You've played Minecraft relentlessly. You love it, you might've put hundreds, maybe even thousands of hours into it.
But now you're looking for change... you want something more, something new, something that'll scratch your Minecraft itch and let you dive into a new gaming experience.
Well, this is it, my friends. I know you'll love some of these Minecraft alternatives we've put together.
But remember: The only way to know for sure is to try one of these games out for at least a couple hours -- enough time for you to get a feel of the game.
After that, make your decision to play further or to try again. Don't give up and you'll find "Your Next Minecraft" in no time at all!
Terraria is a 2D sandbox game (just like minecraft, except for the 2D part) where you can run around the world and fight monsters, build buildings, explore, and gather materials you can later use to build up a base. It's essentially a "2D Minecraft", although some game elements differ, of course.
You can do anything! As a new player you start out with a basic mining pick, woodcutting axe, and a sword. Your job, then, is to explore the world, gather materials, craft them into bigger and better things, and grow your character.
Over time, you'll find yourself becoming stronger by crafting better armor, building better buildings / bases, and fighting stronger monsters -- eventually, even beating some world bosses!
If you want something with similar gameplay and don't mind the 2D aspect, Terraria is a great alternative to Minecraft.
Starbound (developed and published by Chucklefish Games in 2016) is an action-adventure 2D game. Its biggest similarity to minecraft lies in the fact that you have an open universe to explore. You'll gather better items, armor, weapons, and visit various villages and towns to progress in the game.
You'll be living in a procedurally-generated world (this means you'll have an awesome variety of content!) where you can do quests, explore the world at will, take on story-based missions, or just fight enemies all day long.
The best part: You can terraform the environment! Build buildings, sell crops that you've farmed, or even rent out your buildings to NPCs that travel around in the game.
Created by a Canadian indie game studio, Klei Entertainment (2018) Don't Starve & Don't Starve Together (the multiplayer version) are open world survival games that mimic several minecraft mechanics.
You have to explore the open world and find food, create shelter for warmth, craft objects, and ultimately -- survive.
First off, it takes place in a randomly generated open world. This means that every time you play a map you'll have a different experience. Resources, dangers, and various landmarks won't ever be in the same place twice.
Second, the adrenaline rush you get from trying to keep your character mentally stable, well fed, and avoiding danger while exploring is one of a kind. You won't know it till you try it!
And as a final note, you can play multiplayer in Don't Starve Together, the multiplayer version of the game. The core game is essentially the same, but Don't Starve is the single player version without networking/multiplayer elements. .
The Forest is a survival game developed by Endnight Games. You start on a remote peninsula with heavy forests and vegetation, and try to survive after a traumatic plane crash.
Its biggest similarity to Minecraft comes with the fact that you need to craft survival tools, weapons, and shelter for yourself. On top of that you have to fend off the creatures that inhabit the forest around you - especially the cannibal mutants who lurk in the woods.
Build, craft, and gather during the day -- survive and defend yourself by night. The vastness of the world out there for you to explore, coupled with the gathering and building system make this an awesome game to try out.
It's not exactly like Minecraft, but similar mechanics might scratch your building and exploring itch.
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