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

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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).

Roblox

Roblox

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?

Minetest

Minetest

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.