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Microsoft announces Minecraft cross-platform play

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 12th, 2017
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Minecraft is getting full cross-platform support this summer in the upcoming Better Together update. The update, announced at Microsoft's E3 press conference, will unite all versions of Minecraft, meaning the Pocket Edition you may have been playing will become plain ol' vanilla Minecraft when the update goes live.

Telltale Games and Mojang Announce Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 19th, 2014

Telltale Games has designed some amazing stories, including Tales From the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us. Now they have set their sights on Minecraft. In collaboration with Mojang, Telltale Games is developing Minecraft: Story Mode. The game will be an episodic story of a new character in the Minecraft world, and is set to premiere in 2015.

"People really like the idea of stories about Minecraft, but forcing a narrative into our core game experience would restrict players' freedom to view the world in their own unique ways. Instead, letting them explore an alternate interpretation via Minecraft: Story Mode, driven by the proven might of Telltale, seems like a no-brainer," said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang, in a press release. "We're big fans of Telltale Games at Mojang, and we can't wait to reveal more details on Story Mode soon."

For an interesting way to learn more about Minecraft: Story Mode check out their interactive game, Info Quest II.

Six iOS Games to Get You Ready for Thanksgiving

Posted by Rob Rich on November 25th, 2014

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At this point in the month, you or at least a few people you know are probably getting ready to scramble around (or are already scrambling around) for Thanksgiving Dinner. It's a hectic day of precise oven utilization, but there's also the whole family and camaraderie thing.

We've already put together a handy list of useful apps that should make your Thanksgiving a breeze, but what if you want to unwind while staying in the holiday spirit or practice for the insanity that is to come? Well you're in luck, because now we've got a list of a half-dozen iOS games that evoke all sorts of Thanksgiving feelings - both heartwarming and... well, not so heartwarming.

Better, Faster, Stronger: Minecraft – Pocket Edition gets Update with Tons More Stuff

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 19th, 2014
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Mojang has updated Minecraft – Pocket Edition with so many new things. After exterminating a whole lotta bugs, they've improved the graphics and increased performance.

Animal lovers, rejoice! The baby animals have been given swimming lessons and now will no longer sink to the bottom of the ocean when wandering around. While we are on the subject of oceans, the water graphics are now extra watery-looking and fog has been made to look even foggier. The lighting has also improved, with tinted lighting on terrain and mobs.

For the miners, Mojang has added gold mines to the Mesa biomes. Grab one of the newly added fences and stake your claim.

For people who just enjoy making stuff, the creative mode now has night and day effects. You can enjoy making awesome lighting displays and spectacular dynamite shows to be enjoyed in the dark.

There is a ton of new content to check out so grab a copy of Minecraft – Pocket Edition for $6.99 on the App Store - if you haven't already.

First Impressions of Minecraft – Pocket Edition 9.0 Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 14th, 2014
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Being a pretty big fan of Mojang's Minecraft, I was very excited to hear that Minecraft – Pocket Edition (PE) was receiving a large update. The previous version, Minecraft PE 8.0, had seemed a bit claustrophobic to me. The edges of the world were clearly visible and one only had a space about the size of an island on which to play. I found that the lack of trees, paired with the flatness of the space made the oncoming night less scary. Creepers and spiders were visible from far enough off that I could keep a good distance and there were few enough of them that I could fight them without being overwhelmed. The size issue also made finding materials to work with frustrating. I was frequently crippled by a lack of coal. Lightless, bereft of any cooked meat, and unable to cobble together even a pair of leather shoes, I wandered my small island with nothing to do except contemplate its emptiness.

Like a light in the darkness, a town appears.

The Minecraft PE 9.0 Update is a significant upgrade. It is much more in-line with the PC version of Minecraft, with its infinite maps and more densely populated environments. The first time night fell, I was terrifyingly aware of the fact that I was standing in a forest and I could not see further than a few feet; the sound of hissing growing closer and closer. The landscape is certainly more robust. Where I spent an hour looking for coal in the previous release, in 9.0 I had no problem finding a bevy of ores, including newly-added blocks such as: Diorite, Granite, and Andesite. The variety of biomes that are now included also add to the feeling of wondrous exploration that the PC version captures so well, but which the 8.0 PE edition was lacking. I climbed a high hill one morning to find a small village just a short distance from where I was beginning to build a fort for myself. I ran towards the village and was delighted to find villagers. That moment of discovery was exciting, and speaks to the heart of the Minecraft experience.

It is amazing how much the presence of NPCs changes the feel of the game; no longer am I a stranger carving out a life in solitude. Unfortunately you cannot interact with them yet in any meaningful way except to attack; trading with villagers has yet to be implemented. However, to further banish loneliness, wolves can now be tamed; loyally following you through thick and thin.

A side by side comparison of 8.0 & 9.0


I am really happy that Mojang is continuing to make the app more robust. Minecraft – Pocket Edition 9.0 has come a long way from its alpha release back in 2011, and with all the new content that has been added, Minecraft PE is finally living up to its namesake.

Hold on to Your Blocks: There's a Huge Minecraft - Pocket Edition Update Coming July 10!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 7th, 2014
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Mojang has dug deep and announced the 0.9.0 update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. This is their biggest update yet with infinite worlds, abandoned mineshafts, villages, caves, and an insane amount of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks. Mojang has also added biomes from the PC version including mesas, jungles, swamps, and extreme hills. The biomes will have the new feature generator that makes lakes, vines, and the always exciting monster rooms.

Players will be able to tame wolves and fight new mobs including Slimes, Endermen, Silverfish, and the diabolical Mooshrooms. Alongside a bunch of bug fixes, the interaction button has been revamped so you won't accidentally sucker-punch your new wolf companion.

Will all these additions and so much more packed into the 0.9.0 update, now is a great time to pick up Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The game is available on the app store for $6.99.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition is Going to be Getting a Lot Bigger. Eventually.

Posted by Rob Rich on February 19th, 2014
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Daniel Kaplan, Business Developer for Mojang, announced some pretty big news for Minecraft - Pocket Edition yesterday. The Pocket Edition team has begun to rework the game's code in order to allow for the generation of worlds that are much larger than those that are currently (and kind of disappointingly) available.

More stuff is planned to roll out along with it of course, including updated inventory and AI systems, and it looks like wolves maybe? There's no real indication of just how much bigger these new worlds will actually be, however it's definitely promising news. As of now there's no specific release date in sight, but it's definitely something to keep an eye out for.

Latest Update for Minecraft - Pocket Edition Adds Improves the Look, Expands the View, and Adds Lots of New Stuff

Posted by Rob Rich on December 12th, 2013
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Remember when Minecraft - Pocket Edition first came out and people were disappointed because it paled so much in comparison to the PC version? Well those differences have been slowly disappearing over the past two years. In fact, this latest update (0.8.0) is purported to be the biggest one yet. And based on what I'm seeing in the notes, I'm inclined to agree!

What do you get when you update Minecraft - Pocket Edition this time? Not much; just mine carts, textures lifted from the PC version, new blocks like carpets and iron bars, more crops, several additions to Creative Mode, improved lighting, an increased view distance, and more. Check below for the update notes. Or, you know, just download it already.

What's New in Version 0.8.0
- Minecarts, rails, and powered rails!
- The view distance has been massively increased. Check the options menu for more!
- New textures and colours taken directly from the PC version
- New blocks: carpets, more wood types, hay bales, iron bars, and more
- New crops and food types, including beetroot, carrots, potatoes and pumpkins. Now you can cook new soups, pies, and more!
- A bunch of new items for Creative and Survival, including clocks and compasses
- More blocks and items to use in Creative Mode: including jungle wood, ice, bedrock, shears, dyes, and tall grass
- New AI: mobs are now more intelligent and you can even breed your own animals
- A new Creative Mode inventory with tabs
- New functionality and tweaks to existing blocks and items. Bonemeal lets you grow new cool stuff!
- Improved lighting and fog effects
- Loads of bugs fixed, and possibly some added.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition Adds The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 15th, 2013
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Minecraft – Pocket Edition has seen a brand new update which adds the sun, the moon, and the stars. That sounds so beautiful! Players of the pocket edition will also find double chests [Editor's Note: FINALLY!], quartz slabs, and improvements made to many realms.

I think this means that it's time to return to building. So get back to it, crafters!

Minecraft Realms Server Slots Are Beginning To Open, But Slowly

Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 18th, 2013
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Pocket Gamer reports that Mojang began releasing the Minecraft Realms server slots for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. However, they are being released at a very slow pace of only 100 servers at a time. So, unless you are super speedy, it may be a bit longer before you get your hands on a realm. The slow pace is to make sure that the multiplayer realms remain stable and bug free before letting the masses have access.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition Reaches 10 Million Downloads

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 3rd, 2013
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Minecraft: Pocket Edition reached 10 million copies sold, reports Games Industry. It was just last month when the original PC version of the game hit the same milestone. Even though the studio, Mojang, is excited about the milestone, they are hard at work on restructuring the backend of Pocket Edition to make for smoother updates in the future.

Minecraft Realms - Hosted Worlds Coming To Mobile

Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 18th, 2013
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Polygon reports that Mojang, the developers of Minecraft, is looking to release a new monthly service plan this summer to enable a more simplified gameplay experience for Minecraft players. Minecraft Realms will allow fans to easily create a permanent, private world on a server and have complete control of who may join them in their world. Currently, fans need to know technical knowledge on how to set up and rent their own server in order to have their own private world, but soon they will be able to instantly have a server up and running with one simple click of a button, thanks to the simplified Realms monthly service.

Mojang plans to launch Minecraft Realms on their mobile edition of the game, Pocket Edition, and even more interestingly have discussed the possibility of designing a way for PC and Mobile versions of Realms to communicate with each other, though it would be a difficult undertaking. The other topic of discussion is to eventually add the ability for players to form a network of servers by connecting to each other to create an even more social experience.

Bring Interactive Creations To Life With Minecraft Papercraft Studio

Posted by Blake Grundman on February 18th, 2013

Designed by 57Digital, the same team behind 2011's Minecraft Explorer, Minecraft Papercraft Studio is the key to rendering Minecraft digital avatars in the third dimension, via paper. Using this new app, you can print out diagrams to bring the characters to life with only a pair of scissors and some glue.

Dig This: Minecraft - Pocket Edition Gets Baby Animals In New Update

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on January 31st, 2013
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Universal app, Minecraft - Pocket Edition, got a new update today, bringing new crafting joy to the diminutive version of one of the most popular games on any platform, including baby animals, signs, armor, fancy clouds, and more. If you haven't grabbed it already, head over to the App Store now and do so, because baby animals!

Version 0.6.0
- Baby animals
- Signs
- Armor
- Fancy Clouds
- Sand and gravel have gravity
- Improved D-pad
- Lots of new blocks

Known bugs (fixed for next version)
- Falling sand can disappear
- When returning from Home-screen, sign model disappear
- Screenshots in store are old. Will put up new ones :)

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Minecraft Pocket Edition Adds Crafting

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 25th, 2012
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[/caption]Minecraft may be my favorite game of all time. I’ve played it on an almost daily basis since I was introduced to it a little over a year ago. I remember how excited I got when the piston update came out. So imagine my disappointment when Minecraft - Pocket Edition was released for iOS with a fraction of the features in the PC version of the game. Finally, developer Mojang’s most recent update to Minecraft - Pocket Edition has taken one step closer to making the iOS edition similar to the full edition with crafting.

Previously, one of the most important features of Minecraft, the ability to craft objects from material found in the game, was left out of Minecraft - Pocket Edition. Mojang has a tradition for taking game development slowly. It took the original Minecraft over a year of a completely playable beta for them to release what they called the 1.0 release. So it was no surprise that they planned to do the same with Minecraft - Pocket Edition. Crafting is part of Minecraft - Pocket Edition’s 0.3.0 update. Notice that they aren’t even calling Minecraft - Pocket Edition a 1.0 game yet. So in a way, Minecraft - Pocket Edition is still a beta.

Other features in the update include cows and chickens, damageable items, making resources harder to gather, and dropping items. I won’t be a true fan of the iOS version of Minecraft until it’s at par with the PC version and let’s me connect to multiplayer servers. But this update is a good start.