Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Nov 29, 2011
    For the patient, or the diehard fans, it may be worth playing the waiting game. However, if this is somebody's first foray into the Minecraft universe, I'd advise tacking an extra Jackson on and just picking up the PC version instead.
  2. Nov 26, 2011
    Although there are some flaws with this app, it still stays true to the core concept of Minecraft.
  3. Nov 17, 2011
    There was a time when saying 'Minecraft' was synonymous with punching and dropping blocks in to a virtual world; now it has far more depth thanks to continued updates and community developed modifications, but Minecraft - Pocket Edition features none of these and simply replicates what is already available online for free.
  4. Dec 4, 2011
    The feeling of Minecraft is completely lost and the game is not capable of giving the player an intersting experience.
  5. 60
    Not really worth the price in its current form, unless you're a die-hard fan of the Creative game mode of Minecraft. And yet it still manages to be a recommendable series, as there's something zen-like about just building to your hearts content.
  6. Jan 12, 2012
    For now it's all craft and no mine. [Feb 2012, p.87]
  7. Nov 18, 2011
    Minecraft: Pocket Edition misses the mark. Without enemies, item crafting or resource gathering, the building experience will quickly bore most gamers.
  8. Nov 20, 2011
    Minecraft - Pocket Edition is disappointing, featuring neither mining nor crafting.
  9. Dec 5, 2011
    This mobile version lacks everything that makes its PC counterpart a masterpiece.
  10. Dec 12, 2011
    This iOS version, alas, is akin to the original's early iterations. You're only offered the sandbox creation mode, in which you potter about a vast landscape, placing blocks to build stuff. Recreate your own house; make a fairytale castle; spell out 'help, I'm bored' – the choice is yours. And that's basically it.
  11. Nov 20, 2011
    Minecraft: Pocket Edition could potentially be an awesome thing someday. Until that day comes, though, it is best purchased by the curious, the affluent and the hardcore fan.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 47
  2. Negative: 11 out of 47
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    Im sad to see the 2 poor reviews even one from a critic who should be informed that this is not the final release of minecraft iOS pocket edition. It even says v0.1.2 ALPHA just like normal minecraft this will have updates with new features, they can't simply press a button to transfer from pc to iOS. He mentioned it some time on twitter or his blog. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    $6.99 at the app store and this is what I get?! Okay, lets go over a few of my favorite things about minecraft pc edition. #1. The infinite worlds. #2. The ton of items you can craft through smelting and mining. Does pe (pocket edition) have that? I think not. The items are what you would expect, the things to make the kids who cant afford $25 minecraft happy. TNT, tools, yadayadayada. The world size is my main point against minecraft because its 100% right. Its tiny!!!!! Its puny! Its not even varied. Its still randomly generated, I will give them that, but in reality, its just a single medium sized grassland biome with about 12 trees and a few light hills, the tallest having a small stone cave. It can vary, but its usually around that. The world is cut off at invisible wall, about 24 seconds of running from the very middle. Mining is where they got somewhere, although not really. Its similar to the pc version so its not THAT bad, but its still missing things like crevices and thing that really make mining fun. The mining combined with the fact its got a few small meh parts got it a 2, but don't buy this app. Full Review »
  3. Jan 27, 2013
    Okay, so maybe this isn't as great as the PC version of Minecraft, but how can anyone expect it to be. It is called Pocket Edition for a reason. It's supposed to be played on the go. They keep adding new content so it keeps getting better and better. Until the devices you play Pocket Edition on get better, the game will have it's limitations. Go out and buy this game now, before it gets to its full potential and the developers raise the price! This is a great game. Full Review »