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Minecraft gets huge update on iOS, Plague Inc. adds Planet of the Apes tie-in

Two popular iOS titles released notable updates Thursday as the weekend approaches, with Minecraft adding a number of new features —including infinite worlds —while Plague, Inc. takes advantage of a new 20th Century Fox partnership to let players control colonies of apes.

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Minecraft developer Mojang says the iOS edition's update is its largest ever, packing a slew of new features for mobile gamers. Players can now enjoy infinite worlds, for instance, and the company has added caves and "loads" of new blocks including Monster Eggs and mushrooms.

Wolves come over from the desktop edition, as do new mobs —including endermen and Mooshrooms —and new flowers. Players will also find new biomes like mesas, jungles, swamps, and extreme hills.

In addition, Mojang promises players will "never accidentally punch a sheep again" while exploring abandoned mineshafts and villages thanks to a new "interaction" button. Feature generation for lakes, vines, and monster rooms also comes in alongside various bug fixes.

Minecraft Pocket Edition version 0.9.0 is available now as a $6.99, 9.5-megabyte download from the App Store.

Plague, Inc.

Popular "infect the world" strategy simulation game Plague, Inc. teamed up with 20th Century Fox's upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film to add a new "Simian Flu" expansion for the game. The ninth mutation brings a new twist in allowing players to control colonies of intelligent apes, using the primates to spread disease and ruin research efforts with the goal of helping apes become earth's dominant species.

The update also brings new genes, evolutions, graphics, music, government actions, events, and achievements. Additionally, Developer Ndemic Creations also promises performance improvements as well as fixes for game balance, AI, and bugs.

Plauge, Inc. version 1.9 is available now as a $0.99, 60.4-megabyte download from the App Store.