What is Minecraft – Pocket Edition All About?

By , Nov 17, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m terrible at Minecraft. In fact, I’d never played it until just a few hours ago when I downloaded it on my iPhone.

Needless to say, you Minecraft experts will probably find this video a bit humorous, perhaps even a bit appalling.

Nevertheless, I’ve put myself out there in order for you to see what Minecraft – Pocket Edition is all about. Check out our video inside…

If you’ve never played Minecraft, then you might be wondering what all the hype’s about. I wondered this at first too, until I actually sat down with the game and played it.

The hype is well deserved. If you ever grew up letting your imagination go wild while playing Legos, then you can ultimately relate to the Minecraft experience.

Minecraft is a “sandbox” game that allows you to build pretty much anything out of Lego-like blocks. The game contains multiple blocks — 36 in total — with different textures that add variety to the landscape.

The PC version of Minecraft includes a builder mode and a “survivor” mode where enemies come out at night to attack you. The iOS version of Minecraft only includes the builder mode.

With this in mind, Minecraft – Pocket Edition is more limited than its PC-brethren, but nevertheless it’s still enjoyable.

The game includes a limited amount of options, including local-Wi-Fi multiplayer to enjoy with friends. One big plus about Minecraft – Pocket Edition is that it’s a universal, which means you pay once and it’s compatible with both the iPhone and iPad.

I’ve played other Minecraft-inspired games on iOS in the past — Eden – World Builder ($0.99) comes directly to mind. If you’re hesitant on dropping the full $6.99 on Minecraft, I highly recommend you give that a try first to see if this genre is for you.

The good news is that Minecraft will inevitably be updated to include some of its missing features like survival mode, and perhaps even TNT to blow up your surroundings. Yeah, this game definitely needs more TNT.

If you’re convinced, you can head over to the App Store and drop seven bucks on Minecraft – Pocket Edition.

Have you played Minecraft? Are you considering it? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Jeff,

    after I watched some YouTube videos about Minecraft Pocket Edition, which is also available for Android, things beacme more clear to me ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/neglefarot Jacobo Ruiz Caballero

    Theres not even 1 creeper in that game…its just another “not minecraft” game

  • Anonymous

    great video, talk about digging yourself into a hole, i thought you were never gonna be able to climb outta there Lol :P

  • http://twitter.com/Ed_Dtox Eddy Smith

    Jeff- what’s with the Indian background music- that’s not In the game right?… Lol

  • http://twitter.com/pn2bade Mitchell Mortenson

    Actually Jeff, the developers put in an auto-jump. If you just walk towards a price of land that is one block higher, you will automatically jump up.

  • Benjamin Hoover

    It doesn’t work on older devices

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7AZ6RIBXVUGTEVTVHKO3KSSFQ Le King Adroque

    I still don’t get it. Like most games, there doesn’t really seem to be any sense of achievement here. So you build a poor resolution world with blocks… then what? You just walk around in it or take screenshots to show friends? Whoop-dee-doo…

    I really think I’m missing something.

    • Anonymous

      right, it is the creative mode only. but maybe they add creepers, etc with some updates .

    • http://twitter.com/ohsnapitscastro Gerardo Castro

      yeah dude you have to play the PC port because there are only 2 missions, MINE and SURVIVE. The PC port has a survival mode with monsters, and you have to collect materials, build contraptions and make food. This creative mode is simply a mini version of the PC’s creative mode.