As an avid gamer I’m always enthusiastic to try new games. A game which isn’t especially new but I’ve heard much fun and good things about is Minecraft Pocket Edition. Seeing as my girlfriend is playing it every single day it would almost be rude not to at least check it out.
Before I entered the game I knew it wouldn’t be as advanced as the PC version of the game. Not only had I heard so from my girlfriend but also I knew it because I’m a programmer myself and I’m aware of the limitations mobile programmers are limited to when programming a game app. Though, I wouldn’t let that be a reason to not at least giving it a try.
As in Minecraft for PC you spawn in a random type of landscape, more commonly known in Minecraft as a seed. Basically it’s a string of characters which equal a specific terrain. The surrounding area is made out of chunks of quadratic blocks. As a player you can mine the blocks and use them to build or use them for crafting other items.
There are two game modes to choose from; survival and creative. In survival your ultimate goal is to survive and this is done by mining blocks to craft better gear which you can use to fight the monsters during night. Creative allows you to more freely build things without having to worry if there’s a skeleton or a creeper hiding behind every corner as you have infintive health, can fly and got any blocks you could want.
Before heading in-game I recommend checking the basics out here: http://minecraftpocketedition.wikia.com/wiki/Minecraft_Pocket_Edition_Wiki
First Time In-game
The controls in the game are incredible easy to follow and the interactive possibilities to mine blocks or craft items are also easy. All the recipes are also viewable in-game which to me as a newbie is perfect.
The graphics are what I expected, pixelated and blocky. Far from being fancy but then that was never the intention of Minecraft. Notch, the creator of Minecraft, has said himself he never fancied himself as a game designer and to make it easier for him he decided to use as basic graphics he possibility could make.
One thing which I almost immediately had to try out after playing around in singleplayer for 10 minutes was the multiplayer feature which I had heard my girlfriend talk about with a friend. Basically it’s possible for anyone with a Wi-Fi connection to access online servers (see here for a full list of servers: http://mcpeindex.com/).
As I was on my home internet connection the speed was good and no lag occured during the test. It was a little bit hard to communicate with others as I had to type on the phone and I’ve never come close type in the same speed as when on my PC using a real keyboard.
All in all I think the first impressions of Minecraft Pocket Edition turned out over expectations and I appreciate the active community surrounding the community which I have discovered since my first experiences in the game.
It’s noticable it’s not finished..
One thing I miss in Minecraft Pocket Edition is redstone. It allows you to create automated machines and it adds a whole new spectrum to Minecraft. Apparently it’s something which will be dedicated alone in a whole new update to come.
Other things I miss are the possibility to easily change texture packs and server creating. Apparently there are secondary apps non-related to Minecraft which you can do this with but I think it should be a default possibility in Pocket Edition itself. Overall, a great app.