Minecraft Earth hits the streets

From today, those of us in NZ are officially able to download Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android. It is in Early Access (AKA beta testing), however after spending a bit of time on it today it does seem quite well done.

You’ll be able to throw down a buildplate and create an interactive Minecraft diorama for all to enjoy. Stumble across tappables on your walk home, and get tapping to unlock resources and unique mobs. Craft and smelt your resources and collaborate with other builders to make masterpieces together. Put your survival skills to the test as you battle hostile mobs in adventures. Or just gaze lovingly at the flower-topped friend that is the Muddy Pig, only to finally look up and realise you’ve missed your bus. Worth it!

Essentially gathering resources to build with is just a matter of going about your normal day and tapping to collect as you go. With those resources you can build on different sized buildplates which start at a 8×8 grid and you are able to unlock larger ones as your level increases. These buildplates are placed in your environment using AR and if you do it on the right surface it works quite well (coffee table for me seemed the best). It does have it’s glitches but you can re-place it if needed and carry on building.

It’s quite easy to get the hang of when you start playing but like other real-world/AR games there are constant safety messages as you start and further prompts if it thinks you’re driving while playing (your character does jump into a minecart though!). It also seems to drain battery quite quickly, even more so than Pokemon Go, especially in build mode due to the camera running all the time I guess.

There are further multiplayer features and adventure modes that I haven’t even scratched the surface of but I am excited to see where this goes and how it develops in the future. Stay tuned.

Read more at minecraft.net

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