Minecraft clone Survivalcraft coming to Windows Phone, looks good and blocky

Minecraft is a wildly successful sandbox building game for PCs. The game is best known for its distinctive retro 3D art style as well as the amazing constructions that people build with it. Minecraft is coming to Xbox 360 as a Kinect title in 2012, but unfortunately the Minecraft Pocket Edition is an Android exclusive. Is there no hope for Windows Phone Minecraft fans?

The answer to that question should be readily apparent to anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 indie gaming scene. The 360 is already home to a number of fully-featured Minecraft clones, including Total Miner (opens in new tab) (the best clone) and FortressCraft (opens in new tab) (the first clone). XBLIG games are relatively easy to port to Windows Phone, so one of those titles shouldn’t be far behind… Then again, we still don’t have any XBLIG RPG ports, so clearly somebody at Microsoft needs to get more XBLIG devs into the WP7 development scene.

Not to worry, though – we’re still getting a Minecraft clone, developed exclusively for Windows Phone. Dubbed Survivalcraft, it seems to have most of the things you’d expect from this type of game: large, randomly generated worlds, mining, crafting objects with mined materials, and building stuff. It’s coming from a small indie developer so I wouldn’t expect much more out of the gate, but even the ingredients I just listed should make for an enjoyable portable experience.

Survivalcraft is currently undergoing certification. In the meantime, check out the developer’s remarkably sparse blog (opens in new tab) for a few extra details. We’ll let you know when Survivalcraft comes out of the darkness and into the light of the Marketplace.

Source: WP7Connect (opens in new tab)

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • I think it looks better than the official Android one does/did. http://www.androidcentral.com/android-game-review-minecraft-pocket-edition
  • Boycott this please.
  • Why would you boycott this? If you're saying it's to protect the original developer well then maybe he should've ported his game already. Considering he has nearly ZERO overheads he has literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire someone to port his game but he didn't. His loss.
  • Agreed.
  • Actually it is being ported to iOS and XBOX and has been to Android, but that's not the point. As i recall there have been a few iOS clones already, despite being in the development process. But that's not the point. The point is that this is a rip-off of someone else's hard work. BTW, 4 million copies sold at 13-20$ a copy is just a bit more than hundreds of thousands.Go Notch!
  • Lots of games get cloned. If the creator disagrees with it, he can challenge them in court. But as I said in the article, Minecraft is exclusive to Android so Notch did indeed choose not to bring it to WP7.
  • Probably the most overrated game ever...i really don't know what this whole hype is about.
  • It's not for everybody, but it does a lot of things that no other game does, so.... Not overrated.
  • I do not even play it because it is not my jam but I understand why people like it. It is an open world that you get to create. There have been Zelda remakes and a bunch of other cool things. Call of Duty is an overrated game not Minecraft.