APP OF THE DAY: Minecraft Pocket Edition (Android)

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Forget Angry Birds; if you want a real gaming time-sink, you want to be playing the blocky world creation/tower defence madness of Minecraft. A cult hit on PC’s, owners of Xperia Play gaming smartphones can now get their hands on the first Android based mobile build of the game.

Minecraft thrusts your blocky hero/architect into the middle of a randomly generated island. It’s then up to you to create tools, gather resources and build a fortification to defend against nasty monters and further explore the world around you.

Minecraft Pocket Edition at launch will focus on “creative aspects of Minecraft.” So far it’s just a create mode available, but in keeping with Minecraft’s PC roots, this is just an alpha build that will be built upon with future releases to include an adventure mode too. Take a sneak peak at what to expect in the video above.

Features in the first version include:

• Randomized worlds
• Build anything you can imagine
• Build with 36 different kinds of blocks
• Invite and play with friends to your world (local wireless network)
• Save multi-player worlds on your own phone

“We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience,” developers Mojang told Kotaku.

“You will be able to select blocks on the touchscreen or just scroll through them with the circle and square buttons on the Xperia Play device. The first version also supports multi-player on a local wireless network allowing you to create a world and invite friends to build together.”

Pick it up here from the Android Market for £4.26.

By Gerald Lynch | August 16th, 2011