Minecraft is the world's most popular online multiplayer not-quite-Lego creativity tool/game with 8-bit graphics and zombies. It's also an Android game. Until recently, though, Minecraft Pocket Edition was limited to creativity mode, only a few materials, and players lacked the ability to fly. Today, that all changes. Minecraft Pocket Edition just got a whole lot more like Minecraft Normal Edition with the addition of Survival Mode, plus a ton of other new features.


With version 0.2.0, the developer has added Survival mode which, for the uninitiated, is the only "game" part of this game. In Survival Mode, you need to find and collect materials you build with, hunt for food, and when the sun sets, hide from the monsters that want to kill you and destroy all your precious creations. If you prefer omnipotence, Creativity Mode has also added the ability to fly, just like the desktop version.

Minecraft PE doesn't have all the features of Minecraft proper, but new elements and mobs are being added. This edition adds sheep for food and zombies for killing you. No word yet on when we'll see exploding bush monsters or pigs. If you've been waiting for your chance to play around in Azeroth the Minecraft world on your phone, but lack motivation without violence, hit up the widgets below.

The demo version contains all the new features but, as always, you're not able to save your world in single-player, or copy multiplayer worlds to your phone. You also only have access to half of all available materials. You can access all the premium features in the full version for $6.99.

Thanks @Just_Reboot!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com Dei

    You're welcome!
    I'm truly awful at this game!

  • Ronnie

    Awesome, I love survival mode. Just building stuff was getting kinda boring.

  • Ian Stephenson

    So glad I bought this during the 10 cent sale.

  • http://androidcaching.com CraigRat

    Minecraft without crafting is still just 'Mine'

    Until it has crafting and non-infinite resources it will remain as boring as it is right now, creepers or no creepers.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      It looks like crafting is still in the works, but finite resources is part of the new Survival mode.

  • Hal Motley

    I'm updating this now as we speak and I have to say I am excited that Minecraft on my Samsung Galaxy S II is taking shape.

  • unrealtron

    It's great. Now they have to add crafting.

  • Dan

    The update is pretty meaningless other than the supposed fact that the groundwork is laid for future updates. Work faster mojang, I'm losing interest over here

    • Bob

      Thats very ungrateful. You should be happy there even working on it instead of being ignorant

      • CraigRat


        This is a game a lot of people have spent real dollars on.

        There's an expectation that the game will deliver more entertainment than it currently does. Mojang should be grateful for the money, not us being grateful for the game.

        • http://twitter.com/ChuckNadum Tyler J. Anderson

          Think of it this way, they are working on it from the ground up, just like the normal version. It'll get better eventually. You should be grateful for them even starting the android version.

  • Bobdog

    I played it for a few hours. The update is great and survival mode adds some suspense and urgency to the game. I can't wait for the other updates.