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Category Archives: Minecraft

‘Minecraft Dungeons’ will arrive in April 2020 – Engadget

The game touts the distinct Minecraft look and feel, but turns the series’ traditional formula on its head. Instead of letting players’ imaginations loose on a vast, open canvas, Dungeons is an adventure game, filled with quests, characters, items and enemies, and can be played by up to four people online.

Dungeons is something of a passion project for the small team at Mojang, but it’s not the only Minecraft spin-off around. Mojang was also responsible for Minecraft: Story Mode, the narrative-driven adventure game that proved pretty popular when it was first launched in 2015.

According to Microsoft’s most recent — and rather vague — trailer, players that sign up via Mojang’s website will be in with the chance of playing Dungeons first, perhaps hinting at a beta ahead of the official launch in April. Although when exactly that will be is still unclear.

Minecraft Hour of Code Lesson Focuses on AI – T.H.E. Journal

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Minecraft Hour of Code Lesson Focuses on AI

Microsoft’s latest Hour of Code tutorial is providing educators with resources to teach their students the basics of coding and how to prevent forest fires using Minecraft. The lesson is inspired by Microsoft’s AI for Earth team that develops open-source tools using artificial intelligence to solve environmental challenges.

Teachers can download Minecraft: Education Edition, access a downloadable lesson plan and watch a video tour of the Microsoft Hour of Code world.
 
In a free one-hour online course, educators can learn how to facilitate an Hour of Code lesson and earn a Microsoft Educator badge. Students can also access other Minecraft lessons on Code.org.

More information on how to download the new Minecraft: Education Edition lesson plan is available on Microsoft’s website.

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Is this the new Pokemon Go? Minecraft Earth arrives for augmented reality – WRAL Tech Wire

Minecraft fans, the wait is over: Minecraft Earth is finally here.

The famed sandbox-styled game released an early access version of its long awaited augmented reality edition on Wednesday, which the creators, Microsoft and Mojang had been touting for months.

“Hey United States, we found your Minecraft Earth invite, it was behind the couch this whole time!” the game tweeted. “Welcome to early access!”

In Minecraft Earth, which fans are hopeful will rival the success of AR blockbuster Pokémon Go, players set out to build an 8-bit world utilizing virtual objects collected through their phone screens from real-world locations.

This experience is central to the gameplay: AR is not an option. It is required to build in the game. However, it is not required for users to interact with the Open Street Map, a collaborative map of the world, where users can build and create practically anywhere.

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Players are able to embark on sharable adventures, working as a team to battle monsters and complete other challenges that help them earn rare resources and prosper in the game. Cobblestone, dirt, or sand are used to build structures. These resources are collected by mining from objects that are geolocated on the map. Minecrafters can then build the cubed fortresses of their dreams.

While the game is free to download on iOS or Android, there are some in-app purchases.

One thing to note: This is still an early access version. Players may encounter some bugs.

It’s also a pretty hefty design, meaning its usage of your phone’s data, camera, and location may potentially drain your battery faster than you’d like.

Still, if you’re a fan of Minecraft or AR, get ready to pack up your batteries and take to the streets to test out the newest experience.

Microsoft’s Minecraft places interactive statues in three cities – CampaignLive

Microsoft will be placing near-life-sized statues of characters from its augmented-reality mobile game Minecraft Earth in New York, London and Sydney.

Fans can meet Muddy Pig, the Moobloom and the Jolly Llama, and acquire the Jolly Llama in-game by interacting with the statue.

From 16 November, the statues will be live for three consecutive weekends until 1 December. They each have a QR code, giving visitors access to an exclusive new adventure where they can unlock the Jolly Llama before it is globally available in December.

The figures will be supervised by brand ambassadors who will be on hand to help visitors.

In New York, they will be at Hudson Yards near the Vessel structure. In London, players can find them on The Queen’s Walk on the South Bank. In Sydney, the statues will be located in Campbells Cove by The Rocks.

You expected a Jojo Minecraft mod, but it was me, Dio! – PCGamesN

There are two constants in this world of inescapable, ever-changing memes: Minecraft and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Now we can put our chocolate with our peanut butter, thanks to the latest in Minecraft mods. A full Jojo texture pack transforms the world of the block builder into, er, ZA WARUDO of the block-builder.

All the basics are covered – diamonds and their resulting equipment transform into Crazy Diamond variants. Emeralds are Hierophant Green. Ender pearls are The Hand. Flint and steel bring their fire-making power to Magician’s Red. Mobs get the treatment too – Creepers become Killer Queen, Husks turn into Diavolo, and you thought they were zombies, but it was him, Dio!

Item names naturally get changed to match all the new aesthetics, and there are more extensive cosmetic changes, too. The main menu gets a facelift with loads of Jojo art along with messages like “ora ora” and “yare yare daze,” and a selection of music disks now play tracks from the show.

You can grab the mod through CurseForge.

Or check out the changes in the video above.

Minecraft player count continues to reach frankly absurd highs, so there’s likely no limit to the types of ridiculous Minecraft skins you can don in the future.

Out Now: ‘Whipseey and the Lost Atlas’, ‘Battle Breakers’, ‘Minecraft Earth’, ‘Romancing SaGa 3’, ‘Renegade Racing’, ‘Micro Breaker’, ‘Reflex Unit 2’, ‘Naboki’, ‘Infinibugs’, ‘Roterra Extreme’, ‘Iron Force 2’ and More – Touch Arcade

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we’ve kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that’s the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week’s new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you’ll be picking up!


Addiction (Free)

iTunes Description

Addiction is a game about numbers, no advanced maths involved.

A game that is asking you to use your brain to create numbers that are bigger and bigger.

Slide the numbers to merge them together.

Can you get a real highscore?

Forum Thread: Addiction (by Jeux ID)


Alien Persist (Free)

iTunes Description

Alien Persist

A small but persistent creature wants to go home.
Help overcome the obstacles of this minimalist world.

Forum Thread: Alien Persist (by Adao Ernesto)


Battle Breakers (Free)

iTunes Description

Monsters from space trapped the world’s greatest heroes in technomagic crystal. Now it’s up to you to assemble the ultimate team of super warriors and take back your planet – one break at a time – in this cartoon-inspired, Hero Collector RPG built as a passion project by a small team at Epic Games.

Forum Thread: Battle Breakers (by Epic Games)


Battle Games Online (Free)

iTunes Description

Enroll in epic 5 vs 5 team brawl fight online! Smash the opposing team and create the dream 5 of hero fighters! Start your quest of legendary fighting battles with Battle Games Online!

Forum Thread: Battle Games Online (by Battle Games)


Disney Frozen Adventures (Free)

iTunes Description

The World of Disney’s Frozen comes to life in an exciting new match 3 puzzle adventure. Join Elsa, Anna and Olaf as you build and renovate the Kingdom in a brand new mobile game based on Disney’s Frozen & Frozen 2 movies. Design and decorate the Kingdom of Arendelle and beyond!

Explore and embark on an all-new Frozen adventure that takes you to new and familiar locations around Arendelle and the entire Frozen world. Play hundreds of match-3 games and earn snowflakes to decorate the castle and make it look amazing!

Forum Thread: Disney Frozen Adventures (by Jam City)


DYING: Reborn-Mobile Edition ($2.99)

iTunes Description

DYING: Reborn is a first-person Room Escape puzzle game in which players must tackle all kinds of puzzles in a series of dark and eerie environments. Gameplay revolves around collecting, discovering and putting together pieces of a twisted story that will make your hair stand on end…

Forum Thread: DYING: Reborn-Mobile Edition (by Coconut Island/Nekcom)


Eat Me Please (Free)

iTunes Description

Run & jump in any direction! 360° gravity makes sure you cannot fall off!
Reach the Monster at the end and give them a delicious meal…

Each level has one or more diamonds to collect. Get the diamonds to unlock new worlds!

Forum Thread: Eat Me Please (by Jesse Venbrux)


InfiniBugs (Free)

iTunes Description

Infinibugs is an endless arcade-style shoot-em-up with simple and responsive touch based controls. It’s inspired by the arcade classics, but tailored for modern touch devices. Infinibugs features a host of unique enemies, each with their own behaviors and strategy, as well as challenging surprise events such as hazardous meteor storms and indestructible bouncing orbs of death to keep even the most seasoned pilots on their toes. Unlock a harder game mode and multiple alternative ships as you play.

Forum Thread: InfiniBugs (by Retro Dreamer)


Iron Force 2 (Free)

iTunes Description

Squad up and prepare for all-out war in thrilling online multiplayer tank battles with real people around the globe. In this stunning sequel to Iron Force, downloaded by millions of players worldwide, you’ll control an arsenal of tanks and battle it out in the most fun and accessible arcade tank shooter on mobile.

Forum Thread: Iron Force 2 (by EA Chillingo/Coolfish)


Knight Swap ($0.99)

iTunes Description

Knight Swap is a minimalist puzzle game based on the old chess problem of swapping knights on a board.
The goal in each level is to move the white knights to where the black knights are placed (and vice versa) using the features of the board.

Forum Thread: Knight Swap (by Minimol Games)


The Legend of Kato (Free)

iTunes Description

Hello my dear friend! Do you like legends? Today I will tell you one. This legend is about a brave little boy named Kato.

He would live a normal life, but you can’t run away from your fate. According to prophecy, he is destined to save the entire underwater world. Want to know what happened next? Then join Kato and help him in his dangerous adventure!

And remember: “Water dripping day by day wears the hardest rock away”.

Forum Thread: The Legend of Kato (by Leonemsolis)


MaximBady: Bullseye ($0.99)

iTunes Description

Hooooo my gad! YouTuber MaximBady becomes a superhero with the power of a rhino… and breaks stuff like a rhino in this great action game! Slide your finger and set him off – crash and bounce through many levels as quick as you can, hit all the thieves. Try not to smash up too much stuff – or whatever!

Forum Thread: MaximBady: Bullseye I YouTuber (by Midnight Pigeon)


Mental Hospital VI – Child of Evil ($1.99)

iTunes Description

You work as a reporter for a small local newspaper. One fine evening, you receive a message from your friend Ada that something mystical is happening in the vicinity of the Santa Monica Psychiatric Hospital. The most hopeless psychos from all the states were brought there! So you take a video camera and decide to check what was really going on there. But the story you’re getting into is so terrifying that you will remember it for your whole life! And it depends only on you whether you can unravel this tangle of chaos and horror and survive.

Forum Thread: Mental Hospital VI – Child of Evil (by Igor Migun)


Micro Breaker (Free)

iTunes Description

Micro Breaker – is a fresh take on a classic brick breaking game with a great and expanded gameplay that you’ve never seen before. Here you can acquire and upgrade amazing power-ups that will change your odds in more difficult stages. You can unlock different paddles and balls that you can use to beat the high scores and smash your way through the online rankings!

Forum Thread: Micro Breaker (by Raster Age)


Minecraft Earth (Free)

iTunes Description

Discover a new dimension of Minecraft as you create, explore, and survive in the real world. Join a community of builders and explorers spanning the planet, collect resources for your builds, craft in augmented reality and then place them at life-size. You can even team up with others for mini-adventures!

Forum Thread: Minecraft Earth (by Mojang)


Mini Army (Free)

iTunes Description

Grow your army and smash your enemy.

Forum Thread: Mini Army (by Lemon Jam Studios)


Mole Playing (Free)

iTunes Description

Infinitely stairs and sprinting RPG!
Faster than anyone! Higher than others!

Climb the mole stairs, go through the hallway, and get there!
Blocking the front breaks. Get out of the way!
Don’t stop your instinct!

Forum Thread: Mole Playing (by ASNET)


Naboki ($0.99)

iTunes Description

NABOKI is a minimal puzzle game about taking levels apart.

Just like my previous games, there are no tutorials, no scores, no text.

Audio made by Wojciech Wasiak.

Forum Thread: Naboki (by Maciej Targoni)


Overdox (Free)

iTunes Description

▶ Action-Packed Real-Time Combat!
– Feel the rush of competition as you face off against foes in real-time!
– Use skill shots, dodge, and parry! Only the fastest and most skillful will reap the glory of battle!

Forum Thread: Overdox (by Haegin)


Pogo Bounce! (Free)

iTunes Description

Bounce as far as you can through infinite grassy hills. Tilt the pogo stick to stay upright and just keep bouncing. Set a new high score and challenge your friends to see who is the ultimate pogo master!

Forum Thread: Pogo Bounce! (by James Petro)


Reflex Unit 2 ($4.99)

iTunes Description

The year is 2039 and the planet has recovered after the events of Reflex Unit 1. Life seems safe, until a new larger army of remote control drones suddenly attacks strategic cities around the globe. ​

It is up to you again to pilot a new batch of experimental hardware to fight back the invading forces and save the planet, and beyond…

Forum Thread: Reflex Unit 2 (by Robosaru Games)


Renegade Racing (Free)

iTunes Description

The hit online game with OVER 180 MILLION PLAYS has made its way to mobile, bigger and crazier than ever before — and now with multiplayer!

Renegade Racing is an adrenaline-filled, wacky multiplayer racing game. Perform epic stunts to gain turbo and race your way to victory!

Gravity-bending worlds, crazy unlockable cars, awesome power-ups and a whole lot of action awaits.

Forum Thread: Renegade Racing (by Not Doppler)


Romancing SaGa 3 ($22.99)

iTunes Description

The celebrated RPG classic comes West for the first time! Developed by industry veterans including the legendary developer Akitoshi Kawazu, Romancing SaGa™ 3 was originally released in Japan in 1995.
This brand-new HD remaster of the legendary RPG masterpiece introduces optimized graphics, a new dungeon to explore, new scenarios and a new game+ function!

Forum Thread: Romancing SaGa 3 (by Square Enix)


Roterra Extreme ($0.99)

iTunes Description

Return to the magical world of Roterra, where “up” is relative and you may need to walk across the ceiling or down a wall to find your way. Rotate, flip and spin specially marked cubes to shift the ground and reveal pathways. With new environments, harder puzzles, and new characters, Roterra Extreme will provide hours of expert puzzling fun!

Forum Thread: Roterra Extreme – Great Escape (by Dig-It Games)


SongPop Live (Free)

iTunes Description

The world’s biggest music trivia game is now LIVE. Come earn fame and cash prizes with our brand new show!
All you have to do is guess the songs we are playing, if you make it to the end, you get your share of the cash prize!

Forum Thread: SongPop Live (by FreshPlanet)


Steven Seagal Survival (Free)

iTunes Description

Steven Seagal’s Archipelago Survival is a new exciting survival game with advanced RPG elements. Find yourself on “paradise” tropical islands, where powerful secret societies and terrorist organizations are conducting experiments that can dramatically change the history of mankind. Stand in their way along with a special agent, known as Mr. S, and stop the imminent global catastrophe!

Forum Thread: Steven Seagal Survival (by Tesla Games)


Twin Cobra Classic (Free)

iTunes Description

It’s a shooting game that shoot and destroy tanks, anti-aircraft guns and enemy helicopters.
Take off the helicopter from the aircraft carrier and win the battle against the enemy.

Forum Thread: TWIN COBRA Classic (by Mobirix)


The Walking Zombie 2 (Free)

iTunes Description

The world after the zombie apocalypse is a grim place. You were born into it, so you will have to struggle to survive and fight against many kinds of zombies, bandits and dangerous boss monsters. You will go on important story quests and many side quests, level up your skills and perks, sell and buy equipment, and communicate with the (un)lucky survivors.

Forum Thread: Walking Zombie 2 (by Aida Games)


Where’s The Floor? (Free)

iTunes Description

Roll around to uncover the floor and find the finish. Collect gems to style your ball, upgrade to expert controls, unlock camera zoom, and get crazy glow floors!

Forum Thread: Where’s The Floor? (by AppTout)


Whipseey and the Lost Atlas ($2.99)

iTunes Description

After discovering a magical book, a young boy named Alex is whisked away to Whipseeyland, where he transforms into Whipseey, the pink, whip-wielding hero of this bright, colorful world. With the help of Princess Alyssa, Whipseey embarks on a quest to recover magical orbs that possess the power to return him home.

Forum Thread: Whipseey and the Lost Atlas (by Crescent Moon Games)


Council taps Minecraft for airport design – Government News

One Sydney council is taking community engagement to new levels by tapping into children’s video game expertise and sharing its findings with a town in Sweden.

Mayor Wendy Waller

Liverpool City Council in Sydney and Harryda Municipality in Gothenburg, Sweden, have both been tasked with planning a sustainable community around a new airport.

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is expected to open by 2026; Landvetter Airport is already up and running, with the surrounding 650 hectares of land to be developed to support it.

“Minecraft is a program that young people particularly take to very easily and involving young people in planning is a really important thing.”

Keen to find innovative ways to involve the community, both councils are holding Minecraft competitions in schools, giving students the chance to build sustainable communities around their local airports. They will share their learning from the competitions with each other.

Minecraft is a video game that allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D generated world.

Involving the next generation in planning

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller it is exciting for both councils to have the chance to plan the areas around their airports from the ground up, and Minecraft is a great way for children to get involved in the project.

“Minecraft is a program that young people particularly take to very easily and involving young people in planning is a really important thing,” she told Government News.

“Kids don’t often think about building an environment the way adults do so it’s an opportunity for them to unlock their creativity and explore all those elements. And because it’s a software package, they’re not restrained by anything.”

Winners of the Western Sydney Airport Minecraft Competition from McCallums Hill Public School.

For the past two years Liverpool City Council has held Minecraft competitions to encourage primary school students to plan the area around Western Sydney International Airport.

It will now help Harryda in Sweden to run a similar competition with older students, with the councils to share notes and learnings on competition findings.

The two councils will also share results of research and investigations into ways to integrate their airports with the natural environment in order to create a low-carbon facility and high-quality public transport links.

International collaboration

Chairman of the Harryda Municipality executive committee Peter Vorberg said international collaboration will help both councils build innovative cities for the future.

“Partnering with Liverpool City Council, which is facing the same challenges, is a strategic decision, placing the project on a global level,” he said.

Mayor Waller said many children instinctively have the environment in mind when planning their airports using Minecraft.

“You see the use of recycling, you see the use of wind and solar. You see baggage being moved from point A to point B,” she said. “They look at the whole design of the airport space.

“All the concepts were so different. One group created an airport where everything was underground, apart from the actual landing strip. It would be difficult to create that but I thought the idea was fantastic.

“Through Minecraft they’re really learning how to use space – and to work together as a team.”

Western Sydney Airport, the group created to build and run Western Sydney International, was heavily involved in the competition, with its CEO Graham Millett on the judging panel. Mayor Waller hopes they may learn a thing or two from the children.

“They were really blown away with the different designs,” she said. “I think what we all can take away from the competitions was the importance of looking after our environment, that was very strong in all entries.”

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‘Minecraft Earth’ Is Live On iOS And Android In The US – Forbes

Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth

Credit: microsoft

It’s a good thing I’m nearing my goal of a (temporarily) complete Pokédex in Pokémon GO, because Microsoft and Mojang are dropping a brand-new augmented reality obsession for me to lose myself in on mobile. Minecraft Earth has been going live in various locations around the world for a little while now, but now it’s available for download on both iOS and Android in the US. Just search for it and hop on in.

The last major competition for Pokémon GO’s augmented reality crown was Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, also from Pokémon GO developer Niantic. That didn’t really pan out, but Minecraft Earth seems like it’s going to have a much better shot of making an impact in the space, even if it’s unlikely that anything is going to quite touch Pokémon GO.

This is still technically early access, but in the video game world a wide release is a wide release, particularly for an anticipated property. There is a more expansive version yet to come, but for now you can spend plenty of time collecting resources and building things, bringing that core Minecraft loop to…everywhere.

My only concern here is that mid-November is a…curious time to launch an augmented reality game. Pokémon GO and Harry Potter both launched in the summer, when the kids are off from school and the temperatures are a little more conducive to chasing after virtual prizes in the real world. This is a bit trickier: it was 25 degrees in Philadelphia this morning, and that makes me a little bit less inclined to pull my phone out and swipe around with my trembling fingers.

But I suppose that’s the release plan here: start out with early access here in the chilly months to keep populations under control as the developer hammers out implementation and technical issues, and then make a wider push when things start to thaw out in the spring. Minecraft has better name recognition than just about any other video game property on the planet, so that doesn’t exactly hurt. It also has a relatively wide and young fanbase, which might get at some populations that are both interested in playing a game like this but aren’t yet playing Pokemon GO, which seems to trend a little bit older.

MINECRAFT: BUILDERS & BIOMES is a New MINECRAFT Board Game – GeekTyrant

Minecraft is a craze that has swept the nation. From adults to children, everyone seems to love the blocky creativity and adventures of the hit game. Well, now there’s a board game from Ravensburger and Mojang so you can take the fun out of the digital world. In Minecraft: Builders & Biomes, you’ll still be able to build and mine, but now your mother won’t yell at you to stop scaring at a screen.

Minecraft Earth is live, so get tapping – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s big experiment in real-world augmented reality gaming, Minecraft Earth, is live now for players in North America, the U.K. and a number of other areas. The pocket-size AR game lets you collect blocks and critters wherever you go, undertake little adventures with friends and, of course, build sweet castles.

I played an early version of Minecraft Earth earlier this year, and found it entertaining and the AR aspect surprisingly seamless. The gameplay many were first introduced to in Pokémon GO is adapted here in a more creative and collaborative way.

You still walk around your neighborhood, rendered in this case charmingly like a Minecraft world, and tap little icons that pop up around your character. These may be blocks you can use to build, animals you can collect or events like combat encounters that you can do alone or with friends for rewards.

Ultimately all this is in service of building stuff, which you do on “build plates” of various sizes. These you place in AR mode on a flat surface, which they lock onto, letting you move around freely to edit and play with them. This sounded like it could be fussy or buggy when I first heard about it, but actually doing it was smooth and easy. It’s easy to “zoom in” to edit a structure by just moving your phone closer, and multiple people can play with the same blocks and plate at the same time.

Once you’ve put together something fun, you can take it to an outdoor location and have it represented at essentially “real” size, so you can walk around the interior of your castle or dungeon. Of course, you can’t climb steps, because they’re not real, but the other aspects work as expected: you can manipulate doors and other items, breed cave chickens and generally enjoy yourself.

The game is definitely more open-ended than the collection-focused Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Whether that proves to be to its benefit or detriment when it comes to appeal and lasting power remains to be seen — but one thing is for sure: People love Minecraft and they’re going to want to at least try this out.

And now they can, if they’re in one of the following countries — with others coming throughout the holiday season:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Philippines
  • Sweden
  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Iceland

You can download Minecraft Earth for iOS here and for Android here.

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