We’re unabashed fans of Mojang’s Minecraft, and we’ve been waiting forever for the popular block-based exploration game to hit the iPad. Now it’s just twelve or so hours away from being here, but for those of us hoping for the full Minecraft experience, think again.
The iOS version of Minecraft is called Minecraft: Pocket Edition and for those of us who love the game’s adventure mode, we’re just $%@! out of blocks. Unlike the desktop version’s robust adventure mode featuring craftable items, weapons and armor, dragons,underground dungeons, hellish alternate dimensions and even NPCs, Minecraft: Pocket Edition is basically just a world of LEGO blocks, in which you are the sole builder.
For some, that’s probably enough to warrant the $9.99 asking price for Minecraft: Pocket Edition, but if you’re used to the desktop version, it’s a significant step down in functionality. That said, maybe it’ll get more capable in time: Minecraft’s desktop version initially launched with a similarly slim feature set. In fact, it was just a building block game, and look what Notch and Co. built over time. Fingers crossed!