Minecraft: Pocket Edition
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: Varies with device
- Compatibility: Varies with device
- Author: Mojang
- Content rating: Kidsafe
- Package name: com.mojang.minecraftpe
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 1.0.4
- Size: 149 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: Mojang
- Content rating: Rated 9+ for the following:
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- In-App Purchases:
- City Texture Pack $2.99
- Festive Mash-up $5.99
- Minecon - Skin Pack Free
- Plastic Texture Pack $2.99
- Fantasy Texture Pack $2.99
- Realms Monthly Subscription: You + 10 Friends (with 30-day trial) $7.99
- Story Mode - Skin Pack $2.99
- Natural Texture Pack $2.99
- Holiday 2015 - Skin Pack $1.99
- Candy Texture Pack $2.99
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
There’s no need to introduce Minecraft; many think it’s the best that has happened in the gaming industry in XXI century. We won’t be that hasty, but anyway, this virtual Lego has no physical limitations, so you can literally create your worlds from some basic elements. For some fans Minecraft is more than a game; it’s a hobby and art.
An independent game made in 2009 initially for PC platform, now Minecraft is run by Microsoft and is as well available on mobile devices. Since the first release in 2011, Minecraft: Pocket Edition has undergone some major changes that made the game closer to its PC version.
Though the first look at the game may disappear some of the today’s gamers spoiled by a photographic picture of action and simulation masterpieces, all the fans know: cubic pixels are no bug, they’re a feature. They don’t represent graphical weakness like it was in Golden Age, they make sense the way they are.
The designers made the elements distinctive enough to tell earth from water, blue from green, solid from liquid and living from dead. There’s a great lot of different materials.
You can also select the appearance in game’s settings.
By the way, if you’re interested in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, you must have seen detailed huge masterpieces fans have made in it. There are virtual copies of locations and objects from other games, cartoons and movies, like Final Fantasy VII, Spirited Away or Game of Thrones.
We must also mention that the game is translated into most languages used in the world. The sounds are rare, but there are independent soundtracks for Minecraft.
There are several game modes in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and not all of them are equally useful, but each has its raisin inside. Anyway, the key elements are the same. The world is made of materials and inhabited by mobs that can be friendly, neutral or hostile. Your prior mission is to survive, and then you can move and process materials to create tools, buildings and landscapes. Later you can breed new kinds of animals and plants, build complicated objects with some hi-tech equipment and so on.
And yes, the world is cloud-based, so you can both show your Minecraft friends what you create or invite them to be your co-authors. Collective creativity tools enhance your experience and make the game much more fun.
Survival is the most obvious mode. You’re a kind of Robinson marooned on a strange shore, so you have to make something out of nothing just to survive. The night is dark (yes, and full of terrors), so hurry to find a cave or to build a hut of whatever you find. And then, after your survival is guaranteed (not fully), you can make your land what you want it to be. Select the world you’d like to explore and modify, download the template and make what you want out of it.
There is also Creative mode where you can forget about surviving and give in to creating your world completely. It’s not a God mode, six days won’t be enough as your abilities are simply human. Yes, it means that you’ll have to mine, transport and store material yourself. It can be slow in the beginning, but then you’ll be able to invent some machines.
Prepare for long months or even years of minecrafting. It’s more than just a game. Minecraft is like clay in sculptor’s hands: you can do anything out of it. That’s why some fans build islands, cities and castles that take them many days or even weeks.
And none of these constructions is static. There’s always life bursting in each of them, either mob creatures or people you house in them, maybe even both. So the world you build is yours to live, no matter how religious it sounds.
It doesn’t matter what you use: direct touch controls, a game controller connected to your device, or a keyboard and a mouse connected via Bluetooth or a dock station like DeX. All these controls are supported in Minecraft. You even can adjust each of this control methods.
No matter what the size of your screen is, the game runs great. You can select the view mode that suits your controlling manner the best in Video section of Settings.
Replay Value 5/5
In fact, Minecraft’s replay value deserves higher marks than it is possible, 10 out of 5 would be no exaggeration. There’s always something more to build. You can visit your own worlds or the ones you share with other players, be a guest in some others where you don’t participate in building. Well, it’s enough to watch some YouTube videos with all the beautiful models in 3D to understand how far away this can get you.
The game is paid even in its basic version, and the price is $6.99 – not the cheapest one. Still, there’s almost no alternative, so Microsoft can afford to disregard free offers.
Even after you purchase the game, there are more paid options. For example, Minecraft Realms will cost you $2.99/mo (for three guests) or $7.99/mo (for ten guests). This is a little private Minecraft cloud that grants your Minecraft world will always be available, no matter if you’re online at the moment. If Minecraft is your canvas rather than killing time, Realms are a kind of presentation in a gallery, open 24/7
Like XIX century children used sticks and stones, their XX heirs Lego and other constructing games, today’s children master Minecraft to master creation as it is. Yes, it’s worth all these hours spent in virtual caves and all the lives spent in unlucky tries. Oh, that astonishing feeling of assembling worlds!
Some publicists say Minecraft and alike games are the reasons why our kids will outsmart us. OK, let them. We only wish we had Minecraft with all its unlimited creative space in our childhood.
Minecraft is the world you can just visit once or live in it for endless hours, so you’ve been warned before you enter.
Pros : Unlimited creative space;
Unique, recognizable cubic design;
Good cloud support by Microsoft and Xbox integration;
Various starting worlds;
All control modes supported.
Cons : Rather expensive, with further paid options;
Some game modes are missing in the mobile version.
Replay Value 5.0