Minecraft Pocket Edition is the version of the game for touchscreen devices. Although initially limited, subsequent releases have incorporated most of the features of the full game, making this a great way to play Minecraft on the go. The gameplay is similar to other titles in the series, with the aim of collecting resources and use them to create items that can help you survive in your environment. The touchscreen control system is also easy to use, although it is better suited to crafting than to combat.
World Building On-The-Go
Mojang has managed to transfer the gameplay of Minecraft to your touchscreen device.One of the main reasons that Minecraft has become such a phenomenon is the way it prompts you to use your creativity. This element has not been lost in the pocket version of the game. The game includes various modes. In Survival Mode, you start in a random environment and have to use the resources at hand to construct shelter and items to help protect yourself. There is also a creative mode, that does away with the survival aspect, and lets you build whatever you desire. There are several Multiplayer options available. If you have access to a free Xbox live online account, you can play with up to 4 friends. There is also the option of setting up a private server for you and ten friends using the Realms service, although this is a feature that you need a premium account for. It is not possible to play with friends on the original Minecraft PC version, so be aware if you want to play with specific friends. There are also free MMO servers to explore and a whole community to engage with. There are also parental controls designed to allow parents to make multiplayer mode safer for children. The developers have done a reasonable job of creating a control system for mobile devices, particularly for collecting and crafting items. However, combat can be a bit fiddly. The UI is also blocky but in keeping with the game. The game runs well on most devices, but the graphics are a little blockier than usual, but this is a perfectly acceptable trade-off given the scale of this program. The pocket edition also drains your device's battery quickly, so you will need to either be next to an outlet or have a portable battery charger on hand.
Revolutionary Crafting and Survival Simulation
There are many other sandbox-based survival games for your Android, but Minecraft Pocket Edition is still the best in class. The gameplay is responsive, which more than makes up for the blocky graphics, and access to the Minecraft MMO servers and the vibrant community is a big plus. However, when playing on a phone or tablet, the Pocket Edition is more suited to crafting and building rather than combat. Nonetheless, this app is a great way to play Minecraft fix on-the-go.