The annual Minecraft convention was held in Paris this year, with tickets selling out within days of going on sale. The event has just ended, but the weekend was full of exciting Minecraft-themed events such as a show and tell for the upcoming Minecraft features, as well as panels for asking questions to the developers. The 1.5 “Redstone Update” for the PC version was announced, but one of the bigger surprises of the event was the announcement and release of the iOS game Minecraft Reality.
The game allows you to select from a library of previously created items and place them in the real world. Supposedly, the app also features GPS capabilities that allow you to “plant your creations in specific places in the world for other people to find.” While it seems like the app would allow you to import your own creations, this isn’t the case. You’re restricted to the small number of pre-made items, but the number of places you can place them is limitless — practically anywhere. The app can be somewhat hard to use, but if you can find a flat surface that’s easy for the augmented reality technology to recognize, you can get decent results.
The app is available now on the App store for 1.99 and has iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad compatibility. It’s worth noting, however, that the app is not compatible with the 4th generation iPod touch, and according to 13th lab, “Most functionality is not available on iPhone 4.” Make sure to check out our Minecraft forum section for discussions related to Minecraft Reality and Pocket Edition, as well as the full game.