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Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time. Despite starting off as a simple concept, the game’s grown massively over the years. This is all thanks to its wonderful player base that adores sharing their favorite moments with the title, either alone or with friends.

With its addictive gameplay and simplistic graphics, it doesn’t look like its brand will disappear anytime soon.

If you’ve played a good amount of Minecraft and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 8 picks.

Of course, for all the games we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link, so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.

So without further ado, we present 8 games to check out if you’re looking for a game like Minecraft.

The Forest

The Forest feels like a realistic version of Minecraft. It features the same crafting and building gameplay that’s both enticing and fun. Yet, it has a darker atmosphere about it, making it a title that children shouldn’t go near.

The game also features bloodthirsty creatures with freakish designs that’ll terrify a child if they were to play it. The violence levels in the title are also more brutal in nature, as you’ll be chopping and shooting away at enemies with realistic and dangerous weapons like guns and knives.

The Forest takes place in an abandoned wilderness. The protagonist had wound up there because of a plane crash and must explore their surroundings to find food, shelter, and weapons. However, it’s best to act fast. Once it’s nightfall, the world’s deadly organisms will awaken and come looking for you.

As mentioned above, the game does a phenomenal job at building tension and suspense. It echoes the same chilling vibes you’d attain from exploring Minecraft’s saves and forests at night.

The Forest is a great alternative for players who are looking for a mature version of Minecraft that doesn’t hold anything back with its scares.



Terraria feel like the 2D equivalent of Minecraft in many ways. The game plants you in a vibrant and vast world, and you’re given free rein to do whatever you’d like. You can fight nearby enemies, search for fortune, and create wonderful machinery, gear, and aesthetics that best suit your journey.

It’s a 2D title that gives you a whole world to play in and encourages creativity. If you want to build an incredible city filled with formidable warriors, go ahead. If you want to seek out foes to fight and steal accessories from, nobody will stop you. The entire world is yours to conquer.

Furthermore, Terraria receives content updates that’ll want to leave you playing the game for hours on end. If you enjoy games that offer this level of freedom, then check it out.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming and life simulation game that offers stunning pixel graphics, fun gameplay, and enough content to keep you hooked. Like Minecraft, it’s a game that will leave you preoccupied with its many activities and one that’s best enjoyed in short bursts.

In this game, you play as a young girl who inherited their grandfather’s farm plot. You’ll be armed with his tools and a few coins to start off your adventure. Unfortunately, the town’s in shambles because of a corporation’s influence over Stardew Valley. Therefore, it’s up to you to help this girl find ways to rekindle the spirit Stardew Valley’s citizens once had.

Like Minecraft, Stardew Valley allows you to make the world your playground. While improving upon your grandfather’s farm plot, you’ll run into opportunities to raise livestock and grow crops. Also, the game features 4 players online co-op, where you and three others can build a farm and improve its community.


Roblox is a community-driven simulation game. It features content that ranges from colorful child-friendly mini-games to more violence-heavy PVP gameplay. It’s a game everyone in the family can enjoy. Like Minecraft, it has a worldwide audience and features user-generated content.

The user-generated content is always monitored by Roblox staff. Each also has its own set of rules in place to keep things from turning sour. The ecosystem of generated content is eerily reminiscent to the servers you’d explore in Minecraft, too.

The graphics in both titles are bland. However, fans can purchase cosmetics to make their experiences feel more magical and exciting. While Minecraft’s PC releases don’t suffer from microtransactions, Minecraft’s console releases lock content behind paywalls similarly to Roblox.

Dragon Quest Builders

Dragon Quest Builders is a Dragon guest spin-off title that blends its classic JRPG roots with the Minecraft formula. Unlike Minecraft, Dragon Quest Builders features better graphics and an actual narrative. The narratives in general offer well-written characters and many emotional scenes that’ll tug at your heartstrings.

On the other hand, the gameplay is vaguely reminiscent of Minecraft. It’s also more plot-driven and focused for the most part, but tends to lean more open near the endgame. The gameplay features you completing various tasks and building structures that coincide with your player quests. You can build things from houses to large structures.

Like Minecraft, you’ll attain recipes that will grant you access to better things to build. The buildings and structures you create are more impressive graphically and visually than Minecraft. Despite it having more improvements over Minecraft, Dragon Quest Builders is a fun-filled spin-off title fans of the latter should invest time into playing.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved offers a grittier world filled with menacing dinosaurs and obstacles around every corner. Like Minecraft, this game encourages players to hunt for food, craft items, research their surroundings, and build structures.

As one can tell, Ark and Minecraft both tackle survival and suspense in unique and thrilling ways. As you walk and traverse your surroundings, you’ll discover minuscule details that’ll catch your attention. The world of Ark is far more beautiful than Minecraft, but it manages to deliver the same tension and wonder as it.

On the other hand, Ark offers more creative liberties than Minecraft. Essentially, the material you mine or search for allows you to build more complex structures. Unlike Minecraft, Ark makes it easier for players to build ramps, generators, wires, and all sorts of material things. You don’t need to twist a chair-shaped object around to make it look like an arch in this game. It’s all done and made easier for you.

That’s not to say the game doesn’t offer any challenges. As with Minecraft, Ark delivers challenging hurdles that will keep players on their toes in the form of challenges and enemies.

Lego Worlds

Lego Worlds was the Lego franchise’s first endeavor in building gameplay that Minecraft popularized. Although there were previous Lego games in the past that predate Minecraft, none of them captured its massive scope and atmosphere. Lego Worlds was an attempt to capture fans’ joy with building and creating things with Legos. It did a fine job at doing so.

The gameplay is like older Lego titles in concept but adds in elements from Minecraft. For example, you’ll be exploring worlds looking for different arrays of treasures and secrets. However, the game leans into you the building aspects more by theming missions around the concept.

Like Minecraft, as you play, you’ll acquire access to building different things for clients and yourself. The quests are repetitive but imitate Minecraft’s gameplay to a tea. Essentially, you’ll find yourself completing tasks requiring you to perform similar duties but in larger and long intervals.

The game also features an incredible tutorial through its story mode. These tutorials aren’t complicated, and like in Minecraft, they’ll help you become a better builder over time. While it lacks in some areas, Lego Worlds is a great game to play if you’ve been looking for something identical to Minecraft.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky had a rocky development cycle and launch. Many found themselves disappointed with what it had to offer and made their complaints known to the game’s developers. Over time, the developers’ worked to turn it into the game of their and fans’ desires. While it lacks in some areas, it’s now a better game full of things to do and places to explore.

Like Minecraft, No Man’s Sky is set in a beautiful large universe where you travel between different planets. On these planets, you can engage with different organisms, mine for materials, and build upon your character by upgrading their gear. All of these organisms and machinery look remarkably stunning, especially if you’re playing the game in high resolution.

Each of these planets offers different surprises and discoveries at every corner. This allows players to forge experiences different from their friends and others. The action in the game is lackluster at best. The gun play doesn’t feel too fun compared to other third-person adventures. However, it’s on par with Minecraft’s bland swing animations.

So there we have it, our 8 video game picks to keep you busy after playing Minecraft.

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