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minecraft alternativeMinecraft Create, Survive & Fight In The Online Game Minecraft Create, Survive & Fight In The Online Game Minecraft Read More is easily one of the best indie games to come out in the last few years. Its success has had less to do with the game’s polish, of which there is very little, than the gameplay. There are few other games that offer the same potential for exploration and creativity.

But few is not none, and Minecraft’s success has certainly inspired some other developers to try apply a similar sandbox concept to different titles. If you like Minecraft, but you’re a bit burnt out, these similar games might be a nice vacation.

Blockland

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At first glance, Blockland seems very similar to Minecraft, as they’re both about using available blocks to create whatever you’d like in a custom environment. Even the perspective is similar, although Blockland has a much different graphical style.

These similarities are deceiving, however. Blockland actually began life back in 2004 as a homage to Lego Build Virtual Legos On Your PC with Lego Digital Designer Build Virtual Legos On Your PC with Lego Digital Designer Read More . After spending three years in a beta state, it went retail in 2007 and has since enjoyed a small but loyal following.

There’s arguably less game here, as Blockland doesn’t have a survival mode and isn’t about mining at all. It’s purely about building. The complexity of what you create using in-game tools is actually greater than that of Minecraft, however. Up to 32 players can join forces in multiplayer.

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Blockland is $19.95 on the developer’s website.

Fortresscraft

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If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Notch and everyone else involved in Minecraft’s development should be very flattered indeed. The games are so similar that the first question in Fortresscraft’s FAQ is “Can’t you be sued for infringing Mojang’s copyright?”  The developer’s answer is naive in the extreme, but that’s beside the point.

The big difference is the platform. Fortresscraft is a Xbox Live 4+ Free Downloadable Xbox 360 Games & DLC You Should Grab Right Now 4+ Free Downloadable Xbox 360 Games & DLC You Should Grab Right Now Read More Indie project, which means that while the look and feel of Fortresscraft is similar to Minecraft, you now have the option of enjoying the game from the comfort of your couch.

Fortresscraft’s unique features relate to Xbox Live. Your avatar will be your Xbox avatar rather than a generic, blocky loser, and multiplayer is supported through the Xbox Live service. The price of $3 (240 MS Points) is hard to complain about as well.

Terraria

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Something of a surprise, Terraria rapidly gained attention after a successful beta. The game is something of a mash between a 2D platformer and Minecraft. While some naysayers have bashed the game as a clone, it’s the most unique game of the three Minecraft alternatives listed here.

It’s the 2D platformer elements that make Terraria distinct. Although mining resources and building structures are important parts of the game, combat is also front and center. You’ll run into monsters early and often, and your ability to maneuver and time attacks can determine success or defeat.

There’s also a robust character development element to Terraria. As you obtain new resources and attractive vendors to your structure(s) you’ll be able to obtain a wide variety of new weapons, armors and gadgets. These are critical if you want to mine your way into the deepest, darkest dungeons and beat the bosses within. Terraria supports multiplayer, although as with Minecraft, you’ll have to know the server’s IP address.

Terraria is $9.99 on Steam.

Conclusion

I decided on these games because I think they offer the most unique gameplay while also replicating that exploration and creativity that makes Minecraft so addictive. There are a number of other games that deserve honorable mentions, however, such as Manic Digger and Infiniminer. If you know of a great block-based sandbox game, feel free to share it in the comments.

  1. robloxlover
    July 31, 2011 at 2:01 am

    How could you leave out Roblox  it allows you to build literally anything and visit other users worlds and gives you access to their creations so you can put them in your world

  2. Gothboy77
    June 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Actually, there is a survival mode in Blockland, and many more besides that. You can make mini games, such as knife TDM's, Death Matches, Challenges, Survival RP's, Racing Servers, the possibilities are endless. Do not forget about Zombies and other neat stuff as well. Blockland has Minecraft in the bag.

    • Minecraft fan boy
      June 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      except no one knows about blockland... I had no idea until i read this article.

      You do realise that Minecraft multiplayer lets you GIVE resources so u dont actually have to go searching for supplies or tools or anything.

      The difference between Minecraft and these games, is that Minecraft sells and Mojang clearly know to market their product.

      I will admit though that Terreraria is becoming an increasingly popular game and Mojang are aware of this.

  3. Scutterman
    June 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Minecraft is coming to xbox this winter. I'm hoping the PS3 isn't far behind so I can use those 1m cubed 16x16 low-res blocks on a hd widescreen.

    Oh, and infiniminer deserves more than a mention - its code is the foundation of Minecraft as we know it (that's my understanding anyway, it's also the code fortresscraft is built on, hence the similarities)

    • M.S. Smith
      June 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      The problem is that infiniminer is that as a game, it doesn't have anything on Minecraft or any of the other alternatives. It hasn't even been in development by its creator for like, 2 years now, right?

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Minecraft doesn't use any of the infiniminer sourcecode, they're in different languages. 

  4. aroo nixon
    June 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I know you did NOT just call Infiniminer a clone of Minecraft.

    • M.S. Smith
      June 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      No, I didn't call Infiniminer a clone of Minecraft. That would be silly.

    • Ferus Grim
      June 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Alternative is much different than 'clone'... And what's with the attitude? Even if he had made that simple mistake, it would have been much more acceptable to just point out the flaw.

    • setari
      July 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Minecraft was basically taken from the idea of Infiniminer. But no, he did not call MC a clone of Infiniminer.

  5. Nick
    June 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Fortress Craft is very different from Minecraft, Fortress Craft is mining, and building, you don't have to search for supllies, no animals. Yes graphics are alike, (FC is better i believe). They are alike, but not enough to get sued. You also forgot to mention how fun and addicting FC is. Trust me, I'm not a die hard fanboy, I enjoy Minecraft just as much, but you were too hard on FC, i like it also because it is XBL and i can talk to friends.

    • Lol
      September 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

       Lol. :D

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