Minecraft Coming to iOS Devices

If you’ve read any of the articles I wrote about Minecraft, I’m pretty sure you remember me saying something about how great it would be to play the game on the go. Well, I guess now I have nothing to complain about as the Mojang’s successful title is now available for multiple mobile devices, including Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android-based phones.

In fact, Minecraft: Pocket Edition comes for iOS today, but this portable version has been available for Android devices for around a month now. Interestingly enough and according to Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten, those who get this version of the game on iOS can enjoy its multiplayer portion with Android users. The game is $6.99 (in North America) and a demo version is also available for all the aforementioned devices.

As I previously stated in an article, this release will coincide with Minecon, a convention that’ll celebrate the 1.0 release of the game in Las Vegas later this week. The game is pretty much the same as the PC version and it allows players to build worlds in sandbox environments. Although the basic functionality seems to be here almost in its entirety, this is not a fully featured version as it lacks some blocks, terrains and settings, among other things.  In any the case and even though this seems to be a toned down version of the game, it’s still amazing that it exists and that it has its superb multiplayer component.

Source: GiantBomb


As I previously mentioned, the Xperia Play version of the popular sandbox title was the first one to be released and as I didn’t know a lot about the platform I’ll try to describe some of its most interesting characteristics.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is both a handheld portable console and a smartphone which is developed by Sony Ericsson. The device runs a version of the Android Gingerbread firmware and it represents the first phone to have come out as part of the PlayStation Certified program, allowing it to run PlayStation Suite games. From a hardware perspective the Xperia Play shares many similarities with the PSP Go as it has the same slider format, a D-pad, the standard PlayStation buttons and two shoulder buttons (L and R.) Furthermore, the device has a touchscreen, a powerful processor, a 4.0 inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of internal storage and as the PSP, it supports various memory sticks and SD cards.

Some of the PlayStation Suite exclusive games include:

  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Destruction Derby
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Kula World
  • MediEvil
  • Rally Cross
  • Syphon Filter
  • Wild Arms

Finally, here’s an additional list with the 60 games that launched with the platform on April 1st, 2011:

  • Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior from Digital Legends (pre-installed)
  • FIFA 2010 from EA Mobile (pre-installed)
  • Sims 3 from EA Mobile (pre-installed)
  • Star Battalion from Gameloft (pre-installed)
  • Tetris from EA mobile (pre-installed)
  • Asphalt 6 from Gameloft (free to download)
  • Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave from Trendy Entertainment
  • Galaxy on Fire 2 from Fishlabs
  • Assassins Creed from Gameloft
  • Need for Speed SHIFT from EA Mobile
  • Worms from EA Mobile
  • Nova 2 from Gameloft
  • Modern Combat Black Pegasus from Gameloft
  • Guns n Glory from Handygames
  • Reckless Racing from Polarbit
  • Real Football 2011from Gameloft
  • Gun Bros from Glu Mobile
  • Racer Luma from Arcade/Unity
  • Cordy from SilverTree Media
  • Aporkalypse from Handygames
  • Brothers in Arms Global Front from Gameloft
  • Guerrilla Bob from Angry Mob Games/Unity
  • Let’s Golf 2 from Gameloft
  • Zenonia 2 from Gamevil
  • Cyberlords from Handygames
  • Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock Mobile from Glu Mobile
  • Age of Zombies from Halfbrick Studios
  • Spectral Souls from HyperDevBox Japan
  • Splinter Cell Conviction from Gameloft
  • Air Attack from Art in Games/Unity
  • Armageddon Squadron from Polarbit
  • Uno from Gameloft
  • InfeCCt from Handygames
  • Spiderman total Mayhem from Gameloft
  • Millionaire City from Digital Chocolate
  • Avatar from Gameloft
  • Raging Thunder 2from Polarbit
  • Homerun Battle 3D from Com2us Games
  • Aftermath XHD from Jakyl
  • I Must Run from GameLion
  • Baseball Superstars 2011from Gamevil
  • Ground Effect Pro from Jakyl
  • ZeNonia from Gamevil
  • Super KO Boxing 2 from Glu Mobile
  • Farm Story from Team Lava
  • Wave Blazer from Polarbit
  • Soccer Superstars from Gamevil
  • Battle Bears from Skyvu
  • Tower Blocks New York from Digital Chocolate
  • Super Dynamite Fishing from Handygames
  • Iron Sight from Polarbit
  • Toonwarz from Polarbit
  • Restaurant Story from Team Lava
  • Escape from AMA
  • Raving Babies from AMA
  • Bakery Story from Team Lava
  • Denki Blocks! Deluxe from Jakyl
  • Rollercoaster Rush from Digital Chocolate

List taken from Eurogamer.