Minecraft Pocket Edition Review

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After successfully taking over the PC with Minecraft, the developer compacted the game’s creative and addictive gameplay into Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android. It is possible that hardcore Minecraft will be impatient with the pocket edition limitations like the few types of blocks, but the new version packs the soul of the Minecraft into the body of the mobile device.

Pocket Edition comes with two modes: the creative and survival mode. The creative mode allows the players to fly around the game world and build using an endless supply of materials.  The core gameplay is in survival mode, where daytime is for building above the ground, and night brings monsters who attack the players and destroy their creations. The only advantage that you have in the hostile environment is creativity.

Longtime players of minecraft pocket editiont, some aspects of the pocket edition bring about a new breath of life into the game. Jumping into combat against a squad of skeletons in the dead of night and frantically tapping on the screen feels thrilling and dangerous.

The pocket edition has a highly mobile control scheme with directional arrows and a jump button in the middle. By tapping and holding the forward button, you pull up left and right strafe buttons on either side which you can slide your thumb toward.

To interact with the world, the player selects blocks with their thumb and taps and hold to mine them. While mining, a hole appears around your thumb which then fills while you are working on the pit before it can break from the phone’s vibrator. This can be quite satisfying. Pros in the minecraft pocket edition game will note that it is possible to mine and place blocks much further away in the pocket edition than on the PC version which makes it easier to play the mobile version.

The creative mode has a slightly different interface that gives players access to a palette containing every block in the game. Players also have the power to fly. One significant advantage of the pocket edition is its seamless multiplayer capabilities, as long as all the players are on the same Wi-Fi network. Players can get in and out of another player’s world making it easy to pick up and start playing with your friends. However, it does lack ban commands.

The Pros

o    Looks and plays great

o    Dead simple multiplayer

o    Continuous development

Cons

o    Shallow as compared to the PC version

o    Some touch adaptations feel too comfortable

o    Can’t connect to PC games

Verdict

The Minecraft Pocket Edition is an excellent port of the Minecraft experience to mobile devices. It is a game unlike anything on Android, and one that is getting better with every update.

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