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: Re-Logic
Why you should play it: When most people describe Terraria to their friends, they tend to mention how it's like it a 2D version of Minecraft, and for good reason: there are several elements that are similar, but the building and mining aspects share the strongest resemblance. You need to head into the caves to gather resources so you can get stronger. You'll also want to build a house to protect yourself from enemies that come out at night.
What makes it unique: Although you'll spend a lot of your time mining and building, Terraria at its core is about defeating bosses. You need to constantly upgrade your gear and become stronger in order to defeat more than 20 bosses. Although Minecraft has a few bosses in the Elder Dragon and Wither, it doesn't compare to Terraria. If you're craving more action and adventure in a sandbox game, this is the game for you.
ESRB rating: Teen
3115A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2011
- Platform: Windows XP, Microsoft Windows
- Photo: Eric Barone
Why you should play it: With so much to manage in Stardew Valley, it can be easy to forget that a lot of the core elements of the game are similar to Minecraft. You'll spend lots of time building and expanding your farm and fighting to survive. Also, like Minecraft, you don't want to be out at night or you might regret it. Sure, you won't find zombies, but you might get attacked.
What makes it unique: Even though it shares a lot of similar gameplay elements with Minecraft, there are also plenty of factors that set it apart. For starters, Stardew Valley lets players get to know their community and forge lasting relationships. Gamers can even get married! There are also quests for you to complete, and there are ways for you to make money outside of mining diamonds. It's also a 2D game, which is a pretty substantial change.
ESRB rating: 10+
2414A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2016
- Platform: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Photo: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Why you should play it: If you're looking for another survival and exploration-based game, Subnautica is a great option. You'll need to overcome dangerous enemies, collect resources, and build a base to survive like in Minecraft. You'll also slowly upgrade your tools as you make progress and gather new resources.
What makes it unique: Unlike Minecraft, you'll be stranded on a watery planet. As a result, you'll need to keep eye on your oxygen levels or risk drowning. There's also a story that you'll follow as you progress through the game, which is something Minecraft lacks. You can also play Subnautica in VR if you have the proper equipment.
ESRB rating: 10+
2111A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2018
- Platform: Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
- 4Photo: Strange Loop Games
Why you should play it: Eco is the closest thing to a Minecraft successor we have as it takes many of the elements that made Minecraft great and actually expands upon them. There aren't and major changes to the core gameplay like there are in many of the other games on this list.
What makes it unique: The biggest difference between Eco and Minecraft is that you need to be mindful of the damage you're doing to the environment. You'll want to cut down trees that won't erode the soil. You'll also need to make sure you limit waste or you'll risk polluting the water. The goal of the game is to create a society that won't be wiped out by a meteor. It's a challenge, but with your sandbox experience you should be up to the task.
ESRB rating: 10+
155A must-play for 'Minecraft' fans?
- Release: 2018
- Platform: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Ma