Is A Portable Minecraft Worth Playing?

Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

More details have leaked out about the Minecraft Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the indie world-building darling for Android and iOS. The question: as great as it is, will it be worth shedding a lot of the game’s features to get it on our phones?

On their blog, Minecraft developer Mojang dropped a few hints about the Pocket Edition. It’s to arrive first on the Xperia Play, which, if you glance at the shot above, makes sense. Having two dedicated sticks (even if they’re touch pads) makes sense in a first-person adventures where block placement is paramount. There are other elements make this port tricky, though:

– Multiplayer will happen, but it’ll be over a LAN, so none of this dedicated server stuff we know and love over remote distances.

– This is Classic mode, in which you place any style block you want wherever you want, so it’ll be devoid of the dangerous creepers and resource management that saps the thrill of mining out rare minerals.

– Maps won’t be nearly as complex because of hardware reasons.

– The Pocket Edition won’t synch with the PC version for that same reason. aa

A vanilla Android version will arrive later, ditto with iOS, but aside from an iPad version, I don’t really see any of them being comfortable to play. Still, if the price is right, it could still be really successful. You know we’ll be on it. Check out a video at the source!

Source: Mojang

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