Minecraft continues to be one of the best video games of all time having over 238 million copies sold and over 140 million monthly active users as of 2021. Created by Markus Persson, the sandbox video game saw several iterations and the game was finally made public in 2009 with an eventual release in 2011 by Mojang Studios. Currently owned by Microsoft Studios, Minecraft is available on several platforms including PC, consoles, mobile devices, tablets, and even the Raspberry Pi.
Considering the immense popularity, it isn’t surprising to see that there are a number of games out there inspired by the blocky three-dimensional environment explorer. If you are a Minecraft fanatic and looking for a new outlet here are some of the best games that you should check out.
List of best games like Minecraft
- Colony Survival
- Block Fortress
- Lego Worlds
Eco started off as a Kickstarter project and launched in 2018 by American studio Strange Loop Games. It was originally an educational tool designed purely for middle school students. Inspired by open-world games like Minecraft and Rust, Eco is a survival game where players work together to create a civilization on a virtual planet before meeting with an impending meteor impact. Players need to make the best use of resources to research and reach a certain level of technology in order to destroy the oncoming Asteroid thereby saving the world that you have created. At the same time a balance needs to be maintained by judicially using resources so that the evolution of the civilisation does not negatively harm or destroy the environment.
Eco is currently at an early access stage and can be purchased for Rs 699 on Steam.
More of a sandbox than a game itself, Roblox is an online platform that allows users to make and play games. There is a wide range of games available on Roblox from single-player platformers to first-person shooters. However, one will mostly find simulators where people can role-play different scenarios. The unique aspect here is that it has a store that includes games made by its own users. Claimed to have published over 20 million games on the platform, the idea here is to focus on the social aspects of building and dismantling with friends. The platform also involves buying and selling of various virtual items using real currency, that can be gained from a recurring stipend given to members with premium membership.
Roblox is available free of cost and is available on PC, mobile, and Xbox.
Having a close resemblance to the block based worlds of Minecraft, Trove is an action MMO (Massively multiplayer online) game leaning towards being an RPG (role playing game). Players need to team up in their quest to progress their characters and accomplish a long list of tasks. There are various classes to choose from, each of which have one of the three different crafting specialties. Having the right mix of capabilities defines the quirks, strengths, and weaknesses, which facilitates and encourages variation in playstyle. Expect mines and caverns filled with enemies, gathering loot, fighting high tier bosses and a variety of other aspects that are core to most RPG titles.
You can enjoy Trove by downloading it for free on PC via Steam. It is also available on a variety of other platforms including PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.
Colony Survival is a first-person strategy tower defense game that looks strikingly similar to Minecraft. Launched in 2017, the game was developed by brothers Bas and Luke Boltjes.The objective of the game is to build your own colony and defend it against monsters that attack each night. To create your colony you need to primarily hire colonists having different roles assigned by you including guards, farmers and miners. The game also offers multiplayer options where one can work with friends to build or defend colonies although fighting and trading between players is not allowed.
Currently available as an early access game, Colony Survival is available on Steam for Rs 529.
Yet another tower defense game but with a mix of FPS, Block Fortress is a Minecraft clone that gives you the freedom to create a stronghold in almost any way you can imagine, and then puts you in the middle of the action trying to defend it from the relentless Goblocks. A majority of your time will be spent in making the base with walls, weapons, and other features all which depends on how much resources you can mine and of course, your imagination. The game allows you to customize your blocks, weapons, and equipment using a massive crafting system. There are over 30 different building blocks to fortify your walls alongside 16 types of advanced turrets. The game comes with several modes, including a free build sandbox mode and a more tough survival mode with six different types of terrain to conquer.
Block Fortress is available on iOS and Android for about Rs 170.
As the name suggests, Lego Worlds is a Lego-themed sandbox game that allows players to build in a 3D generated world. You can create or even destroy massive Lego worlds using its suite of crafting tools. The game also comes with a campaign mode, collectibles, appearances and outfit options, landscaping tools, vehicles, and a lot more. Developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game is available on Steam, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Apart from Lego editor, the game also offers a mode where you can go on a journey of exploration and adventure across a number of randomly generated worlds that can be traveled between at will by means of a spaceship. The central goal is to collect golden bricks by finding hidden chests and completing quests.
Terasology is openly inspired by and based on Minecraft having very similar aesthetics. The big difference is that this is an open source game, meaning one can contribute to the development and expansion of the community driven project. Besides the building and destruction elements of Minecraft, the game also offers some unique features, like the ability to build armies to defend your work, create different tools, use weapons, illuminate dark spaces with torches, and so on. The game maintains Minecraft’s block-based style and at the same time adds new and original elements to enhance the overall experience.
The last game on our list is Cube World, an action RPG with a focus on exploration. Having the same procedurally generated fantasy world made up entirely of cubes, the game contains dungeons, caverns and overworld castles, alongside biomes including grasslands, snowlands, deserts, and oceans. Using items such as hang gliders and boats, players can traverse the world more quickly. The game features character creation, where players need to select race and sex, then customise the look of the character. There are a total of four classes to choose from- warrior, rogue, ranger, or mage, each of which have access to unique armour, weapons, and abilities. Apart from fighting monsters and creatures in the open world, players can also tame animals, and craft items to create food, potions, weapons, and armor, as well as cosmetics.