Anurag loves playing video games. His guides and listicles revolve around popular iOS, Android, PC, and console games.
Notch's indie game Minecraft is a great sandbox-style building game that provides infinite ways to survive in a virtual 8-bit world. It brings out the creativity in you and lets you create anything from a destructible terrain.
I wonder why Lego could not have looked beyond Lego Batman and come up with an idea like that, a game that would allow players to build a virtual world with Lego blocks? In any case, others have come up with quite a few free games like Minecraft (and Terraria) for your PC that are as impressive as the original.
13 Best Free Games for Fans of Minecraft
- King Arthur's Gold
- Epic Inventor
- Manic Digger
StarMade lets players explore multiple worlds in an infinite universe. There are hundreds of totally different planets to discover in a huge procedurally generated universe, with a space station to command and enemies to fight. The game lets you build your own ship from textured cubes and get your base ready to explore the vast blocky space. The game’s similar to Homeworld but takes place on a blocky, infinite 3D universe.
StarMade’s building ideas are limitless, with near-infinite ways to build and expand your base in an open universe. The game plays just like any space game and gives players an opportunity to form alliances with other players and fight epic battles in space.
I love the sandbox build mode. You can create a wide variety of gigantic space stations and ships. But make sure your ship works. StarMade’s a physics-based game, and so the building mechanics, although easy, can be a bit challenging if you are planning to create a huge space station. You can learn the basics via the game’s built-in tutorial mode.
If you want to create spaceships and you like space-themed games, then this game is for you.
Terasology is a beautiful homage to Minecraft. Though it borrows gameplay elements from Minecraft, including crafting and user-interface elements, the graphics are just too gorgeous to call this game an outright clone. Developers have created a visual masterpiece, a splendid 3D blocky world. The game has a full day/night cycle, and the nighttime environment looks amazing, more so with a pixilated moon beckoning at you.
The game runs on Java, which may not be welcomed by gamers who are concerned with their PC’s security. Terasology can be played on your browser, but may take time to load, so make sure you have a fast Internet connection.
Blockminer is a 2D game with gameplay elements similar to Terraria. There are plenty of randomly-generated worlds to explore, items to collect, and crafting opportunities. You can make your character jump over obstacles. You will need to dig up the earth to discover the ingredients required to craft common and uncommon equipment. To make what you need for mine exploration—pickaxes, torches, bricks, and pattern backgrounds—just hit the “Craft” menu at the bottom of the screen.
The game explains the bare basics through a tutorial mode. You will learn how to mine blocks, jump, and use items. Crafting and other features can be unlocked once you have signed up with the game (signing up is free and necessary in order to save your randomly created world). The game lets you create a world from scratch or join a random mine. Joining a random mine will also give you an opportunity to dig deep along with other online players.
Blockminer’s crafting features are exhaustive. There are plenty of items you can craft, but to do that, you will need to level-up, which can only be done if you mine through a random world, exploring its oddities. A fun game, BlockMiner is hosted by Kongregate.
Gameplay in Gnomescroll is similar to Minecraft but darker: Its environments are totally out of the box and bizarre, with weird planetary environments to explore and strange mobs to encounter.
You can loiter around the procedurally generated world, collect resources, build your base, and use ingredients to craft new items. Scary creatures will try to foil your plan, and so you will need to kill them and collect items dropped by the dead mob.
Before you start playing Gnomescroll, you need to download and install it. You may also need to sign up before you can begin exploring the randomly generated world. Fans of the original game will immediately recognize a similar-looking interface, but newbies should head straight to the game website to understand game basics.
The Minecraft-inspired FPS shooter Ace of Spades has got competition from Brick-Force. In Brick-Force, you command Lego-like toy soldiers, equipped with assault rifles, snipers, and other modern weapons, in a 3D pixilated world! The shooting part is fun and delightfully similar to standard online shooters. The best part is that it is free to play, with an option to buy additional items to spice up gameplay.
Brick-Force can be played in your favorite browser. There’s also a downloadable client, which can be installed on your PC. The game requires Unity 3D player to run. It offers some of the most popular multiplayer games, including classic modes like Death Match and Capture the Flag.
The game’s world-builder option lets you create your own maps and play with other gamers online. You can create your own brick world by using 3D pixel blocks and add special equipment such as turrets and bomb sights. There are plenty of maps to discover via the site’s play mode. If you love shooting games and 3D pixel-based games, then you should try this out.
Minetest is an open-source building game that's not heavy on specs, which means you can easily play this game on your 945GM Netbook. The game offers a survival multiplayer mode, one of its key highlights.
You can download the game, but expect it to be bug-ridden. Also, terrain is generated pretty slowly. The game offers regular new updates and patches, which means this is quite a serious project. Minetest supports the day and night cycle. Check out the screenshots, and I am sure you will fall in love with this awesome building/digging game.
7. King Arthur’s Gold
King Arthur’s Gold, a 2D side-scrolling role-playing game like Terraria, is set in medieval times and gives you ample opportunities to show your building and crafting skills. You can mine resources, build and defend castles, and attack other castles by building siege machines using materials scattered throughout the destructible terrain.
There are different types of game modes for your pixel-hunting pleasure. You can hunt for gold, capture the flag, or engage in a quick deathmatch against other online players. I personally love the Gold Hunt game mode, which pits two teams against each other to hunt for gold. The team with the most gold wins the game. Here you will have to use your hunting and crafting skills to the fullest.
Deathmatch and capture-the-flag modes feature full PvP combat, which might appeal to gamers who want a bit of action besides building/crafting.
Minecraft itself was actually inspired by Infiniminer. Developed by Zachtronics, Infiniminer was the first 3D virtual world that allowed players to construct and search for objects made out of textured cubes.
Infiniminer was built to encourage a team-based competitive environment. The team that discovers and excavates the most virtual gold and gems wins the game. Unfortunately, game development was stalled within a month of its release.
Infiniminer was the first game to have introduced a procedurally generated pixilated world to the gaming crowd. Sadly, it got overshadowed by something more exciting and impressive. You can still play the game for free. Search "Infiniminer" on Google and download the game client.
This fun game focuses on building rather than PvP combat or any other gameplay element. BlockYard is fun for budding engineers who would love to build their own cities, robots, weapons, tanks, and airplanes in the 3D virtual world.
The physics-based game allows players to click on the ground and build a block. There are various other controls that will help you change the shape, size, and other aspects of any objects you’ve created.
The game requires Unity 3D plug-in to play. If prompted, you will need to download the plug-in. BlockYard does not need any client to download; you can play the game right on your browser. I would recommend playing it on Chrome.
10. Epic Inventor
Epic Inventor, at first glance, looks like a Terraria clone. This totally free game combines role-playing elements with real-time strategy elements and provides an excellent platform to showcase your construction skills. It lets you build your own cities, robots, turrets, and many other objects and weapons. You can create any of these objects from scratch by mining resources.
Just like Terraria, Epic Inventor focuses on the quests of a lone adventurer. You will have to guide him through forests and plains to collect resources and craft them. You will then have to build your city, turrets, and buildings to defend yourself against spooky creatures and other enemies.
But as you progress further, the game looks less like Terraria and more like a real-time strategy game à la Age of Empires. You will have lumber mills to generate wood instead of crafting stations. Basically, Epic Inventor is an RTS title with mining/building/destroying elements.
Roblox is an impressive virtual playground that allows players to build objects from colored blocks, interact with online players, and have fun creating their own virtual world.
Roblox offers thousands of building-block games for kids and teens, with various objectives. Players can customize their avatars by changing their attire, clothes, and gear.
With Roblox, players can also interact and collaborate with random online players to create impressive structures like a huge fantasy skyscraper or a helicopter. The game has its own virtual currency called Robux, with which you can buy clothing and accessories for your online avatar.
12. Manic Digger
Manic Digger is another free block-building game. This sandbox game was actually a third-party client for the classic version of Minecraft and is now available as a separate game at sourceforge.net.
Manic Diggers's premise is familiar: build buildings and craft objects on a completely destructible terrain. There is a near-infinite number of square blocks to take advantage of. You will immediately recognize the 8-bit look. Build anything, using resources that lie scattered in the virtual world. The recent night-time update spices things up and offers a beautiful twilight scene.
MythRuna offers tough competition to all the free Minecraft-like games mentioned in this list. Combining the procedurally generated 3D world with RPG elements, this game offers a never-before-seen 3D sandbox gameplay experience.
It combines role-playing with crafting elements, i.e., creating objects from the constructible terrain. MythRuna is now available for download. Visit the official site and click on the download link.
All screenshots courtesy of their respective game developers.
Questions & Answers
Question: Which free game that is similar to Mincecraft would you say is the best?
Answer: IMO Brick Force, Manic Digger, Terasology and Minetest are some of the best Minecraft-like games.
OlgaFox on February 08, 2018:
You forgot to add WorldCraft : 3D Build & Craft to the list :)
L on November 19, 2015:
Thanks for the very helpful site. ^_^
Adara on February 03, 2015:
Not sure if it's been mentioned but Trion Worlds have released something similar to Minecraft called "Trove". It's a decent game and also free to play.
Anurag Ghosh (author) on August 25, 2014:
Samuel Franklin on August 25, 2014:
Great coverage of the available games, Brick Force is new to me and I've been itching for an FPS for a while, might be worth trying out.
Sunfirel on June 25, 2014:
In my opinion, Minetest is the best free Minecraft - like game. Screenshot is outdated, now it looks a lot better. This game has a big advantage over Minecraft - there is no vertical terrain generation limit. Also it has many mods that make it nearly as advanced as MC. But ih has one problem - it lags on almost every computer. Theoretically runs at 60 FPS, but lags.
pieguy on June 12, 2014:
I play minetest and will try infinite. My star made at e refuses to let me do anything. I can open it but I can't play the game, make a world, all that. :(
Brandon Hart from The Game on March 19, 2014:
Good collection of games... Minecraft is a favorite but honestly I've never tried these. Have you had any luck with them?
cleo on March 10, 2014:
Anurag Ghosh (author) on February 10, 2014:
Lee Santos on February 10, 2014:
This is an awesome write-up. I play minecraft with my brother quite often and we're getting bored. I'm definitely going to suggest some of these games to him.
Sarah Forester from Australia on February 01, 2014:
I LOVE the games in this genre, It's embarrassing to say that I have played ALL of them....
These days I really only play Roblox though because it's always changing with new creations from the other players. I've never been good at creating my own stuff but I do love seeing what others come up with.
Thank you for collecting the games in one spot!
Bob on January 28, 2014:
In the... 11 place i think there should be a game called -Cube world- Wich is also free if you check out a link on youtube :)
M!necr@aft on January 15, 2014:
I love roblox I been on it since 2012!
James Richton from USA on January 09, 2014:
Thanks for the hub. I love Minecraft. I'm going to have to get a few of these other games.
Anurag Ghosh (author) on December 03, 2013:
John Smith from U.S.A on December 02, 2013:
Anurag Ghosh (author) on November 28, 2013:
@Cardboy369 Well, you can update your adobe Flash Player (that's what it's called) by visiting Adobe's website.
Anurag Ghosh (author) on November 28, 2013:
@KatnissL Yes. Here's Minetest's website - minetest.net (Copy and paste it to your browser's address bar. click on the "download" link just beside the "Home" link and then click on the Minetest zip below "Windows". )
KatnissL on November 28, 2013:
do i have 2 download minetest?
random gamer on October 29, 2013:
roblox came before minecraft just so you know and its not inspired my minecraft either
cardboy369 on October 20, 2013:
MINECRAFT IS AWESOME but I can't play it because my Adabe (however you spell that) is out of date so I`ve been looking for weeks a game exactly like minecraft
Tiagan on September 02, 2013:
what is Blockland hey??
digitalRare on August 24, 2013:
You forgot 'Blockland', it's kind of like Minecraft!
Gratitude Journal on August 19, 2013:
Wow. What a goldmine of information here. I guess I know what I'm going this weekend. :)
DATALOAD from Michigan on July 11, 2013:
I think the quality of free games that come out now are great. No longer do we have to pay crazy amounts to enjoy gaming. I didn't realize there were so many variants out there.
Anurag Ghosh (author) on July 07, 2013:
You're welcome, Bishop55!
Rebecca from USA on July 07, 2013:
My stepson loves Minecraft, I'll be looking into these others! Thanks for this info!
hi guy on March 28, 2013:
how you download it???
little miki on February 28, 2013:
but ace of spades is is it not?
AZM on February 18, 2013:
This games looks pretty i am downloading epic inventor whith utorrent.
(Sorry if i have ortography errors, im learning english XD)
drago300 on February 17, 2013:
that minetest is almost as good as minecraft
Unknown on February 07, 2013:
People keep saying its free but other games in here isn't free
mincraft on January 25, 2013:
tiger on January 25, 2013:
trains are fast i like going in fast because im sonic and no one can beat but
but everyone cheat
TayLinder on January 18, 2013:
I love these games played alll
secret on December 27, 2012:
Jack on December 15, 2012:
Hey Try Terraria ITs 2D and Espesily like minecraft On Steam its £5.99 and on normal its £14.99
Dane457 on November 29, 2012:
i love minecraft
Opalmagic on November 28, 2012:
Wow these games are also much fun!!!!!
I have to say that Roblox is my favorite though (Original Minecraft equaly as epic) I like Roblox because it has such a large variety. If you like shooter games, there are over 2,000 games related to the subject. If you like building games there are possibly the largest quantityof theese. There are RPG's and Obbys,nearly anything imaginable has been created on here. You can build your own game, as kyro said, for a *short* period of time the skilled tool menu was removed, but it has been returned due to millions of complaints. Roblox has two parts to it, "Roblox" (Game) and "Roblox Studio" - the skilled scripter and builder version. nearly everything on Roblox is free, exception being clothing, hair, faces etc. You do not need to spnd real money to have fun on this game!
Roblox and Minecraft are the best games ever!!! :D
(sorry this is so long) From Opal, 14 :)
Nice man on October 30, 2012:
I like these :) since my pc can't get minecraft i can possibly get one of these :D thank you so so so so so so so so so so so much!
Anurag Ghosh (author) on October 29, 2012:
@Jordan Go to Google.com and type in the name of the game mentioned in this list. The first result will be the game website where you will be able to download the game first and then play it.
Jordan on October 29, 2012:
How do you go to the game not look at pictures just playing the game
xXCoolKid777Xx on October 27, 2012:
minetest is the best minecraft clone
Alex Hurwood on October 20, 2012:
hhai im 9 and i luv minecraft!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but im bored of it and iv already got roblox(bored of it and i got cubelands and infiniminer and ace of spades)BORED OF EM ALL
and i don't want gamr like king aarthurs gold so not really any games i want but thx and vote=UP :D
Anurag Ghosh (author) on October 10, 2012:
You'll need to download the game first. Just Google "Epic Inventor" and the first link is the link to the game page.
a random person on October 10, 2012:
where can i play Epic Inventor???
sm825 from The Uknown on September 02, 2012:
Yeah I am going to have to check out the Epic Inventor game it looks pretty awesome in my opinion. But when you mentioned it was like a RTS later on I immediately went to go download the game lol.
Anurag Ghosh (author) on August 21, 2012:
Jarret07 on August 21, 2012:
I think mine test is almost like minecraft too
Anurag Ghosh (author) on August 11, 2012:
chester on August 11, 2012:
i like all these but i don't like minecraft
Thausent on July 23, 2012:
Hi guys ! I have a goody for you all, the game is called StoneQuest it is now in the pre alpha but it is very nice you can find it on facebook or on google !
the_epic5 on June 16, 2012:
mythruna is released.......
finlay10000 on May 26, 2012:
mincraft is the best nothing can beat it too good
Ui on May 12, 2012:
To Guy, that's totally a good reason to not like a game.
Anurag Ghosh (author) on May 12, 2012:
Thanks, Rachel :)
Rachel Medlin on May 12, 2012:
You have the most amazing games i've ever played, I have them all. These are fantastic! I'm glad out of all the sites i've found on my minecraft-related games, I picked this one. You have done a glorious job of finding so many awesome games, and I hope you continue posting. You are amazing, and I don't know how many time i'll say it in this post, I probably don't know because you deserve it so much, and I can only say so much for ya'..Well, I really really, really hope you continue posting..And farewell, as I'd love to continue typing, but I need to go watch my mischeif children. I shouldn't be on the computer anyway, huh? Well, see ya'!
nekoda on May 11, 2012:
suarbraten cube 2, has an amazing cube building and editing engine with fun multiplayer fps gameplay
skdlaf on May 08, 2012:
this was good but nothin can compare to minecraft
princehollywood on May 05, 2012:
hey i wasint able to download the enventor game
parakejas on April 30, 2012:
thanks, epic inventor looks good :D
kyro on April 26, 2012:
in my personal experience, Roblox has gotten terrible. you used to be able to build whatever you want (with coding skill), and it has changed to being able to make a lot less by getting rid of a tool bar full of tools and other people's items. so because of this, I do not recommend this.
Joe mama on April 20, 2012:
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michael on April 15, 2012:
i love this game called manic digger
Sam on April 15, 2012:
Do any of them have carts, to me, the best feature
watteffer on April 13, 2012:
i have to say, ace of spades is absolutely wicked!
ive been playing it for hours now,
thank you for showing me these awesome games
thomas on April 08, 2012:
thank you very much! i got all the games you listed because there AWESOME!
Anurag Ghosh (author) on April 04, 2012:
@blueheavenmilkshake You can Google the name of any game mentioned here. The first link will be the link to the official site. Anyway, I will update this article with download links, until then, just do a Google search and you will find a link to the official site, where you can download the game for free.
blueheavenmilkshake on April 04, 2012:
they came up saying you must download i can't download any games on here!!!! i like minecraft but includes either downloading or in my case doesn't work minecraft for free!! i love ace of spades but to bad i can't have it!! :(
Thatguyuknow55 on April 01, 2012:
there's another block game, its called Cubelands
michael on March 25, 2012:
how we play this game?
minecraftfan on March 23, 2012:
hi but i think minecraft is the best in the world
Elijah3948 on March 15, 2012:
nothing can get even close to minecraft you can't beat minecraft
Anurag Ghosh (author) on March 12, 2012:
Yes, all of these are downloadable games. I will add any new stuff if I find browser-based ones.
bob on March 12, 2012:
i need a non download mine craft style game with no unity or java....hard 2 find
bob on March 12, 2012:
i think these look like fun but do they need download
yo on March 10, 2012:
it looks awseome
Anurag Ghosh (author) on February 20, 2012:
@Kwe - Thanks, will check it out.
Ryan whitehead on February 20, 2012:
it comes out the 28th of febuary so not so far away
jack otoole on February 20, 2012:
great games especaley mythruna
kwe on February 01, 2012:
i noticed mostly adults are commenting another good game is incredibots i could explain it but i suggest you trying it on your own
guy on January 24, 2012:
i don't like minetest cuz when i tried it the wood when i was crafting didn't work i ended up beind attacked
Anurag Ghosh (author) on January 17, 2012:
Thanks, Sheila. Will try this game.
Sheila Jenkins from Denver, Colorado on January 17, 2012:
It's not a Minecraft type game, nor is it as easy, so it might not be for everyone, but Dwarf Fortress is another awesome free game. It takes patience, tutorials, and asking on the forums to learn it, but once you have it down, it's incredible.
cake_5 on January 16, 2012:
i think that mine test is olmost exactly like minecraft
Anurag Ghosh (author) on December 21, 2011:
fellkyrinla from Anywhere you pinpoint on the map on December 21, 2011:
Wow, I didn't know there were so many Minecraft clones. Nice job. Vote up!
Anurag Ghosh (author) on December 18, 2011:
Thanks Donna. Glad this article proved useful. I am a big fan of Minecraft!
Donna Cosmato from USA on December 18, 2011:
Mm..these look interesting...especially the King Arthur's Gold, BlockYard and Roblox. I'm going to let my little guy read this review and choose one to add to his gaming arsenal, and I thank you for sharing the information about them. It's really hard to find games for his age level that aren't all about destruction and death:) Voted up and useful.