INSPIRATION ISLAND FREE ON MARKETPLACE

Get inspired by this new world, available free starting today!

Did you watch Minecon this year? It was our epic livestream celebration of all things Minecraft, where we announced so much new stuff, even I’m still catching up with it all (wait, pandas are coming to the game? Neatl!) Today, we’re releasing one of the things we announced, completely free, on the Minecraft Marketplace – Inspiration Island!

Inspiration Island is a floating theme park world filled with creative challenges, secrets and more! Plus it features a giant pencil. In these tumultuous times, I think we can all agree that every build should feature a giant pencil:

If you’re new to playing Minecraft in Creative Mode, this is the perfect introduction, as the island is covered in signs with helpful tips, chests stuffed with only-the-best blocks, and loads of suggestions for what you can build. Don’t worry, Creative Mode veterans, you’ll find a lot of inspiration too!

We know Minecraft can be a little intimidating, especially when you see amazing builds like this, this and this, that we’ve featured on Minecraft.net. But that’s exactly what Inspiration Island is for. We really believe that anyone is capable of crafting something amazing in Minecraft, and we want all our players to have the tools to do so. Inspiration Island isn't just a tutorial, it's a jumping-off point designed to help your creativity soar, and have you crafting new bold and brilliant builds in no time!

Now, who’s up for a quick tour?

Want to share the stuff you do on Inspiration Island? Hey, we want that too! Post your screenshots on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #minecraft and #inspirationisland. We may even feature some on Minecraft.net!

Head to the Minecraft Marketplace to download Inspiration Island. It’ll be arriving on all versions of Minecraft that have the Minecraft Marketplace today, so keep checking back if you don’t see it yet. Enjoy exploring, and don’t forget to share your creations!

Read more online: https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/inspiration-island-free-marketplace

REACH FOR THE SKY

ArchiGa’s Sky Gardens put the ‘culture’ in ‘horticulture’!

We do love a good Greek temple here at Minecraft HQ, and today’s build, ArchiGa’s Sky Gardens, really ticks that box. It’s the crossover we never knew we wanted: somewhere between a wedding cake and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon!

Built for a Skyscraper Contest on Planet Minecraft, Sky Gardens is a towering giant of classical Greek architecture, with a detailed interior and probably at least 100 pillars on the inside and outside. That’s a lot of pillars!

The blue and yellow colouring of Sky Gardens is inspired by the real-life Hanging Gardens, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, along with other long-lost structures like the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus of Rhodes. Many people have tried to recreate the Gardens, in paintings, drawings, and poetry, imagining what it might have looked like when it still stood. It’s not even the first time the Gardens have appeared in Minecraft – it’s a popular project for people looking to show off their skills!

But ArchiGa’s Sky Gardens – also known as Caelestes Horti, or “Sky Gardens” in Latin – is not exactly the Hanging Gardens. Although it is inspired by the legendary building, it’s not an exact recreation, says ArchiGa, who describes it as an “idyllic place to be in contact with nature and art… a physical and mental escape from the daily world.”

Taking inspiration from the architecture of Naples, the west coast of Italy where Pompeii and Vesuvius can be found, ArchiGa decided to build something in a classical style. “I wanted to celebrate my territory,” says ArchiGa, who lives in the area. “It influenced not only my creativity and personality, but was also very important for the spread of Western culture.”

ArchiGa even visited the Neapolitan gardens, ranging from “monumental royal parks” to “small gardens with a breathtaking view of the sea”, learning about the colours, style, and symmetry of the buildings while he planned the Sky Gardens build.

By far the most challenging part of this colossal build wasn’t the height, or the symmetry, or even the gardens themselves – but the frescoes that can be found on the walls inside (a frescoe is a painting done rapidly in watercolour on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling).

“Frescoes were intended to ennoble the rooms where they are,” says ArchiGa. Each fresco was planned and built by hand. One is a mythological design, based on the work of Neapolitan Baroque painter Luca Giordano, and another is a map of the Gulf of Naples. It’s tricky to make detailed art with blocks, but ArchiGa definitely managed it!

The most impressive task that ArchiGa took on, though, is the attention he paid to the baffling rules of architectural mathematics. When making builds, he tries to stick to the principles of proportion, which ancient architects would use to build things according to specific ratios. He even wrote a blog about it! “I wanted to amaze people,” ArchiGa admits, “and I think I did it!” I think so, too!

What’s even more impressive is that ArchiGa didn’t even plan out the Sky Gardens before building it. “I directly built my idea in blocks, and there were a lot of attempts at colours, or shaping the elements and the structure itself.” He admits that this took a lot of time – at least three hours a day for 20-25 days. “Composing the frescoes and the gardens was slow and careful work,” he says, but it definitely paid off! The interior is just as impressive, if not more impressive, than the exterior, with fountains, pools, arches and ten statues representing the six architectural values as well as the four elements: water, fire, earth and air.

The only remaining question is: why don’t we have hanging gardens any more? Wouldn’t the world be a lot prettier if we knocked down a few buildings and replaced them with gigantic fountain-filled wonders? I know if I ever build a city, I’m hiring ArchiGa.

Renders by Palliotto, Tinctorium and Omegafoxx

REad more online: https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/reach-sky

MINECRAFT SNAPSHOT 18W43C

The first snapshot for 1.14 “Village & Pillage” is here, and oh boy, it's a big one! With new items, new blocks, new mobs, new blocks, new enchantments, new blocks, new mechanics, even more new blocks, new commands, and not to forget all the new blocks – we're pretty confident there's something for everyone in this snapshot!

Best of all, this is just the first one! We have so many things coming to future snapshots, most of which you guys don't even know about yet! Hurray!

However, as always the first snapshot is always the riskiest. We're rewriting big chunks of the game with hopes of focusing on performance soon, so stability might be a little wonky at first. Please backup before opening your favourite worlds!

We've got a huge changelog for this snapshot, which we're really proud of. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you'll find instructions on how to play (spoiler: start up your launcher and enable snapshots!)

Now, without further ado, we present to you… a changelog!

CHANGES IN 18W43C
Improved stuttering in client & server
Improved performance! Still not quite where we want to be but this should help.
Stopped the mob-cap from growing infinitely
Added server tick-times to alt+f3 charts (in singleplayer)
Added min/avg/max tick-times to alt+f3 charts (helps find stutters!)
FIXED BUGS IN 18W43C
MC-137903 – /fill command doesn't update light on client side
MC-137715 – /drop dropping minecraft:empty 1 time for player causes unexpected error
MC-137706 – Selecting obfuscated text in book crashes the game
MC-137697 – NBT list using “interpret” not comma delimited
MC-137602 – Block models do not render using Java 10 (ConcurrentModificationException)
MC-137580 – Shulker Boxes reset assortment of inventory when broken then placed down again.
MC-137571 РCursor becomes misaligned after using Ԥ' in book & quill
MC-137537 – Walking into a different chunk causes lag
MC-137521 – Entities become invisible on low render distance
MC-137497 – Hundreds of mobs spawning
MC-137487 – Crash: Ticking memory connection – java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: -1
CHANGES IN 18W43B
We found a few memory leaks in the client and cleaned them up!
Some textures were outdated and have been replaced with the proper new ones
FIXED BUGS IN 18W43B
MC-137530 – Inserted text for %s in a translation string shows ‘null'
MC-137492 – Spruce trees drop leaves instead of saplings
MC-137457 – Crash upon opening the F3 menu
MC-137454 – Opening Loom GUI doesn't darken surrounding background
MC-137443 – A few effect icons are swapped/missing
CHANGES IN 18W43A
Added Bamboo Blocks into the game
Added Bamboo Jungles in the world
Rewrote the book & quill editing to be more intuitive
Added Crossbows!
Added lots of new decorative blocks!
Added new dyes and flowers!
Added some community suggestions
Updated the credits list
Added in-game buttons for reporting bugs or giving feedback
Added Illager Beast
Added Loom into the game
Special banner patterns can now be crafted into a new item, Banner Patterns
We're now using the new textures!
Added pandas!
Added Pillagers
Added suspicious stew – hmmmm!
BAMBOO
They call it exotic. Which is just people talk for awesome. Which it is, which is why we're so happy that we added it to the game.

Can be found in Jungles and the two new biomes: Bamboo Jungle and Bamboo Jungle Hills
Can grow to a max height between 12 and 16 blocks
When bonemealed, bamboo will grow a 1-2 bamboo on the top
When struck with a sword, bamboo will instantly break
Two bamboo can be crafted into a single stick
Able to be used as fuel with 4 bamboo able to smelt a single item
Bamboo is able to be placed into Flower Pots
Bamboo can now be found in Shipwrecks and Jungle Temples
COMMUNITY SUGGESTIONS
As it turns out, you guys have great suggestions!

Leaves now have a small chances to drop sticks.
Chorus Fruit Flowers now break when shot by an arrow.
Dead Bushes can now be used as Furnace fuel.
Rabbit Stew and Beetroot Soup has now been changed to a shapeless recipe.
Creepers will now drop records when killed by Stray in addition to Skeletons.
Dispensers with Shears in them will now shear sheep that have wool in front of them.
CROSSBOWS
This is such a fun weapon that it makes us quiver!

Shoots arrows with base power slightly higher than the bow, but less durability
Three unique enchantments!
Fun, challenging advancements!
New loading mechanics!
Unique load animation!
ENCHANTMENTS
Choose between the following three enchantments for your crossbow:
MULTISHOT (I)
Ever wanted to shoot more than one arrow at once? Look no further! With Multishot, your crossbow splits your arrow into 3, shooting the usual arrow straight ahead and two more at angles off to the sides!
Cannot be combined with Piercing
PIERCING (I, II, III, IV)
With this pointy enchantment, arrows shot from your crossbow can travel through mobs, hitting more than one per shot
The number of mobs that can be damaged by a single arrow is equal to the level of this enchantment + 1
Cannot be combined with Multishot
QUICK CHARGE (I, II, III)
Each level of quick charge decreases the amount of time it takes to fully charge your crossbow by .25 seconds
LOADING MECHANICS
To charge the crossbow, hold down the “Use” button
Once the crossbow string has been pulled all the way back, let go
Boom! Your crossbow is now loaded and ready to shoot with a single click of the “Use” button
DECORATIVE BLOCKS
Oh my, a bunch of new blocks!

Changed all existing Stone Slabs to Smooth Stone Slabs (same look, new name!)
Changed all existing signs to Oak Signs (same look, new name!)
Made Smooth Stone Slabs craftable from Smooth Stone
Added spruce, birch, jungle, acacia and dark oak signs
Added Stone stairs and slabs
Added Granite stairs, slabs and walls
Added Polished Granite stairs and slabs
Added Diorite stairs, slabs and walls
Added Polished Diorite stairs and slabs
Added Andesite stairs, slabs and walls
Added Polished Andesite stairs and slabs
Added Sandstone walls
Added Smooth Red Sandstone stairs and slabs
Added Smooth Quartz stairs and slabs
Added Brick walls
Added Stone Brick walls
Added Mossy Stone Brick stairs, slabs and walls
Added Nether Brick walls
Added End Stone Brick stairs, slabs and walls
Added Prismarine walls
Added Red Sandstone walls
Added Red Nether Brick stairs, slabs and walls
Added Smooth Sandstone stairs and slabs
Added Mossy Cobblestone stairs and slabs
Made Smooth Stone obtainable by smelting Stone
Made Smooth Sandstone obtainable by smelting Sandstone
Made Smooth Red Sandstone obtainable by smelting Red Sandstone
Made Smooth Quartz obtainable by smelting Quartz Block
Changed the recipe of Nether Brick Fence to 4 brick blocks and 2 brick items
Changed the recipe of signs to require all of the same wood type, not any wood type
DYES
Dye all the things!

Separated Bone Meal, Ink Sac, Cocoa Beans, and Lapis Lazuli into their own dyes
Unified all dye names (Red, Yellow, and Green dyes no longer have special names)
Added new recipes to obtain coloured stained glass and coloured carpet
FLOWERS
Get your green fingers!

To celebrate our new dyes, we added… flowers!
Be careful of the Wither Rose… don't let its subdued beauty lull you into a false sense of security!
ILLAGER BEAST
Ravager? Behemoth? Got a name suggestion? Let us know!

Fearsome new foe who packs quite a wallop, grab your sword and shield and prepare to get knocked around!
LOOM
Bröther, may I have some lööm?

New and easier way of being able to apply patterns to banners, can still only apply 6 max patterns to a banner
Generic patterns now only require 1 dye in order to create patterns instead of 1 – 8 (depending on the pattern)
Special banner patterns (Oxeye Daisy, Creeper Skull, Wither Skeleton Skull, Enchanted Golden Apple) can now be crafted. These patterns don't consume the pattern item when used in the Loom
Old recipes for banners in the crafting table have been removed
NEW TEXTURES
The extraordinary Minecraft Texture Update has been available on minecraft.net for quite a while and now it’s finally available by default in the game

We’re renovating the old textures of Minecraft and polishing them up for a new beginning.
We're still interested in feedback
Playing on Bedrock ? Don't worry! These textures will come to the Marketplace in a near future for you to try out!
PANDA
We heed the call!

Pandas come in different variants and personalities! There is a rumour about a brown panda…
Pandas love bamboo… they kinda like cake as well
Pandas can be bred, and the variants are inherited by a special panda inheritance system
Pandas spawn natuarlly in the new bamboo forest biome
Pandas drop bamboo when killed
Most importantly: pandas are cute and terribly silly!
The babies are, in general, even more silly than their parents.
PILLAGER
Pillagers are new type of mob added to the game. For now, it can only be spawned with a spawn egg or commands, but they'll do more things in a later snapshot.

A new type of illager that, well, pillages!
Pillagers wield a new weapon, the crossbow!
REWRITE OF BOOK & QUILL EDITING
The pen is mightier than the sword! Unless you're fighting a Pillager…

Movable cursor for free text editing
Selection support
Copy & Paste
Keyboard and Mouse handling
Improved page filling and line wrapping
Increased book length (100 pages)
SUSPICIOUS STEW
Hmmmm…

Found in buried ship treasure chests
Also craftable!
Whoever eats this stew will be imbued with an unknown effect for several seconds!
Whoever crafts the stew will know what effect they gave it
TECHNICAL CHANGES IN 18W43A
Creative menu search box now accepts tags (starting with #)
Tooltip in creative search menu now lists item's tags
New item model property custom_model_data, backed directly by CustomModelData integer NBT field
Extended NBT path syntax
New sub-commands for NBT manipulation and querying
New chat component for displaying values from NBT
Added entity type tags. They work exactly the same as other ones (blocks, items and fluids, etc). Stored in tags\entity_types\
Added a feature registry
Added a registry for decorators
Added a registry for carvers
Added a registry for surface builders
Item lore tag now uses chat component syntax
New Light engine!
drop command – drops items in various contexts
Block drops are now controlled by loot tables
Performance Improvements
Added schedule command for delaying execution of functions
Time arguments in time set, time add and schedule function can now have units (t – ticks, s – seconds, d – days). Fractions are allowed as long as result is integer (for example 0.5d)
ADVANCEMENTS
Entity type predicates now accept tags (#baz)
DAMAGE SOURCE PREDICATE
Damage source predicate now has option: is_lightning.

ENTITY FLAGS PREDICATE
Entity predicate now accepts flags field. Available tests: is_on_fire, is_sneaking, is_sprinting, is_swimming, is_baby.

CHAT COMPONENTS
NBT CHAT COMPONENT
Block variant {“nbt”: , “block”:{“x”: “y”:, “z”:}}
Entity variant {“nbt”: , “entity”:}
Additionaly, if field interpret is present and set to true, contents of selected tags will be interpreted as chat components
COMMANDS
type field in @ selectors now accepts entity type tags (type=#foo and type=!#bar)
Item frame contents can now be modified with /replaceitem
DATA
data modify Apply operation to selected fields
Basic operation: set – replaces value
List operations: insert before index |insert after index|prepend|append
Object operations: merge
Sources:
from – copies value from existing tag
value – uses NBT literal
DROP
General syntax: drop Sources
– `award` – uses advancement award context
– `fish` – uses fishing context
– `loot` – uses loot chest context
– `kill` – simulates entity drops
– `mine` – simulates block drops
Targets
– `world` – drops in world
– `player` – puts in player inventory (as if picked)
– `entity` – sets entity slots (same as `replaceitem`)
– `block` – puts (`distribute`, as if shift-clicked) or replaces/merges (`insert`) items in container
EXECUTE
execute if data (and execute unless)
when used as command, return count of matched elements
when used as part of command, continues on non-zero(if) or zero(unless) count
SCHEDULE
Schedules function or tag to run in

NBT PATHS
Can now return multiple values. When used as target, modification will be applied to every element
When setting location and no elements are found, new matching element will be created:
For example writing to Items[{Slot:10b}] will either found element in Items for slot 10 or create new one
Add [{k1=v1,k2=v2}] to match objects in list that have matching fields
Add {k1=v1,k2=v2} to match objects (selects 0 or 1 elements, mostly as safeguard against mismatched entries)
Allow negative indices in [index] to select element from end (i.e. [-1] is last element, [-2] second to last, etc)
Add [] to select all elements from list
LIGHT ENGINE
We are de-lighted to have a new light engine!

Moved light storage from chunks to a separate structure
Moved light calculation from all over the code to a self-contained place
Moved light computation off the main thread (on the server)
LOOT TABLES
Block drops are now controlled by loot tables (stored in loot_tables/blocks/)
Tables and pools accept functions
Added new loot table entry types: dynamic, tag, alternatives, sequence, group
Added new loot table functions: apply_bonus, explosion_decay, copy_name, limit_count, set_contents, set_loot_table
Added new loot table conditions: entity_present, survives_explosion, block_state_property, table_bonus, match_tool, tool_enchantment and two special modifiers: inverted and alternative
Integer values can now specify random number generator (available types: constant, uniform, binomial). If omitted, defaults to uniform
Loot tables have optional type, used to validate function usage (available types: empty, chest, fishing, entity, advancement_reward, block). Using function that references data not available in given context (for example, block state in fishing table) will cause warning
New entity parameter in predicates: direct_killer_entity – allows access to projectiles etc.
MODIFIED CONDITIONS
ENTITY_PROPERTIES
Now uses same predicate syntax as advancements (like player_killed_entity). Parameters are now described in predicate field.

NEW CONDITIONS
ALTERNATIVE
Joins conditions from parameter terms with “or” (“disjunction”).

BLOCK_STATE_PROPERTY
Check properties of block state.

Parameters
block – id of block. Test will fail, if broken block does not match
properties – map of property:value pairs
DAMAGE_SOURCE_PROPERTIES
Checks damage source. Same syntax as entity_properties, but uses damage source predicate (see player_hurt_entity advancement trigger).

ENTITY_PRESENT
Returns true if entity is set (see entity_properties for list of entities).

INVERTED
Inverts condition from parameter term

LOCATION_CHECK
Applies advancement location predicate.

Parameters
predicate – predicate applied to location. Uses same structure as advancements.
MATCH_TOOL
Checks tool (available for block breaking and fishing).

Parameters
predicate – predicate applied to item. Uses same structure as advancements.
SURVIVES_EXPLOSION
Return true with 1/explosion radius probability.

TABLE_BONUS
Passes with probability picked from table, indexed by enchantment level.

Parameters
enchantment – id of enchantment
chances – list of probabilities for enchantment level, indexed from 0
WEATHER_CHECK
No surprise here.

Parameters
raining – optional boolean
thundering – optional boolean
NEW ENTRIES
ALTERNATIVES
Tests conditions of child entries and executes first that can run. Has no weight or quality, but may have conditions.

DYNAMIC
Gets block specific drops. Currently implemented:

minecraft:contents – block entity contents
minecraft:self – for banners and player skulls
GROUP
Executes child entries when own conditions pass. Has no weight or quality.

SEQUENCE
Executes child entries until first one that can't run due to conditions. Has no weight or quality, but may have conditions.

TAG
Adds contents of item tag. Fields:

name – id of tag
expand – if false, entry will return all contents of tag, otherwise entry will behave as multiple item entries (all with same weight and quality)
NEW FUNCTIONS
APPLY_BONUS
Applies one of predefined bonus formulas.

Common fields
enchantment – id for enchantment level used for calculation
formula – type of used bonus formula
parameters – values required for formula (depend on type)
Formulas (based on existing fortune bonuses):
binomial_with_bonus_count:
parameters: extraRounds : int, probability : float
adds random value using binomial distribution with n < - level + extraRounds and p <- probabilty uniform_bonus_count parameters: bonusMultiplier adds random value using uniform distribution from 0 to bonusMultiplier * level ore_drops no parameters applies formula count * (max(0, random(0..1) - 1) + 1) COPY_NAME Copies display name from block entity to item (see enchanting table behaviour) EXPLOSION_DECAY Applies flat chance (equal to 1/explosion radius) for every item to be destroyed (items in stack are processed separately) LIMIT_COUNT Limits count of every item stack to range. Parameters limit: min - optional max - optional SET_CONTENTS Populates BlockEntityTag.Items (works for shulker boxes, chests, etc.) with items from entries. Parameters entries - list of entries (same as in pool) SET_LOOT_TABLE Sets BlockEntityTag.LootTable and BlockEntityTag.LootPoolSeed tags. Parameters name - id of loot table seed - seed (if omitted or 0, LootPoolSeed will not be set) PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS Improved performance of Redstone Wire when depowering. Improved performance of Fish. Mobs that would spawn and then despawn from being too far away from the player the next tick no longer spawn. WORLDGEN Most of the biome related features now have a registry and their configuration can be serialized. I wonder what this is going to be used for... Added "Bamboo Jungle" and "Bamboo Jungle Hills" biomes which behave like a normal jungle, but have bamboo! FIXED BUGS IN 18W43A MC-1578 - Cannot move backwards in Books/Signs while writing / Cannot copy anything from the book MC-1692 - Excessive lag on lamp de/activation across chunk borders MC-3329 - Naturally generated light sources (fire, glowstone, torches etc.) sometimes do not emit light MC-3961 - Water, Cobwebs, Magma, Leaves and other blocks save sunlight MC-4686 - Client movement when teleported MC-9188 - Fires can leave ghost lighting behind MC-11571 - Huge lighting updates lag the game. MC-76278 - Lighting not updating until walked up or block update MC-80966 - Lightcalculation of ChunkSelection faulty implemented resulting in client bugs (empty chunks don’t show light/render dark) MC-88097 - Snow blocks receive (useless) random updates and can get destroyed when there is a light glitch MC-91136 - Lighting update is delayed at chunk borders MC-102162 - Some light-emitting blocks (magma, lit furnace, lit redstone ore) 'save' block light MC-119932 - Light-emitting solid blocks (lit furnaces, magma blocks, glowstone, lit redstone ore) let light (sunlight, block light) through MC-124395 - Beacon block entity contains code for custom names, despite not storing it to NBT and the beacon GUI not having one MC-135453 - Crash while rendering block entity MC-136526 - Crash when generating near top of world MC-136759 - Spawn eggs do not make sure that the entity is valid for the egg, allowing for arbitrary command execution in certain cases MC-137229 - Book corruption when 1.8 world is loaded in 1.13 MC-137300 - ConcurrentModificationException thrown when upgrading world GET THE SNAPSHOT To install the snapshot, open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the "Launch Options" tab. Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds. Cross-platform server jar: Minecraft server jar Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker!

JAVA DEVELOPERS TALK VILLAGE AND PILLAGE!

If you’re a regular, loyal reader of Minecraft.net (the kind of reader who re-reads every article we’ve ever written, each and every day) then you probably saw that earlier this week we released one of our biggest Java snapshots ever – the first snapshot to include features from our upcoming Village and Pillage update!

(If you’re not familiar, Snapshots are early builds that let you try upcoming features in Minecraft: Java Edition. Playing the Windows 10, Xbox One or Android version of Minecraft and want to try early features too? Click here to learn more about Minecraft betas!)

This new snapshot contains * takes deep breath * flowers! Suspicious stews! Pandas! Pllagers! Iillager Beasts! Crossbows! Dyes! LOADS of new blocks! Updated textures! Ex-Labour MP David Blunkett! Impressively, only the last of those features was a lie – the rest of them, along with so many more, were all included in the new snapshot!

“After 1.13, we finally didn't have a limit on the number of blocks in the game,” explains Nathan Adams, Lead Engineer on Minecraft: Java Edition. “Now that we have no limit, we've just gone crazy with adding everything we've ever wanted!”

“I love that we're releasing new blocks,” agrees Agnes Larsson, game developer. “It's so fun!”

Let's look at some of the new decorative blocks you'll find in this snapshot. Starting with the stairs:

OK, that's it for stairs, let's move onto – wait, there's more?

Yes, great job team – that's more than enough stairs for one snapsho-

ENOUGH.

Phew! And that isn't even close to all the decorative blocks the Java team have stuffed into this snapshot for your designing pleasure. A lot of these are also available as walls, normal blocks and more! You can finally build that dream Nether Brick cottage and retire, like we've always talked about.

But if you are going to build a brilliant fortress with these new blocks, you're going to want to be able to defend it, especially with The Illager Beast out there. That's the perfect opportunity to test out the new crossbow.

“The crossbow itself is the only new weapon,” explains Cory Scheviak, game developer “but it has three different enchantments that are unique to it . There’s the quick charge where you can pull it back more quickly depending on what level it’s at, the multi-shot where you can shoot three arrows at one time using only one arrow from your inventory and then piercing which can go through up to five mobs in one shot!”

Cory then laughed in a not-at-all-scary-way and said “it's pretty cool!” Yeah! The crossbow is pretty cool! If you replace the word ‘pretty' with ‘very' and the word ‘cool' with ‘terrifying'.

The crossbow is coming to Minecraft to make a new enemy more of a credible threat. I speak, of course, of the Pillager.

Cory explains that the team felt they couldn't update the villages without giving them a new challenge, which meant introducing this threat. “We had to add the Pillagers as a rival to the Villagers, and the Pillagers had to be intimidating in some way. So the crossbow is the weapon of choice of the Pillager.”

“Although… maybe not all of the Pillagers prefer to use their crossbows,” Cory adds. “Maybe some of them take more… pillage-y weapons…” Intriguing!

“The original design of the Illager Beast basically had a ballista on top,” Nathan tells me. “Which is a gigantic crossbow made for sieges. That just got shrunk down over time during development. Now it’s a handheld version!”

Let's move on to something less violent and beasty. Something like flowers! Yay, flowers! Colourful wonders of the natural world, spreading cheer and joy in the fields of Minecraft! Flowers would never hurt anyone, right Java team?

…Why are the Java team suddenly coughing, pulling their shirt collars and refusing to make eye contact with me?

My suspicions increase when they tell me the three new flowers in the latest snapshot: The Cornflower (hooray!), the Wither Rose (hey, wait a second…), and the Lily of the Valley (horrified scream).

“One of the flowers we added was the ‘Lily of the Valley' which in real life is very poisonous,” admits Cory. “It’s a very pretty flower, but it’s very poisonous. So we wondered – how do we show the player that this is a poisonous flower?”

At this point in the interview, my stomach started rumbling so loudly I couldn't hear Cory anymore. But instead of complaining, the lovely Java devs poured me a bowl of Suspicious stew. Wow, thanks guys! I knew you liked me really! I slurp and munch it down while they tell me what it does in Minecraft.

The developers wanted to add dyes for every colour, so they decided to add more flowers which you could obtain those dyes from. “But for each of the flowers we added, we were like ‘could we add a special use to this?'” explains Cory.

“Nathan and I came up with this idea for a “Suspicious Stew” where if you take a Mushroom Stew and you mix in a flower from the game, one of the small flowers, then it gets a mysterious, suspicious aura and gives a small potion effect with it.”

…Uh oh.

“When you craft it,” elaborates Cory, as I look nervously down at my empty bowl. “You know what flower you’re putting in, you know the effect and what will come out, but when you give it to someone, all they see is “Suspicious Stew” – so they don’t know what effect they’re going to get from it.”

What kind of effects are there? Asking for a friend.

“We don't want to mention that,” says Agnes. “But there are some good ones. And some bad ones. And some…”

“…Funny ones,” hints Cory.

“It was so fun to come up with effects!” says Agnes, as I start to sweat. “I mean, we tried to make them make sense with the flower, so…”

I think it's time to wrap-up the interview now.

This only scratches the surface of the secrets this snapshot contains. I haven’t revealed the different suspicious stew effects, or how the Wither Rose is obtained (those are best discovered for yourself).

And this is only the beginning! We’ve got tons of more features to share with you in the coming weeks. But why ‘Village and Pillage’? Why were villages the next place to focus on after The Update Aquatic?

“It was the next area that we wanted to improve,” explains Nathan.

“We felt like there was a lot missing from villages and villagers and there was a lot of cool ideas we had floating around. We decided to put them all together and see what could we do to make them look a bit more alive and smarter, like an actual place inside the world of Minecraft and not just something to invade and then leave rotting in the dirt!”

Don’t deny that that’s exactly what you do to villages when you play Minecraft. You know what you did.

Click https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-snapshot-18w43a to try the new snapshot!

Minecraft Developer Talk Reveals Village and Pillage Update Details

Minecraft, Mojang’s crown jewel continues to refine itself with an all-new update that looks poised to get 2019 going in style.

With a series of tweaks including those in Update Aquatic, Village and Pillage will take the community by storm with a barrage of new features which breathe more life into the wealth of content already on offer.

Most notably is the introduction of Pillagers. Armed with crossbows and Illager Beasts, this new addition to the ominous Illager mob will prove a formidable foe to players as they lay siege on NPC villages across the world.

Aside from villages receiving a new feature, more focus has also been turned towards building, 14 new stair and slab blocks will be added, as well as 12 new wall textures. Scaffolding will be introduced, allowing players to quickly climb and scale any obstacles or projects they are working on.

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Much like its predecessor, the Village and Pillage update looks to further improve the game’s already diverse and colorful natural environment. This includes the introduction of two new animals: foxes, which can be found in Taiga biomes, and pandas, that can be discovered in Jungles. Edible berries will also be added as well as bamboo and new dyes.

The release date for Minecraft’s Village and Pillage update is assumed to be set for 2019 so stay tuned for further announcements. You can read the full developer update https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/java-developers-talk-village-and-pillage.

Interactive ‘Minecraft' adventure is now available on Netflix

When developer Telltale Games laid off most of its staff in September, it temporarily retained a skeleton crew to finish up work on a Netflix version of Minecraft: Story Mode. The first three episodes of the “interactive adventure” are now available on the streaming platform.

The adaptation is not so much a fully-fledged game as a choose-your-own-adventure experience — you don't actually move protagonist Jesse around, for instance. Instead, you're occasionally given choices on how to move the story forward. The series starts with a character named Petra guiding you through a brief tutorial before asking whether you'd like to play as a male or female version of Jesse.

The final two episodes of the season will drop December 5th. It's not clear, however, whether the second season of the game will be adapted for Netflix.

You can check out Minecraft: Story Mode on Netflix on iOS, smart TVs, consoles and computers. If you'd like to experience it on an Android device, however, you'll need to grab the Minecraft: Story Mode app.

Read more online: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/27/minecraft-story-mode-netflix/

Google makes it easier to pair Bluetooth headphones to all your Android devices

Bluetooth headphones sound a lot better than they did a few years ago, but they’re still generally a pain in the butt to pair to multiple devices. Relatively few headphones allow you to be paired multiple devices, and even then, you still have to go through the pairing process with each new device.

Apple is the only company that’s really simplified the multi-device pairing process, tieing Bluetooth headphones with its W1 chip to your Apple ID, and allowing them to automatically work across your Apple devices – and only your Apple devices. Now Google is taking a page out of Apple’s book, implementing similar functionality on Android devices, with Chromebooks soon to follow.

According to Google, accessories that have implemented the company’s Fast Pair protocol will be tied to your account and be able to work on any of your current devices running Android 6.0 or higher. Support for Chromebooks is coming in 2019.

Fast Pair devices are still pretty rare, but naturally, Google says it’s working to implement the protocol on more headphones, citing Jaybird, Anker, and Bose in particular.

Of course, the new pairing abilities won’t solve all your Bluetooth woes, as you won’t be able to sync the headphones to your PC or Mac; I assume more people will want to sync headphones between their laptop and phone than between multiple Android devices.

Still, it’s a step forward. Who knows, maybe one day Bluetooth headphones will actually be as convenient as every company wants you to believe.

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Read more online: https://thenextweb.com/distract/2018/11/28/netflix-gets-an-interactive-minecraft-choose-your-own-adventure-show/

Trial Version for Minecraft Available to Download for Android

Minecraft has been available for Android since 2011 when the Pocket Edition was launched. A demo version was also available until 2013 when it was removed. After 5 year Mojang has decided to offer Android users another chance to try the world-famous game. A new demo named Minecraft Trial has recently surfaced on the Play Store.

It appears that the app is only available in a few countries as a soft-launch is currently taking place. US users can’t download the trial for now but the situation will certainly change in the following months.

Demos for the other platforms have been available for years. The PC edition has two demos, one in the form of the JAVA edition, which is available since 2012 and the newer Bedrock version which can be found on the Microsoft Store but only Windows 10 users can access the app.

The Android trial version only offers a limited experience. Users that download the app are limited to the survival mode and there is a time limit. Even with the limitations the app still offers you plenty of time in order to decide if you want to pay for the full version.

Mojang did take their time before releasing a new Android demo but the trial has already attracted a large number of users. Most developers that offer paid apps won’t offer a trial and some of the reviews received by the Minecraft trial may justify their lack of enthusiasm. The top reviews beg for the game to go completely free, a scenario that is not likely to happen without the introduction of free-to-play transactions that are prone to become controversial.

Truth to be told, Mojang weren’t obliged to release a trial version and some of the reviews are actually thankful, as some users note that they will buy the paid version. Hopefully, this will encourage other developers to offer free trials or demos instead of forcing you to full price and then go through a refund process if you decide that you don’t like the game.

Nintendo Pursuing ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Leaks On YouTube, Shutting Down Channels

So by now, you may have heard about how a few lucky gamers have managed to already get their hands on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, thanks to some retailers in Mexico selling retail copies two weeks prior to release. But that’s also created an interesting conundrum for gamers, as several people have begun leaking out details about the game, including the World of Light story details, soundtrack samples and more.

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While some fans are excited for what’s to come, others are angry about being spoiled about what Ultimate will be offering — particularly Nintendo. And as you may have learned from the past, to anger Nintendo is not a wise thing. Not in the least.

Reports are pouring in from last night that the company has begun hunting down Smash-related content online, striking streams and videos alike with copyright claims and forcing their removal. In fact, two popular channels appear to have been taken down, mainly because users were actively spoiling the game with soundtrack samples and story clips.

Crunchii and Dystifyzer, two popular YouTubers with over 70,000 subscribers apiece, found their channels shut down due to leaks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content. As a result, the channels will likely be taken down permanently sometime over the next week, even with the content already removed. And Nintendo isn’t done yet, as it’s hitting dozens of other videos with similar strikes. They are not messing around.

Reports indicate that both of these channels were hit with over 20-plus copyright strikes, making them severe issues for YouTube.

Crunchii, who goes by the name Crunchiitastic on Twitter, has argued against Nintendo’s practice on Twitter. You can see a sample of his rant below.

Stealth, a Nintendophile that consistently posts observant notes about the company on Twitter, also passed along the following note:

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This is the Nintendo Anti-Piracy site that should be used for reporting the piracy activities surrounding Smash Bros. Ultimate. https://ap.nintendo.com/

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Dystifyzer's youtube channel with all the Smash Ultimate Music got hit like Crunchii's did. Two 70k+ subscribed channels obliterated.

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This has left some interesting feelings in the gaming community. On the one hand, some believe Nintendo acted too harshly against these creators; while others believe they “deserve” what they got for spoiling the game days out from its release. What do you think?

If you’ve got an early copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, your best bet is to just enjoy it with you and your friends and try not to spoil it with others online. Just appreciate what you have, yeah?

The rest of us will experience Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when it arrives on December 7 for Nintendo Switch.

‘Kingdom Hearts 3' Getting New Trailer, DLC Reveal During Amazon Cyber Monday

Tomorrow is going to be all about Cyber Monday, and finding a number of bargains for games and systems you may have missed out on during Black Friday. But it also looks like a huge opportunity for Amazon, as the online retailer is reportedly preparing some kind of reveal for Kingdom Hearts III to tie in with its savings.

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The report comes from KHInsider, who tweeted out that the company will be showcasing some exclusive Kingdom Hearts content starting tomorrow, November 26, during Cyber Monday. The reveal is set to take place around 1 PM Pacific time during a special livestream, in which we’ll see a new trailer for the game, along with an exclusive downloadable content announcement. You can see the tweet for yourself below.

It’s unknown just what this DLC could be, although bonus characters and possibly even a new world to explore could be introduced. The announcement also hints at a potential Twitch Prime exclusive, with a new set out of outfits likely to be revealed for subscribers to the monthly service.

Hype for the long-awaited sequel has been building like crazy over the past few months, with reveals of worlds based on Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Tangled and, as of recent, Big Hero 6, along with the news that the game has officially gone gold, which means no more delays in getting it into our hands. No doubt this latest announcement should keep gamers happy, although we’re likely to see even more from the game in the weeks ahead, leading to its arrival early next year.

We’ll break down whatever news comes from the livestream as soon as it becomes available, as well as whatever benefit comes from being a Twitch Prime subscriber. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

Kingdom Hearts III releases on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 29, 2019.

‘Minecraft' Player's ‘Fortnite' Timelapse of Retail Row Is Incredibly Satisfying

A Minecraft player has transported Fortnite’s Retail Row into the blocky game buy building a faithful recreation of that portion of the battle royale game’s map.

The YouTuber by the name of SeanBits created the video above that’s super satisfying to watch if you’re a fan of dropping at Retail Row or if you just want to watch a relaxing timelapse where everything comes together. With some smooth editing and a foundation that’s free of any extra objects or structures to detract from Retail Row, the video that’s just over 5 minutes and 30 seconds shows how the entirety of Retail Row was created in Fortnite.

A map that appears in the top-right corner every now and then moves as different part of the battle royale map’s areas are worked on, so Fortnite players who know the drop spot well can follow along there. SeanBits’ narration also names off each of the buildings that are often called different things by players. His timelapse concludes about halfway through the video where he adds some cars and trees while coloring in parts of the terrain with different objects. After that, a peaceful walkthrough of Retail Row shows how it all came together and what it looks like during the night and day, rain or shine.

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Finally Got around to making another Fortnite Build, this time it is Retail Row

🔨Built on: @BuildersRefuge
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For any Minecraft player who’s impressed by the creation and wanted to give it a go themselves, the Retail Row creator shared some information on the mods and packs he used in his game when creating part of the battle royale map. With the Replay Mod to capture the footage and the Better Foliage Mod to improve the foliage, the only other change was the BSL Shaders shader pack he used. He also answered ahead of any questions within the comments to say that the entire project took him around 7 hours to complete. The builder included a link to a free download for the creation within the video’s description for anyone who doesn’t feel like putting in the work themselves.

SeanBits has more videos like this in his channel where he created different parts of Fortnite’s map and other recognizable structures in Minecraft. Many people who subscribed to his channel likely saw one of his creations shared months ago where he put Tilted Towers in Minecraft with a similar timelapse and said he planned on creating a series where he worked through different parts of Fortnite’s map.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus combat guide: how to beat the Necrons

Unsurprisingly for a game set in perpetual grimdarkness, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is a tough old turn-based strategy. It casts you as the titular Adeptus Mechanicus, a faction of humans from Mars who worship technology so obsessively that people who camp overnight outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone come off as mere part-timers by comparison.

It’s their first ever appearance in a game, but you’ll grow to love their charming eccentricities. The Adeptus Mechanicus, you see, have transcended squishy human form to become one with wires and metal and weird beeps and boops. They subscribe to a creed that states: ‘There is no truth in flesh, only betrayal’, and name their babies things like ‘Cog Boy’ and ‘Shiny Bob’. Allegedly.

That zealotry has earned them no shortage of enemies. In this case that’s the Necrons, an ancient race of skeletal robots fighting to reclaim the galaxy from younger upstarts. Upstarts like the Mechanicus.

We’re going to show you how best to boss them on the battlefield, dominate their Xenos dungeons, and ultimately embrace the purity of steel. Lovely, laser-resistant steel.

KILL YOUR ENEMIES, THEN KILL THEM AGAIN
As robots made of living metal, Necron units are exceedingly hard to destroy. Deplete their health bar and they’ll reassemble themselves using their in-built Reanimation Protocol, popping back up and fighting on with dismembered limbs and gaping wounds fully healed. There is a way to see them off for good, however, and that’s by striking them during this Reanimation Protocol.

You’ve got several turns in which to do this, depending on the type of unit you’re facing, so use the window of opportunity wisely and kick ‘em while they’re down. Of course, the Necrons never really die. They just teleport to safety. But for all intents and purposes they’re gone and you won’t have to deal with their creepy weirdness for the rest of the skirmish.

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RESPECT THE MACHINE SPIRIT
All weapons have what’s known as a ‘machine spirit’. Think of them like temperamental toddlers, each with different personalities. Of course, weapons always fire as intended, so there are no nasty surprises there. It’s not like you’re going to come home and find your shotgun’s drawn on your walls in crayon. It’s more that, when the machine spirit is charged, they’ll give you a nice little buff. A buff that says, ‘hey, thanks for caring about me. Here’s a present’.

These presents range from increased damage, say, or area-of-effect for that specific weapon. Way better than what toddlers give you, which is very often crying. Every weapon has its own machine spirit, and with it, its own distinct perk. Thanks, Machine God. We could never be mad at you. Because that would be heresy.

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EXAMINE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
The Xenos tombs in Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus hide many secrets. Your quickest method of understanding them is by holding down the spacebar. This lets you enter something called the Noospheric view, showing the world as it looks to your Tech-Priests. HP, physical armour, and energy armour statistics are represented here, so you can then decide what weapon types work best in defeating your chrome-domed opponents.

Before you can do that , though, you’ll need to scan each enemy with your Servo-Skull. Each Tech-Priest has their own personal bone butler, and using them to discover enemy stats, or go off on pilgrimages to gather vital cognition points, is free. They’re easy to overlook when you’re busy brawling with a squad of space Terminators, but don’t neglect your skully companion.

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FORGET ABOUT COVER
Not only do you not use cover in Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus – you can’t use cover, because it doesn’t exist. This will naturally make you feel awfully exposed at first, but forget waist-high walls were ever a thing and plan accordingly. For instance, some units wield long-range weapons that can strike from distance, so keep these units as far back as you can.

Close the gap and you’ll be able to whip out your melee weapon. The first unit to retreat from melee combat gives the other an ‘Opportunity Attack’, which is essentially a free hit, so make sure you only commit to the hand-to-hand stuff only when you’re ready to end the fight. This makes Mechanicus a game about managing distances.

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DON’T MOURN THE DEATH OF UNITS
Death isn’t the end of the world in this game. At least, not for you. Throughout the course of a match you’ll get minions called Servitors to control, provided you’ve brought some along with you and have enough cognition points to use them. You don’t have to treasure them as you would the rest of your team, who carry their war wounds with them post-fight.

Instead, use Servitors as part of a suicidal strategy by throwing them into the meat grinder and giving their pointless lives some meaning. They love it. Teleport them straight onto the battlefield with cognition points, flank opponents, or use them as bait. When they die, you even get a cognition point back. Thank you for your service, Servitors.

Microsoft is using Minecraft to help redesign its 500-acre campus

Over the past decade, people have built an awful lot in Minecraft. From regal European palaces to the towering cities of Middle-Earth, the community has poured hours upon hours of time into the most life-like recreations they can manage. But until now, those creations have rarely transferred over into the real world.

Not long ago, Microsoft began putting together plans to expand their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The building work is expected to be finished in 2022, but the company isn’t planning to go down a particularly traditional route as it plans the layout of its new home.

According to CNBC, Microsoft has hired Blockworks, a company that uses Microsoft to develop real-world projects, to create an interactive scale model of the new campus. Blockworks has previously worked on similar projects for Disney, Warner Bros, and the Museum of London. Back in July, the team put together a digital version of the new 500-acre campus, which will contain more than 100 buildings, as well as cricket and soccer pitches, and retail stores.

What that means is that those employees who want a sneak peek at their new campus – years ahead of schedule – can load into Blockworks’ recreation and wander around at their leisure. CNBC claims that the partnership began when a former member of Microsoft’s real estate team saw his son playing the game, and started considering how the game might be able to help the company with its move.

Of course, that decision was likely helped along by the fact that Microsoft already own Minecraft developer Mojang, making the partnership a little more of a no-brainer. Despite the size and scale of the project, Blockworks was able to have their model of the campus built within just a few weeks. If you want to check it out for yourself, you’ll need to own Minecraft, Education Edition, and then head here to download and explore the current version of the Redmond Campus – Microsoft says it’ll be updating the project over the next few years.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 1.8.0.14 Comes With Innovative Features

Minecraft Pocket Edition enables you the possibility of dreaming about something and then the chance to build it. That’s what makes Minecraft Pocket Edition a game with endless possibilities because it really is a fun game which will allow you to build anything, anytime and anywhere.

By downloading and installing this game you will have a chance to step into a unique and magical world where the possibilities are without limits. You will turn your smartphone into a virtual construction site while you will use blocks to create wonderful masterpieces on the go. You can do all this while still being able to chat with your friends in parks or any place you find yourself.

Download this game to get the chance to explore bizarre new worlds and build just about everything that runs through your head – from the humblest of homes to the greatest of castles. You will see that there are basically two different modes to make the gameplay experience more fun and exciting than you ever thought it could be possible.

You can access the creative mode to play and learn how to use those unlimited resources in such a way that you will benefit the most. On the other hand we have the survival mode where you will have to mine deep into the world as you craft weapons and pieces of armoury which will help you with remaining protected from dangerous mobs.

A side note for the users of the Samsung Galaxy Tab who wish to play this game on their devices: if you encounter any problem with running Minecraft Pocket Edition, then you may need to update your Android system software version.

Minecraft Pocket Edition Update Available to Download: Improvements, Bug Fixes and More

Minecraft game that started small but managed to evolve and now it is one of the most popular ones. One of the reasons for its evolution is the fact that the team behind it makes sure that improvements are made constantly.

There are various Minecraft versions, and they can be played on multiple platforms. For many players the Pocket Edition is the best version, and a new update is now available for it.

The update
The latest update comes with the version number 1.80.0.14. At the moment this update is available only as an APK (Android Package Kit), which means that only Android devices can get it at the moment. This update is quite big, weighing in at 88.54 MB, so you need to make sure that you have enough space for it. In order to install the update, you must have a phone running Android 4.2 X Jelly Bean or higher.

What does the update bring?
This update comes with great improvements. The team behind Minecraft Pocket Edition made sure that the bugs which made the game crash were fixed in this update. Additionally, improved software optimization is available in the latest version.

The update brings UI tweaks, but there is also a new skin pack for the power rangers and a new fallout mash-up pack. Therefore, you shouldn’t skip this update. Each update is designed to improve the gaming experience, so make sure that you keep your game up to date.

It is quite simple to download and install the APK, but you need to do it on your own. Just make sure that you enable “Unknown Sources” in the Settings panel so you can install it. You can find the APK available online.

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Stan Lee: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and more celebs mourn comic book icon

Comic book legend Stan Lee died on Monday at the age of 95, and his fans, friends and colleagues took to social media to commemorate the iconic Marvel comics creator.

Among those who spoke out were some of Marvel's biggest stars, including “Captain America” star Chris Evans, “Iron Man” front man Robert Downey Jr. and “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt.

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also sent their appreciation.

“We’ve lost a creative genius,” wrote Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise. “I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. To have helped bring one of his characters to life.”

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We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine

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Jackman also praised Lee during an appearance on “The Late Show” Monday night.

“I remember Stan as a true gentleman who had this glint in his eye,” he said. “He's creative genius. He thought outside of the box. He created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people – mine included.”

Jackman also shared how the superhero creator made him feel quite humble.

The actor thought venturing to Comic-Con as Wolverine would be “a good day for me.” One would think, but as Jackman revealed: “No one was taking my photo because at the other end was Stan Lee. And there (were) about 300 photographers and interviewers, just all on Stan.”

“Stan, God bless you,” he said, raising his hands to the sky. “You're one of the greats.”

Before his guest joined him, Colbert paid tribute to “Stan the man.”

“Thanks for all the stories, Stan,” he said looking into the camera. “I know you're hearing this a lot today, but Excelsior.”

“For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy,” Evans tweeted. “He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives.”

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There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!

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“I owe it all to you,” Downey Jr. tweeted. “Rest In Peace Stan.”

“Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived,” wrote Pratt, who plays Star-Lord. “I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.”

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Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.
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Tom Holland, who portrays Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe, said no one is more “indebted to this guy…than me.”

“The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan,” he wrote on Instagram.

Ryan Reynolds posted an image of Lee in 2016's “Deadpool.” The famed comic-book icon made dozens of cameos in Marvel movies and television shows.

“Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything,” Reynolds wrote.

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Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.

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Saldana, who portrays Gamora in the Marvel universe, posted a picture of herself dressed in character alongside Lee and former “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn.

“Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to!”

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Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to! 💚
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Mark Ruffalo, who brings Bruce Banner and the Hulk to life in the Marvel Universe, said goodbye to “Uncle Stan.”

“You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human,” he wrote. “You let us be extra human… superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.”

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Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human…

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Sebastian Stan, who plays the Winter Solider in Marvel movies, said “I wouldn’t be here without you.” “Thank you great legend. You will be missed,” he added.

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe, thanked Lee “for the escape from this world,” adding “You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP”

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Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP

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Jessica Alba reflected on the importance her role in the Marvel Universe had one her life: “The experience I had on #thefantasticfour playing #suestorm #invisiblewoman was so meaningful as a young actress and made a huge impact on me.”

“Taking a moment to thank the great @therealstanlee for his kindness and it was a huge honor to be part of your universe. . We will miss you #StanLee,” she added.

Lee, who served in the U.S. Army from from 1942-1945, died as Veteran's Day was being observed in the United States. His passing earned a tweet from the U.S. Army.

“Rest in peace, Soldier,” the tweet read. “… We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior!”

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@USArmy
Rest in peace, Soldier.

Comic book creator @TheRealStanLee has passed away at the age of 95. Lee served in the #USArmy Signal Corps during WWII from 1942-1945. We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior!

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Seth Green, who voiced Howard the Duck in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” wrote that Lee “represents the best of us.”

“How grateful I am for his existence and influence,” he continued. “He lived to see his creations shape the world, and his legacy will inspire generations to come. But I’ll miss him. EXCELCIOR!!”

[email protected] represents the best of us. How grateful I am for his existence and influence. He lived to see his creations shape the world, and his legacy will inspire generations to come. But I’ll miss him. EXCELCIOR!!https://t.co/5MMhLiZZ4C

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Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,” sung high praise of Lee's cultural and personal impacts.

“He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE,” he wrote. “I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong.”

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@HamillHimself
His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan

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Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, celebrated Lee’s “extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.”

“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” he wrote. “Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.”

Kevin Feige

@Kevfeige
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!

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Doug Jones, the actor who played Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” shared a handful of photos with Lee over the years.

“What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I've ever played?” Jones wrote. “Stan Lee's fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.”

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@actordougjones
What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I've ever played? Stan Lee's fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.#StanLee #RIP @TheRealStanLee

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Kat Dennings, who played Darcy Lewis in “Thor,” tweeted a photo with Lee on a red carpet.

“It was an honor to be a small part of his universe,” she wrote.

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@OfficialKat
Stan Lee. A gentleman and a genius. It was an honor to be a small part of his universe. Rest In Peace.

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Allegra Acosta, who plays Molly Hernandez in “Marvel's Runaways” on Hulu, shared a photo with Lee from set.

“I had the honor of being a part of his universe and working with him,” she wrote. “Even though he has passed, his legacy will forever flourish and thrive.”

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@AllegraAcosta
May you Rest In Peace ❤️ Stan Lee was an iconic ,hardworking, and charismatic soul. I had the honor of being a part of his universe and working with him. Even though he has passed, his legacy will forever flourish and thrive 🎞 R.I.P Stan …. EXCELSIOR🚀🌠 #stanlee #marvel #rip

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Jamie Lee Curtis praised Lee's “creativity and imagination.”

“You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!” she exclaimed.

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@jamieleecurtis
Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!

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Larry King lauded Lee as “a real-life superhero.”

“Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe,” wrote King. “I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan.”

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@kingsthings
We lost a real-life superhero today. Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe. I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan.

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Jimmy Kimmel tweeted a drawing of Stan Lee he created as a kid.

“At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him,” the late night host wrote. “Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person.”

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@jimmykimmel
At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsior

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“Rest in Peace Stan Lee. I talk/think about things you imagined every single day,” tweeted Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

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@petewentz
Rest In Peace Stan Lee. I talk/think about things you imagined every single day ❤️

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George Takei listed just a few of Lee’s many creations that “inspired millions.”

“His stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come,” Takei wrote. “Rest with the stars, great sir.”

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@GeorgeTakei
He inspired millions with his myriad, “Marvelous” characters, from Spiderman to Black Panther, Thor to the X-Men. Legendary creator Stan Lee is dead at 95. But his stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come. Rest with the stars, great sir.

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“He lives forever through his work. What a giant,” wrote Lin-Manuel Miranda. “With great power comes immortality.”

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@Lin_Manuel
He lives forever through his work. What a giant.
With great power comes immortality. 💔💔💔

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“Goosebumps” author R.L. Sine called Lee “one of our great story-tellers.”

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@RL_Stine
We have lost Stan Lee, one of our great story-tellers. A writer and imaginer who created whole universes. RIP

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Kiss front man Gene Simmons expressed his gratitude to the comic for improving his early days.

“To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters,” he tweeted. “Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.”

Gene Simmons

@genesimmons
To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.

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Ryan Reynolds, who has portrayed anti-hero Deadpool in two features tweeted “Thanks for everything.”

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@VancityReynolds
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.

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Actor Seth Rogen thanked Lee for “making people who feel different realize they are special.”

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@Sethrogen
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.

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“The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever,” wrote Elon Musk.

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@elonmusk
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.

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The official Twitter account for DC Comics shared a touching tribute to Lee, using his catchphrase “Excelsior.”

“He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark,” the tweet read. “His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.”

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@DCComics
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.

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Disney tweeted a statement from CEO Bob Iger:

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.”

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@Disney
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.” –Bob Igerhttp://di.sn/6018EBaHo

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Sharing a photo of one of Lee's superheroes, Spider-Man, The Academy tweeted “Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything.”

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@TheAcademy
Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything.

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“We are grateful for your imagination,” wrote the official Golden Globe Awards account.

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@goldenglobes
Rest in Peace, dear Stan Lee. We are grateful for your imagination. Excelsior!

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Terry Crews' tribute was short and sweet. “Rest In Peace Stan Lee.” he tweeted.

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@terrycrews
Rest In Peace Stan Lee

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Rapper Travis Scott tweeted his appreciate to Lee “for everything”.

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@trvisXX
Thank u Stan Lee for everything.

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Rosario Dawson wished for Lee to “Rest In Paradise.”

She added, “Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!”

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@rosariodawson
Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!

Carl Quintanilla

@carlquintanilla
#RIP Stan Lee, who spoke out against anti-Semitism decades ago, writing: “Sooner or later…we must fill out hearts with tolerance.”

(via @BoingBoing) #StanLee

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Ice-T recalled “the honor” of meeting Lee. “95 what a life…” he tweeted.

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RIP Stan Lee.. I had the honor of meeting him. 95 what a life…

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For Josh Groban, Lee's stories were a bright spot. “Thank you for making my childhood, teen years and adulthood so fun,” he tweeted, “especially during darker days.”

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@joshgroban
RIP Stan Lee. Maybe you have twitter in heaven. Thank you for making my childhood, teen years and adulthood so fun, especially during darker days.

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Al Roker shared a photo alongside Lee, both wearing wide smiles.

“A sad day for so many of us growing up reading and watching the great @therealstanlee creations,” the “Today” co-anchor tweeted. “With @Marvel he elevated the comic book with great writing and superheroes who had problems just like us. #excelsior His passing at 95 is sad, but he’s just waiting for us in #asgard”

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@alroker
A sad day for so many of us growing up reading and watching the great @therealstanlee creations. With @Marvel he elevated the comic book with great writing and superheroes who had problems just like us. #excelsior His passing at 95 is sad, but he’s just waiting for us in #asgard

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“R.I.P Stan Lee, your imagination fueled each of our childhoods, making us believe we could be superheroes, even if only in regular everyday situations,” tweeted actor/comedian Jay Pharoah. “You will be greatly missed, rest easy my g”

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@JayPharoah
R.I.P Stan Lee, your imagination fueled each of our childhoods, making us believe we could be superheroes, even if only in regular everyday situations. You will be greatly missed, rest easy my g🙏🏽🙏🏽😢😢😢

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“A few years ago we got a chance to hang out with the legend,” tweeted rapper Juicy J. “You will be missed prayers up to the family friends & fans.”

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This is sad R.I.P. STAN LEE a few years ago we got a chance to hang out with the legend he was a cool guy 🙏🏿you will be missed prayers up to the family friends & fans

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Is Minecraft APK Full Version Indeed Available On Aptoide?

Minecraft is one of the most popular games of the past years, despite its simple graphics. However, the game is not free, so many people would like to download a Minecraft full version without having to pay for an official download. Well, many wonder if Minecraft APK full version is indeed available on Aptoide.

In fact, you can download the Minecraft: Pocket Edition version for your Android device, and Aptoide, the renowned third-party app stores collection, could be the right place to do that.

Basically, Aptoide is the perfect app to use when you want to grab apps and games that are not officially available on Google Play Store, but you might also get some apps that are not any longer supported by their devs. Therefore, it is your responsibility if bumping into some apps that damage your device.

But, don’t worry much, because there are millions of people who play an unofficial Minecraft version they downloaded from Aptoide or other APK store.

As I’ve mentioned, even though it’s not boasting excellent or at least modern graphics, Minecraft is one of the most addictive and popular games on the market, at this moment.

However, to grab your Minecraft APK full version from Aptoide, you have to download the Aptoide app first. Afterward, you have to open the app and search for the Minecraft: Pocket Edition using the Aptoide built-in search engine.

You can download Aptoide third-party apps store from APKMirror.

Also, don’t forget to allow installations from unknown sources on your Android device, usually found under the Setting -> Security section. Once you do it, you’ll be able to install the Aptoide APK.

When this third-party apps store is up and running on your Android device, access it and download the Minecraft APK full version from Aptoide and enjoy one of the most appreciated games ever.

More information online: https://billionaire365.com/2018/07/31/is-minecraft-apk-full-version-indeed-available-on-aptoide/

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 1.5.0.7 Update Download Available with Invincible Mode

Minecraft is a unique game that manages to combine fun and creativity. The fact that Minecraft allows players to use their creativity to create buildings, weapons and armor is what makes it so popular. However, there are multiple editions of Minecraft and this helped the game’s player base grow and Minecraft: Pocket Edition is a great example of that.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

The original version of Minecraft was released for PC, but not everyone has a high-spec PC to play the game and the developers decided to release a mobile version of Minecraft as well. The game is available on both iOS and Android, and it comes with the same unique features as the original game. Another amazing thing about Minecraft: Pocket Edition is that the game is constantly being updated, thus giving players a reason to keep coming back.

The Latest 1.5.0.7 Update

Talking about Minecraft: Pocket Edition updates, fans of the game should be glad to know that the developers have just released a brand-new one. The new update changes Minecraft: Pocket Edition’s version number to “1.5.0.7” and it introduces lots of cool features. With that being said, let’s see what this latest update contains.

Invincible Mode

The new update is focused on one thing and one thing only, introducing the invincible mode. As the mode’s title implies, players who decide to enable it will not be able to die. Things get even better than this since the mode can also be enabled in survival mode which means that players will be able to fight off against all types of monsters such as the infamous Creeper and never lose.

The main reason why this mode is being introduced is because the developers want to make it easier for creative players who are simply looking to create cool looking buildings and don’t want to worry about enemies.

More online: https://billionaire365.com/2018/06/04/minecraft-pocket-edition-1-5-0-7-update-download-available-with-invincible-mode/

Minecraft Pocket Edition Available to Download with Performance Improvements

We’ve all seen how Minecraft is that one amazing game that allows people to be creative by creating buildings, houses and even castles with their own pool. But that’s not all – in survival mode, Minecraft allows players to be creative so they can escape the night and be safe from all the monsters, and all they have to do it build weapons, armors and houses.

The best thing about this game is that it’s a cross-platform one, which means that Minecraft cannot only be played on one platform – like PC as most of the people do, but on more than one. Minecraft has multiple versions, and the Pocket Edition just got its fresh-out-of-the-box APK update – it might be the best one so far, as some people have said.

What’s this update about?
This new update comes with a new version number: 1.80.0.14, and it comes in the form of APK. This can only mean that the update can be installed only on Android devices. For those who don’t know, APK stands for “Android Package Kit.”

This is one of the biggest updates since it has about 88.54 MB. It’s available for download now. Before getting it, there are two things you need to do: make sure you have enough space for it and then check to see if you have a smartphone that runs on Android 4.2. X Jelly Bean or something higher.

What’s so great about this update?
This update comes with a big, pleasant surprise: a bunch of software tweaks that improves the performance of the game. So hurry up to get it. It’s the best thing you could do if you want to play the game at its finest, without having to worry about the low-performance levels.

More online: https://billionaire365.com/2018/11/22/minecraft-pocket-edition-to-be-available-with-performance-improvements/