According to Google, Minecraft is now the second most searched for topic on YouTube. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone whose spent any amount of time on the site. Minecraft’s open sandbox design and seemingly infinite variety of modpacks is the perfect tool for YouTubers looking to create unique gaming content. The love between the platform and the game is a two way street. Minecraft has brought millions of eyes to the platform looking for content from YouTube’s prolific and popular community of gaming creators, and those same creators have driven millions of downloads of the game with their videos. Now, however, things might be about to change. Last year Minecraft maker Mojang was purchased by Microsoft for insane amounts of cash and the software giant will be looking for a return on its investment. Just to be on the safe side, we’re preparing for the worst and have scoured YouTube looking for the best Minecraft replacements. Check out our list of the 7 best Minecraft competitors on the market.
Minetest – This one is a pretty direct rip off of Minecraft, but maybe that’s what you’re looking for. The game imitates all of the early features of Minecraft and as an added bonus it’ll run on older computers and operating systems than current version of Mojang’s original. As an added bonus, it’s free to download.
Blockstory – “Blockstory” has basically the perfect name. It combines the buildable and block based world of Minecraft with story based gameplay. Enemies still drop craftable items and animals can still be tamed as pets but the game also features quests and challenges and a loose storyline. All of this is packaged behind a UI that should be familiar to any experienced Minecrafter.
Don’t Starve– One of the unique things about Minecraft is that you’re just as, if not more likely to die of starvation than at the hands of some monster or villain. While Mojang may have popularized the idea of open world survival style games, “Don’t Starve” for Playstation 4 takes it a step further. Like in Minecraft, players are asked to survive for as long as possible in a hostile game world, but they start out armed with nothing and must collect raw materials in order to feed and defend themselves.
Eden: World Builder – If you’re more of a builder than a survival junkie then you might prefer “Eden.” The game is designed for iOS devices and it focuses on the building aspects that made Minecraft so popular with creative and engineering types. Users are given a block based world to shape however they wish. The key feature is the ease with which creations can be shared between users, something that’s more challenging in traditional Minecraft.
Terraria – “Terraria” is basically Minecraft reimagined as a 2D scroller which is pretty amazing in and of itself. Like Minecraft, the game places players in a randomly generated world in which they must collect materials to survive. Terraria, however, is less about building and creation and more focused on survival and material gathering. It also features a wider array of NPC characters and trading options than Minecraft provides with villagers.
Manic Digger – This is another fairly direct Minecraft copycat. The interface and world design should be totally familiar to any experienced Minecraft player. It’s a pretty no frills experience that gives you blocks, building, and crafting options similar to the original without some of the bells and whistles of more recent updates. If you’re looking for a no-frills old-school Minecraft experience, this could be it.
Planet3– You can tell that “Planet3” is super slick because the trailer is only available on Vimeo, home to #SeriousArt. This game takes block words to a new level by placing the player on a planet that is, itself, a giant cube. Like Minecraft you start from scratch and need to collect resources to survive and build. Unlike Minecraft, the sky is the limit, literally and figuratively. Players can interact with NPC’s to develop different skillsets including building, fighting, farming, and engineering. Everything is customizable from the design of your weapons and armor to the vehicles you can create to travel long distances. Speaking of long distances, once you’ve plateaued on the Earth-like planet you start out on, you can build a spacecraft and head out to other planets each with their own unique environments and raw materials. The interface maintains some of the blocky construction of Minecraft but it’s much smoother and more expansive giving the game a glossier feel. Of all the Minecraft competitors we looked at, this is definitely the most intense.