Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft is a very popular game. You can create architectural masterpieces and explore an endless world filled with biomes that range from lush jungles to snowy mountains.

Best of all, it's possible to do it all with Minecraft: Pocket Edition on your Lumia. What's the catch? There isn't a tutorial that will walk you through how to get started in solo play. We've spent hours building, digging, and crafting Minecraft and we want to share some of our Minecraft tips with you. You'll never want to leave your Lumia behind if you read these 11 essential tips.

Getting Started

1. Make your world!

After you have purchased Minecraft Pocket Edition, you can now choose the type of game that you want to play. There are two types of Minecraft Pocket Edition: Survival and Creative.

Survival mode drops you in a random-generated world with no provisions and limited health. You'll need to immediately start mining if you want survival mode to work. You will be attacked by hostile mobs or enemies as soon as the sun sets, so make sure you work fast.

For those who just want to build, creative mode is the best choice. There are no hostile mobs so you can concentrate on building your architectural masterpieces without being distracted (or even dying). You have unlimited resources, which allows you to access most crafting items, as well as block types that aren’t available in Survival mode. The best part? Fly!

Advanced is the top-right corner. This will give you more options when creating your world. You can choose from three world types. Infinite, the default type, offers a wide range of resources and biomes. Pocket Edition's exclusive Old is a great choice for people with low end devices. It creates a block of 256x256 pixels, rather than infinite landscapes. Flat is a flat, unobstructed area without resources. It is only available in Creative mode.

Seeds gives you more control over the type of world that you create. Seeds are a series of numbers or letters that form the foundation of Minecraft worlds. By entering a specific seed you can spawn in the world you want. You can search the internet to find the right seed for you. For example, one that has a Village with NPC villagers. But be aware that it might not be exactly where you want it to be.

2. Create your skin

You can personalize your character by selecting from one of the many pre-made skins available in Settings. You can also create your own skin. You can now create your own character and make it whatever you want with the latest updates. After all, Minecraft is even more fun if you play as an architecurally-inclined dinosaur. This tutorial will show you how to create your own Minecraft Pocket Edition skin for your Lumia.

3. Learn more about the controls

Although intuitive and easy to learn it's important to be familiar with the controls before you start (especially in Survival mode). The D-pad is located at the bottom of your screen and allows you to control directional movement. There's also a jump button in its middle. Tap to attack enemies and place blocks, and hold the tap to break down blocks. Double-tap the jump button to fly in Creative mode. Slide your finger up and slide your finger down. Double-tap the jump button to descend. You can adjust your controls by tapping on the Settings button. This will allow you to increase or decrease your D-pad size, change your sensitivity, or go lefty.

Surviving your first 24 hour

After you have chosen your world, you will be spawned in a random place. Survival mode gives you a day (about 10 min) to prepare for the hostile mobs that will emerge at night. If you're just starting out, these tips can help you increase your chances of survival.

4. Gather resources

Begin by looking for resources nearby, such as dirt, stone, and wood. Tap and hold the block you wish to gather. Do not worry about gathering as many as possible. Instead, focus on getting enough to last the night.

5. Construct a shelter

You can find a spot that is suitable for building a simple home. It could be on the side of a mountain, in a hole in ground, or in a small cube made with dirt, wood, and stone. You don't have to make it a luxurious mansion. A 2x2 or 1x3 area is sufficient. You can barricade yourself inside and leave an upper square open to watch sunrise.

6. Get creative

You'll want to get crafting while you're locked in your safe-house. Pocket Edition makes crafting easier than other versions. Craftable items will appear automatically without you having to memorize a recipe. The item's icon will turn dark if you don't have the required ingredients. However, you can see which ingredients you'll need for the project.

To begin, you need a crafting table to make larger and more useful items that can be used to survive and advance. First, make planks from the wood you have gathered. Tap the icon with three dots to open your inventory. Next, select the middle-left icon to open a 4x4 crafting grid. Select the wood and make planks. You'll see a list of items that you can make with planks. You can create a crafting table. This will give you a 3x3 crafting map. It will appear in your inventory bar at bottom of your screen. Tap on it to place it on the ground. You are now ready to create items such as weapons, armor, or tools.

Let the adventures begin

Although it can be difficult to get through your first night, once you have, it is time to let your imagination run wild and start building and exploring. You can start by building more resources, creating more tools to speed up the process, and becoming more familiar with your crafting area. The charm of Minecraft lies in the ability to figure things out on your terms, so I won’t reveal too many secrets. Here are some tips to get you started on your Minecraft journey.

7. Create light

To protect your home and property, you can make torches. Although it will help to lighten the area and prevent enemies from spawning, you won't be protected from mobs who wander into the area.

8. Dig down (but don't go directly down)

Underground is where many of the most valuable resources are located. Craft a pickaxe and begin tunneling down using a staircase-like pattern. Start collecting all the goodies the earth has to give you by lighting torches along the way. Keep an eye out to find underground baddies in caves, mines and dungeons.

9. Get some shut-eye

Are you tired of fighting mobs all night? Make a bed and place it in your bedroom to sleep. To go to sleep, just tap the bed. It would be so simple in real life.

10. Take a snack

Even though it's not as important as in other Minecraft versions, food is essential to your health and will be needed to heal any injuries. You can hunt animals like chickens, pigs, or cows, then cook them in a furnace. You can also catch fish, grow vegetables, fruits, or grains. If you are a sweet tooth, you can also bake cake.

11. Have fun and be creative

This is, naturally, the most important tip. There are so many possibilities with Minecraft. If you love to build, tinker and create, you will be able to get your creative juices flowing. You can build anything from a cozy cottage to a sprawling city. So get creative and let your imagination run wild. You can find inspiration online by looking at the amazing things others have made.

Adventurers might prefer to travel rather than stay in one place. With so many biomes and unique structures waiting to be discovered, it is easy to see why. Last but not least, if you are determined to go on an adventure, make sure you have a breadcrumb track so you can return to your starting point. It is easy to get lost in an infinite universe. Without a map, it may be impossible to find your way back.