The Minecraft port for iOS has had plenty of mining in it since its launch late last year, and now it's getting infinitely more crafty with the latest update. The building sim/monster survival sandbox game with an 8-bit twist now lets you create a whole bunch of blocks to reassemble in your world as you see fit, just like the PC version. When you first drop into your Minecraft world, it's more or less a blank slate, but after gathering basic resources (and now combining them to make new types of blocks), you can build some pretty incredible things. You can even invite friends to build with you if they're in the same Wi-Fi network. Here's a full changelog for today's update:
- Crafting added
- New mobs: Cows, Chickens
- New sounds
- New inventory
- All items need to be gathered, except Shears, Bricks & Glass.
- New blocks and items: Crafting Table, Brick Slabs, Brick Stairs, Cobblestone Slab, Snow, Stick, Wooden Slab, Dandelion Yellow, Wooden Axe, Shovel, Pickaxe, Sword, Bowl, Sugar, Book, Paper & Coal
- Added bookshelves to Survival Mode (you need to craft)
Minecraft made its big debut on Android, in particular on the Sony Xperia Play with a creepy and awesome contest involving Kristen Schaal, detailed in the video below. The Android version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition is also getting updated today with crafting, which is good news for iPhone users because servers are cross-platform. Hopefully the cross-platform goodness will extend to the thriving PC community at some point too, but for now, Minecraft is still a great pick for folks who are more interested in building something in video games rather than destroying.
I've been keeping tabs on Minecraft since it had its closed beta for PC, and it's definitely the sort of thing I could spend an unhealthy amount of time being lost in. Any heavy-duty Minecraft players out there? What's the most impressive thing you've built in the game? Bonus points for pictures.