Published on October 19th, 2013 | by Christine Celis
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Minecraft Pocket Edition is—well, a portable version of the PC game for iOS devices. Yes, it’s technically the same game (but still not quite) that you play on the PC, but this time, you can play it while you’re on your daily commute to work or while you’re killing time. If you’re not familiar with the original game, you’ll probably feel clueless. Honestly, even I had a hard time even though I was already familiar with the concept of the game. You play the game by building a virtual world of your own using blocks and use a control interface that’s similar to a d-pad on gaming consoles.
Playing the game is actually difficult, not because of the storyline, but because of the controls. It takes a lot of practice before you get used to it. Thirty types of blocks that you have an unlimited supply of and you won’t even be able to build something decent until a few hours after you’ve fidgeted with the “d-pad”.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, your next problem is putting the blocks on where you want them to go. As much as I want to blame my chubby fingers for this, I have to point out that I’m playing on an iPad, not an iPhone—hence, bigger screen. I actually found myself removing more blocks instead of adding more. There’s nothing challenging with the game, except building proper-looking environments like you could with the PC version of it.
There’s actually not much to do with the game except building a lot of things with blocks. The plus side to this is that you can play with other players of Minecraft regardless of the platform that they’re using!
If you’re an avid fan of the original game, then I hate to break it to you: but you’ll only get disappointed with the iOS version of it. Then again, what do you expect when the title already includes the words “pocket” and “edition”? Well, if you’re only in it for creating a virtual pixelated world of your own, then the game might not be so bad once you get a hang of the controls.
At $6.99, it’s not exactly the cheapest game in the App Store. I’m a bit lukewarm about this game because I’ll admit that I did have fun creating a little community. My main complaint is with the controls and the lack of other things to do within the game. And it’s one of the apps that drained my battery quickly! So, the battery thing might be a deal breaker for some of you.
I highly suggest that you only buy this game if you’re a really hardcore fan of Minecraft, or if you have a spare 7$ lying around. I can also recommend it if you’re testing the waters and getting a feel of how the game works before you play the full, non-pocket version of it on the PC.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition isn’t for everyone, but hey, if you’re curious about it, don’t say that I didn’t warn you.