Heads up: that Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] update we've been talking about is now out and available for download. And considering how much this thing adds to the experience, fans should probably spend the next few minutes mashing the update button on their devices.

If you haven't been in the loop, Version 0.6.0 sees the addition of several new kinds of blocks, including Nether Brick and Smooth Stone. It also adds armor, signs, clouds, sand and gravel gravity, and baby animals. We're using "new" a little loosely here, as all of this stuff has been present in Minecraft proper for a while.

As for tweaks, this update has a notable one: an "improved" d-pad. We've spent a few minutes with this, and are pretty stoked. Movement feels tighter and much more predictable now. That's cool.

We'll have more on Pocket Edition really soon for those of you out there that can't bust through the learning curve. For the rest of you, hey, why are you still reading this and not downloading the update?

  • swaggkidd25

    So what are the baby animals gonna do for us and where do ou get armor

    • daniel5457

      You craft armor...

  • drewpoc

    Baby animals are for eating...like veal ;)

  • tarvi

    Baby animals let you have a sustainable livestock farm, sheep for wool, cows for beef etc.

  • blackbear219

    I want to get in to Minecraft, I just can't. What am I missing?

    • http://twitter.com/manufracture D Schutz

      why force yourself? it may not be your thing. and that's perfectly fine.

      • blackbear219

        My point was that I don't now if it's my thing or not, or how to tell. The beginner article they posted after this has me intrigued again, so I'm going to try some of the stuff in there and see if I feel the pull.

      • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

        I highly suggested watching some let's play videos of people playing minecraft on youtube. You can actually play it for free on minecraft's official website too (granted its an older version or creative). You have lots of options beyond merely buying on faith or description.

      • http://profiles.google.com/superspandy James Kochalka

        The way to tell whether or not you like it is to buy it and play it. I couldn't tell if it was good or not until I actually played it. It's awesome.

    • mreford

      It really is a game of blind exploration and user-defined goals. If you don't have fun simple exploring a world or you don't have any grand schemes as to what you want to build, it'll be hard to "get it."

      In that regard it can be a tough sell, especially in a time where almost all our games have linear developer-defined objectives

  • .Asa

    Wooohooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gamer_Kev

    Thanks for the heads up, downloading the update now. It will be interesting checking the new content out.

  • King Random

    Glad that they FINALLY improved the controls!
    That was one of the few things that I didn't like about Minecraft...

    Thanks MOJANG!

  • Shadowking2214

    Is anyone else having an issue in their worlds? For some reason when I place a block of anything it disappears like normal,and when I leave the game and come back I find it missing,stuff can be destroyed still but placing stuff seems like an issue,I'm still able to do everything else though

    • beeAye

      I am read my post k and go on minecraft's minecraftPE bug section

  • beeAye

    Do you guys not go on Minecrafts website this update is full of bugs. Jeez all these poor ppl that trust you are now screwing up their minecraft.

    • beeAye

      Not talking about poster talking about this company

    • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

      They play games and use change logs and real life experience to make their posts. No, they don't read every game author's personal blog. That would be insane. This is iOS. Bugs aren't anything new. When a fix comes out people can still update. You're posting like if they get the game now they will be screwed for life. Get a grip.

      • beeAye

        You get a grip. The game is unplayable now! Ppl are not happy. I wouldn't buy a car that didn't run hoping some day a repair man might come by next month or the month after. Updates are now become a way of releasing an app that is not finished. Is the new thing buying unfinished alphas. People need to let a company know that we will vote with our wallet. Finish an app before you (the developers) release it. Some of these bugs I found in the first 30 seconds.
        Listen to how ppl feel because they feel that way, whether or not you feel the same.
        That said, I do appreciate your feelings on this matter.
        Brian

      • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

        You think an appropriate analogy to an iOS game is a car? hahahahaha

      • Ace43

        An analogy is an analogy. Don't deflect his entire post by feigning laughter. He made a perfectly valid point.

      • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

        In reference to how upset he should be about the situation, a car analogy shows justified reaction. For this particular topic about a video game with an accidental bug that has already been fixed as of an hour ago, I don't think so.

  • beeAye

    !!!!!!!!?TOUCH ARCADE DO YOUR HOMEWORK. WOW THE POOR POPLE "mashing their update button" ARE GOING TO BE BUMMED!!!!!!!?

    ***********************MODERATOR PLEASE RESPOND*****************************

    • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

      Respond to what? Your psychiatrist? To whom do we report your disconnected-from-reality behavior?

      • beeAye

        Hey jakewaswhatever, the ppl on this site did not say anything about the fact that this update is broken...man I hate stupid ppl

      • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

        Then you must have pretty low self esteem.

  • blackbear219

    I just did a bunch of work then quit for a while. When I came back, I still had all the materials I had collected but all the blocks I had dug out in my cave were filled back in. I was able to easily replicate the problem too. Anyone else running in to this after the update?

  • D-Vader

    I'm having bad trouble with work not saving. We spent at least 2 hours working on building a castle, and I had to go. So, we quit as usual. I came back and we got on the world, and nothing saved.

    • blackbear219

      Yea, this versions broken :(

    • Shadowking2214

      I had to delete and reinstall,bummed out-had a lot of diamonds

  • Phil

    Updated...:( When I joined another player..I can't touch any "Chest"..was logged out of the game immediately

  • http://profiles.google.com/martin.amyrenee Amy Renee Martin

    I'm running into a lot of glitches on PE since the update. Whole lines of gravel and sand disappear when succumbing to gravity. I ran a nether reactor and tore down half of the tower. When I got back into the land it was all still there yet my pockets were full of netherrack. Also, I smelted some nether brick but it won't let me place it anywhere. I hope these glitches are known about and will be fixed.

  • Woah whatever's

    Minecraft I awesome just can't find stuff is it true u get killed if you go outside at night