Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.8.0 Beta 2 Review

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Today was a huge step for Minecraft Pocket Edition. Not only did Mojang open the gates for public beta testing, but they have also released the first beta of Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.8.0. Pocket Edition 0.8.0 includes minecarts, new menus, rails, carpets, jungle wood, ice in creative, and much more. The first (and now second) beta release is now available for use on Android, once you are accepted into the beta that is. We have compiled a review detailing our experience with 0.8.0 while it's been out. And I will tell you one thing - there is a very good reason why it's only in beta right now.

The Good


Screenshot_2013-11-22-21-22-28Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.8.0 introduces many new features ported over from the PC Edition, as well as a few exclusive features of it's own. Pocket Edition now features 3D clouds, which look pretty much exactly the same as the PC Edition. Items held in your hand are now rendered in 3D. and bob up and down as you walk. Smooth lighting is on by default, and does not appear in the game options any longer.  Overall, the game looks and feels a lot more complete.

Moving to items, Pocket Edition 0.8.0 has more than it's fair share of exciting new items. Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, and Pumpkins can now be grown and harvested. Clocks and compasses have been added to help players better navigate the pocket-sized world. New blocks include Coal Blocks, Carpets, Cobblestone Walls, Hay Bales, Iron Bars, Jack O' Lanterns, Sponges, Snow Covers, Ice (in creative menu), Mossy Cobblestone Walls, and even Dead Bushes.

Minecraft PE 0.8.0 also features Minecarts, allowing players to move across the world at faster speeds than ever before. Rails and Powered Rails are included in the game, with hopefully more rails like the Detector Rail in the future. Both players and mobs can ride in minecarts, and you can even touch a minecart with a mob egg to place that mob in the cart!

The Bad


Screenshot_2013-11-22-21-23-58Minecraft PE's 0.8.0 beta is not without faults. The new inventory on both creative and survival act differently fro 0.7.3, you must now tap the item slot you wish to place an item in, then tap the item in the inventory to place in the slot. It might not be bad, but it takes some getting used to. Playing Pocket Edition, I used to frequently tap two or three items at a time I know I would need, now I can't do that without selecting multiple slots before picking the item.

Another problem with the new inventory is the tabs. The icons in the tabs don't help with finding items easier, if at all. For example, if you want to find a tree where would you look? Probably the tab with the seed icon, because trees are a plant. Wrong, they are found in the brick tab. Why? That's anyone's guess. The sword tab, that would probably be used for weapons, contains weapons, mob eggs, and minecart supplies. I feel the tabs could be a little more descriptive, perhaps with different icons.

The Ugly


Screenshot_2013-11-22-21-26-39There is certainly a reason why this is a beta. Minecraft PE 0.8.0 Beta 2 is the buggiest Minecraft version I have ever used, it doesn't live up to the semi-stable expectation of Minecraft PE snapshots. Changing a single setting or pausing the game would often result in chunks being unloaded....and not loading back. It's very similar to playing on a server with lag, except much worse. But the graphics problems don't stop there.

At least for me, whenever I touched Minecarts they would instantly disappear into thin air. Other times Minecarts would turn and briefly show what resembles a trail from a Lightcycle in TRON, with the tail stretching to the far side of the screen. Other times I would place down a minecart and only the front and back sides would be visible, the rest invisible.

Fellow beta testers on Google Plus have found even more glitches than I did, including but not limited to player model glitches, picture frames, chests, huge lighting errors, and more. If you want to play anything close to a stable game, I would not recommend trying out the betas. They are not for the weak of heart.

Summary


Let's face it, this release is called a beta for a reason. It's unstable, has uncountable bugs, and crashes pretty often. But it shows an enormous amount of potential. Pocket Edition is finally receiving dozens of features that other editions have had for years, and many unique ones. Minecraft Pocket Edition is taking off, one bug fix at a time.

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agentundertaker
November 23, 2013 at 3:27 AM delete

holy cow. not sure i want that...

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TWMCPE
November 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM delete

Amazing, until I read it, Mojang, if you release it as buggy as this, let's just say, Survival Craft can go and get a mansion and 20 Ferrari`s. Hope you improve on this! BTW Website maker can we have more pictures? :-)

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robertc
November 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM delete

anyone notice the pc gravel texture on the second picture?

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November 24, 2013 at 3:36 AM delete

Yep, they changed the gravel texture to the PC one :)

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November 24, 2013 at 3:37 AM delete

What does SurvivalCraft have anything to do with this?

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ExplodingTnT
November 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM delete

im beta testing it its so cool but much more laggy and buggy because the update is in beta but im not complaining good work mojang

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Coolkillerz94
November 25, 2013 at 2:44 AM delete

How do you even download that it will be so crappy waiting until next Wednesday I'm sure there's a way to download it plz reply because I just explained that it will be so crappy waiting for one week.
Message to mojang: mojang lots of people have been saying this:
I thought 0.7.6 would be the exact same thing as 0.8.0 and this is what we get after like 3 months we get a crappy bug I mean it's okay now that we could play on realms with our friends I wanted realms with these stuff: minecarts new inventory etc from me: and I trust them but really I trust in mojang at least they are trying show more respect people


----------------------Writing from coolkillerz94-------------------------------

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chiefsooty
November 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM delete

how long did you wait till they activated ur beta community thing

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November 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM delete

After you join the community, make sure to click the link in the community's description to join the actual beta.

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Todays_adventure
November 27, 2013 at 6:38 AM delete

Im going to probly download it. i might just wait for the update. i men, they said it was coming out "november 2013" i bet its going to be on december. @coolkillerz94:disqus your right, its crappy

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KILLA MIKE2002
November 27, 2013 at 7:41 AM delete

I think it will come out before Christmas maybe a week after thanks giving just hoping please mojang add updates thankyou........
minecraft is my FAVORITE GAME EVER!!!!!!!!

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ExplodingTnT
November 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM delete

not sure but it just came up over time i wasnt counting down or anything

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ExplodingTnT
November 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM delete

i might do that thanks for the idea

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Someone
December 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM delete

He said next week on a Thursday and he said the week after the week of November 25th so it's like December 5th

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Someone
December 1, 2013 at 1:45 AM delete

I can't download it on my iPad for some reason and I tried downloading
Both 0.8.0 and 1.7.3

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Someone
December 1, 2013 at 1:46 AM delete

Wait r they skipping 0.8.1 and 1.7.2

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Someone
December 1, 2013 at 1:55 AM delete

Is Thursday the ACTUALL EXACT DATE

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Carlos
December 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM delete

Will there be any villagers or testificans soon

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CoolKid2010
December 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM delete

It's released tomorrow :)

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CoolKid2010
December 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM delete

The 0.8.0 minecraft pe update is released on the 8 of December :)

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didi
December 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM delete

how do u enter the minecart

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Quinn
December 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM delete

It already came out

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Average Middle School Minecraf
December 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM delete

You need to hold the thing on it like you are breaking a block

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kskakama
December 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM delete

cant play realm on 0.8.0?! I cant play them but in 0.7.6 i Can WHY I CANT TELL ME

-----0.8.0 SUCK------

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Help me
December 13, 2013 at 2:09 AM delete

What app did he or she use to record the video??? Please someone help,!!!!,

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Adenthebeast13
December 16, 2013 at 2:34 AM delete

has anyone else found the glitch in survival where you can only make red carpets

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Adenthebeast13
December 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM delete

also you get in realms by going to edit and clicking external and then putting the server address in then joinin it, sometimes it doesnt work tho depending on where you are in the world

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Diamondminer251
December 17, 2013 at 5:56 AM delete

Yes i did, it sucks

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gabriel
December 19, 2013 at 3:24 AM delete

I got the update just make the update like the conputer.

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