For years since its initial release, Minecraft has proven itself to be the undisputed champion of building games. It has taken over our PCs, consoles, tablets, smartphones, and children’s minds. The game has spawned numerous spin-offs, toy merchandise, and is available on two generations of gaming consoles. With vast worlds to explore, Minecraft has been enjoyed by gamers of all ages with its unparalleled gameplay that continues to bolster creativity. The possibilities are endless, with only your imagination as the limit. As long as you can think it, you can build it. In fact, some schools have already begun using it in their curriculum, enticing children to boost their creativity, as well as pick up a few programming skills along the way.
Minecraft is a timeless game that encourages people to create, explore, and share their many creations with the world. Chances are, you’ve already seen a few key examples of what is achievable in-game, from 1/1 scale Deathstars (complete with exhaust ports) to a blocky rendition of Dracula’s castle. Whether you’re playing solo or looking to play with friends, Minecraft is sure to take you for a ride, with its addicting free-form world that just yearns to be uncovered and built upon.
In a sense, Mojang presented us with a game we never knew we wanted, with today’s titles focusing heavily on deep storylines, cutting edge visuals and complex mechanics; instead, it focuses on merely delivering an experience we can no longer find in most of today’s games, being a lighthearted outlet for people who just want to keep building and exploring while progressing at their own pace with little to no urgency. With Minecraft’s fanbase growing throughout the course of time, many developers have purposely come up with their own renditions, whilst adding their own twist to the genre, thus making it their own. This isn’t the first list of this sort that we have offered to you, but here we have hand-picked a few more games like Minecraft. Whether you’re new to the genre, or simply a building veteran looking to bring your elite crafting skills to another dimension, we’ve got you covered.
Much like Minecraft, Portal Knights entices people to build and craft while focusing more on an adventure-esque model with tiered crafting levels and a more combat-oriented gameplay. Portal Knights’ worlds can be large or small depending on your preferred setting, with each area being segregated by portals which you must enter and build in order to visit another world to benefit from its housed resources.
Portal Knight’s strength comes from its leveling system, which allows players to acquire new skill enhancements that make it easier for them to traverse the world and beat the many monsters that lurk within its confines. Other than the typical furniture, the game also lets you craft spells and various gear that let you explore its world a bit more effectively. Despite being new, Portal Knights offers enough variety to sate players who are looking into building and crafting.
The pace is a bit streamlined and linear compared to the overwhelming content dumped on your face when playing Minecraft, so while it might be a good entry level game for new players, it can also deter people who want to see as many options as they can from the get go. The game also features an array of boss battles that somewhat feel like Zelda bosses, in where players must gradually find
The game also features an array of boss battles that somewhat feel like Zelda bosses, in where players must gradually find weak points and focus their attacks on making said enemies more vulnerable. The current boss fights still feel pretty raw, but it is worth noting that the game is still new, so here’s to hoping that more boss fights will be introduced in the future.
Why you should try it
- RPG elements with an array of character customization via its skill tree system
- Intense Zelda-esque giant boss battles
- Giant floating worlds with various minerals to collect
- Questing and world events
Dragon Quest Builders
Dragon Quest Builders is a sandbox game for the Playstation 4 that immediately distances itself from its RPG roots and associates itself closer to the likes of Minecraft. The game focuses on a more story-driven approach to building, with more narrative and quests presented as you explore its respective worlds. As the builder of legend, you are tasked with restoring people’s creativity in a world where people don’t even know what the word ‘building’ means.
The game also borrows a few mechanics from its RPG kin, such as battle equipment and leveling your character. Dragon Quest Builder’s tiered crafting system is more lenient when it comes to progression compared with Portal Knights, as more building options are made available in small but frequent bursts. There are also ‘chaptered’ storylines with a very lighthearted and comedic delivery that’s sure to keep you entertained while playing for hours on end.
My only gripe with Dragon Quest Builders is that it’s strictly single player, and while the experience has been pleasant from start to finish, I would have enjoyed sharing this adventure with a friend. Worry not though, as the game features a number of NPCs that you’ll be interacting with throughout the course of the game, and is more than sufficient to keep you from feeling alone. Heck, the goddess will be talking to you so much, you will probably ask for some space after being bombarded with random monologs from time to time.
It’s really fun, and I would easily recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a good building game.
Why you should try it
- It’s Dragon Quest
- Amazingly implemented mixture of combat, crafting, and exploration with an overarching storyline
- Entertainingly witty humor
- Streamlined crafting system that doesn’t overwhelm newer players, but still provides enough variety to not get stale after a while.
Craft the World
Craft the World is a 2D Sandbox building game that combines the norm found in both Minecraft and Terraria with a pseudo-God Simulator gameplay.
Here, players perform mundane tasks with their army of dwarves, which is somewhat of a breath of fresh air compared to the solo experience commonly offered by crafting games. Not only do your dwarves help you with gathering but through combat as well, fending off monsters that lurk the land in a unique tower defense format.
While building seems limited due to its forced 2-dimensional perspective, the true fun lies in its micromanaging aspects. Compared to most games of this kind that focus on you fending for yourself, Craft the World makes you build structures with your army in mind, letting you construct rooms, food, and ammunition to help them serve you better. The bigger the structure, the more dwarves it can house, presenting players with the unending dilemma of whether they’re the ones calling the shots or just a dwarven building lackey.
Craft the World also offers a tiered crafting-tree, which constantly unlocks more options upon use. It’s a simple system, but one that efficiently does its job well in familiarizing players with the many items they can build and use. The visuals are crisp but stray a bit from the pixelated glory offered by its predecessors. If you’re looking for an alternative, this game would be a pretty good choice.
Why you should try it
- Dwarven allies help make mundane tasks more bearable
- Interesting inclusion of a tower defense-ish gameplay on a building game
- Beautifully crisp 2D visuals
Scrap Mechanic is a creative multiplayer sandbox game that awakens your inner engineer. Aside from the staple cemented blocks and wooden walls, the game introduces a series of parts that power up your creations, granting players the ability to build actual MOVING contraptions from scrap, instead of the usual stagnant structures. There are over 100 parts to work with, each with unique shapes and sizes, giving players more options when designing their creations.
You can also host or join a friend’s game, as well as view the many submitted creations online whilst submitting your own. Trust me, some people are amazing at this game, creating actual walking AT-ATs, functional robots and even flying jets.
While it is similar to Minecraft in terms of building stuff, what truly makes it shine is the game’s feature that allows you to give life to your creations, making them functional and interactive. Scrap Mechanic even offers a hydraulic jack of sorts, which makes it easier to work on something from an otherwise difficult angle, as mechanics would in real life. Anything you build can also be useful for future projects. Crafting vehicles, for example, can help you transport materials from one place to another with little to no effort. A lengthy read may be needed to familiarize yourself with the system, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, the sky is the limit.
If you are looking to build something far more complex than a stationary house, then this is your game.
Why you should try it
- A more advanced building experience
- Switches that actually make your contraptions move
- Progressive building in which your other projects can help improve your current ones. Building a truck, for example, can help you bring materials from one place to another with ease
- Lots of parts to work with