Mojang’s Minecraft went live in 2009, and most gamers have at least immersed themselves in the world of sharp edges. With an open world to explore and a fun mindset, this long-running sandbox game has something for everyone. Build amazing things limited only by your imagination, take care of the land and its pets, or just run off to explore and fight.
The world has continued to grow and inspire a lot of the gaming sphere throughout its timeline. It has come a long way and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. There’s something for just about everyone in Minecraft, but if you can’t get enough, here are 10 games you should check out.
Farming, mining, fishing, and the growth of a community take the lead in Stardew Valley. It gives off the same cozy vibes and allows players to relax with a more guided experience to change pace without losing the quaint feelings.
If you’re looking for a little change of pace from surviving and building, the other aspects of exploring and grinding are still there. It still gives off the same cozy yet stressful Minecraft energy. Particularly when you need to open so many Wikipedia tabs to keep track of everything that’s going on in this small town.
Jump between worlds and fight against enemies to discover a cube RPG similar to Minecraft. If combat and exploration are what pique your interest, Portal Knights has you covered. Crafting and resource gathering still exist, but don’t take the initiative.
Instead, fighting is the name of the game, and getting deeper into the lands by upgrading gear is the way to do it. Bring a friend or two with you to fill your ride with laughter. Just keep your weapon ready and be prepared to get a scar or two along the way.
Surviving in a water world against a deadly virus would be tough enough, but add being in the food chain and you have Subnautica. Dive into the popular ocean world of 4546B and explore the vast wet world. Many others have already started their underwater vacation, so why not join?
Stay in the water and learn new blueprints to build. Swim in the dunes and avoid leviathans, or dive into the cave system and learn the secrets of the planet saving yourself in the process. It could even stay on the surface and wait for a rescue ship. They have to show up when they hear about your ship’s crash. Right?
If terraforming an entire planet sounds like fun, take it to the space race in Planet Crafter. Play as a space prisoner tasked with turning a barren world into a habitable one to earn your freedom. As if wandering through a desolate wasteland wasn’t freedom enough!
Unlike Minecraft, there is no combat in the game, but resource management is a high priority with elements of survival and exploration hot on its heels. Add to the atmosphere and make a new home. Design the flora and fauna as you wish to create your world.
7 days to die
Survive the zombie apocalypse and build the ultimate base to stop the horde in its tracks in 7 Days To Die. He creates weapons, armor, buildings and everything you need to stay alive as long as possible in his latest alpha version. Yes, this game is still in alpha, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to the game.
Prepare for nightfall, when the zombies become more aggressive, and the eventual blood moon every 7 nights, when a whole horde descends on your base. Terraform, whether intentionally or not, as you search for the treasures that the merchants request to improve your chances of surviving another day. It may not be as square as Minecraft, but it’s there.
Based on Norse mythology, Valheim drops a player or players into the world ready to prove they have what it takes to make it to Valhalla. The worlds are procedurally generated and have different biomes with unique materials and enemies.
Fight against world boss enemies and gain their powers to aid in various endeavors. Claim new lands when you set sail. Or just build a house and tend a garden with your friends. It’s a full sandbox world that requires you to just do what you want if you want to progress. If not, hang out around a campfire and swap stories.
Don’t starve and don’t starve together
The night continues to be scary with the Don’t Starve franchise. Play alone or with friends in the Together version and face nightmarish monsters. Keep your food so you don’t starve and explore the world around you for resources. Grow crops, forage, hunt and do whatever else you can to fill that belly.
The seasons will change and bring with them new challenges, enemies, and materials, just like exploring Minecraft zones. Keep your wits about you and your sanity lest Charlie come and take your fire. If that sanity gets too low, hopefully, you’ll be ready to fight nightmarish monsters.
New on the radar is the square-based 2D game of Core Keeper. This indie game came out of nowhere, but was quickly embraced by fans of the mining survival genre. It shot to the top of many charts shortly after release. The developers were happy and shocked, but those who played survival games knew what they wanted.
Build a base and explore underground caverns with different biomes and their inhabitants. He survives and thrives under the watchful overlord of the region, trying to restore this once-living society to escape from it. Say you want to leave instead of going home for the rest of the time.
Minecraft-like blocks are back in two dimensions when choosing Terraria. The detailed crafting menus are also constantly expanding again, as each region offers its own materials and crafting items. There is no story to guide you and you will have to discover the secrets of the world without being asked.
Pick a seed world or a random one, and head off in a direction to see what you can find. Move to hell and turn the world upside down, or fly high into the clouds and never come back down. Just remember to watch out for blood moons and killer bunnies.
This game feels exactly like Minecraft, but this one has quests! Created with familiar biome blocks and areas that feel familiar to those who have played the Mojang game, Creativerse gives a direction to follow in the open world sandbox. However, you don’t have to follow it. It’s still a sandbox.
Earn items to upgrade your creatures for adventures. There is also an open ending with a big boss, but this one doesn’t have to be killed. You can tame him so he can be your companion if that is preferable. Who doesn’t look at a giant boss bent on destroying you and think, ‘Hey! I want him as a friend.