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What are some ways to play Minecraft on an Android tablet?

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition is a simplified version of Minecraft for Android, and it is available at the Google Play Store. This version has the same basic gameplay as the PC version: users harvest blocks to craft tools and buildings, and defend their creations from attacking monsters.

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While retaining its core functions, the Android version has fewer features than the PC version. The game offers only two play modes: creative and survival. In creative mode, users freely move around the Minecraft world, harvesting blocks to create tools and buildings. In survival mode, users spend the daytime hours mining and crafting, and prepare to fight back the monsters that spawn during the night. The Android version does not include the adventure, hardcore or spectator game modes featured in the PC version.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition has a multiplayer mode, although it is limited to Pocket Edition players only; this means that users cannot connect to the multiplayer servers of the PC version. A list of Pocket edition servers is available at MinecraftPocket-Servers.com.

The Android version contains fewer minerals than the PC version. For example, there is no red stone to harvest, and therefore users cannot create electrical circuits. Potions, enchantments and books are not available in the Pocket Edition either. However, it features a unique object: the Nether Reactor, which spawns rare or otherwise unobtainable items.

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