Mojang Specifications' Minecraft is a game about survival and building. Presented in first person and available for the Mac and PC, it has quickly become one of those indie darling success stories. In its alpha phase of development, Minecraft has sold over 600,000 copies. It's popular, has a great community, and has generated a lot of positive buzz. The game has also inspired an iOS developer to create his own version of the title, which has since been pulled from the App Store.

The game was called Minecrafted and it hit the App Store at $.99. The App's creator, Trevor Wilkin, claimed in the release information for the game that Minecrafted was "built from the ground up for Apple devices without code or content from the original." However, the game looked and played like Minecraft, and could even connect with legitimate Minecraft servers.

But it wasn't pulled because of the similarities or any kind of legal hullabaloo. In a conversation with TUAW, Wilkin said he was just testing Apple to see if he could get approval. Apple approved the App and set it live immediately, which became a problem with Wilkin, as he intended to ask Mojang Specifications if it was cool to release the game before he actually released it.

On Twitter, Minecraft's creator Markus "Notch" Persson weighed in a little bit on the creation of Apps based on Minecraft, stating that "there is no official iPhone or Android Minecraft yet. If you're working on a clone, that's cool, but please don't imply it's ours." Notch added later in a reply, "Ideas are meant to be spread. But I wish [developers would] try to make it original rather than a straight clone."

Wilkin's Minecrafted might be available for purchase again some day. "I've been firing numerous e-mails and waiting on official rulings," he said on our forum thread about the App. "I'd prefer to do this in a way that doesn't cause problems."

  • Jim

    I don't understand the problem. The Minecraft terms and conditions clearly allow this. Why does he need special approval?

    • Adams Immersive

      It seems like he doesn’t need Mojang’s specific blessing, but just wants it? Out of courtesy to the original devs?

      Hope to see it back soon!

      • http://blog.mar.sg/ Mar

        Precisely.

    • Guest

      No "terms and coditions" page in the world states: "Do not make an almost identical product with an almost identical name". It doesn't make it okay.

      Clearly the name is the big offense. Without the name it would be just like the millions of tetris clones.

      • Jim

        But the Minecraft terms and conditions page does say;

        "Any tools you write for the game from scratch belong to you.
        You're free to do whatever you want with screenshots and videos of the game, but don't just rip art resources and pass them around.
        Plugins for the game also belong to you and you can do whatever you want with them, including selling them for money."

        Case closed.

      • Sagarat1

        I assume that ""but don't just rip art resources and pass them around"" also implies that ripping art assets, game-play mechanics, and save file/server operability and selling it for money is also not generally OK.

        Notch took inspiration, and general game-play from infiniminer, but he did not make an exact copy of that game.

      • Jim

        You appear to be confused. This is not a copy of Minecraft. This is simply a client for logging on to Minecraft Classic servers. None of the game's assets are included in the .ipa.

    • Matt

      Even Notch dosent really give that much of a shit

  • Jim

    I don't understand the problem. The Minecraft terms and conditions clearly allow this. Why does he need special approval?

  • Jim

    Also, it's not a clone – it's a client.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Watford/100000938231196 Corey Watford

    I pondered over days about the $14 purchase for minecraft 1 month later I have set up Minecraft Mondays; One day a week I get to play minecraft in order to control my addiction lol

  • Gustav

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! The day I had dreamed about for so long... But then it got removed... D=

  • Palenoue

    I have to agree with Persson, if it's not an official Minecraft game then why copy it so closely? You should put your own spin on it and come out with something more unique or different. I can think up dozens of alternate variations on Minecraft, so Wilkin should be able to come up with at least one.

    • Garbanzo

      It's a client used to connect to Minecraft.

  • Mindfazr

    Like its been mentioned before, this isnt a game. It was a client allowing ipod and itouch users the ability to connect to Minecraft Classic multiplayer servers and play along side PC users. Which IMHO was awesome, even though I think classic kinda sucks.

  • mrobot
    • http://jamesgecko.com/ James

      It was inspired by Infiniminer, but the gameplay mixes things up quite a bit. Minecrafted is a clone; Minecraft is not.

      • Gireiga

        Minecrafted is a client, not a clone. And it is used to connect to Minecraft Classic. Calling it a clone is like saying Firefox is a clone of the entire internet.

      • http://jamesgecko.com/ James

        "In computing, a clone is a hardware or software system that is designed to mimic another system." You are correct that Minecrafted is a client for Minecraft classic servers. However, it is also a clone.

        > Calling it a clone is like saying Firefox is a clone of the entire internet.
        ...and you lost credibility there. For the analogy to be even remotely accurate, it'd have to be something like, "that Firefox was a clone of Internet Explorer."

        Besides, Firefox isn't a closed source application which connects to Firefox-powered servers via a protocol which has not been published by the authors. Neither have the authors of Firefox explicitly asked people not to write 3rd party applications which connect to their Firefox-powered servers.

      • http://twitter.com/benbaptist Ben Baptist

        > via a protocol which has not been published by the authors. 

        I thought the protocol for Minecraft Classic on minecraftwiki.net was released officially by Mojang?

      • http://jamesgecko.com/ James

        Was it? When I wrote that comment seven months ago, the protocol specs had been reverse engineered, not officially released. There are documents around detailing the classic and alpha/beta protocols, but I haven't heard about Mojang releasing a document detailing them. Maybe that's changed in the meantime. [Citation needed]? :-)

  • http://twitter.com/AppChatYoutube AppChat

    NOOOO!!!!! We want Minecraft for the iPhone!! OMG they would double their money! Put it back!!! :'(

  • Jeremy Tylanol

    MAKE IT SO!

  • legoshoes

    "I'd prefer to do this in a way that doesn't cause problems."
    But causing publicity is A-okay.

  • http://twitter.com/philatz F. Filkovic Philatz

    How come I haven't heard about this before? Can't believe it's removed! :(

  • Mikeymilkshake

    between this and iDos.... i always find about about the good stuff after it's too late :(

  • Anonymous

    Any word on whether or not it supported iPod Touch 2G?

    • Jim

      Nah, dinosaur devices like ours are not supported.

    • Jim

      Nah, dinosaur devices like ours are not supported.

  • Bramsey89

    And this is why I don't like anyone controlling what I want to put on my computers.

    • LeeDot

      You did catch the part where it was the author of the program that removed it from the app store and not Apple, right?

      • WindsorG

        No, I'm afraid people like him can only hear the things that they can possibly, maybe, almost blame and hate Apple for. Facts? Common sense? Please. They can't let things as petty as reality hurt their egos.

  • segaprophet

    disappointing . .

  • Dionvc

    Noooooooooooo
    ITS NOT ON APPCAKE!!!!!
    it's the end of the world!!!!!

  • Digitakid

    Pleeeease add to russian appstore!

  • Dabbad

    Why don't they just state its not official minecraft content? I never had the app but I had waited for such an app to appear I imagine that it would be amazing..

  • Luigirez1

    They have it on installulous.

  • dima

    how i do server?

  • Lol

    minecraft classic is free anyways, so whats the big deal?

    • http://koowie.com Koowie

      Right, I don't get it.

  • Matt Shepherd

    i am getting an androind tablet for christmas and i need help for getting minecraft