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Build Minecraft Worlds on Your iPhone, iPad Tomorrow

The game's built to allow cross-platform play on iOS and Android devices, too.

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There haven’t been many reasons to continue paying attention to Sony’s button-laden Xperia Play, but getting the first mobile version of Minecraft was a legitimately interesting grab for them.

The plan was to have Minecraft: Pocket Edition come to iOS eventually, and it’s happening tomorrow, after having been made available to other Android devices last month.

Interestingly, the iOS version’s multiplayer is designed so they can play with Android users, too, according to Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten on Twitter.

The launch is not coincidental, either. MineCon kicks off in Las Vegas later this week, which is also a celebration of Minecraft finally “going gold” and achieving version 1.0 status.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Pig. ...Pig. Pig. Pig? Pig.

There haven’t been many reasons to continue paying attention to Sony’s button-laden Xperia Play, but getting the first mobile version of Minecraft was a legitimately interesting grab for them.

The plan was to have Minecraft: Pocket Edition come to iOS eventually, and it’s happening tomorrow, after having been made available to other Android devices last month.

Interestingly, the iOS version’s multiplayer is designed so they can play with Android users, too, according to Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten on Twitter.

The launch is not coincidental, either. MineCon kicks off in Las Vegas later this week, which is also a celebration of Minecraft finally “going gold” and achieving version 1.0 status.

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Posted by Wookiewarrior

WOOT

Posted by composite

All hail our bricky overlords!

Posted by arch4non

I can't wait to see how game journalists even attempt to review Minecraft.

Posted by Cubic

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

Posted by Cheesimus

Oh my, that's a wesome.

Posted by Avangelon

What a surprise, yay!

Posted by Thor_Molecules

Sounds like a neat timewaster. Bring it on, Mojang!

Posted by Ohvee

Haha, is that a reference to Louie in the caption for the picture? Awesome.

Edited by SSully

@Cubic said:

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

The point of it is to just basically be for building, not for survival(which is the only reason you would craft stuff)

Posted by JayCee

Anyone know how much the app will cost?

Posted by Praise_the_sun

@SSully said:

@Cubic said:

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

The point of it is to just basically be for building, not for survival(which is the only reason you would craft stuff)

Wellp, looks like I won't be picking this up.

Posted by SuperSambo

Sold

Posted by Tamaster92

It's costs 6.99

Posted by AngelN7

@arch4non said:

I can't wait to see how game journalists even attempt to review Minecraft.

They won't

Posted by LordXavierBritish

I don't understand how you play Mincraft with only touch controls.

Posted by AnachronousOne

I'm seeing on the North American iTunes store right now for $9.99.

Posted by FiZi

So even though I bought the Alpha PC version I have to pay for it again if I want it on iOS.

Tell you what. Make the Pocket version connect up to dedicated servers that PC players can connect to and I'll buy it.

Posted by Evilsbane

@Praise_the_sun said:

@SSully said:

@Cubic said:

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

The point of it is to just basically be for building, not for survival(which is the only reason you would craft stuff)

Wellp, looks like I won't be picking this up.

Wait..so its gutted? That sounds like horse shit.

Posted by A_Deep_Mushroom

So full of win this is.

Posted by JoelTGM

wait there are no enemies or any of that? that sounds boring.

Posted by DeathTrap

So for close to the same price I paid for the full version, I can get a version that's not as fun? Eh...no thanks...Maybe if they add enemies, just like the PC version.

Posted by Applekid

@FiZi said:

So even though I bought the Alpha PC version I have to pay for it again if I want it on iOS. Tell you what. Make the Pocket version connect up to dedicated servers that PC players can connect to and I'll buy it.

Pretty much this. Notch lied and people cried.

Posted by FiZi

@Applekid I don't know if I'd go that far. Did he really lie?

Posted by Brackynews

@LordXavierBritish said:

I don't understand how you play Mincraft with only touch controls.

You have to tap obsidian blocks 50 times. Chop chop.

Edited by Scarabus

FYI: It's Minecraft without the mining and the crafting. It's a try-me demo you pay 7 dollars for.

If you pay money for this, you're an idiot.

Posted by SSully

@Evilsbane said:

@Praise_the_sun said:

@SSully said:

@Cubic said:

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

The point of it is to just basically be for building, not for survival(which is the only reason you would craft stuff)

Wellp, looks like I won't be picking this up.

Wait..so its gutted? That sounds like horse shit.

Essentially yes. I think they said they are adding the survival stuff later, but I am not positive. It is basically just the free version of minecraft right now. If you want to try it there is a demo in the android market place.

Posted by ThePhantomStranger

@SSully said:

@Evilsbane said:

@Praise_the_sun said:

@SSully said:

@Cubic said:

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

The point of it is to just basically be for building, not for survival(which is the only reason you would craft stuff)

Wellp, looks like I won't be picking this up.

Wait..so its gutted? That sounds like horse shit.

Essentially yes. I think they said they are adding the survival stuff later, but I am not positive. It is basically just the free version of minecraft right now. If you want to try it there is a demo in the android market place.

Wait what's the demo consist of?

Posted by SSully

@ThePhantomStranger said:

@SSully said:

@Evilsbane said:

@Praise_the_sun said:

@SSully said:

@Cubic said:

Have they added enemies to it yet? Everything I've seen of the Pocket Edition looks so utterly boring, since its Minecraft without the craft bit, or the enemies bit. It's just Mine, and barely even that since you can't build pickaxes.

The point of it is to just basically be for building, not for survival(which is the only reason you would craft stuff)

Wellp, looks like I won't be picking this up.

Wait..so its gutted? That sounds like horse shit.

Essentially yes. I think they said they are adding the survival stuff later, but I am not positive. It is basically just the free version of minecraft right now. If you want to try it there is a demo in the android market place.

Wait what's the demo consist of?

According to the demo page:

Limitations of the demo version

* The world is not saved between sessions

* Multiplayer worlds can not be copied to your phone

* Only 18 of the 36 different blocks are available

So basically you have a world to build in, but are limited.

Posted by Nesta

this is awesome