The pitch for Minecraft: Pocket Edition is simple and promising. It’s Minecraft… on the go. The joy of adventuring, collecting, and building, right there in your hands. Pocket partially delivers on the promise, but if you’ve played the other versions, this one feels more restricted thanks to its small world, limited enemies, and an overall lack of features.
Minecraft’s randomly generated worlds are composed of big blocky cubes of dirt, stone, sand, and dozens of other materials. The blocks are colorful, distinct, and memorable thanks to simple and charming textures. What makes them great is how they enable creativity. Piece by piece you’ll rearrange and refine the pristine, primordial world into whatever you want. It could be a seaside home, a sky bridge, or any other creation you can envision. This is a power we rarely see in games, and the freedom it offers is, at first, daunting.