Minecraft - Pocket Edition is the mobile version of Minecraft developed by Mojang AB. It was initially launched exclusively for the Xperia PLAY on Google Play for 8.78430 NZD/$7.49 AUS/$6.99/£4.28/5,49€ on August 16, 2011. It was later released for other Android devices on the 7th of October 2011. Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS devices was released on Thursday, the 17th of November 2011 on the iOS App Store, one day before the launch of Minecraft 1.0 at MineCon 2011 and currently costs 8.78430 NZD, $7.49 AUS $6.99 US and €5.49 EU. On September 13, 2012, the Pocket Edition was made available for purchase on the Amazon Appstore. A demo/lite version of the game, which was essentially version 0.2.1 without world save functionality, was available until October 21, 2013. It is unknown if it will ever return, and if it does, how it will be changed.
The objective of the game remains the same as its original PC and Xbox Edition counterparts, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-like environment. However, Pocket Edition lacks some of the Survival elements present in other versions of the game, such as redstone circuits. The multiplayer mode is cross-platform compatible between Android and iOS.
The HUD and other elements is adapted to mobile standards of gameplay. Interactions are made via touchscreen and, on Android operating systems, soft keys (both the iOS and Android versions of Pocket Edition have the same gameplay, though). To comply with the disadvantages of touchscreen gameplay, several features were revised. For instance, the crafting system uses the MATTIS system and disposal of items are made by long-tapping their icon on the hotbar. The graphics, which is akin to that of Minecraft Alpha, was downgraded, but with the introduction of smooth lighting in 0.7.0, graphics are starting to come close to that of the PC version, and in 0.8.0 graphics may arguably become better than PC edition graphics . Differences from the PC edition include:
- Worlds are finite (256 by 256 blocks) as in Classic version, but there isn't infinite water at world corners. Worlds will become expanded and optionally infinite in 0.9.0 Alpha.
- The terrain generation is similar to that of Alpha's. It lacks many biomes and generated structures. More biomes and PC terrain are planned for 0.9.0 Alpha.
- As the world is not infinite yet, an interesting new game mechanic called "animal spawn control" can be used. This includes removing or covering all dirt blocks on the surface of the world (and therefore the grass blocks) except in a small area to control where animals spawn. It will also increase their spawn rate. This might be changed when infinite worlds get implemented.
- Clouds are in Pocket Edition as of 0.6.0. They are 2D like the clouds on PC in "Fast" graphics setting. They are planned to become 3D in 0.8.0 Alpha.
- Pocket Edition has physics for sand, gravel, and primed TNT. Water and lava are also affected by gravity whether placed with buckets or existing from spawn.
- Online (LAN) mode allows 10 players to be on a single server. Internet support is featured as Minecraft Realms (as of version 0.7.1). External servers are available since 0.7.4.
- Crafting uses the MATTIS system.
- The Nether is not present, but it is replaced by the Nether Reactor. When the Reactor is placed in a certain way with gold and cobblestone, it will trigger a giant "netherrack fortress" which takes up a lot of space. You will be spawned in it. Preparing for battle is a good way to stay alive in there. Zombie Pigmen will be spawned and will be hostile towards you. There will be random Nether items scattered in random places.
- Roses are not present, but are replaced by Cyan Flowers, alias Blue Roses. However, in the hot bar, it is named "Rose". Also, red dye is obtained by cooking red mushrooms in a furnace. In 8.0, there will be beets which will be crafted to red dye.
|Air||Unobtainable in the player's inventory, Survival or Creative|
|Grass Block||Color not dependent by biome|
|Dirt||Old sounds. (Android)|
|Wooden Plank||Oak only, all five types of wood make oak wood planks|
|Sapling||Three types, excluding Jungle, Dark Oak and Acacia; Old texture for Oak|
|Bedrock||Unobtainable in inventory, Survival. In Creative inventory.|
|Water||Color not dependent by biome; No flowing sound|
|Lava||Old animation; No sound|
|Sand||Old sounds (Android)|
|Gravel||Old texture. Old sounds (Android)|
|Wood||Three types, excluding Jungle, Dark Oak and Acacia|
|Leaves||Three types, excluding Jungle; Old texture for Birch Leaves; Color not dependent by biome|
|Lapis Lazuli Ore|
|Lapis Lazuli Block||Old texture|
|Sandstone||All three types|
|Wool||All colors; Light Blue Wool is tagged as Blue Light Wool since 0.7.3 (bug)|
|Cyan Flower||Exclusive block. Tagged as Rose.|
|Red Mushroom||Used to make Red dye|
|Block of Gold|
|Block of Iron|
|Wooden Slab||Only Oak Wood; acted like stone prior to 0.7.3. Tagged as Fake Wood Slab if stored from before 0.7.3|
|Stone Bricks Slab|
|TNT||Old explosion sound|
|Moss Stone||Creative only|
|Obsidian||Faster mining time|
|Chest||Must face the same way as another chest to make a Large Chest, otherwise it creates two chests next to each other|
|Block of Diamond|
|Sign||Placing your finger or crosshair on it outlines it rather than highlighting; Crafting gives one sign rather than three (bug).|
|Cobblestone Stairs||Tagged as Stone Stairs|
|Redstone Ore||Currently does not drop Redstone ingame. Redstone will be added in 0.8.0|
|Snow cover||Unavailable in inventory, Survival or Creative. Will be added in Creative in 0.8.0.|
|Ice||Unobtainable in inventory, Survival or Creative. Not translucent. Will be added in Creative in 0.8.0.|
|Clay||Old sounds (Android)|
|Sugar Cane||Color not dependent by biome|
|Stone Brick||Three types, excluding chiseled. Cracked and Mossy are in Creative only|
|Stone Brick Stairs|
|Nether Brick Stairs|
|Sandstone Stairs||Tagged as Sand Stone Stairs|
|Block of Quartz||All three types|
|Quartz Stairs||Creative only|
|Glowing Obsidian||Exclusive block|
|Nether Reactor Core||Exclusive block; Not functional in Creative|
|Invisible Bedrock||Unobtainable in inventory, Survival or Creative
Acts as a barrier for the world edges; Creates X-ray vision; Projectiles can be thrown through it; Can be walked on at world height limit
|Flint and steel||Old sound (iOS).|
|Bow||Has charged texture even when not being used (bug)|
|String||Cannot be placed|
|All armor||Old texture for Leather Armor; Chain Armor unobtainable in vanilla Pocket Edition|
|Raw Porkchop||Old texture|
|Cooked Porkchop||Old texture|
|Painting||All paintings except Wither; Unobtainable exclusive paintings are "Earth", "Wind", "Fire", and "Water"|
|Bucket||Available as Empty, Water, Lava and Milk; Milk is currently inedible|
|Book||Uses old crafting recipe of three paper|
|Egg||Chickens from eggs have incorrect health (Bug)|
|Dye||All except Cocoa Beans, and Gray and Light Gray Dyes: Ink Sac can be obtained in Creative via a bug|
|Raw Beef||Old texture|
|Raw Chicken||Old texture|
|Cooked Chicken||Old texture|
|Spawn Egg||Only available in Sheep, Pig, Cow and Chicken and .name< (available via bow bug, spawns nothing)|
|Chicken||Incorrect health if spawned by eggs|
|Pig||Sometimes drop 0 raw porkchop|
|Zombie||Drops 0-2 feathers instead of rotten flesh upon death; Doesn't destroy doors.|
|Skeleton||The bow looks different than the PC Edition; Holds bow with both hands. Skeleton are more faint and slow than in PC Edition; Missing spine (bug)|
|Spider||Moves at a same speed as zombies; Missing abdomen (bug, Android); Doesn't climb blocks (Android).|
|Creeper||Slightly smaller explosion; Doesn't sprint; Old explosion sound|
|Zombie Pigman||Missing hat layer; Naturally hostile.|
A video of an early prototype was released on Twitter, showing the game on the Xperia PLAY. The alpha version was recently released, and became no longer exclusive to the Xperia PLAY on the 7th of October 2011. The non-exclusive version was going to be released on September 29th for Android but there were several severe bugs that needed to be fixed; the release was delayed until the 7th of October.
A version for iOS devices was confirmed to be released before 2012 in an interview with Mojang and was subsequently released on the 17th of November 2011.
After the initial releases for iOS and Android, updates were released in parallel, with the same features being added for both platforms. During the Alpha stage, various aspects of gameplay were introduced into Pocket Edition including: crafting, smelting, more blocks, items, mobs and more game modes to bring it closer to the PC version. As of the 0.6.0 update, players are given the option of diamond, iron, gold, and leather armor. There are also new features never seen before in the computer version such as the Stonecutter (a crafting table specifically for stone blocks). They also have fancy clouds which made the "Fancy Graphics" more important to the players. In 0.7.0 they added a toggle switch for the sky.
MCPE Beta has been discussed among the development team, and based on information in Johan Bernhardsson's twitch.tv livestream of 0.6.2, he plans to add in-game music, Endermen, caves, and infinite worlds. He has mentioned but does not know if he can implement enchanting, redstone, the End, lava springs, and sprinting.
 Android & iOS
The Android and iOS versions feature a D-pad at the bottom-left corner of the screen, which controls movement. The jump button is located in the center of the d-pad. As of 0.6.0 the d-pad is more blocky, and when moving forward, two strafing buttons will appear. Note that when moving towards an adjacent block that is one level higher than the Player, the player will automatically jump up the block. One can place blocks by tapping the screen in a desired location. Destroying blocks is similar to the PC version's way, but rather than clicking the mouse, the player taps and holds. The search button used to be able to change the camera to and from third person view, but now this has to be done via the pause screen, and the menu and back buttons will open the pause screen. To open the inventory screen, tap the triple dotted button on the right of the hot bar. You can touch and hold an item in the hot bar to throw it, and if the hot bar contains a stack of items, it will throw the entire stack. You cannot divide it unless interfacing with a container (chest, furnace).
 Xperia PLAY
*Controlled with slide out PlayStation keyboard:
- Open inventory
- Scroll right in hotbar
- Jump (press twice to toggle flying mode in Creative*)
- Scroll left in hotbar
Left Touchpad: Sneak
Right Touchpad: Look/Turn
L1: Break Blocks
R1: Place Blocks
- * To fly: Press jump twice in a row. To fly higher, hold the jump button and press up on the directional pad. To fly downward, hold jump and press down. (Creative Only)
 Tablet features
All devices have an option to enable Split Touch Controls, which may be more suitable for bigger screens. There is a cross hair and the right half of the screen lets the player rotate the camera.
Other than the screen size difference allowing 6 slots in the hotbar (which as of 0.7.0 if the D-pad on other devices is small, you get an extra slot), the tablet version of the game is the same as other versions, hence the ability to play multiplayer cross-platform with other devices.
 System requirements
|Version||Android 2.3.7 "Gingerbread" (MCPE 0.7.2 & under require Android 2.3.0 and up)||iOS 5.0 (MCPE 0.7.2 & under require iOS 4.3.3 and up)|
|Processor||Any with support of floating-point calculations ("ARM-v7a code")||600 MHz ARMv7 Cortex CPU
800 MHz Apple A4 CPU
|Storage||Varies||5.4 MB (100 MB to 1 GB is encouraged for world saving)|
|Data Connection||Optional (Realms access)||Optional (Realms access)|
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
|iPod Touch (3rd, 4th, and 5th Generation)
iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C)
iPad (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Generation, Air)
iPad Mini (1st and 2nd Generation, Retina display)
Some devices below these specifications have been known to work fine either with or without custom ROM images, kernels, and overclocking of the CPU. However, the CPU "MSM7227" is not supported due to its lack of the floating-point unit.
 Helpful Hints & Tips
- Make sure your battery is charged, and/or plugged in (3D gaming drains the battery quickly).
- Get used to the controls before playing on servers (it is easy to mine the block under a torch by mistake).
- Tap and hold an item in the hotbar to drop it.
- Know the difference between Hostile and non-hostile mobs. If you are entirely new to Minecraft, a simple trick can be used to differentiate: Hostiles will approach and follow you, passives will ignore you.
- Know how to apply armor and manage your health. Armor is next to the Crafting tab in the inventory screen.
- Peer-to-peer networking requires UDP port 19132
- If you're having trouble with block placement/mining accuracy - turn on split touch controls. This brings up the crosshair from the PC and Xbox versions to allow more precise placement.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed by hostile mobs, turn on Peaceful mode in the options menu. Since 0.7.0 you need to move the difficulty slider to the left.
- If you are looking for diamonds, they spawn deep underground, near bedrock, roughly on the 10-16th layers.
- Players can have skins on the iOS version and Android by replacing char.png in the app file. However, the chosen skin will appear as another player's skin if playing over local Wi-Fi.
- In the demo video, before the game was released, smooth lighting was available. It was taken out due to bugs being produced on a wide range of devices. As of 0.7.0, it is on by default and can be toggled in Options under the "Experimental" section, meaning that it is still under testing.
- Worlds played before 0.3.0 update had the other wool and sugar cane blocks.
- The terrain.png file in the APK file found on Android devices is nearly identical to that in the PC version, containing textures for items unimplemented in the Pocket Edition (e.g., cauldron, End Portal).
- It is possible to play multiplayer over Bluetooth even though it is not coded into the game. Tutorial here. (not available since iOS 6)
- The Indev wall is also cut by the height limit allowing players to go over it.
- By placing ladders on the TOP of blocks at the edge of a map (stacking ladders on the top of ladders also works) it is possible to place ladders on the Indev wall as if it were a solid block.
- Blocks that "snap to" other blocks such as torches, glass panes, and fences will "snap to" the indev wall as if it were an existing block. Torches only do this if an attempt is made to place them on a block they can't be placed on such as ladders.
- The rose is textured to a cyan color. Even though its considered a rose, it cannot be crafted into dye; rose red dye is obtained by smelting red mushrooms instead.
- If you have any kind of modifier or command to give yourself any item in the Minecraft entity folder (e.g. iron door) the background of the non-existing entity will appear red meaning it does not exist or was never meant to.
- The average placing/destroying block range is 4-6 on the PC version but for the iOS/Android is 6-9.
- Baby animals are in Pocket Edition, but spawn naturally (or with spawn eggs in Creative); animals cannot be actually bred yet, But breeding is planned for 0.8.0.
- Skeletons are significantly less accurate and fast in Pocket Edition than PC or Xbox, making them easier to fight.
- Zombie Pigmen are missing the hat layer of their texture on their heads.
- Zombie Pigmen are NOT neutral in Pocket Edition. They will attack you on sight, and inflict heavy damage in groups. (Only from a shorter distance, compared to regular distance. [Bug?] ) Considering they only spawn from the Nether Reactor, this means they can be very difficult to fight: You must collect the items as well as deal with the Zombie Pigmen, while in a relatively small space.
- In Creative mode, there are spawn eggs for passive mobs, but not hostile mobs. This is because hostile mobs are still aggressive in creative mode, and this is probably going to be changed.
- Before 0.7.0, players on fire would see 2 transparent orange panels in front of their face that resembled the water texture from iPhone versions, or the old water in Minecraft.
- On Kindle Fire, updates won't appear until a long time after the update is released, however, due to the Kindle Fire being based off a modified Android OS, if you hold the current MCPE in your menu, and press "Remove from Device", then you can afterwards download any android MCPE update .apk file, tap on it in a file manager that you can download from the appstore, and install it normally, allowing you to play an update before any other Kindle Fire user, provided you find a .apk of an MCPE update download link on the internet or by transferring it from an Android device to a Kindle Fire, using a computer. (Not really the case anymore. The Amazon App Store skipped the version 0.7.3 update.)
- Due to the auto-jump feature, if one opens the inventory or pause menu at the same time as jumping or swimming, one can go on auto-pilot and the player would jump, walk and/or swim without any commands. Auto-pilot ends once the pause menu or inventory is closed.
- In 0.7.3, the moving title screen in the background is copied from the PC Edition of Minecraft.
- In version 0.7.3, a bug known as duplication was a major glitch for players. The glitch occurs if you put items in a chest and exit out of the game, get your items back from the chest, then walk far away, delete the history of minecraft, then come back to the chest, the items are there even though you have them in your inventory.
- There is a bug where zombies, skeleton and spiders have incorrect health. Skeletons and zombies have 40 hearts while spiders have 14, making them easier to fight.
- Taking a bow and charging it to full power and releasing it while changing to bone meal turns the bonemeal into an ink sac (glitch).
- Doing the same thing with any other item with different data values (like wool, wood, buckets, etc.) will change them into one type. (wool turns white, wood becomes oak, buckets empty)
- As of 0.7.4, Tall grass is in the game's Realms files, as revealed in-game in some Realms servers. Note that tall grass cannot be placed and does not appear in singleplayer worlds. Tall grass in singleplayer will be added in 0.9.0. (Tall Grass [via inventory editing] is really the Dead Bush; Tall Grass's item texture is a grey Tall Grass, but when placed it is the Dead Bush.)
- During the lite version, there was a hack where you obtain any kind of block and it will be in the menu with the amount for infinity. You can also change gamemodes and TNT was ignited by hand.
Notch and the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
Main menu before 0.7.0 Alpha
The options screen in the iOS version before 0.7.0 Alpha
The Zombie Pigman in the game. It's naturally hostile.
- The name of "Rose" was introduced in 0.5.0