Here's hoping all of our readers are having a peaceful Mother's Day. If any of you gave your mom a Google Play Store gift certificate (and your mother is particularly fond of action games or weather widgets) you might point her towards this story for a few bargain-priced suggestions. Sega has a couple of their Android ported games on sale, and Minecraft is discounted over on Amazon. The surprisingly powerful eWeather HD/Radar HD is also on sale, along with the gaming-focused remote access suite Kainy.
Mojang may have a mortal fear of giving releases full version numbers, but that hasn't stopped the company from cranking out new features like mad. Today's update brings a slew of new blocks (including Nether Brick, Block of Quartz, and Sandstone), as well as the ability to build staircases in corners. Oh, and one other thing: the sky finally has clouds now.
The new goodies don't stop there, though. Gravity is also finally in full swing, so now things like sand will fall when the foundations beneath them are removed.
Minecraft - Pocket Edition may have one of the slowest development timelines around. Of course, the main reason we accept this almost Valve-ian wait is because every time we do get an update, it brings awesome stuff like friggin' Zombie Pigmen. Oh yeah, and the Nether Reactor that summons them, which is exclusive to the Pocket Edition. Heck yes.
The update also brings a few other new features, like paintings and mushroom farming.
Minecraft, the wildly popular online creativity toy, has also had a pocket version of itself in development for a while. Up until now, though, you could only really mine. As of today, though, Mojang, the company behind the game, has released version 0.3.0 that finally includes (and you may want to sit down for this one) crafting!
Up until this point, you've been able to scavenge around for materials, but if you wanted to do anything with them, you're stuck.
Visit the Android Market today and you'll see one of the spotlights is a sale: "10 Days of Offers: Top Premium Apps, 10¢ Per App." They're not kidding when they say premium, either; just check out today's deals:
- Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD
- Minecraft - Pocket Edition
- Swiftkey X
- Endomondo Sports Tracker
- Great Little War Game
- Sketchbook Mobile
- Fieldrunners HD
- Color & Draw for Kids (Phone)
- Paper Camera
... are all just 10¢ in celebration of 10 billion apps downloaded from the Android Marked.
Update: While the app has been updated and will install on all devices now (if they meet performance and memory requirements), please test for functionality using the demo version, here.
Here it is, Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Android - and it's no longer monopolized by Sony's XPERIA Play, as had been the case for the past several months.
This should work on your Android phone or tablet (Honeycomb included!), so get going!
If you've been holding back the jealousy since Minecraft's arrival on the Xperia Play, then a sigh of relief is in order -- Minecraft is coming to other Android devices on September 29th.
Just a bit ago, Daniel Kaplan from Mojang posted a video on his Twitter of Minecraft: Pocket Edition being played with touch controls along with the announcement that it will be available this Thursday, September 29th.
So, get ready Minecraft addicts outside of the Xperia Play world -- your time is almost here.
Minecraft, a game that attracted almost 12 million players, over 3 million of whom paid for it, has long been teased for Android by its creator Markus Persson of Mojang. As of today, it's finally available on the Android Market for $6.92 or as a free demo. As expected, the game is currently limited to the Xperia Play - the rest of us will just have to do away with this trailer:
So, are any Xperia Play owners picking the game up?
We've known that Minecraft is coming to Android for some time now - we even witnessed a video of the game in action on the Xperia Play back in May. What we didn't know, however, was when it would become available on the Market and how much it would cost for eager gamers to take everyone's favorite pixelated game with them on the go.
Thanks to an interview conducted at IGN with Minecraft's lead developer, Markus Persson, we now have some more details about the upcoming title.
It's no secret that Minecraft, a simple, yet amazingly addictive and immersive game, is coming to Android - we've been hearing about it for months. It's also no secret that the first version, exclusive to Xperia Play, will be unveiled at E3 in just a few weeks - the conference is scheduled for June 7th-9th.
However, what exactly the game would look and play like on a mobile Android device when it is released was unknown...