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Mobile Minecraft to Hit Sony Xperia Play First

Sony Ericsson's Android-powered 'PlayStation Phone' will get hit sandbox builder before the iPhone

If you couldn't think of a reason to own an Xperia Play, now you have one: Minecraft for Android isn't just in the offing, it's happening to Sony's "PlayStation Phone" exclusively.

Timed exclusivity, that is, meaning it'll eventually go live as expected on other mobiles, including the iPhone, but score one Sony--Minecraft's one of the best puzzle ideas to happen to the PC in ages, even if its creator's occasionally given to quixotic musings.

You've heard of Minecraft, right? The craft-anything Java game for PCs where the world's molded from giant Atari 2600-style 3D cubes? Where you're either building for the sake of building or to defend against wolves, "spider jockeys," and ghoulish ghasts that come looking to pulverize your handiwork at night? Where you can throw together Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, or craft an honest-to-goodness working 16-bit CPU? If you haven't, get thee to the official website and give it more than just an "oh geez, it's all blocky-n-stuff" gander. Fool with it for a bit (the free version, I mean). It doesn't disappoint.

For those in the know, look for special Xperia Play controls that take advantage of the phone's PlayStation-like buttons and touchpad-style thumb inputs. Minecraft developer Mojang's also working to adapt the game to work on smaller screens and appeal to the mobile demographic, which it recognizes has "different attention spans."

No word on a high-def iPad version, but you almost have to assume that's in the cards, too. Also no word on when we'll see it (for any of the mobile versions), but judging from that shot up top, we'll lay hands on it at E3 in a few weeks, and maybe hear about release dates, too.

(via Gamasutra)

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