Minecraft is now available as a universal app for iPhone and iPad, although it’s currently a shadow of the game that’s available on the PC and Mac. If you’re expecting creepers, survival mode, or the ability to join the multiplayer server you and your friends have spent months playing on…well, set those dreams aside for now. Minecraft for iOS is currently just an alpha release with infinite health, a limited number of block types, and local Wi-Fi multiplayer.
I am pleasantly surprised with the control scheme, though. Aside from the d-pad (with auto-jumps built right into movement), there are very few on-screen controls. Placing and mining blocks simply requires you to tap or hold on the screen, and I think this system could actually make building large structures a little easier.
I don’t expect that I’ll be gaming for hours on end, even on the iPad, but it would be lovely to eventually join my hosted Survival server just to have a look around.
Overall, I’d say the $7 asking price is decent. At worst, it’s a little donation to a fantastic gaming company (Mojang), but I’m hoping it will turn out to be a decent little investment in a mobile version of Minecraft.