Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] took another step towards becoming what the series' fans had expected and wanted from the tablet and phone version of the PC indie darling. To put it another way, its name actually makes sense now courtesy last night's update, which added crafting, damageable items, and tool-specific gathering.

We all knew this update was coming, but what's interesting is the way the crafting part of the experience is presented. Unlike the PC version, Pocket Edition tells you what you can make and how to make it. Swathes of well-realized UI -- which look a lot like the Xbox 360 version of the game's UI -- hold your hand while crafting, pointing out recipes and giving you feedback on what you need to gather next.

Image via Cult of Mac

Even though it might not jive with the game's spirit or themes, we think this bit of added functionality is pretty neat. If anything, though, you can finally enjoy survival mode as it was basically intended. Go nuts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/keysofanxiety Steven Eggleston

    I'd be quite keen to see this compatible with existing Minecraft servers. At the moment, it's a little too expensive for what I'd consider to be Minecraft as we know it!

    • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

      I'd be just as happy if there was a dedicated PE Server software bit that I could leave running. Doing it Ad-Hoc via WiFi works surprisingly well, but then you have to make sure whoever hosts the world has the most current copy of if (as everyone will pull it from them)

    • http://twitter.com/QWERTYtheBold Brandon

      They would have to add every single item that the full PC version has for that to work.

  • http://twitter.com/SquishedMitten Tyler Piderit

    Nice to see them continuing along with this one. I bought it one PC, Android and now my iPhone. 

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Just now?  Man, I love Minecraft on the PC - but for the price the iOS version is coming along slowly, it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/chaosz911 René de Groot

    Minecraft PE is great and imho has a good price. Love the crafting!