Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the version that you can now get hooked on playing on your phone, doesn’t include survival mode and is limited to creation mode. That’s a bit of a bummer for the true Minecraft fan, but it leaves the huge, pixelated door open for spending all kinds of time creating amazing things in the Minecraft universe, no matter where you are. Say goodbye to your weekend.
Another big boon for the mobile app: it includes multiplayer. This means you can not only build incredible stuff in the Minecraft universe, you can do so with the help of your buddies. And you can also save multiplayer worlds to your device, so you can see the things others have created and mess around with them again later.
Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, hasn’t quite released the full version of the game on PC yet – it’s still in beta testing, officially – but already it has had a massive impact on the video gaming world. The fact that that power is ported to the mobile platform is kind of inspiring; you don’t need to be shackled to a computer to enjoy popular (if somewhat simple-looking) games. And now your smartphone or your tablet has a new way of unlocking your creativity.
Hopefully more developers follow Mojang’s lead and spread their innovations out onto the powerful computers we carry around in our pockets.
The game will run you $6.99 in the Android Market.