Minecraft - Pocket Edition is an open world survival game that offers in-app-purchases that are $0.99 - $1.99 per item.
Gameplay consists of either a sandbox experience or a survival world. Sandbox allows users to freely build whatever they like with unlimited resources and survival adheres to a map where users mine materials that can then be used to build structures as well as weapons and armor that are necessary for survival of attacks from the creatures in the world.
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Pro Great freedom of expression
In Minecraft you can explore different landscapes, fight monsters, gather resources, craft items, and build [houses, traps, monuments, roller coasters, and water slides]. All-in-all, this allows the player to freely express themselves in whatever fashion they like.
Pro Endless variation of environment
Each new world that a player starts is randomly generated, making for a different experience every time a new world is started. This adds variety to the game as you will never play in a world that is exactly the same.
Pro Can be played offline
Minecraft - Pocket Edition does not need an internet connection to be played once installed. This is great for airplane trips or when in an area with no internet connection.
Pro Actively being developed
There are updates to the game all the time, new features do get added at a good pace, which means that not only do bugs get fixed but that the game will constantly be growing as the platform grows with it, which allows more demanding features to be added with time.
Pro Local multiplayer
Minecraft can be played with other people locally over Wi-Fi.
Pro Infinite worlds
The world is infinite and can be explored with several variety of biomes, structures and mobs. Just like the PC version, there is no limit to how far one can explore in the game.
Pro Good controller and button mapping support
For those who would like to play with a controller, support was added in July 2015. Anyone with a HID supported controller can easily connect through Bluetooth. They can then go into the games settings to map which buttons they want to use. This customizability means that you can now adjust the controller to your liking when using an HID controller.
Pro Difficult to put down
There is always one more thing that the player can get done before turning off the game. Building a structure and wanting to complete it - oh but you ran out of materials. Well you will therefore need to go down into the caves again. Oh you died in a cave and need to go back before your items disappear - better get down there again. And so it continues. There is always one more thing to do before you are "done", which is the underlying appeal of the game, never wanting to stop playing.
Pro Fun customizable skins
Minecraft for Android offers player skins, so users can customize their avatar's look. While some of the skins are free, there are others that cost money through in-app-purchases offered as skin packs. All skin packs are $0.99 a piece.
Con Not as deep as other versions
Minecraft - Pocket Edition does not have as much content as other versions due to the app needing a limited size for mobile devices and their small storage. This means there is missing content in the mobile version over the PC or console versions. It is getting comparative better, but still is lacking due to the platform.
Con Laggy multiplayer gameplay
Depending on the speed of your device and graphics quality, this game tends to lag and load slowly when using the multiplayer function.