadable packs
• Just so you know, the skins update is compatible with Minecraft: Skin Studio, available from the App Store
• One more thing about the skins: you need to pay to unlock some, but loads of them are free, so don’t stress about it too much

Other stuff
• Multiple language support!
• Boats with space for two! Take your pet for a pleasant ride.
• You can also throw stuff from the boats, like snowballs and eggs
• Fishing! Now you can fish for fishies!
• Squids!
• Spider jockeys!
• Cave Spiders!
• Bats!
• Adorable baby zombies!
• Weird chicken jockeys!
• Clownfishes are now edible!
• A fancy new World Edit screen so you can rename worlds, change game mode and do other things
• Creative players can no longer be set on fire phew
• We’ve stopped cheeky chickens from walking on water
• Animals can no longer breed without touching each other ooh err
• Drinking milk now removes mob effects
• Ridiculous amounts of bug fixes
• Loads more cool things that you should discover for yourself!

News via Touch Arcade:

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.11 Update Coming Very Soon

It’s been a long time in the making, but it seems Mojang has finally submitted the 0.11 update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition iOS. Now we play the waiting game.

Mojang mentioned that there’ll be different ways to get skins for your character. You’ll be able to get them for free if you upload the skin from the internet (there are a gazillion skins online), you can create your own using the Minecraft: Skin Studio app [$2.99], or use one of the free skins available in game.

Via Touch Arcade

News via Touch Arcade:

The Nether is Coming to Minecraft Pocket Edition

The Nether is literally Minecraft’s hell, a perilous underworld dimension boiling over with lava and crawling with hazards. And it’s been noticeably absent from Minecraft Pocket Edition. That should change soon: Developer Tommaso Checchi revealed The Nether is incoming. No word on when the territory will be implemented, but hopefully it’ll happen before hell freezes over.

Via Touch Arcade