A game of creativity and survival in your pocket
Minecraft for Android, formerly referred to as Minecraft Pocket Edition, is an adaptation of the popular Minecraft game from Mojang. This time it has been designed for play on the touchscreen of your mobile or tablet. Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time. Players explore a world of blocks while mining for raw materials, crafting tools, building structures, and competing to survive.
Explore a 3D grid of biomes
The game was once a standalone version for portable devices, but now you can play Minecraft across Android, iOS and on the PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and now on PS4. It is only the Windows 10 edition of the game that works with this version, and not the Java edition, which has different features. To differentiate the two types of game, the mobile version is often called Bedrock.
With the enhanced crossplay, now even more players can enjoy Minecraft and interact with each other. This sandbox game doesn’t have specific goals or a particular narrative. After generating your new world, you are tasked to survive and unleash your creativity to build a virtual reality using blocks. Blocks represent the world's materials, and players can mine them with bare hands or tools. At present, there are various materials that you can mine. But with the recent update called Caves and Cliffs, you can have over 90 new blocks. Among those is the copper block, which ages the longer you play the game.
In the gameplay, you explore an open world laid out on a 3D grid. This world is further separated into varying terrains, including mountains, oceans, snow, desert, plains, and forests, called biomes. In the Caves and Cliffs update, the mountains and cavernous areas of the map will have more height. With this, the caves you explore will be a lot more open. Don't worry, though. Your current map will not be affected as the changes are more in the areas outside the ones you've explored.
As you explore and build, you will encounter other players and characters that aren’t other players, known as mobs. These could be villagers, hostile creatures, or animals. There are different ways to interact with them, which can help your survival, including taming a fox or a panda.
You’ll also encounter creatures unique to the game, like the creeper. This character can explode and sneaks up on players. There is also the enderman, which can pick up and place blocks, and has the ability to teleport. It is an inventive and imaginative world, so will appeal to anyone who likes fantasy or creativity.
You have a choice of the three main gameplay modes. Each one gives you a different experience when playing Minecraft. Creative mode is where you can experiment with unlimited resources, building anything you can think of. You can fly around the gameworld and focus on completing larger projects.
Survival mode brings in more time-sensitive or action-based gameplay, where what you do affects your character. You’ll need to gather natural materials to create shelters as protection from monsters, and you’ll need to find food to fight off hunger. Players use seeds to spawn new worlds; by entering a string of numbers, you can create and add unique biomes.
Minecraft also offers multiplayer mode. There are various ways to play with others, including a local split-screen or by connecting to servers. It is in this mode that players from different platforms can come together to compete or team up in the same Minecraft worlds. You can interact and communicate through the game.
How it works through touchscreen
Many of the same concepts of the Java edition can be found in the touchscreen bedrock game. You have an inventory, where you can store and choose materials, such as wood for building. The main parts of the game are moving around and picking up and placing blocks. The adaptation of these functions for the touchscreen has been done successfully.
Placing blocks can be achieved by tapping the screen in the desired location. Other actions, such as destroying blocks that required a mouse click have been changed to pressing and holding, which works very well. The options menu allows a player to adjust the controls and the camera view. There are also split touch controls, which are ideal for bigger screens.
The graphics and soundtrack are unique, but not anything to wow and impress you. Where the game really comes into its own is the creativity and potential of a virtual environment. It is supported by a fantastic online community that adds to the immersive experience.
What next for virtual world
If you just can’t get enough of exploring virtual worlds, then there is some good news. There are ways to add to and expand your Minecraft experience, and there are alternatives for you to try. It became the best-selling video game for a reason, so if you want to augment the experience or try something similar here are some options for you.
You can take your Minecraft gameplay to the next level with Mod-Master for Minecraft. It comes as a free or a premium version, and you can use it to add just about anything to your game. It allows you to install maps, seeds, mods, and servers. You can smoothly install add-ons without encountering glitches and issues with your game.
Each Minecraft player has their own favorite elements. As well as playing the game, there are different areas to get creative. For those who want to change the texture packs, UTK.io for Minecraft gives you the chance to edit to your heart’s content. Alternatively, for those who want to edit skins, you can try Skins Editor 3D.
Two fun alternatives to Minecraft are ROBLOX, with customizable avatars, and fun worlds to explore. It is aimed at kids and teenagers. Or you could try The Blockheads, which is filled with fun and adventure but isn’t quite 3D like Minecraft. You are tasked to keep your blockhead alive while exploring the wilderness around you.
An entertaining game that has become a classic
Minecraft is brilliant for expressing creativity, getting to grips with a world of survival, as well as getting technical. The game has appeal in keeping you engrossed for long periods of time and can be a nice way to destress. The multiplayer function across platforms makes the game a nice way to interact with friends. Playing the game on an Android device is easy and fun, even if the graphics aren’t as smooth and bright as other versions.
The latest version of the Bedrock edition of Minecraft has brought new mobs, which are bees. You can now find bees, beehives, bee nests and honey blocks in the game. This version has also brought crossplay to the PlayStation 4. Fixes were made for crashes that were occurring during gameplay and when signing in. An issue with chests becoming invisible was resolved.