Looking for a few great games similar to Minecraft? Although it's more than 10 years old, Minecraft is still one of the most popular games today (just see our current most popular games list for proof.) The open-world adventure title helped launch the sandbox genre to the mainstream, giving players complete control over blocky characters and even blockier backgrounds. While it’s definitely a revolutionary game, there are plenty of other building games like Minecraft that offer similar gameplay mechanics with tons of replay value.
While there have been tons of imitators and copy-cat titles over the years (some good, some really bad), we’ve decided to rank our 15 favorite games that feel and act (or least feature various gameplay elements) the way Minecraft does. From popular titles like Stardew Valley, which offers a lot of the same gameplay mechanics but in a fun 2D version, to survival series like Don’t Starve, which of these games have you played? And which ones did you find most similar to Minecraft?
Vote up all the great games you’ve played, and vote down the titles you really don't see a striking similarity to Minecraft.
- Photo: TT Games
Why you should play it: When Minecraft was first released, many people referred to it as LEGO in a video game. Now LEGO has switched things around and made a LEGO Minecraft game. You'll do many of the same things as you would in Minecraft, but in LEGO form.
What makes it unique: LEGO Worlds lets you craft, build, and explore open-world environments just like you would in Minecraft. However, you'll also get to enjoy a campaign mode and find collectibles like in ye olde LEGO games. LEGO Worlds gives you the feel of Minecraft, but it also makes you feel like you're playing with LEGO with your friends again.
ESRB rating: 10+
147A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2017
- Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Photo: Studio Wildcard
Why you should play it: Ark takes the survival element of Minecraft to the next level. You'll be stranded on an island full of dinosaurs with nothing to protect you but yourself. The survival and crafting elements of this game are based on what you learned in Minecraft, but Ark is a little more complex.
What makes it unique: Ark can be very challenging for new players, as finding the right gear early on and learning how to craft efficiently can be very difficult. As a result, you'll likely find yourself eaten by animals a few times before you get the hang of it. Combat is also far more difficult than in Minecraft, so you need to be ready for the challenge.
ESRB rating: Teen
1711A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2017
- Platform: Linux, PC, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Photo: Dekovir Entertainment
Why you should play it: Craft the World is another game with an emphasis on crafting and exploration. You'll need to upgrade your gear and fend off challenging enemies at night. However, you won't just be exploring the surface, you'll need to explore the different levels of Earth to collect crafting supplies.
What makes it unique: In Craft the World, you'll have a pack of dwarves at your command. You'll give them orders to dig, go after enemies, and build structures. This sounds nice having them do the heavy lifting, but you can't ignore them. The dwarves need to be clothed and fed as well, or they won't be as effective. It's hard enough keeping yourself alive in these games, but in this one, you have to keep your army alive also.
ESRB rating: 8+
148A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2014
- Platform: Mac, PC
- Photo: Roblox Corporation
Why you should play it: Like in Minecraft, you can create basically anything you want in Roblox. The world is yours for the taking, and you'll be free to create and destroy anything you want once you've mastered the editing tools—which shouldn't take too long.
What makes it unique: Roblox is known for being a multiplayer game. As a result, if you don't enjoy playing by yourself in Minecraft, this is a good alternative. Everything in the world is built by other players, so you'll have lots of interesting things to explore. However, to build things you'll need to master the games intricate editing tools. This can be very challenging, so you need to be prepared for the steep learning curve.
ESRB rating: 10+
1514A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2006
- Platform: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox One