Pocket Edition Alpha

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Pocket Edition Alpha
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Starting version

v0.1.0 alpha (August 16, 2011)

Latest version

alpha 0.17.0.2 (November 18, 2016)

Paid

Yes

Alpha was the first development phase of Pocket Edition, developed for over 5 years, from August 16, 2011, to November 18, 2016. Alpha was succeeded by the full release of Pocket Edition 1.0.0 on December 19, 2016.

Features[edit]

Blocks
  • Water color can be changed in cauldrons by adding dyes. This dyed water can be used to dye items such as leather armor.
  • Cauldrons can store potions, and will make an explosion sound (not a real explosion) if potions are mixed, making the potions disappear. Potions in cauldrons can be used to make a tipped arrow.
  • Chest are directional; adjacent chests will not connect to form a large chest if they are facing different directions. Chests can be placed next to a large chest horizontally.
  • Glowing obsidian, which replaced the nether reactor core after a Nether reactor is generated.
  • Invisible bedrock which generates at the edges of the world.
  • Nether reactor core, which was used to generate Nether reactors before the addition of the Nether.
  • Stonecutters, used to craft stone-related items as there was not enough space in the crafting system. Are different to the stonecutters currently found in-game.
  • Update game block, which appears when a world with blocks added in a newer version is loaded in an older version.
Items
World generation
  • Biomes that would exceed the 128-block height are shrunk to fit in, although the maximum tall block is 256 block height limit.
  • Far lands in infinite worlds generate Far Lands since X/Z: ±12,550,821, like prior to Java Edition Beta 1.8.
  • Old world type
    • Generates as a finite world 256 blocks in length and width.
    • Nether and end portals cannot be activated.
  • Nether reactor, which was used before the addition of the Nether: generates a large spire made of netherrack.
  • Fallen trees, which are composed of a trunk lying on its side, sometimes with vines and mushrooms, and a stump one to two blocks away in the direction the rings are facing.
  • Flat world type
Gameplay
  • The HUD and other elements are adapted to mobile standards of gameplay. Interactions are made via touchscreen (both the iOS and Android versions of Pocket Edition have the same gameplay[1]).
  • Multiplayer allows for four ways of player connection:
    • Through LAN, which allows 5 players to be on a single world.
    • Through Pocket Realms; Pocket Realms was closed in Alpha 0.7.6 and was available again in Alpha 0.15.0.
    • Through a user-created external server.
    • Through Xbox Live.
General
  • Add-ons, used to change the way things the game look and behave.
  • Behavior packs, used to change behavior of entities.
  • World templates, which can be used to import world from outside.
  • To comply with the disadvantages of touchscreen gameplay, several features of crafting were revised. For instance, crafting uses the MATTIS system, and items are disposed by long-tapping their icon on the toolbar. For better visibility on mobile screens, blocks being aimed at are highlighted rather than outlined. Unlike mobile's crafting menu, Windows 10 Edition 's crafting menu is similar to the Java Edition and Legacy Console Edition crafting menu.
  • The game was released with graphics akin to that of Java Edition Alpha, such as bright green grass blocks.Later on in development the graphics were updated to be more like Java Edition 's.
  • Skins have extra pixels on the skin model, and multiple skin packs are available.

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