For those looking for something beyond “Minecraft,” here are 35 games that engage in the core tenets of the title that started it all: crafting, exploration, adventure, and building. Nothing quite compares to the blocky, building block like world of “Minecraft,” but these games sure do come close. Whether exploring as Link in “Breath of the Wild” or engaging in more traditional building in “Rust,” these titles should delight those in love with creating their own stories and worlds.
While the developer of “Minecraft,” the wildly popular crafting and exploration game, has a dubious history, the game itself has a long and illustrious history. “Minecraft” has received multiple updates over the years, like the “Caves & Cliffs” expansion, which has kept players engaged with new material, but that doesn’t imply they’ll want to keep playing it indefinitely. Players are encouraged to create their own worlds by exploring procedurally generated regions for building materials. Gamers have gone one step farther and created games within games. MrBeast, one of the game’s creators, even paid $16,000 for someone else to build him a house in the game. “Minecraft’s” potential are virtually limitless.
“Stardew Valley,” like a lot of games on this list, isn’t anything new, but it does provide a similar, yet different experience for fans of “Minecraft.” In “Stardew Valley,” players find themselves in possession of an old, overgrown farm in need of some good old fashioned TLC. By building up the farm, creating meaningful relationships with townspeople, and working through a storyline to restore the town’s community center, players have the opportunity to impress the ghost of their grandfather and, more importantly, make a home for themselves.
Every piece of the world is “fully destructible,” meaning that if players can see it, they can break it. This mechanic makes the blocky world feel even more like a child’s toy box, which emphasizes the way “Trove” puts an emphasis on play and exploration. Players that love breaking things apart and planning out their strategies for combat will definitely identify with “Trove.”
“Trove” may look a lot like “Minecraft,” the MMO places a greater emphasis on battling and improving one’s combat than creation. While players can indeed build their own world, “Trove” features an immersive combat system as well. Players can choose their combat class, tailoring their characters’ build to their own gaming strengths, then dive into massive dungeons in hopes of finding treasure, rare items, and glory.