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7 Games Like Second Life - Popular Virtual Worlds


There are plenty of games like Second Life available if you are looking to start exploring another world filled with delights, activities and other like minded people. These virtual alternatives offer a variety of features and options that make for an exciting and varied experience.

Second Life is one of the most popular virtual worlds currently available for its target demographic (16 years and above). The site has a strong focus on user generated content and uses Linden scripting to add functionality to objects.

If you are tired of using the Second Life platform and looking for something with a different vibe check out the quick list of my favourite worlds to explore on this page. If you're looking for alternatives because you feel stuck without Linden dollars, then I recommend reading this guide on earning Linden Dollars.

Stop by the comment section to share your favourite alternative or share any games like Second Life that I haven't included on my list. If I enjoy what the world has to offer I'll be sure to write a review and add it to this page.

Why Do You Like Virtual World Games? - What Feature Attracts You To This Genre?



1 - IMVU

IMVU is a highly popular social games like Second Life and has a similar focus on user generated content. IMVU appeals to users of a younger demographic and has over 55 million registered users, receiving tens of millions of unique visitors every month.

The biggest appeal of IMVU over other virtual worlds is the massive IMVU catalogue which features more than 10 million items with almost all of them being created by members. This catalogue is filled with avatars, clothing, furniture, rooms, stickers and much more which users can purchase to use. Users are also more than welcome to submit their own products to the catalogue.

If you like the user generated aspect of Second Life then IMVU is a great alternative for you, you'll find all the creative tools you need to create all sorts of products. It is also easier to access due to its mostly browser based gameplay.

IMVU - Official Website

IMVU Gameplay



2 - Planet Calypso

One Of The More Unique Games Like Second Life

Entropia Universe is a massive online universe that offers a number of MMORPG style features.

The game takes place on a number of planets and features an in-game currency (PED) which is fixed at a 10:1 exchange rate against the US dollar. This means that every virtual item has real money value with some items being sold for thousands of dollars (even making the Guinness World Records Book twice).

Planet Calypso takes place in a distant sci-fi orientated future, with users taking on the role of colonists. Some users in the online environment choose to use it entirely as a social platform while others get into the various game aspects such as trading, hunting monsters, crafting or other professions to generate PED.

Planet Calypso requires a free download to play and offers plenty of starter missions to point you in the right direction. If you are looking for a social game like Second Life with something different, Planet Calypso is a great option.

Entropia Universe - Official Website

Why You Should Try Entropia Universe - An Overview Of Features In Entropia Universe



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3 - Twinity

Explore This Game Like Second Life

Twinity was one of the first 3D virtual game worlds to focus on replicas of real cities. More recently the game has moved away from replicas into user generated content (both indoor and outdoor fantasy environments).

Twinizens (Twinity users) are able to create, develop and even sell a variety of products. Users are also able to setup their own apartments, shops, lounges and even clubs. All users are given a starter apartment which can be furnished and decorated as you see fit.

One of the more unique features of Twinity is the badge system which rewards players when they complete special achievements. These achievements are split into several categories including Social, Lifestyle and Travel.

Twinity - Home Page

Twinity Overview



4 - OurWorld

OurWorld is another great virtual world that began many years ago and is browser based.

OurWorld allows you to do anything that you've ever imagined and combines all the good things in life to create a very enjoyable virtual world experience similar to other games in the genre. There does something special though and has a whole different vibe to the website.

With a great range of avatar customisation options. a community in the hundreds of thousands and various games the experience of OurWorld is one of the best on offer in the virtual world space.

OurWorld - Official Website

OurWorld Trailer



5 - Club Cooee

A Game Like Second Life Also Focusing On User Generated Content

Club Cooee is another 3D world that has a strong focus on user created content. The 3D virtual world offers a number of environments that can be explored, many of which are influenced by users.

Club Cooee offers all the other features of the big virtual worlds and even includes voice chat functionality. Building and creation are the main drivers of Club Cooee so if you enjoy content generation Active Worlds will suit your style. This demand has created a vibrant market place for generated content (models or textures).

With hundreds of millions of objects created there are many varied environments to explore.

Club Cooee - Register Today

Club Cooee Gameplay



6 - Habbo Hotel

A Free Browser Based Game Like Second Life

Habbo Hotel is a free browser game that takes inspiration from other virtual worlds such as IMVU. Habbo Hotel features a number of casual social and gaming features with an emphasis on gaming that most modern social networking worlds are ignoring or moving away from.

The Habbo platform is currently available in over a dozen languages and has millions of members.

Habbo is unique in that it is available without a download and instead relies on Flash within your browser to create an exciting virtual world.

Habbo features all the standard virtual world features including chat, room decoration, gaming and even quests. By earning 'Fame Points' users can gain access to more content. Users can also purchase a premium membership to gain even more features.

Habbo Hotel - Home Page

Habbo Hotel Trailer



7 - Blue Mars

Another 3D Virtual World Game With Some Unique Features

Blue Mars is another one of the popular games like Second Life, like many other games in its genre this 3D virtual world focuses on social aspects and user created content.

Blue Mars bases its vision on the ability to terraform entire worlds and possibly provides insight into our own future. Users communicate and explore through avatars which allows you to interact with others and the environment. The game is built around a number of cities which offer a number activities including entertainment, shopping, games and even businesses.

Other features of Blue Mars include avatar customisation (clothing, body shape, skins, hair, face and makeup), communication (text, voice and private messaging) and a money based economy.

Blue Mars - Official Website

Blue Mars Preview

Which Game Like Second Life Is Your Favourite? - Or Share Your Own Virtual World Experiences Below

Grace on May 24, 2016:

i love the games u should think of putting townplay on its awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kervin05 on January 05, 2016:

I Know its was going to be club cooee I Lmao i sound annoying lol

blessing on May 31, 2015:

I have imvu

iyauna on March 19, 2015:

nice game i love it

anonymous on July 08, 2013:

@ninakreativa: Actually, being fully immersed in a virtual world is very good for mental health. It makes the brain more active and science has even made note that people that play virtual games like MMOs have a larger and more vibrant imagination as well as being able to control their dreams more than the average person.

As for physical health, if you have kids that play, get them to take a 15min-1 hour break every so often and go play or do something physical. I spent a lot of time on MMOs and other games, but im not a child and do labor work for a living. =)

wolvyz on May 02, 2013:

I must try a few of these.

anonymous on May 01, 2013:

I dunno, I'm a bit partial for Nuvera Online. I especially like that it's for adults only, but not in a sleezy sense.

anonymous on March 09, 2013:

I like all these games ive tried all of them im not to keen on IMVU you can't even walk on it.There is cool because you can do all kinds of cool things like fly and race and stuff Twintiy is ok but it takes a long time to load and blue mars is fun but when they look at you it's a little creepy.

anonymous on February 11, 2013:

I can not help but point out, Second Life, by definition is not a "Game", but a 3D virtual world. and IMVU is simply a 3D chat program, nothing more. you can not even walk around. As far as what of the "Virtual World" genre is the best, I would say progressively, SL is getting there, though the management team "Linden Labs" seems to do a horrible job even to this day with "Managing" things and improving on it. IMVU is nice as far as chat programs go mind you.


anonymous on February 10, 2013:

imvu is really fun take it from a person who has 1 sooo

-rose m.

forextrading2000 on December 15, 2012:

Cool lens, very informative!

FredMadridCaste on November 02, 2012:

Could be a good thing a comparative about the price of space in each virtual world. :)

FredMadridCaste on November 02, 2012:

To me , Twinity is by the moment the best virtual world. Why... even as a beta has more quality that others. And is not so expensive as S.L.

If you like to create content with Sketchup , Twinity is the best.

anonymous on October 21, 2012: takes a long time to load the profile though....

kopox on October 18, 2012:

downloading There :D

robertzimmerman2 on October 12, 2012:

I usd to do SL but they moved up graphically and my old laptop stayed put! I might try another one of these they look interesting.

anonymous on October 07, 2012:

atomicgirl24 on August 22, 2012:

Great list! I used to be a member of Twinity (actually, from when it first started), but became disappointed when it became a generic metaverse. It really had the potential to be something different with its attempt to mirror the real world, but everyone wanted it to be Second Life 2.0 so that's what it became.

I also used to be a member of There. That launched at the same time as SL but never became as popular. It's one of the more original virtual worlds because it's made in the style of an animated cartoon.

AW has been around forever... I'm shocked it's still here! I think it is the oldest virtual world on the net!

Camden1 on August 19, 2012:

These look like good games for the kids to check out during their last week of summer vacation!

ninakreativa on August 19, 2012:

I don't play games, but I like your lens, well done! I've heard about Second Life, but do not know any other games. I think that people can be quickly lost in virtual worlds, which is not good for mental and physical health.

Samuel Franklin (author) on August 18, 2012:

@CozyKitty: Second Life is still free (and lots of fun). On IMVU you only get money that can be used in-game, but depending on what you sell you may make the premium currency (IMVU Credits) which usually costs money, they just can't be cashed out.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on August 18, 2012:

I have heard about Second Life but never of any similar games. So this list is pretty impressive to me. It's good to know we have so many 'second chances':)

CozyKitty on August 18, 2012:

The only one i've ever heard of is imvu. I like the idea of making your own products - if people buy them, do you make money?

I still wanna try second life - is it still free? You have so many great games here, i'll have to come back and try some of them! :)

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