Minecraft: Pocket Edition – the official mobile edition of Minecraft for Desktop by creators Mojang, last Friday received what can be considered to be the game’s first major update since its debut on the App Store back in November.
Still said to be in its ‘Alpha’ stages, (and a world away from the experience available on the desktop today), Minecraft: Pocket Edition over the weekend gained a number of new features, including an all-new “Survival” mode.
Available as an option when creating a map within the game, players can now choose between playing in ‘Creative’ or ‘Survival’ mode, with Creative mode more focused on building whatever your mind can imagine utilizing the over 30 varieties of different building blocks which are placed before you.
Alongside updates to the game’s player modes, though, also come a number of other welcome user-centric additions, including new fence and fence gate blocks, the ability to now make your character fly by double tapping the game’s jump control, and the first additions of the game’s “mobs,” which start off by placing those famed sheep and zombies in the various worlds you can create.
Other features which may interest you in this update, include:
- Day and night in Survival mode, with monsters coming at night…
- Gather resources from nature!
- Tools for different purposes (digging, attacking.. shearing)
Those looking to try out the new mobile edition of the internet phenomenon that is Minecraft will find the latest version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the iTunes App Store for $6.99. The game weighs in at a respectable 4.2 MB and is universally supported by iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
For those less adventurous, there’s also a FREE lite version.