What's more, players who have the game on their iPhone or iPad will be able to play multiplayer against people who are playing on their Android devices when it's released for those platforms. That's really neat!
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is a slimmed-down version of the Linux/Mac/Windows title. It's missing the survival elements such as monsters, eating, and crafting, but all of the building fun is ready to go, out-of-the-box. In short, it's like playing traditional Minecraft in Creative mode.
I don't have an iPhone or an Android phone. When this comes out, can one of my readers chime in on what it's like? I'd love to hear your experiences!
We have an iPad at work so I purchased the game with my personal iTunes account and installed it there. It's good, not great. There are a very limited amount of blocks to play with and the framerate performance of the game on FANCY graphics is unstable, going up and down more than a toilet seat. If you don't take your laptop on the bus or train to and from work and simply must have Minecraft to play, it'll hold you until you get back to your main machine.
I understand that playing Minecraft on a portable device means a slimmed down experience. Missing enemies, survival mode, and a large play map are all acceptable, but I would have loved to see some unique blocks just for the portable edition in addition to every block available in the main game. Maybe they'll update it over time?
It turns out that Minecraft: Pocket Edition was released in a similar fashion to the PC version of Minecraft: a public alpha then updated over time to the 1.0 release. The version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition we're playing now is actually a very early version and Mojang themselves are not actually sure what the final product will look like. Exciting! Perhaps this could be communicated better to customers, though, as even I did not know this and I'm a huge Minecraft fan.
We now have a stronghold in Minecraftia on our multiplayer server, Hellblade Mobs SMP. Our player "bowseroppo" discovered it and promptly alerted all who were in chat. After a quick nudge from a friend, I started FRAPS as we began to explore the stronghold complex. This thing is huge!