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Indie sensation Minecraft coming to iPhone, Android

Minecraft is one of those rags-to-riches stories that's becoming increasingly common in today's casual gaming marketplace. What began as a simplistic game of building blocks has since sold over a million copies and is now heading to a wider audience on the iPhone and Android platforms.

In a recent interview, developer Mojang said it had been in discussions with third-party developers about the possibility of bringing Minecraft to smartphone platforms, but eventually came to the conclusion it should "do the iOS/Android version of Minecraft in-house." The phone ports are set to release later this year, while the PC version technically remains in beta with 1.3 million paid downloads.

Mojang founder Markus Persson has said the iOS version won't receive the same updates as the primary game, but it will still see features that "make sense" for the touch-screen device. We can assume the same for the Android version as well.

Minecraft's premise is so simple it's genius - players are given the ability to create as many blocks as they want, and then use those blocks to create statues, buildings, landscapes or anything their mind can concieve. This has of course led to countless jaw-dropping creations.


Above: Like this Link to the Past recreation, all done with Minecraft

How many of you are already addicted to Minecraft? Do you think a handheld version will further bury you in time-sapping blocks, or will these portable ports be dismissed in favor of the real deal?

[Source: Kotaku and Gamasutra]

Feb 22, 2011

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10 comments

  • Kenzo - February 23, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    im already imbedded pretty deep in the pc version. I've already recreated Ganon's tower from OOT, (swirly lava pit and rainbow bridge included) and built a castle next to it so we could be neighbors :D. i think thats my proudest minecraft moment. not sure about this newfangled portable version though, whether or not i purchase it will be based on whether or not it has all the features of the pc version
  • renegade2013 - February 23, 2011 4:54 a.m.

    they should have on xbox live and PSN.
  • HankVenture - February 23, 2011 4:16 a.m.

    just tried the free simple version and I gotta say, I could see myself spending hours and hours on it I mean I just spent the past 2 hours having a blast. I think a portable version would be nice.
  • SuGaReeBoY - February 23, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    Yay, now I can not get bug fixes on two platforms!
  • Roflcopter2012 - February 23, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    yah im hooked on the game.. dont know how they would make the phone controller work though...
  • Vitreosity - February 23, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    Hank, it's fun regardless. I've become totally addicted to my own personal world, and while working with friends would be fin, it's nice to have something that is yours and only yours. Totally worth the 20 bucks.
  • HankVenture - February 23, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    I really love the whole idea of this game and I really want it but I don't have any friends that would build and join me.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 23, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    Dammit to hell, Persson. Without you, I'd have free time, but nooo, you had to go and make this! FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUck yes!
  • Hullonotna - February 23, 2011 1:13 a.m.

    Own a blackberry torch so I will have to wait. minecraft is brilliant
  • Trogdor95592 - February 23, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Thanks Mojang, you just totally destroyd my social life!

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