July 17, 2012
In our initial review of Minecraft – Pocket Edition, we weren't shy about spotlighting the weaknesses of the mobile version. However, Mojang has made big strides in enhancing the experience to better satisfy longtime Minecraft fans. First, it was expanded gameplay through the Survival mode addition, then the "crafting" update, and now a little of both new content and functionality. The biggest change included in v0.3.2 is "smelting." The introduction of furnaces means no more unlimited items, although, it's not a big loss since every available block can be gathered and manipulated via crafting or smelting. Speaking of more crafty crafting, three significant ores are now in the picture. Gather diamond, gold, and iron to create great new tools and other items, plus smelt them for more potent creations. The possibilities are certainly growing, and even literally. When you gather leaves using shears, saplings will now appear. These tiny trees will eventually grow up big and strong, providing replenished beauty and additional resources to harvest. From the maintenance department, some graphics processing glitches have been fixed, but a new glitch did make it through quality control. Mojang notes that the "game may crash when clicking on empty furnace inventory slot." Minecraft – Pocket Edition is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later, and available in the App Store for $6.99.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition