Minecraft to expand to other Android devices Thursday

Minecraft has been a monster hit for developer Mojang in its PC incarnation, but the recently released Minecraft Pocket Edition for the Android operating system hasn't been quite the huge seller compared to its PC counterpart. Launched on August 16, the game's official page on the Android marketplace web site shows that it has been installed between 5,000 and 10,000 times. By contrast, the PC version sells more than that per day. Part of the reason for those lower sales numbers may be due to the fact that the Android version was released as an exclusive for Sony's Xperia Play smartphone.

That situation could change on Thursday. Mojang's Daniel Kaplan revealed via his Twitter page that Minecraft Pocket Edition would be released for other Android smartphones on Thursday, September 29. He also posted a video on YouTube, shown below, that offers a demo of how the Android version uses touch screen controls. For users of Apple's iPhone and iPad, Kaplan said that an iOS version was in the works but offered no release date yet.

Minecraft continues to gain more players on the PC side even as it expands its mobile version to other smartphones. The PC version has now sold over 3.6 million copies and should reach the 4 million mark sometime in late October or early November. In addition, a version of the game for the Xbox 360 console is in the works. It's supposed to be released sometime this winter but there hasn't been much in the way of a development update since Microsoft first announced the port at E3 2011 in June.

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Gabe3 said,
whats the point of this game? I'm not being sarcastic.

It's legos for grown-ups. and it comes with logic circuits so you can build massive machines.

It's the ultimate sandbox game that's self generating, and persitant.

Einlander said,

It's legos for grown-ups. and it comes with logic circuits so you can build massive machines.

It's the ultimate sandbox game that's self generating, and persitant.

Or you can try to survive the night or a few nights, explore, find hidden places and then when you're brave enough, built enough armor and gathered, built, grown and cooked your supplies, you might want to visit the nether world (a bit like hell,.. but worse)

Einlander said,

It's legos for grown-ups. and it comes with logic circuits so you can build massive machines.

It's the ultimate sandbox game that's self generating, and persitant.

for grown ups... really? i see this game to be the most pointless and stupid game ever. i mean for the class of noise people make about it. but thats just my opinion.

people is different and all so some people will like this game.
but saying is like lego and for grown ups (like if lego was only for kids) its like saying deodorant and antiperspirant are the same.
you can build in minecraft but it doesnt mean its like lego.

sometimes i only see people playing it because we talk and i have nothing todo. not because i care about the game

Gabe3 said,
whats the point of this game? I'm not being sarcastic.

If you want to look at it that way, what's the point of ANY game, at all? All they are, are ways to waste time and perhaps gain a little entertainment. Minecraft is not different that this, it's just that it has a few ways of doing that. You've got your traditional fight to survive against various monsters using limited weapons, no different to ANY other game at all. Or you can use your imagination and building skills to contrive complicated mechanisms and traps etc to kill said monsters.

Or you can just turn the monsters off and go "play in the sand", building anything you want...

So, really... It has no point beyond any other game at all, that of providing you with a distraction from the real world. It just manages to do it in more optional ways than many, and for a much less money.

Gabe3 said,
whats the point of this game? I'm not being sarcastic.

There are also mod servers such as Bukkit which allow for making it into a more traditional game with economies to trade with other players, build cities together, pvp, questing, rpg, and various other random features. It is basically a game engine with the ability to be expanded to where ever the imagination of mod developers take them.