Minecraft Pocket Edition - Free Download & Review

Are you a Minecraft freak and love building and creating with all your favourite blocks?

Would you love to take the game everywhere with you and have it ready and no further away than right in your pocket?

Well folks, your dreams just came true – we present you Minecraft Pocket Edition. (including Minecraft Pocket Edition download links)

Minecraft Pocket Edition: First Steps and Download Releases

Minecraft PE is a special version of the original game developed and created by Mojang AB for mobile devices. Initially it was launched for Sony Ericonsson’s Xperia PLAY only and available on Google Play for $6.99 on 16th August, 2011 followed by a releases for more Android devices on October 6. The Pocket Edition for Apple’s iOS was released a little later in November and was available for 7.99$ on the Appstore. It then took almost 10 months for Mojang to release a version that could be bought on Amazon’s Appstore. On 2nd April, 2014 Minecraft Pocket Edition was released for Amazon’s Fire TV and included full support of the Fire TV controller technology.

In December 2013 Mojang announced that they had cracked the mark of 16.5 million sold copies of Minecraft Pocket edition, while at the same time the PC edition had been sold a little more than 13 million times. There was a followup-up to this announcement in April 2014 when Jens Bergensten aka. Jeb stated that the trend of late 2013 had continued and that PE had now been sold more than 21 million times, while PC edition had sold 14.8 million times. These numbers are a huge success and very confusing at the same time considering the fact that the PC version had been available for purchase much longer than PE and PE being considered to be the least developed version of all of Mojang’s Minecraft versions.


Even though a few things have changed it’s still Minecraft and so no one was surprised that the game’s main objective stayed the same and you’re still able to create and play around with blocks as much and as long as you want (or your battery allows you to). One of the before mentioned changes are a few missing Survival features, i.e. hunger and redstone circuits. However, Mojang has already announced they will be releasing updates on a regular basis to make the Pocket Edition more and more alike to the original game and therefore more complete.

Multiplayer mode is available too and is not restricted to specific devices or operating systems – you can play with your friends even if you’re on an Android device and they’re on iOS. The player interface (HUD) have been adapted to mobile device standards and the gameplay itself is pretty intuitive. Any kind of interaction is made through your touch screen and is exactly the same on Android and iOS. In order to make the gameplay more fluent and reduce complexity developers decided to get rid of a couple features. The biggest change due to this decision is the new MATTIS crafting system which has been specifically created for Minecraft Pocket Edition. Another change is the way players dispose of items (you have to long-tap the icon on the hotbar).

Graphics never were an issue when playing Minecraft and surely never were a reason to play or not to play Minecraft. PE’s first release came with graphics similar to the PC’s Alpha version which was heavily criticised by the community and quickly answered by Mojang with update 0.8.0 which brought significantly better graphics almost better than on the PC version. For instance, shadow and light effects with dynamic shading which is affected by the sun’s movement is a feature PC gamers can’t experience right now, but if you’re on your mobile device you can. Additionally to that the max. render distance is noticeably greater, which results in an increased viewing distance.

Pocket Edition vs. PC – The differences

In an interview MarkusPersson aka. Notch stated that he and his developing team are trying to make Minecraft Pocket Edition as similar as possible without making it the same game. What this basically means is that the game’s main features remain the same, while a few major and very noticeable changes have been made to make the game a pleasant experience on mobile devices. The two biggest changes are the already mentioned MATTIS crafting system (click here to read more about it) and the much smoother and more vibrant graphics than the PC version, but there are more. For instance, you won’t find the Nether in PE, because it’s been replaced with the Nether Reactor. This is a device that when placed in a certain way, using cobblestone and gold, will create a huge ‚netherrac fortress‘ which takes up an incredible amount of free space. On activation of the core Zombie Pigmen spawn and are naturally hostile towards players. There are also new item additions to the game, i.e. the beetrot, as well as beetroot seeds and beetroup soup which are items exclusive to PE. The root can be used to restore one HP or can be crafted into soup to recover a lot more HP.

Tablet specific features

While all suitable mobile devices, no matter if it’s a smartphone or tablet can run Minecraft Pocket Edition, there are a few minor differences between the phone version and the one that’s played on a tablet. Aside from obvious visual differences due to the bigger screen when playing on a tablet players can actually use a cross hair and use the right half of the screen to move and rotate the camera. Additionally to that, Split Touch Controls have been made available for tablet users, which can be enabled if wished. However, this feature may only be a useful addition on bigger screens while it can be rather annoying and disturbing on smaller ones.

Getting started on Minecraft Pocket Edition

Step 1 – Buying the game

PE is available for $6.99USD on Google Play and can be downloaded to almost any Android device that’s running on Android 2.3+ If you can’t afford this price, then there’s alway the possibility to play the free demo version, which unfortunately is heavily restricted and only a teaser for the full game at best. So we definitely recommend going for the full version, since you won’t be having much fun with the demo version.


Step 2 – Getting used to the world and the controls

The controls can be a little confusing at first and might need some getting used to, which is why we recommend you take some time to play around with them. Moving around is pretty easy, however it took us some time to figure out how to fly. To spare you the trouble and save you some time: Flying (creative mode only): Hold down jump

Step 3 – Start crafting

As soon as you’ve got a crafting table you can start crafting blocks, tools, weapons and much more. The way crafting works in general hasn’t changed and therefore if you’ve played Minecraft before you shouldn’t find crafting in Pocket Edition hard.

Step 4 – Build a home

You should consider building a house for several reasons. To do so you first have to find a nice spot with a lot of free space. We recommend building a small shelter for the first few nights, since you most likely won’t be able to finish a whole house in just 1 day and eventually turn your shelter into a house.

Step 5 – Get your smelt on

If you want to process any metal you’ll need a furnace to smelt it in. In order to get your furnace you’ll need 8 cobblestones which can be easily obtained by taking down stone with a pickhaxe.

Step 6 – Mine! That’s what your here for, isn’t it?

To start your career as a professional block miner, you need to have the right tools. The bare minimum should be a stone pickhaxe (iron pickhaxes are to be preferred though) and a couple of torches so you can actually see what you’re doing down there. However, if you want to do things right we highly recommend you prepare yourself a little more: Get a pickhaxe, a shovel, at least 30 cobblestone and 1-2 buckets. You might also want to consider taking some food and a sword down there (you never know, right?)

Step 7 – Create whatever the heck you want!

Once you’ve got the hang of how to stay alive at night and mine like a boss, it’s time to dream big. Start building whatever comes to mind. No project is too big! ..unless it’s actually too big for your mobile device’s SD card, but we highly doubt that is ever going to happen.

Minecraft Pocket Edition – Conclusion

Alrighty boys and girls, by now you should know anything and everything there is to know about Minecraft Pocket Edition. We’ve told you how PE has become what it is today and where it’s headed and you know the most important differences between the Pocket Edition and the PC version. All that’s left to do for you is download the game for free, right here on MINECRAFTlicious and start building your very own virtual block world.