I only put Minecraft Pocket Edition on my tablet after I returned home from work and found number one child had fooled the Good Lady Antfarm into buying it for him on her tablet. I decided to buy it on mine so I could both help him but also ensure there was nothing in there that I needed to worry about. Luckily, for the missus and I at least, there was no online element to the game. Indeed, the only multiplayer aspect is by two or more players joining a game on a Wi-Fi network which meant that we, me and The Boy, could play together!
From the get-go he’s loved the creative mode more than the survival mode, I think it’s the fact that the survival game is all about long-term planning with delayed rewards whereas the creative game gives you all the fun stuff up front and allows you to build without the restrictions of needing to mine and manage supplies. He set his first world up and called it Tattyland – I have no idea what it means, he just liked the sound of it and this perfectly encapsulates the difference between my ability to build and his: I stop to ask questions whilst he just builds what he likes, and it’s this naturalistic approach has resulted in some amazing creations 😀
Last week, in some father/son bonding time during some time off work we fired up the tablets and he gave me a tour of Tattyland and honestly I was blown away! I had no idea just how much he’d built since we set the world up at the start of last December! I took loads of pictures and here are just some of the things a 6 year old has built in MCPE with minimal to no adult help 🙂
This is an aerial view of the most developed quarter of Tattyland. This shows some of his earliest builds when he was experimenting with laying walkways across water and fencing off areas of both land and water to create lagoons. He also built an entire series of houses with complex room structures and really interesting material usage (the entirely glass block house is brilliant!)
This tower came after the houses and was his first fort. In building it he discovered he could build higher and higher as well as section of the inside into different floors. He put in bedrooms for the soldiers and lookout stations on the roof as well as secret doors and stairs all over the place 🙂
Recently this motif of freestanding portals/doorways has been popping up all over and I can’t help but think how architecturally assured such a division of space is, and he does it without thinking!
These complex builds are a combination of houses, passageways, secret tunnels and other builds such as gardens and a pub. They all put me in mind of the Fallingwater House 🙂
This is The Boy atop a tower he built as I flew around taking these snaps. Beyond the endless mining, beyond the cartoony baddies and the need to farm sheep & wheat, Minecraft is a wonderful tool that can allow a 6 year old kid to build some amazing creations to show his seriously impressed old man, and for that alone it’s well worth the £5 it costs 😀