We've still got our massive weekly traditional "coming tonight" post in the works, but the fanfare surrounding Mojang's official (and universal) Minecraft Pocket Edition [$7.99] building on our forums is too great to ignore. Initial impressions seem positive, although some have noted disappointment with how limited the game feels compared to the "full" version. There's no online play, for instance, only local WiFi, and your portable Minecraft worlds are devoid of both animals and creepers.

Like all of these mid-week release games, Minecraft Pocket Edition should be available for download at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially much earlier if you live east of North America. We'll get a review up as soon as we can, but in the meantime, swing by our forums.

International App Store Link: Minecraft Pocket Edition, $7.99

  • Anonymous

    It might be me, probably is, but I don't get the big deal made out of this game, what am I missing?
    Any movie/youtube I can see that will show what the deal is?

    • Anonymous
      • Anonymous

        I've always hated Mine Craft and I hate how that video you posted took 4 hours of my life away!  Now, I got really hooked on the adventures of Honeydew and Xephos.  It's very funny and interesting to see the world of Mine Craft evolve.  I may pick up this just to play with it.

      • Anonymous

        :) You are welcome? They have the same effect on me and 1000 videos later I'm still watching there new videos.

        Here is another example of what you can do in minecraft. These guy's are building a massif RPG. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnQzEdGd81o&feature=youtube_gdata_player

        And there are also the red stone wizards. ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRAQETIr-uU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • http://twitter.com/minimaxir Max Woolf

    It's going to be $0.99 in less than a month. Count on it. See: Scribblenauts.

    • Anonymous

      It should be $0.99 at first, and after they update with actual gameplay, then raise the price for late purchasers.

      • David Marchand

        orly? Just play it... it will blow your mind. Seems boring? yes. Is it? Hell no. at least don't hate it ok? Just hate twilight, everyone hates twilight.
        sorry, wrong person to reply to. i ment to reply to booch138

      • Anonymous

        I bought MineCraft on PC when it was in Alpha, so I do like the game, but I've probably built enough stuff to pass on this watered down version.  It will be great for people who haven't played it.  My mind is being blown on Skyrim currently...LOL!

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately, Mr. David, I did tinker with it back when the Beta was fresh and new, as did several of my friends who somehow fell deeply in love with it. All I ever heard for months was "Are you playing Minecraft yet?" and "Dude Minecraft is awesome! Get it! Come see my world!" and stuff like that. So I had to see what it was all about at a friends house. Played and messed around with it for literally about 3 hours, when I came to the conclusion that, not only am I probably going to have to invest more time to really enjoy and learn the "game", but I also am never getting those 3 hours of my life back. lol Long story short, if you have the time and imaginative mind, I'm sure it is more than enjoyable. That's fine, I'm not bashing that, but I just don't see the appeal other than that. I can make cooler looking things in MS Paint on a Windows 95 computer, and it would take me 1/35ths of the time.

        ... I still want to poop on the creator though. ^.^

  • Anonymous

    I wish I could poop on the creator of Minecraft. Seriously... this game is so boring. I really REALLY don't see the hype of it all. I understand it's popular as hell, and I am definitely in the minority here, but do people really play this game...? Or what. 

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      You're so silly with the pooping.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap monkeys I am so buying this. This game is easily worth $10. All you haters can stick it

  • Jonas

    The game is actually devoid of more than creepers and animals. All enemies (not collectively known as "creepers", as creepers are the green walking dildo dudes) and other autonomous entities are gone, as the game operates in Build mode (which can be played for free on minecraft.net), which also means unlimited materials, no collection, and no element of challenge or obstacles.

    For those who simply wish to build in the possibly largest procedurally generated world ever, and want to play it on the go, there is probably no better purchase. For the rest of us, Minecraft Pocket Edition offers little to do for now.

    • Noah

      Oh wow. No animals or baddies AT ALL? What's the point of playing? I can make much prettier structures in build mode on my PC.

      Is there going to be an easy "export/import" option if I want to build stuff on my phone and then continue building it out on my PC?

      • Jonas

        I haven't heard any reports of an export function, and though I cannot quite say why, I doubt there will be one. 

        As for the point of playing, I suppose the feeling of a vast expanse and unlimited construction possibilities might be interesting to some :-) As someone who has at least given MineCraft a few test runs in a desktop environment, it feels woefully inadequate and limited.

    • Anonymous

      I saw the "no enemies" part and thought the same thing (a great set of building
      blocks, nothing more). But really, is Minecraft so complicated that they
      couldn't port the entire game to iOS? I have no doubt our idevices could handle
      the graphics, but it's not like creepers have some kind of incredibly complex AI
      or something. Hopefully we'll get a full version someday.

      • Anonymous

        They've said that they plan on adding mobs at some point in a future update, but they aren't sure when. They also said that they'll only bring features into minecraft mobile that make sense- so there is pretty much no chance that mods would be usable.

      • Jonas

        I VERY much doubt the enemies and animals would present much of a challenge in terms of performance. I remember a quote from notch where he stated the intention of making the Pocket Edition purposefully limited (for some archaic reason probably pertaining to the lingering mind block of many desktop developers, making them believe it would be unwise to bring the full desktop experience to portable devices, though no one can quite say why, other than that the cell phones of the last ten years have only been able to run Java games :-) ), so I have a creeping feeling we might never see our houses blown to cinders by giant angry walking dildos...

  • JackWoodmansey

    Im kinda reluctant to get this. I mean Minecraft on PC/Mac has easily been my most played video game for the past year or so. But no mobs :(

  • Anonymous

    $8? Come on.

  • http://twitter.com/ZildjianKX Jeff

    I love Minecraft, but I really don't care much about an iOS version that is build mode only.  Survival mode is where all the fun is.

  • Anonymous

    wow "no enemies", then it's just the plain build version of minecraft, and you can play it for free on pc. I'm sorry i'm not crazy enough for throwing my money into water.

  • Anonymous

    Not going to dump on the game but it is not for me, and that is even with the PC version not this crippled version. Build mode gets old, fast..

  • Anonymous

    With no baddies i see no reason to pay so much for this when eden is available, also sans baddies, for so much cheaper.

  • nnnnguy

    The devs must not have much foresight. A full version of minecraft on the app store would rake in a ridiculous amount of money. Even at a low price. 8 dollars for build mode is an insult.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    Holy crap. It's already #1 on Apple's top grossing games chart!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HR3TJBH4DKDZ247EQXTF3YG4NQ Montgomery

    obvious questions not answered here or on forums - if it's creative mode - can you fly like on the desktop version?

    Can you load maps previously created and / or save to them to continue building on both mobile and desktop clients?

    The later question is pretty obvious - but all I see is OMG this SUX. Guess which site I think sucks.