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Manic Digger & Minetest provide almost identical experiences to Minecraft, whilst games such as Blockland and Block Story give something slightly different. ~ Zoey Hughes
If you’ve spent hideous amounts of time building in Minecraft and are now wondering if the blocks are always squarer on the other side of the fence then you’re probably wondering how you can possibly get through the myriad of really cool games like Minecraft in only one lifetime.
Fear not; let me give you some more information on my top picks and help you make an educated decision
If you’ve played Minecraft you’ve almost certainly heard of Terraria.
The comparisons are rife and yet some people find the level of combat off-putting so I’m not going to spend a great deal of time in this article (see my article about games similar to Terraria).
Just know that it’s the obvious option for those looking to move on from `Minecraft´ who want a bit more action
Instead I’m going to show you games that have exactly what you want – bricks and lots of them, all with textures unique to the game and a whole new community of people for you to start building projects with.
If what you’re after is a free complete `Minecraft´ clone then `Minetest´ is exactly what you need
It looks the same, it plays the same and the development team work hard to insert any new Minecraft features into the open source game.
Minetest also comes with one added bonus, really low required specs on your computer so feel free to install this on your aging systems without a care in the world.
If what you’re after is a free complete Minecraft clone then Minetest is exactly what you need
It seems hard to imagine a world before Minecraft now, such is the level of phenomena that is attached to it, but Infiniminer is actually the inspiration for it.
It may not have the level of recognition of Minecraft but the building and collecting resources is pretty similar.
Even the visuals will seem very familiar to you, and if you like coding you’ll be pleased to know Infiniminer is open source.
If you want to see the game that prompted development of Minecraft download Infiniminer here.
And finally I have to mention Manic Digger.
Another free alternative, the community is what makes it stand out from the millions of other Mineclones out there.
There are countless mods available that can even turn the peaceful world into an FPS but fear not, there’s an endless catalogue of building-related mods too.
The bottom line is that Manic Digger’s free price tag makes this game epically good value so give it a try.
What have you go to lose?
Blockland advertises itself as “like playing LEGO on the internet” and to be honest that’s about right.
If you’re not too attached to the humble cube brick then this allows everyone to build with a slightly more familiar medium
There’s also the addition of fun quests and mini-games to break up the monotony of the gameplay.
Roblox is aimed at younger gamers, and endeavours to provide a safe and wholesome environment for creativity
Allowing you to make objects using custom pieces but also allowing a fully customisable avatar that you can build from scratch this will keep kids and teenagers busy without the worry of “mature” content.
Block Story is a hybrid of RPG aspects and Minecraft.
Yes you can forge items and build to your heart’s content but you can also use certain objects to summon mythical helpers and who doesn’t love a fiery dragon?
There is a set quest line and you will encounter NPCs in the wide world with additional sidequests but there’s no pressure to actually carry out any of these and you can simply ignore them if you wish.
The beauty of `Block Story´ is its multi-platform capabilities
Yes you can play it on your laptop but then you can transfer to you phone or iPad when it’s time to sit on a train meaning you need never be apart from your game again… unless your battery dies, which is always a bummer.
Chances are if you’re looking for really fun games like Minecraft then you’re looking for something in the same vein but not identical.
If that’s the case, and you’re not interested in trying Terraria then Blockland or Block Story are going to be perfect for you.
But that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with wanting a free clone of the game you love so much.
If that’s all you need to be happy then Manic Digger and Minetest can’t be beat. You won’t find a more similar pair of games as both of them strive to be perfect copies of the (nearly) original buildathon.
Have you discovered another great Minecraft clone? What did you like about it?
Let me know in the comments below!