Crafted ($0.99) by domp is a game of mining your surroundings, turning them into different materials, and then using them to construct just about anything you can think of.
The graphics, crafting, and construction system is strongly based on the PC game Minecraft, and being set in a two-dimensional environment like that seen in Terraria (also a PC based game). However, it is not officially affiliated with either.
Once you’ve chosen a name, you’ll be given a computer generated world, which is infinitely large (in principle anyway). You may be able to build just about anything you like, but you’ll have to start with a house. It doesn’t have to be fancy; it just has to protect you for your first night.
The game will periodically change from day to night. During the day, you’re free to go where you like and do as you please. At night, however, zombies will come running along that will want to eat you alive. You can construct weapons as you progress, but your first and most important defense is having somewhere to run and hide.
Make sure you never die. You’ll be allowed to respawn if you do, but you’ll lose all your current resources and a lot of what you’ve built may be destroyed.
In addition to weapons, you can create many additional items, such as axes for quicker wood harvesting, a furnace to deal with metals, and wooden structures like ladders and doors.
Crafted is a lot of fun and the initial iTunes Store reviews are very positive. The only real complaint is that the controls are quite difficult to master. They aren’t intuitive at all, but are explained in the “How to play” section accessed from the main menu. There is still a touch of awkwardness once you know what they are, but with a little practice, you’ll be working them like a pro.
It remains to be seen how long this game will stay in the iTunes Store considering how strongly and openly it is based on the above PC games. Their names even appear on the main menu screen so there’s really no attempt to hide it at all.
If you enjoy open games where you decide how to shape the environment around you, and especially if you enjoy Minecraft or Terraria, Crafted is definitely the iPhone’s answer for you.