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18 Games Like Minecraft (Free and Paid) - Fun Sandbox Building Games


My Top 18 Alternatives To Minecraft - Play Other Great Sandbox Building Games

Are you a Minecraft addict looking for some similar paid or free games? There are many great Minecraft clones and alternatives available and the majority of them are free to play.

I have found the 18 best games like or similar to Minecraft and I hope you find one that you enjoy. They are available for many operating and gaming systems including PC, Mac, Xbox, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Windows Phone.

Minecraft is an extremely fun and popular sandbox building adventure developed by Notch, an indie Swedish developer who is also working on a number of new gaming projects. Notch's game became an overnight success and has been growing steadily ever since. This strong community, the constant stream of updates, and the ease of modding has created what we know, play and love today.

Minecraft was the start of a new love for the open world game genre for me, and I have since spent the past few years looking for games that offer a similar experience. Thankfully there is no shortage of games to try thanks to the influx of developers who have started developing for the genre after the huge success of Minecraft.

Don't hesitate to recommend your own favourite games in the comment section at the bottom of this page. I always love discovering new options and I'm always updating this page with my new favourites (which right now is Don't Starve).



1 - Roblox (Free)

A Social & Creative Mix Of Gaming

In terms of free to play options and community size Roblox is far ahead of any other option on this page. Its regular content updates, accessibility and ever-growing community make it definitely a worthy game for this list.

Roblox is focused on the social and creative side of things with players able to design their own playable levels to share with others or instead enjoy the thousands of other user created levels. With a community well into the millions the choice of levels and other players creates endless fun combinations.

Players are completely free to stick to maps created by other users or share their own creations (and hopefully reach the most-popular list!) instead. Chances are you will definitely find a map that you enjoy amongst the thousands of different options, which are the strongest advantage of Roblox (you can find FPS, RPG, racing and many others).

Roblox offers complete character customisation through Robux and also offers a premium subscription called The Builder's Club to give you even more options (although this is definitely not a pre-requisite to enjoy the game) with free players able to get the full experience.

While at launch Roblox had a rocky start and polished user levels were limited, the growth of sandbox games has allowed Roblox to now deliver one of the very best building games on the web and all for a free price tag.

Roblox - What Will You Build?



2 - Minetest (Free)

Free & Runs On Old Computers

Minetest is a great free game. If it didn't have a different name you would swear it actually was the same game. It is easy to see where Minetest draws its inspiration from (just take a look at the screenshot on the right).

Minetest has been around since 2010 and is slowly being developed to include all of Minecraft's features. It was created and is constantly developed by celeron55 (so round of applause to him). The game also has large focus on modding, so there are plenty of mods to try to you can even submit your own.

Minetest aims to be simple, stable and portable, this philosophy has allowed it to run smoothly on many old computer systems that cannot handle the demands of Minecraft. This has several trade-offs though, such as less detailed graphics and a lack of survival gameplay elements (currently). As such you should consider the game to be an alternative to the free version of Minecraft but with good modding support.

There isn't much more to say about Minetest as the gaming experience and gameplay is exactly that of the original Minecraft but with the added benefits of being free and the ability to run on older computers and hardware. Depending on what you are after, this will either be a very attractive option for you or exactly what you aren't looking for (so read on if that is the case).

A Look At Minetest - A Quick Overview of the Gameplay that Minetest Offers

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Don't Starve

Don't Starve

3 - Don't Starve

One of the Spookiest Minecraft Alternatives Yet

Don't Starve is a recent addition to the now popular open-world survival genre and has already been confirmed for a release on the new PlayStation 4 console upon its release.

Don't Starve puts players in charge of their own fate as they attempt to survive for as long as they can in a harsh and extremely scary game world. Players start off with nothing and must collect the necessary resources to craft tools—sound familiar?

These tools and resources will help you avoid insanity, hunger and various enemies. If you grow tired of the sandbox style of gameplay you can access a number of adventure levels with varying objectives.

A unique feature of Don't Starve (and one of my favourites) is that you earn experience for every sandbox game you start, which eventually leads to unlocking additional characters that have their own play-style.

Don't Starve is currently my favourite of these games and I don't see it being moved off this page any time soon. I've featured it lower on this page because I know a lot of readers are looking for free building alternatives (which isn't what Don't Starve offers).

Start Your Eerie Adventure - Grab Your Code for Don't Starve

Don't Starve Trailer

Cubic Castles

Cubic Castles

4 - Cubic Castles (Free)

A Free Building Focused Game With A Large Community

Cubic Castles is a free to play game that takes the building components of games like Minecraft and transplants them into a MMO framework. Focused around creation Cubic Castles allows players to create their own worlds with a large range of different blocks and items.

With your own little game area in Cubic Castles you can use this space to build anything from large houses, castles to platform challenges where other players can compete. This is supported by a range of traps and obstacles which allows you to create a brutal obstacle course for others to attempt.

Customisation extends beyond just your plot of land though with a tonne of clothing items and accessories to let you create your own persona along with a number of unique skills that you'll level up as you play more and more.

With solid building mechanics and a wealth of player creations Cubic Castles is one of my preferred free to play titles on this list.

Cubic Castles Gameplay

Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades

5 - Ace of Spades

Fun & Runs On Most Computers

Ace of Spades is probably the most fun I have had in a Minecraft-inspired experience in a long time. Ace of Spades is available on Steam and is best described as a mixture of Minecraft, Team Fortress 2 and Call of Duty, which are all games that I have enjoyed from time to time.

Ace of Spades is essentially a first-person-shooter, but it provides players with the added ability to create their surroundings for either defensive or offensive purposes. Want to dig to your enemy for an underground sneak attack? Or maybe fortify your position with a bunker? You can do both and much more.

This game also offers a good mixture of game modes to keep things interesting and gives you variety from just deathmatch modes.

Ace of Spades features very simple graphics, but this should not be considered a disadvantage since it allows it to run on any computer (although some people may be turned off by it).

Ace of Spades is an extremely fun alternative and is a must play for Minecraft and Call of Duty fans alike. There are also plenty of game servers and a good sized community of gamers, so finding a game is never to difficult, which I always find is a problem with multiplayer focused games as the community slowly dies after release. Thus far though this hasn't been the case with Ace of Spades and will likely continue going forward.

Ace of Spades Introduction - Watch the Ace of Spades Launch Trailer



6 - Blockland

A Lego-Inspired Building Experience

Blockland is often considered the Lego version of Minecraft. The characters and the world (built entirely by the player) are very block-like as if they are made of Lego blocks, which makes for an enjoyable and friendly art style.

Blockland offers many fun adventures and mini-games to keep the player interested and is less focused on mining and gathering materials than Minecraft. There is a wide variety of mini-games available, or you can create your own by building your creations and scripting them to perform certain actions.

Blockland encourages players to build objects on a grand scale and incorporate the amazing Physics Engine in the design or destruction (much more fun) of your creation. The game is also impressive on a visual level and very addictive.

If you love the idea of playing with Legos or enjoy watching amazing physics in action (generally related to destruction) then you'll find Blockland to be extremely satisfying. I purchased the game because I thought my younger sibling would love it. He really liked the game and got a lot of gameplay from it for a small price.

Blockland Review



7 - Terraria

One of the Best Games like Minecraft

Terraria offers similar gameplay to Minecraft but is played in a 2-D world with a few additional features that change the gameplay slightly. Terraria is heavily inspired by by other sandbox adventures, but also takes the genre into new and exciting directions. It has proven to be very popular with a wide audience.

The main difference between Minecraft and Terraria is that Terraria is focused more on adventure as opposed to the open game world and building. This means you'll spend your time adventuring through the variety of biomes that the game offers as you battle a vast number of monsters and even bosses which add great variety to the world.

Terraria also has NPCs that allow you to buy and sell the many items and resources available, which gives the game a somewhat RPG feel as you manage your inventory and upgrade your equipment to continue your adventure.

In terms of gameplay features, you'll find that Terraria has a large number of game mechanics to explore and learn about (this brief review barely scratches the surface of what is possible).

Terraria is great for anyone who enjoys adventuring deeper and deeper into the depths of an unknown world and is particularly enjoyable with friends. I personally got just as many hours from Terraria as I did with Minecraft so don't pass up the experience even though it isn't a free option.

Terraria Official Trailer - See the Game in Action

Block Story

Block Story

8 - Block Story

One of My Favourite Options, Especially For Mobile

Block Story is available across a number of platforms and combines the gameplay of Minecraft with MMORPG elements such as items, drops, pets, quests and a variety of equipment.

If you've always enjoyed the experience of casual MMORPGs like MapleStory but also like open-world survival games then consider this your perfect gaming experience.

The possibilities in the game world are endless, and it all comes for a very reasonable price. Much of your time will be spent following quests to level up your character, but you can easily ignore quests completely and head out to explore the wider game world if you choose to.

Other things to expect from Block Story include: levels, skill points, torches to light your way in caves, crafting, lots of equipment and a large selection of biomes (including the very unique sky, reefs and Hell).

I started playing Block Story on iOS since I was looking for something portable (I recommend an iPad as opposed to an iPhone) and really fell in love with the gameplay and quickly started playing on my computer instead, since I am more of a computer gamer.

The Block Story Trailer

King Arthur's Gold

King Arthur's Gold

9 - King Arthur's Gold

Like Minecraft, But Enjoyably Different.

King Arthur's Gold (KAG) is a game like Minecraft that lets players build castles, mine minerals and fight enemies.

It offers fast paced 2-D action with a focus on players building weapons of destruction to help them destroy their enemy or defend against them.

King Arthur's Gold features three playable classes: the Knight, who is a brute-force fighter equipped with a sword and a shield; the Archer who uses his long range and is capable of deadly ambushes; and the Builder who is capable of building defences and traps to defend your team's castle. So regardless of your play-style, there will be a class for you.

There is no doubt that King Arthur's Gold offers an amazingly fun and unique experience. The fact that so much of the content is available for free only sweetens what should already be at the top of your list.

After only playing the game for a week I decided to make the purchase and was not disappointed in the extra options and game modes which the premium status came with. It was well worth the price and is definitely something to consider if you enjoy KAG.

King Arthur's Gold Gameplay - A Wonderfully Fun Game

Epic Invenor

Epic Invenor

10 - Epic Inventor (Free)

Terraria-Inspired Side-scroller, RPG and RTS!

Epic Inventor is a Terraria-inspired experience, so if Terraria interests you (and the price is holding you back) Epic Inventor is a great free alternative.

Epic Inventor is described by its creators as a "ball of epic" and offers a mixture of side-scrolling, RPG and RTS elements. Quite frankly I have to agree with the creators on this one, Epic Inventor is incredible.

The early gameplay is pretty standard and has you gathering resources while you learn the basic mechanics and then quickly shifts its focus to building your own city. This city will eventually be complete with lumber mills and other neat buildings that reduce the need for resource gathering in time.

From there, the player (that's you) has to defend their wonderful city from enemies using a variety of traps, turrets and defensive options. Eventually you find yourself in more of a real-time strategy game similar to Age of Empires or Warcraft.

You also get access to regular updates and bug fixes, so its never short on content. If you do enjoy the experience, don't forget to donate a few dollars to support the developers. After all, it is free to play!

I found Epic Inventor to be one of those games I continue to return to every now and again to start a new game or load up an old save. You can get good enjoyment from an hour or two of gameplay or really push the game mechanics further with longer gaming sessions if you want.

Epic Inventory Gameplay

Clonk Rage

Clonk Rage

11 - Clonk Series (Free)

Weird Name, Awesome Game

Clonk is a game similar to Epic Inventor, it's a mixture of Terraria and management simulations. The series requires you to advance your civilisation as far as possible by mining ores, wood and other resources.

Similarly to Epic Inventor, you use these resources to create buildings that serve numerous purposes. Explore the massive generated worlds and experience varying types of terrain, changing weather conditions and unique physics.

The Clonk series is a very entertaining mix of action, strategy, tactics and skill. It has multiplayer capabilities (either via a single computer, LAN or the Internet) making it a great option to play with friends.

Clonk currently has several available versions all of which are available for free, while they originally were paid they have since gone freeware allowing anyone to experience this series.

When I first found out about this game I admit I wasn't sure what to expect but it proved to be addicting, unique and fun so it is worth checking out the free versions of Clonk that you can access.

Clonk Rage Trailer

Cortex Command game

Cortex Command game

12 - Cortex Command

Action-Packed and Something Different

Cortex Command is probably a stretch for most people who are looking for a game like Minecraft. I thought exactly the same until I played it for myself.

Cortex Command is simple (and addicting) by design, with the primary objective being to destroy the enemy's base on various generated worlds.

So what does that have to do with Minecraft? Well, it's the way you go about defending or attacking, mining gold, building a base and creating items and objects within the world (starting to sound familiar yet?).

Cortex Command also features physics, making for an exciting style of gameplay. If you are a fan of the Worms series but looking for a Minecraft touch then this is right up your alley.

One of the strangest games that I have featured on the page, it probably needs the most explanation of why I chose to include it. I admit most people might not find it appropriate, but I urge you to check it out before making a final decision.

I was originally told about this game by a friend a few years ago and didn't really make the connection to Minecraft at first, but slowly I started to see the similarities. I always felt the game didn't get enough notice for what is a very unique experience.

Cortex Command Gameplay



13 - Mythruna (Free)

Still Being Developed, but Already Amazing

Mythruna is still being developed but is still very much playable. You can only imagine how impressive it must be to already have earned an inclusion on this list when there is still a large amount of features to be added.

The real attraction of the game is its visual elements, which will definitely wow players and are a nice change (graphically) from the usual cube-inspired games that feature here.

Little is known about the direction that Mythruna will eventually take but its goal is to combine role-play elements with an endless randomly generated sandbox world (completely living and modifiable). So far the game is highly polished and simply breathtaking. If it continues on this path it will only grow in popularity.

Mythruna's attractive visuals are the first thing that will draw you into the game. The game's beauty is definitely ahead of most other options currently available on the market and the freedom of objects you can create only enhances this experience, as you aren't limited to block objects.

The game is constantly being developed, so new features and bug fixes are never far around the corner. Development, though, has mostly been a slow process, so don't expect the full-fledged game anytime soon.

Mythruna Gameplay

Total Miner

Total Miner

14 - Total Miner

A Game For Xbox, Available from Xbox Live Indie

Total Miner (Total Miner: Forge) is published by Greenstone Games and was released in late 2011 for the Xbox Live (indie game section). It is probably one of the best experiences next to Minecraft (and the closest). You can purchase it through the Xbox Marketplace for only $3 and with the amount of game time you will get it is well worth the small investment.

Total Miner offers players many different game modes including Creative (unlimited resources and building blocks to be as creative as possible) and Dig Deep where players explore the many cave systems killing various monsters and hunting for hidden treasures (great for players who enjoy the adventure side of open-world adventures).

Just like other options in the genre, players can combine resources to create various tools and items. Total Miner also offers stores where players can purchase weapons and other items. The best feature is a 24-player multiplayer mode allowing you to get together with all your friends and explore your Total Miner worlds.

Total Miner offers little new content compared to Minecraft but it is a great Minecraft-like game for the Xbox that me and some friends have spent many nights exploring.

Total Miner: Forge - The Launch Trailer



15 - FortressCraft

Game for PC and Xbox (Available from Xbox Live Indie)

FortressCraft is a game like Minecraft for Xbox users that serves as a good alternative to Total Miner. The game's focus is definitely towards building and social elements, but there are some fun multiplayer game modes.

The focus of FortressCraft is definitely on building and exploring. It does away with tedious activities, in particular resource collection. There is also a very distinct focus on the multiple options within FortressCraft.

FortressCraft is a very cheap purchase ($3) and is available from the Xbox Live Indie Games section. There is also a trial edition available so you can try the game before committing to the purchase.

If you are an Xbox player and feel like you are missing out on Minecraft this game is for you. Making the purchase decision with some of your friends makes FortressCraft an even more attractive experience.

FortressCraft Trailer

Eden: World Builder

Eden: World Builder

16 - Eden: World Builder

Game Like Minecraft For Your Apple Product

Eden: World Builder is Minecraft for your iOS Device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and is a bargain in the App Store at only $0.99.

The features of Eden, however, are somewhat limited, focusing on building your own creations and supplies users with an unlimited amount of blocks (it is unknown whether Eden plans to implement a survival-type mode). Of course this limits the game's potential to only your imagination, so the creative-minded will love the experience (particularly on iPad).

Eden World Builder's greatest feature and the attraction to it in general lies in the ability to easily share your creations with other Eden players. If you enjoy the building aspect of Minecraft and are interested in building epic creations at any time (and share them with a decent sized community), then Eden is well worth the purchase.

The only issue with Eden is the control scheme, which does take some practice to get used to and can still be annoying at times. It is still the best creative sandbox building game available for any iOS device. Eden is currently ranked 4.5/5 stars on the iTunes App Store based on all game versions, so you know its been well received.

Eden: App Review



17 - Survivalcraft

Another Minecraft Clone for Your Phone

Survivalcraft is your answer to Minecraft for the Windows Phone and is reasonably priced at $4.99. Survivalcraft currently has a 4.5/5 star rating from its users on the Windows Phone App Store. The game is also available on iOS and Android and often rated more highly than the Minecraft Pocket Edition by players.

The game is just an amazing experience and in line with what Mincraft and other games have to offer in terms of creative freedom. The graphics are also well presented.

At the start of Survivalcraft you are abandoned by a ship on the shores of a deserted (and randomly-generated) world, but after that point players will recognise the "all alone" feeling of those first few nights in Minecraft. Survivalcraft provides all the features that you would expect including the standard punching trees, mining, crafting and building.

Like most phone re-creations of Minecraft it suffers the usual issue: a fiddly control scheme that makes playing sometimes more pain than pleasure. It's something you will get used to over time, and if you spend a lot of time gaming on your Windows Phone you probably won't even notice.

Survivalcraft Let's Play

Manic Digger

Manic Digger

18 - Manic Digger (Free)

One of the Best Free Alternatives

Manic Digger is a simple free (and open source) building game that is reminiscent of Minecraft in design. Manic Digger is a great free alternative to Minecraft (if not the best).

By looking at the small screenshot thumbnail on the right its easy to see that the game isn't a cheap knock-off with the high-quality cube graphics that you've come to enjoy from Minecraft.

Manic Digger has nearly all the features you would want in a building game. Through its you'll find plenty of fun mods and servers to play on that offer both survival and building-based gameplay.

The game hasn't seen updates since late 2012 but still offers a strong single-player experience, or a multiplayer one if you want to get your friends online together and play on one of the available servers.

My group of gamer friends used Manic Digger as a fun little alternative to building on Minecraft and served its purpose well for a few months. So if you have similar requirements you'll find it a good option.

Manic Digger Gameplay - By GamingIsMyOwnLife

Any Other Games Like Minecraft? - Share Your Favourites, Thoughts and Opinions Below

Emmy on November 14, 2019:






Ruby rose

Rafy Santanders on November 06, 2017:

Nice list of games, I have played almost half of them. Anyway for the ones looking for the best flash Minecraft game you should check Match Craft ( Best Minecraft alternative you'll ever try.

Meh on April 05, 2017:

what about Growtopia?

charlize on August 06, 2016:

i like roblox the best

Ben on May 04, 2016:

Hey what about the blockheads super fun it's on iOS and android I have it on my Samsung tablet

Chicken on April 09, 2016:

Creativerse is afree one on steam that is really good

Billy Bob on September 29, 2015:

What about crafti it is a free game that you can play on a graphing calculator

episermy on September 27, 2015:

ROBLOX is not even like Minecraft at all. Neither is Terraria, since Terraria might be blocky, it has way more things than Minecraft.

angelina reyes on May 17, 2015:

i can not go on roblox now.

awesome yay on April 25, 2015:

ya your right

ghj on February 19, 2015:

i like roblox i already have it

rafiad on January 24, 2015:

roblox rocks u guys must try it out

Anonymous on December 01, 2014:

Forgot the game called Growtopia, eh? :/

hi on November 28, 2014:

nice thanks

someguy on November 11, 2014:

why are people so crazy about minecraft? With mods, yea, its got the best mods. But most people don't know a thing about downloading mods. (now you know something about me!) vanilla minecraft gets boring after 20 minutes. Also, people are calling every sandbox game like minecraft, or a clone. Terraria and all of these games are said to be clones. Really? think about it. Cloning is copying files. That's what clones are, copies. and when terraria and ROBLOX are said to be clones, then you know something is wrong with the world. My point is roblox came first, don't starve is not anything even close to minecraft, and some people are even saying Garrys mod is like minecraft (that's stupid). now here is a lesson minecraft fans should know, minecraft didn't invent iron, gold, lapiz lazulie, pickaxes, zombies, skeletons, the word nether, or even blocks and the sandbox genre.

Add on November 09, 2014:

Hey man, you should add Unturned, it is a nice free Multiplayer Minecraft style game, in Steam.

Facundo on August 03, 2014:

very good lens and the minecraft is fantastic!

tkdrules29 on July 18, 2014:

minecraft is getting old for me..

luckily i found this post!

idkjunilife on June 30, 2014:

Another one is Vantage:Prehistoric Simulation.

fibonacci1123 on June 22, 2014:

Nice lens. Great info for people who like Minecraft! Very well done.

anonymous on June 11, 2014:

im addicted to minecraft and I love this

shatabdi85 on June 07, 2014:

Good lens.

williamslaw on May 29, 2014:

Good job with the lens.

rayeavelen on May 03, 2014:

Starbound and Terraria for the win!

zach-murphy-7583 on April 18, 2014:

Survival CRAFT ROCKS!!!

Robert Connor from Michigan on March 24, 2014:

The girls like Minecraft style games!

AlphaCrusader on March 23, 2014:

Starbound is also a nice open world sandbox game.

Samuel Franklin (author) on March 21, 2014:

@VortexiaFx: Thanks, it's been fixed!

Jared Khoo from Singapore on March 21, 2014:

Just one thing - your Worldcrafter module's () with Android is misspelled. You put "Andriod".

cleogms on March 12, 2014:

not so good as minecraft original

rubylover123456 on March 10, 2014:

mindcraft is sooooo awesome I play it before school and after school and my friend's play it 2 XDDDD hope u get midecraft. :3

marcinwroblewsk on March 04, 2014:

minecraft is the best game in the world

HNCelica on March 03, 2014:

Great lens! Keep it up!

Samuel Franklin (author) on March 01, 2014:

@flycatcherrr: That's definitely the goal of these pages, I spend hours playing games so you don't have to and I'm glad to hear that I'm achieving that. Thanks for stopping by! :)

flycatcherrr on February 28, 2014:

What I really like about your game reviews is that I come out with a pretty goood sense of whether it's going to appeal to me, enough to take time to try it out. I appreciate the way you're saving me time - it almost makes up for the subtle undermining of my productivity, feeding the game thirst as you do! ;)

theAsian on February 16, 2014:

Sammy great article, lots of great games. You should consider checking out starbound on the Stream store. It is similar to Terraria, but the theme is based around space. Its a very interesting game.

Jamesykai on February 14, 2014:

Wow. this is an amaaazing lense. You've really inspired me!

PIEgamer on February 08, 2014:

Block Miner (PC)

Kelscute on February 07, 2014:

world craft

elly-edriana on January 31, 2014:

Blockhead (Android)

Zeraton on January 03, 2014:

Very nice list, Liked the page as well.

lovettuk on December 10, 2013:

Awesome List!! I have Minecraft and Terraria and love both of them. Nothing beats Minecraft though, it's one of the funnest games ever. There is also a game called Castle Miner Z on the indie section of Xbox Live Arcade Games, it's almost just like Minecraft but you play as your avatar and can make guns, and it's only a dollar. Hey if you like gaming you should check out my lens, I'm a creator of Njerdz a clothing & accessories brand for nerdy types. Gamers, Artists, Raver, etc.

Timvansteen on November 24, 2013:

Wauw, this is a very great list ! Thanks !

BroknKyboard on November 23, 2013:

Great List! I also like the way you formatted it (where each module goes, frequency of images, etc...)

ayannavenus on October 16, 2013:

What an awesome review!

PeterSalk on October 12, 2013:

This is a wonderful list. There are a lot of Minecraft-like genre remixes coming out these days too. Runnercraft is a pretty awesome endless runner Minecraft-like out now for iOS!

GeoffSmith LM on October 07, 2013:

Minecraft is probably the best among these games and expensive either. But the enlisted games are awesome, too. Terraria and Don't starve are personal favourites. It's good the time of indie games is here and more people can show their creations to the world.

QualifiedExpert on September 30, 2013:

This is great!! Thanks for sharing.

bluexcell on September 28, 2013:

Nice list you've made, I've actually created a game inspired by Minecraft, which is physics based.

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

nice and great work

anonymous on September 17, 2013:

Starmade is also a really amazing block building game. You build starships, explore space, land on planets, mine materials, fight space pirates. You can build any size ship you want from a small shuttle/fighter to a massive battleship with gun turrets and docking bays for smaller ships. You can also build orbital space stations, planetary landing platforms etc.

This is actually the game that pulled me away from minecraft.

anonymous on September 11, 2013:

Try Block miner!

Heather from USA on September 05, 2013:

Nice list, and I like the way you built the lens. I'm throwing a Minecraft birthday party this weekend. :-)

conwil9 on August 26, 2013:

Minecraft Pwns all these games but nice try :P

anonymous on August 18, 2013:

i hate guest in roblox

if you want me to be your friend in roblox then heres my username:


anonymous on August 13, 2013:

Try TheBlockheads its a terraria like game for Ios! Amazing! You can play on multiplayer or by yourself!

mariacarbonara on August 05, 2013:

My son loves minecraft so will show him this for some alternative to try too

ammas1 on July 29, 2013:

Minecraft is still the best!

But a good alternative list!

ToReview on July 21, 2013:

check out also Blockscape, paid, and very awesome minecraft-like game

dwiz123 on July 18, 2013:

Cube World!

foitoi on July 06, 2013:

Great stuff you got there!

anonymous on June 26, 2013:


YOURS TRULY CaptainSparklez

johnonsquidoo on June 19, 2013:

Terraria is so much fun, countless hours lost in that one.

anonymous on June 14, 2013:

@anonymous: ikr

anonymous on June 05, 2013:

@anonymous: lots of noobs in roblox it sucks.

anonymous on May 31, 2013:

@SimilarSam: me too

anonymous on May 28, 2013:

What about StaudSoft Synthetic World? It uses voxels instead of blocks.

anonymous on May 21, 2013:

Roblox is one.

anonymous on May 17, 2013:

Roblox is kind like minecraft...more child-oriented though.

anonymous on May 13, 2013:

What about starbound?

anonymous on April 28, 2013:

I'm amazed Blockscape isn't in the list. Engine wise and building wise this game is far ahead of minecraft already, barely any surival features yet but it seems this game has alot of potential.

hb6ijz on April 25, 2013:

I can totally feel for mining into water and digging straight down.

Samuel Franklin (author) on April 25, 2013:

@JimmPlus: I've played all of the games here at some point or another so I can write about what they offer. Needless to say its alot of fun creating a gaming page here on Squidoo.

JimmPlus on April 25, 2013:

Another awesome Games site. Do you play all these games?

anonymous on April 24, 2013:

There is also The Sandbox, which is great on iOs!!

anonymous on April 20, 2013:

If you're on mobile or tablet, Apple just posted this week a listing "If you like... Minecraft" other recommended games.

It is worth trying all of them I think

anonymous on April 10, 2013:

The old version of ace of spades is much better (and free!)

You can still find a lot of servers at build and shoot (search it on google)

anonymous on March 23, 2013:

Not ace of spades i got one day free for ace spades all you can do is multiplayer and you can place about six blocks per class and before you can place anything you get blown up.

Jerrikk on March 20, 2013:

Very nice lens! I didn't know about several of those! Thanks!!

anonymous on March 15, 2013: The best online game ever! you can create your own avatar, make games, then publish them to the community. We have guns, and a new thing called the Cube Gun where you shoot cubes and you can build with it. We have park our blocks that you jump on and you fly the opposite way. We also have bouncy blocks that are pretty much self explanatory. We have a great community, and the Developers are the nicest people in the world. KoGaMa is so much fun. I hope you read this whole thing and play KoGaMa, and enjoy it. Thank you, Goodbye.

MusicMadness LM on March 15, 2013:

Indie games are the best. I always wanted to be a games developer, just got to caught up with life.

anonymous on March 06, 2013:

You missed a new one from Linden Labs... "Patterns" is a new minecraft like game, with more than just blocks, it also includes triangle shapes, and crafting of shapes, and structures.

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

i love mythruna

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

junk jack on ios device

JessStone on February 27, 2013:

I had no idea there were so many alternatives to Minecraft, will tell my lil brother about these, thx!

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

Why are they not free

pauly99 lm on February 23, 2013:

Incredible lens! I'm off to play games :)

spencerharry80 lm on February 21, 2013:

It's a good lens.. prepared nicely and also it provides fruitful information

gamesnextcom on February 21, 2013:

wow, thank you for this len.

ClintCarmel on February 21, 2013:

Excellent page. As a fan of such games myself, I am glad you have listed so many here in one place. I think there's one Flash game you're missing. I'll have to go to Kongregate and get the name, then you can decide if you want to write about it or not.

fuhyewl on February 18, 2013:

I've played a few of these but you listed some I wasn't aware of. Gotta open up my steam wallet now!

hiddenobjectgam1 on February 18, 2013:

Wow, I did not know there were so many.

hempjewelry lm on February 16, 2013:

Minecraft is great and the mods are a great way of extending gameplay. Right now I can't wait for the aether mod to re-release and for tales of kingdom 2 to come out.

anonymous on February 16, 2013:

are there any games similar to minecraft but for free and for a mac bisids cubelands

chiptuning on February 10, 2013:

I like Eden World Builder, it´s really worth the price of $1....

chiptuning on February 10, 2013:

Nice games, i have to check them out!

sreejan lm on February 08, 2013:

I just posted a lens about the lego minecraft set that i had bought for my son.

This lens here is amazing.

I'll probably look into some other stuff for my kid the next time


maceemiller123 on February 02, 2013:

What a gem of a lens!! Cram-packed full of information and quite a few games i havnt heard of yet will play :) Thanks for the read!

anonymous on February 02, 2013:

Never played Minecraft as i do not play games that seem to have no ending and i do not have any free time these days . but for someone who wants to know about Minecraft and game like it, this is the lens you need! Greta stuff.

niels010 on January 26, 2013:

nice lens !

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