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Minecraft Pocket Edition finally tunnels its way to iPhone and iPad

Minecraft Pocket Edition dropped by to say hi on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play earlier this year before hopping on over to other high-end Android phones.

Now it’s iOS’s turn, with the mobile version of the hit block building game now finally available on iPhones and iPads.

Costing £4.99 it’s a shade more expensive than your average game. But if you’re sold on the idea of playing Minecraft on your iPhone then it’s worth it. It plays really smoothly on our iPhone 4, if not smoother than the Xperia Play original.

We do feel though that the virtual controls need some work; the ‘jump’ button is placed in the middle of the d-pad, making jumping forwards a little tricksy. We’d have preferred it if the jump control was over on the right hand side. Enabling third person mode (see below) makes navigating the worlds of Minecraft on your iPhone a bit easier.

Granted, your thumbs invariably obscure your Hawksmoor-aping efforts a bit as well, but you can always stand back and admire the glory. On the iPad’s bigger screen, this is less of an issue.

We were saddened to see that there’s no sign of any creepers yet. So while it’s a bit of a lonely experience on that front, you can always invite friends to join in over Wi-Fi for some LAN party action. Less Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, more Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs.

For the meantime, being able to make log cabins amid the snowy mountain peaks on your iPhone is a satisfying way to while away long journeys. We’re really interested in seeing how Minecraft develops on phones and get the feeling that the best is yet to come.

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