516143_largerMinecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99 / Free] still has a ways to go to catch up with Minecraft proper, but the mobile version's most recent update definitely pushes it closer.

Version 0.7.3 of Pocket Edition -- which hit earlier this morning -- adds the sun, moon, and stars to the core experience, giving folks something to look at to judge if it's OK to venture outside. Double chests have been added, too, as well as quartz slabs for elite builders.

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This update also sees the addition of a "cooler title screen" and the usual tweaks, bug fixes, and improvements that typically come in updates. You can grab all this by just mashing the Update button in the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.

It's kinda hard to imagine that there isn't someone out there who still hasn't purchased PE, but consider giving it a shot. The game's obviously well-supported, and it keeps getting better and better.

  • Nutrilica

    I want Mojang to throw everything they have into the mobile version. I mean, horses are cool, I'd just rather have redstone on PE.

    • loophole

      Yeah I think it's getting closer and closer to the pc version every update. But yeah I do think the updates are pretty slow lol

    • http://cookiesandcakemc.tumblr.com/ Jonathan Fite

      It is much harder to get things developed on a mobile device than it is on a PC. They are doing a good job porting things over though.

  • Protoman

    I forgot about this game since survivalcraft came out. I see they're still updating with nonessential crap.

    • lux fox

      I kind of feel the same way. Much respect for Minecraft but… Yeah.

      • Protoman

        Mojang is a really good example of the lottery. Moving on to another game when you haven't finished your first is what former poor people do when they suddenly have more money than they ever imagined having in their lives.
        Don't get me wrong. It's nice to see a little guy strike it big, champaign parties and the like must be nice.
        Just don't plook the people that got you there. When one guy takes all your bs excuses and pees all over them by making survivalcraft it's time to step up your game, not show that you really don't give a crap about your mobile customer base.
        Mojang was such an inspiring company at one point too.

      • SmackDatButt

        It wouldn't be stupid to think of Minecraft Pocket Edition as a nostalgic experience, that's how I feel about it :p

      • rewyan

        Mojang is developing a new game called Scrolls, which may be why things continue to remain slow, even with heavy competition.

        This will be Mojang's third game. That's right, they've only made two games since 2009. Not only are they slow with updating / porting.

      • Loading3

        Did you know only one person developed for survival craft? Sure mojang had other projects but cant they have a dedicated dev for pe?

      • shaver

        Mojang couldn't have released Survivalcraft, like EA couldn't have released Dungeon Raid. It has to match or be a strict subset, or market expectation makes a hash of "what is minecraft?".

        Porting -- and keeping portable -- is often way harder than just-so initial development, counterintuitively, especially when resource requirements are so different. ("Take a JVM in one hand, and an iPhone in the other. Now smash them into your face repeatedly, until you bleed an ipa for submission.")

  • Smokey956

    Sun moon stars just what I wanted and double chest too. The chest also opens

  • lordyokomoto

    I must be the be the person who hasn't dl this then lol

    • themostunclean

      Let's start a list. Put me on it too.

    • JohnnyHand

      Add me too.

  • loophole

    This update makes it look great! Even the menus feel more like the pc edition. Go Mojang!

  • Press2Play

    OMFG this is what i've been waiting for......NOT!

  • somedumbgamer

    Survival craft kicks arse over this, IMO. Looking forward to junk jack x. Just got the first one and am enjoying the 2d take on the genre.

    • TarePlays

      Terraria is coming this fall also to iOS :D and I wish they updated Junk Jack with iPhone 5 display :(

  • Shadowking2214

    0.8.0 promises some pretty big stuff. Tomcc put out a survey on the top 5 things and from the looks of it they are trying to put in the top 5 in the next update. Infinite worlds and Redstone are of course in that list of top 5

  • heresandypandy

    Sun, moon and stars? That's embarrassing when you look at what a "company" ran by one person achieved in the latest update of survivalcraft. There was probably more content in that single update than in the entire history of MC:PE.

  • Xissoric

    Absolutely inspiring, what will Mojang add next?

    • Smartbomb

      Here's hoping they focus on air a bit more for the next update. Perhaps they can fine-tune it to make it cleaner, fresher and generally more breathable for the little minecraft guy.

      Or better sounding footsteps, that needs looking into...

      • Protoman

        You should play Survivalcraft. The air is perfect in that game.

      • LOLCAT

        You have no idea how hard I just laughed...

  • Christian

    When does it get dark

  • iPodHacker1O1

    Omg when the sun sets, it's like the PC version. Sets beautifully. LOL

  • LanceAvion

    Haha oh Minecraft P.E., how you pail in comparison to SurvivalCraft.

  • rewyan

    Minecraft is so....... empty.

  • colmulhall77

    I don't know why people are giving out about PE. Mojang have being pushing out great updates since they released the game. Remember when it was first released in the App Store there was very little to do in it. Limited blocks and just creative mode. It's come a long way and the Mojang team are working hard on more updates to multiplayer etc.

  • scoobydoo460

    can you let me know when the next update cames out on ipod

  • scoobydoo460

    can u tell me when the next update cames out for ipod