Finally, Mojang is doing justice to Minecraft Pocket Edition. I was not a fan of the original release of Minecraft for iOS and Android. It was a shallow port, lacking the polish, features, and sheer awesome that its PC cousin had. And at its outrageous price, I believed Eden was a better a purchase. Anyways, onto the update.
Version 0.3.2 of Minecraft Pocket edition added furnaces. Now it’s possible to smelt brick or glass, and create sheers, instead of having an infinite amount in your inventory. Among other smeltable items are iron bars and gold bars. Trees now drop saplings, meaning you can grow trees. For survival mode, it’s now possible to create tree farms. For creative mode, artsy people can build their dream garden for their dream condo. Now with gold, iron, and diamond ores, we can create stronger tools. More of a reason to go mining, other than create a pool (for the condo, right?).
I plant this lone sapling in honour of Lone swing
Sadly, this means survivalists may have to make new worlds to mine for ores.
Another sad fact: Mojang released this update with a known bug. A hefty bug too. Clicking on an empty furnace inventory slot will crash the game. Knowing Mojang and their sloth’s pace at releasing updates, we may be stuck with this bug for a while.
But this update is a step in the right direction for Minecraft Pocket Edition. This game is on the top 25 list for paid a iOS apps, but I have always been disappointed with what the game had to offer, compared to other — less expensive — similar games. Eden and Junk Jack to name a few. The reason for my criticism, however, is I have played Minecraft since before its discovery. I still play the PC version, so when I load the pocket edition, I tend to compare the two, finding that Minecraft Pocket Edition feels like a Chinese replica. I guess it’s like I’m watching Minecraft being developed all over again.
Now all I’m waiting for his red stone circuits.