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Minecraft Pocket Edition: iOS • Tame a horse • 20G • 14.45% of gamers unlocked this

I had zero intention of playing any Minecraft today, but I wanted to check-in and see where things were at in light of the recent announcement about ‘Minecon Earth’, the new global Minecraft convention, designed to be more inclusive of players rather than a discreet event in a single city. I love the concept, but I’m not really a Minecraft player, and I’m probably too far behind to catch up and learn every single eccentricity needed to be a true Minecraft master, but I can appreciate it as a learning tool and an accessible game that kids (and adults) are using to simply have fun.

With an after-work event planned, I’m travelling light today, so it’s just me an my iPhone in terms of Minecraft options, so I popped my head into the latest build of Pocket Edition to see what’s happening. I heard a rumour that there was going to be integration between iOS, PC and Console, so I figured now was a good a time as any to see what I had on offer, and so I created a new world and spawned in.

Now, despite being a Minecraft novice, I have a good idea how to create a crafting table, get myself a sword and a shovel and build a basic home. I never really play long enough to go out at night and fight monsters, and because I’m still not very good at building beds, I get sick of staring at a black screen during the Minecraft nights and eventually switch off. Nonetheless, I started with what I was good at, and built my sword and my shovel, and wandered over to a nearby black and dotty horse to attack it … just because. Instead, my fat, chubby fingers just ended up making me mount it, and soon after the achievement unlocked (To cut a long story short, I ended up jumping off and killing the horse as well – unlocking me another achievement in the process for harvesting leather).

So, I’m going to claim that as my achievement for today, but more importantly, it’s left me confused about what other achievements I haven’t unlocked in Minecraft. The in-game list doesn’t show either of the achievements I earned today on it (the Xbox App does and my gamerscore reflects the achievements, otherwise I wouldn’t claim them) so I suspect that there’s probably a few pieces of low-hanging fruit available for me on iOS Minecraft. I’m going to do a bit of an audit and see what’s left on the list (via the App rather than the game) and keep them in my back pocket for those pressure days.

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