A look at Minecraft PE beta 0.8.0

Breaking: Dev. Johan Bernhardson tweets out that room on the Google+ beta page has seemingly run out.

Released a little more than two years ago, Minecraft Pocket Edition has been the fastest changing version of the popular indie game. While each update adds new features, Mojang’s 0.8 and 0.9 updates to the game are poised to be the largest updates in the game’s history. A few days ago, Mojang unveiled its new Beta program for Android device. Here’s a sneak peek at the update Mojang plans to release before Christmas.

New Items

Mojang packs in 46 new blocks and items into the update. Because of the new blocks, the update brings in a new way of organizing them: 4 tabs categorizing them into either building blocks, decorating blocks, tools, and plants. A full list of new items is below the break.

One of the largest changes to the game is the addition of minecarts and rails, which allow players to wiz around worlds quickly. The game even allows players to place animals and mobs in carts!

Fun fact: the compass guides you by moving even in the toolbar.

UI Changes

Mojang has updated the game’s UI to be less intrusive and more content focused. The item bar is slightly translucent and unlike previous versions, the slot in which you’d like to place the block you need only changes slots that are tapped on, like the PC version of Minecraft. Other than these tweaks, the game’s overall user interface remains the same as previous versions.

Gameplay

The game is a little more resource intensive due to the massive upgrade of MCPE’s graphics like 3D clouds and small details like the clock’s movement in survival mode. Smooth lighting is now on by default, and has been removed from the game’s experimental options. Using “Fancy Graphics” will definitely eat up your device’s battery life. We certainly hope this slight issue improves before the update is released.

Yes, the game lags sometimes, it crashes a few times (especially on lower-spec devices), and it has its share of glitches. But the beta is simply a beta, a pre-released glimpse of what the game will bring to players around the world.

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  1. TøXîĆ

    Mojang has updated the game’s UI to be less intrusive and more content focused. The item bar is slightly translucent and unlike previous versions, the slot in which you’d like to place the block you need only changes slots that are tapped on, like the PC version of Minecraft. Other than these tweaks, the game’s overall user interface remains the same as previous versions.

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