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Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the mobile version of Minecraft developed by Mojang AB. It was initially launched exclusively for the Xperia PLAY on Google Play for US$6.99 on August 16, 2011. It was later released for other Android devices on the 7th of October 2011. Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS devices was released on Thursday, the 17th of November 2011 on the iOS App Store. On September 13, 2012, the Pocket Edition was made available for purchase on the Amazon Appstore. On April 2, 2014, the Pocket Edition was released for the Amazon Fire TV, with support for the Fire TV's controller. A demo/lite version of the game, which was essentially version 0.2.1 without world save functionality, was available until October 21, 2013. On December 10, 2014, the Windows Phone version was released on the Windows Store.

Gameplay

The game has the same objective as its more developed PC and console (Xbox and PS3) counterparts, where players can make or do whatever they want in a sanbox environment. However, it lacks certain elements present in other versions of the game such as brewing and hunger, and lacks bosses and dimensions. The Multiplayer mode is cross-platform compatible between all touch-screen devices capable of running the Pocket Edition.

The HUD and other elements are adapted to mobile standards of gameplay. Interactions are made via touchscreen (both the iOS and Android versions of Pocket Edition have the same gameplay). To comply with the disadvantages of touchscreen gameplay, several features were revised. For instance, the crafting system uses the wikipedia:MATTIS system and items are disposed by long-tapping their icon on the hotbar. For better visibility on mobile screens, blocks being aimed at are highlighted rather than outlined. The game was released with graphics akin to that of Minecraft Alpha, but as of the 0.8.0 update, graphics have become equivalent, and arguably better, than the PC version with light tinting and shading affected by the Sun's position. Differences from the PC edition include:

  • Each mob has some sort of difference from their PC counterparts.
  • Multiplayer allows for 3 ways of player connection:
    • Through a LAN, allowing for 10 players to be on a single server
    • Through Minecraft Realms (as of version 0.7.1) Minecraft Realms was closed in 0.7.6
    • Through a user-created external servers (as of version 0.7.4)
    • Soulsand cannot be found in the Creative inventory.
    • Zombies still drop feathers.

Blocks

Icon Name Note
Air Unobtainable
30px Stone Old sounds (Android)
30px Granite Can be used to craft stone bricks
30px Polished granite Can be used to craft stone bricks
30px Diorite Can be used to craft stone bricks
30px Polished diorite Can be used to craft stone bricks
30px Andesite Can be used to craft stone bricks
30px Polished andesite Can be used to craft stone bricks
30px Grass block Seeds can be gathered from it by using a hoe; Can grow underwater (bug); Incorrect mining sounds (Android); Unavailable in Survival inventory
30px Dirt Old sounds (Android); Dv 1 is not coarse
30px Podzol Unobtainable in survival inventory
30px Mycelium Unobtainable in survival inventory
30px Cobblestone Old sounds (Android)
30px Cobblestone wall Old sounds (Android)
30px Mossy cobblestone wall Old sounds (Android)
Wooden planks Wooden Planks All six types; Tagged as "(woodtype) Planks", Old sounds (Android)
30px Sapling Does not support gravity blocks (iOS)
30px Bedrock Can be broken in creative, using hacks in survival. Old sounds (Android)
Barrier Unobtainable in inventory without editing
Generates as a world border; Creates X-ray vision; Projectiles can be thrown through it; Can be walked on at world height limit; Tagged as .name, Looks like a sheet of stone when held; Does not have barrier particles; Dv is 95
30px Water Does not affect block breaking speed; Block breaking/mining animation not visible through it; Does not emit water particles; No flowing sound
30px Lava Old texture; No sound
30px Monster egg Indestructible
30px Monster spawner Can spawn mobs inside the spawner
30px End portal frame Not functional
30px End stone Creative mode exclusive
30px Sand Old sounds (Android); Unaffected by torches and other similar nonsolid blocks
30px Gravel Old sounds (Android); Unaffected by torches and other similar nonsolid blocks
30px Hardened clay Old sounds (Android)
30px Stained clay Old sounds (Android)
30px Gold ore Old sounds (Android); Spawns at any level in mesa biomes
30px Iron ore Old sounds (Android)
30px Coal ore Unobtainable in Survival inventory; Old sounds (Android)
30px Wood Tagged as "(woodtype) Log", Old sounds (Android)
30px Leaves All six types; Jungle is opaque regardless of graphics settings
30px Glass Old walking sounds (Android)
30px Lapis lazuli ore Unobtainable in Survival inventory; Old sounds (Android)
30px Lapis lazuli block Old sounds (Android)
30px Sandstone 3 out of 6 types (all yellow, no red); Old sounds (Android); Chiseled and Smooth Sandstone tagged as "Sandstone"
30px Bed Spawns the player even if missing or obstructed
30px Wool All colors; Light blue wool tagged as "Blue Light Wool" (bug?)
30px Carpet Solid; Light blue carpet is tagged as "Blue Light Carpet" (bug?)
30px Grass
30px Fern Can be grown from grass with bone meal
30px Lily pad
30px Vines Cannot craft mossy stone bricks
30px Cocoa pod Can't be grown without bone meal (bug)
30px Dead bush
30px Dandelion Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Poppy Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Blue orchid Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Allium Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Azure bluet Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Tulip Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Oxeye daisy Cannot support gravity affected blocks
30px Sunflower Cannot support gravity affected blocks, Top half can be replaced by other blocks
30px Lilac Cannot support gravity affected blocks, Top half can be replaced by other blocks
30px Rose bush Cannot support gravity affected blocks, Top half can be replaced by other blocks
30px Peony Cannot support gravity affected blocks, Top half can be replaced by other blocks
30px Brown mushroom
30px Red mushroom Can be smelted to make Red dye
30px Huge mushroom 4 types available to place (red, brown, stalk, pores), Unobtainable in survival inventory
30px Block of gold Old sounds (Android); Required for the nether reactor
30px Block of iron Old sounds (Android); Does not create golems
30px Block of coal Old sounds (Android)
30px Stone slab Old sounds (Android)
30px Wooden slab All six types; Tagged as (woodtype) Wooden Slab; Old sounds (Android); Old stone type slabs are tagged as Fake Wood Slab and drop oak slabs
30px Sandstone slab Old sounds (Android)
30px Cobblestone slab Old sounds (Android)
30px Brick slab Old sounds (Android)
30px Quartz Slab Old sounds (Android); Uses the Seamless texture
30px Stone brick slab Old sounds (Android)
30px Bricks Old sounds (Android)
30px TNT Old explosion sound; Old animation; More destructive to rock-type blocks
30px Bookshelf Old sounds (Android)
30px Moss stone Old sounds (Android)
30px Obsidian Faster to mine; Does not create Portals; Old sounds (Android)
30px Glowing obsidian Exclusive block; Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Torch Old sounds (Android); Old rendering
30px Fire
30px Wooden stairs All six types; Old sounds (Android); Tagged as "(woodtype) Stairs"
30px Chest Old walking sounds (Android)
Must face the same direction as an adjacent chest to make a Large Chest, otherwise it creates two adjacent chests
Breaking particles concur with texture; No crack animation; Texture remains default on Christmas Day; Old texture in inventory
30px Diamond ore Unobtainable in survival inventory; Old sounds (Android)
30px Block of diamond Old sounds (Android)
30px Emerald ore
30px Block of emerald
30px Crafting table Old sounds (Android)
30px Stonecutter Exclusive block
30px Wheat crops Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Hay bale
30px Farmland Old sounds (Android);
30px Furnace Old sounds (Android); Smelting progress speed persists when out of fuel
30px Sign Block form unobtainable in inventory without editing; Old sounds (Android); No crack animation
30px Wooden door Old walking sounds (Android); Oak only; Not stackable; Only crafts one; Block form unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Iron door Cannot be opened; Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Ladder Old sounds (Android); No climbing sound
30px Cobblestone stairs Tagged as "Stone Stairs"; Old sounds (Android)
30px Redstone ore Unobtainable in survival inventory; Old sounds (Android)
30px Snow layer Does not stack into layers; Does not reform; Old sounds
30px Ice Unobtainable in survival inventory; Not translucent; Old sounds (Android); Does not reform
30px Packed ice Unobtainable in inventory. Uses normal ice texture
30px Snow Does not create golems; Old sounds
30px Cacti Grows against blocks (bug); Hitting its side with a sign causes it to collapse
30px Clay Old sounds (Android)
30px Sugar canes Can be grown with bone meal; Block form unobtainable in inventory without editing.
30px Fence Old sounds (Android); All six types except nether brick
30px Netherrack Old sounds (Android)
30px Glowstone Old sounds (Android)
30px Cake
30px Wooden trapdoor Old walking sounds (Android); Wooden only; Can only be placed on bottom half of blocks; Tagged as Trapdoor
30px Stone bricks All four types; Three variants not craftable, chiseled is Creative mode exclusive; Old sounds (Android); Mossy, chiseled, and cracked stone bricks tagged as "Stone Bricks"
30px Glass pane Does not attach to iron bars; Old walking sounds (Android); Old sounds (iOS); Old rendering.
30px Iron bars Does not attach to glass pane; Old sounds (Android), Old rendering
30px Melon Old sounds (Android)
30px Melon stem Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Pumpkin Not wearable; Does not create golems; Old sounds (Android)
30px Jack o'lantern Old sounds (Android)
30px Pumpkin Stem Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Carrot crop Stone sounds when broken (bug); Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Potato crop Stone sounds when broken (bug); Unobtainable in inventory without editing
30px Beetroot crop Exclusive block; Stone sounds when broken (bug); Unobtainable in inventory without editing.
30px Rail Old sounds (Android)
30px Powered rail Always powered; Old sounds (Android)
30px Fence gate Old walking sounds (Android); All six types
30px Stone brick stairs Old sounds (Android)
30px Brick stairs Old sounds (Android)
30px Nether brick Old sounds (Android)
30px Nether brick stairs Old sounds (Android)
30px Sandstone stairs Tagged as "Sand Stone Stairs" (bug?); Old sounds (Android)
30px Block of quartz All three types; Pillar does not turn sideways; Old sounds (Android)
30px Quartz stairs Creative mode exclusive; Old sounds (Android)
30px Sponge Creative mode exclusive; Not functional; Old texture
30px Nether reactor core Exclusive block; Not functional in creative

Items

Icon Name Note
Template:EnvSprite Pickaxes, axes, hoes, shovels and swords They do Template:Hp less than PC 1.6.2 and later
30px Flint and steel Old sound
30px Apple
30px Carrot
30px Potato Can be used to breed pigs
30px Baked potato
30px Bow
30px Arrow Speed persists when under water
30px Coal
30px Charcoal
30px Redstone Not placeable
30px Clock Not functional in inventory or crafting menu
30px Compass Not functional in inventory or crafting menu
30px Minecart Emits smoke when destroyed; Not as solid to itself (attempting to stack them on top of each other results in them overlapping)
30px Diamond
30px Iron ingot
30px Gold ingot
30px Emerald Cannot be used for trading
30px Stick
30px Bowl
30px Mushroom stew
30px String
30px Feather
30px Gunpowder
30px All armor Leather armor cannot be dyed and has old texture when worn; Chain armor unobtainable without editing
30px Saddle Survival mode exclusive; Not functional
30px Flint
30px Raw porkchop
30px Cooked porkchop
30px Seeds
30px Wheat
30px Bread
30px Cookie
30px Painting All paintings except Wither and Aztec; Unobtainable exclusive paintings are "Earth", "Wind", "Fire", and "Water"
30px Bucket All four types; Milk is inedible; Can place anything if data value is changed
30px Snowball
30px Leather Not used in book's crafting recipe
30px Slimeball Not dropped by slimes; Unobtainable in inventory without editing.
30px Brick
30px Clay
30px Sugar canes
30px Paper
30px Book Uses old crafting recipe
30px Egg Spawns chickens with incorrect health (bug)
30px Glowstone Dust
30px Dye All 16 colors; cocoa beans crafted from orange dye and ink sac; Bone meal can be used on any block, wasting the bone meal (bug)
30px Bone
30px Sugar
30px Shears
30px Melon
30px Melon seeds Can be used to breed chickens
30px Pumpkin seeds Can be used to breed chickens
30px Pumpkin pie
30px Beetroot seeds Exclusive item; Tagged as Beetroots seeds
30px Beetroot Exclusive item
30px Beetroot soup Exclusive item
30px Raw beef
30px Steak
30px Raw chicken
30px Cooked chicken
30px Spawn egg
30px Nether brick
30px Nether quartz

Mobs

Icon Name Note
30px Sheep Has color overlay around its face and when sheared; Does not drop mutton
30px Chicken Can be bred with pumpkin, melon and beetroot seeds, but does follow if the player is holding such seeds.
30px Cow Old sounds
30px Mooshroom Old sounds; Mushrooms on mooshrooms appear to slightly glitch around when jumping (Bug); occasionally will jump atop a fence and twirl around in the air. Mushrooms on mooshrooms cause Z-fighting sometimes (bug)
30px Villager Cannot open doors, breed or trade; Flees from all hostile mobs; Runs faster than the player (bug?)
30px Wolf Collar not dyeable; Puppies may spawn naturally; Does not automatically attack sheep or skeletons; Does not get provoked when the player is attacked by a skeleton; Attacks creepers when tamed. If placed in a minecart, the wolf will glitch back and forth until the minecart is destroyed.
30px Pig Can be bred using beetroots or potatoes, as well as carrots.
ZombieFace Zombie Drops 0-2 feathers; Can only notice the player within a 16 block range; Cannot break doors; No baby or villager variants; Does not drop iron ingot; Does not use tools or armor
SkeletonFace Skeleton Holds bow with both hands and does not drop it; Old sounds, Old AI; Does not wear armor or use tools
SlimeFace Slime Does not drop slimeballs; Does not produce particles when it jumps. Can only be spawned as tiny.
30px Spider No stepping sounds; Missing an idle sound (iOS)
30px Silverfish Slightly different texture and AI; Will alert others if attacked
CreeperFace Creeper Old explosion sound; Old triggered animation; Old AI
30px Enderman No drops; Can only notice the player within a 16 block range; Gets provoked when looked at on its waist rather than face; Has an exclusive attack animation; For clients, it appears to move swiftly to destination when teleporting, rather than disappearing and reappearing.
ZombiePigmanFace Zombie pigman Missing "hat" layer; Arms are down; Exclusive attack animation; Naturally hostile; Appears to burn in sunlight; Slower speed; Does not make anger sounds when alone; No babies; Does not drop its sword; drops 1 gold ingot, feather and rarely carrots/potatoes; Old AI

Android & iOS

The Android and iOS versions feature a D-pad at the bottom-left corner of the screen, which controls movement. The jump button is located in the center of the d-pad. When moving forward, two strafing buttons will appear. Note that when moving towards an adjacent block that is one level higher than the player, the player will automatically jump up the block. One can place blocks by tapping the screen in a desired location. Destroying blocks is similar to the PC version's way, but rather than clicking the mouse, the player taps and holds. The search button used to be able to change the camera to and from third person view, but now this has to be done via the pause screen, and the menu and back buttons will open the pause screen. To open the inventory screen, tap the triple dotted button on the right of the hot bar. You can touch and hold an item in the hot bar to throw it, and if the hot bar contains a stack of items, it will throw the entire stack. You cannot divide it unless interfacing with a container (chest, furnace). [1]

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