5 Video Games to Play if You Like ‘Minecraft’

For many, Minecraft isn’t a game so much as it is a way of life. It’s a platform, a toy, a set of building blocks that you can use to create nearly anything you want. It’s so popular and valuable that Microsoft bought it for a whopping $2.5 billion.

No wonder other game makers want a piece of the action. We’ve seen a trend in recent years of other games borrowing from Minecraft in ways both big and small. If you like Minecraft and you want to try other games that share some of the same qualities, we’re here to help. Below are five games any Minecraft fan can enjoy.

1. Terraria

Source: Spike-Chunsoft

Source: Spike-Chunsoft

Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS

Often described as a side-scrolling version of Minecraft, Terraria is kind of like a bunch of games rolled into one. At the start, you’re dropped into a randomly generated world that you can interact with however you want. Some people focus on collecting materials and shaping the environment to fit their whims. Others explore the vast and diverse environments, fighting off enemies as they go.

It’s your world. Use it however you want.

2. Starbound

Source: Chucklefish

Source: Chucklefish

Platform: PC

If Terraria is a side-scrolling take on Minecraft, Starbound is a side-scrolling take on Minecraft – in space. You play as a space explorer who goes from planet to planet, mining materials you can use to craft gear, weapons, and amenities.

The planets you encounter are generated on the fly, which means you’ll never run out of new places to explore. But they’re almost all interesting and unique in some way, with alien races, bandits, and wildlife populating each one. Thanks to its vast setting, the possibilities in Starbound really do seem endless.

3. Block Fortress

Source: Foursaken Media

Source: Foursaken Media

Platform: iOS

The goal in this iOS game is to construct the fortress of your dreams, and then defend it from enemies using a mix of tower defense and first-person shooting action. On top of that, you can team up with up to four friends for multiplayer matches.

Then, if you make such an extraordinary fortress you want to share it with the world, you can upload your creation for others to use. Or, if your creative well has run dry, you can always download fortresses other people have made. There’s a ton of depth in this game, so why not give it a shot?

4. Rust

Source: Facepunch Studios

Source: Facepunch Studios

Platform: PC

Unlike the other games on this list, Rust doesn’t have blocky or retro graphics. But don’t let that turn you away. Rust is a “sandbox” game in which your job is to survive. You’re dropped into a hostile world populated with animals, zombies, and other players, and left completely to your own devices.

The focus here is on “emergent gameplay” and player interactions. The game has no clear goals, so the fun comes not only from surviving against wildlife, but also from encountering other players and seeing what happens. Will you band together to increase your odds of survival? Or will you attack each other in a fight to the death so the winner can take all? Rust is many things, but predictable is not one of them.

5. Junk Jack X

Source: Pixbits

Source: Pixbits

Platform: iOS

If the freedom provided by all of these games seems a little daunting, a great game to start with is Junk Jack X, a 2D title for iOS that gently eases players into its beautifully pixelated world. A thorough tutorial guides you through each aspect of mining and crafting, starting out very basic and gradually introducing the more advanced concepts.

And thanks to consistent game updates in the years since it came out, the game keeps getting deeper and more expansive. Add in a four-player multiplayer mode, and you’re looking at nearly endless fun.

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