*This guide includes the additions of the Redstone Update (0.13.0) for the Minecraft: Pocket Edition. If you are looking for the console / PC versions of Minecraft just follow this link: http://www.supercheats.com/guides/minecraft
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the mobile version of Minecraft. This version of the game differs from its PC and console brethren from the control schemes to actual content. However, the core gameplay is essentially similar across every version. In fact, Minecraft: Pocket Edition is closing the gap in terms of feature parity with the console versions after the Redstone Update (0.13.0) went live. Minecraft PC remains the “definitive” version of the game since it is not bound to limited hardware and receives all the updates first as it is the lead platform.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is an open-world sandbox survival game. Players control a character that has basic needs such as hunger and shelter to be fulfilled. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is also known for its “building” gameplay where players construct various structures from simple houses to complex automated railings. Minecraft: Pocket Edition adapts its mechanics to the innate characteristics of its platform. The HUD is revised to make use of the touchscreen. There are also other core mechanics that are changed in order to mitigate the nuances of touchscreen controls.
In Minecraft Pocket Edition, the crafting part employs the Minecraft Advanced Touch Technology Interface (MATTIS). It removes the complexity in crafting by automating its process. Unlike the PC and console versions, players do not need to put the ingredients on correct slots. Instead, tapping an item will show the items that can be crafted out of it. The items that appear first in the list are the ones that has all the ingredients needed for it to be crafted. If the player lacks some of the materials, the items in the list are shaded. With the latest update, the the "crafting table" is reintroduced as part of the game. The "crafting table" is a staple of Minecraft but was omitted in the Pocket Version to make way for a more streamlined system fit for the platform.
The Xperia Play version of this game has the innate advantage of physical buttons. However, everything else on mobile platforms uses on-screen controls. The virtual D-Pad (located on the lower left side) is used for movement. Tapping the forward button will bring two more buttons for moving in diagonal direction. The D-Pad also has a button in the middle of the cross. This button is used for sneaking. On the lower right side of the screen is the jump button. You can switch these buttons in the settings menu.
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