August 16, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Minecraft is addictive; or so I’ve been told by the many people who play the game. I can’t afford to add another game to drain my limited hours in the day, so I haven’t tested the waters yet.
Those of you already entrenched in the “gaming crack” that is Minecraft can now feed that addiction directly on Android. Well, if you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, of course. Developer Mojang has released Minecraft Pocket Edition as a limited-time exclusive to the SE Xperia Play, so only owners of that gaming phone will be able to use it. However, other Android 1.6 or higher phones should see support added at an unnamed date.
Minecraft is a mobile version of the popular desktop game in which players create their own worlds. “Imagine it, build it” is the tagline, which describes how the game uses blocks to construct landscapes, buildings as some sort of digital LEGO masterpiece. The game offers 36 types of blocks for building, saves multi-player worlds, and can connect friends to play together when connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Xperia Play users can purchase Minecraft Pocket Edition for $6.99 in the Android Market. Mojang promises to deliver “frequent updates” for a long time, so the purchase price may be justified through long-term support and gaming fun. Try out the free demo version first if you need convincing.