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Have you spent long hours in Minecraft and are looking for a new title similar to your favorite game to mix it up a little? Perhaps you don’t want to give Minecraft a try because you find its blocky graphics unappealing, but would like to play a game with similar mechanics? In any case, we have compiled a list of games that do crafting just as well as Minecraft – or maybe even better!
Crafting systems were very common in games for a while. Occasionally they constituted a very important and substantial part of the gameplay. This phenomenon can be attributed to Minecraft’s rapidly gained popularity, and the emergent survival game genre. We’ll take a look at some games which make crafting a big part of the experience, but before that let’s see what Minecraft itself was all about.
Minecraft, developed and originally released by Mojang, took the world by storm. Although the game has a proper survival mode and can be pointed out as the genre’s originator in modern gaming, the survival aspects weren’t what made MC such a smash hit. What made Minecraft stand out was almost complete creative freedom granted to its players by means of flexible crafting and building systems. The world of Mojang’s game is built out of cubes, which represent different materials, such as stone, wood, or lava. Materials have their own properties, so water flows, wood burns, etc., and players can hold them in their inventory. The materials can be used in two ways, from which everything creative in the game stems from.
The first way is relocating the blocks from the point of acquisition to the place where they are required. The second is arranging specific resources in predefined shapes so you can create functional items impossible to create by just putting a block out in the world. Thanks to a large number of block recipes and easy-to-use-yet-complex systems, Minecraft servers have become home to amazing constructions, such as replicas of real architectural masterpieces, or complete recreations of towns or castles from fantasy franchises. It’s this amazing freedom to build any structure and even create systems with moving parts and some computational ability is what made Minecraft a landmark in the industry.
And now that we have discussed what Minecraft is all about, let’s take a look at some games which make crafting a big part of the experience.
Crafting related games similar to Minecraft
More of an ant farm than a terrarium, actually. Terraria is one of the highest rated games on Steam, with only a negligible percent of negative opinions against almost 250 thousand positive ones. What makes it so great?
Excellent crafting and clear visual style are definitely the first things that come to mind when you play Terraria. Although it’s simplifying things to a great degree, Terraria could be described as a 2D Minecraft, in that it’s focused on free-form construction using the material you manage to scavenge in the randomly generated world. There is also a significant aspect of venturing into the Underworld to fight monsters and bosses, all of which yield attractive rewards.
Terraria’s protagonist doesn’t have to be alone, either, even without multiplayer. You can recruit NPCs for your avatar’s fortress, and reap the benefits they offer once you satisfy their demands regarding proper lodging. Terraria has a charming pixel art-based style. It makes the game look quite crisp and pleasantly old-school, although it isn’t going to appeal to everyone.
It’s all about farming. Stardew Valley is a Western tribute to Harvest Moon. It’s a game about managing one’s own farm and taking it from “run-down” to “thriving” through hard work. A calming and wholesome experience for any fan of farming games with a pinch of crafting.
Crafting in Stardew Valley is limited mostly to creating specific items rather than feeding limitless, free-form creativity the way Terraria or Minecraft do. Most items are some form of farming equipment, infrastructure turning produce into high-profit products, elements of decor for your cottage, and the like. The creativity it fosters has a clear purpose, as opposed to the free-form, build-a-Minas-Tirith sandbox of other games on this list.
You also get to interact with the inhabitants of the nearby town, with whom you can build a business, friendly, or romantic relationships. For someone seeking action, there are The Mines, 120 levels of what is basically a dungeon, with weird creatures and treasures. Just be sure all your plants are watered before you go in.
No risk of a grievous foot injury. LEGO Worlds is quite similar to Minecraft – but in a way, Minecraft itself is basically a video game about playing with LEGOs, so of course, a virtual version of LEGO has to be similar to it. And that’s what LEGO Worlds is: it’s Legos but in a digital form.
If you can’t afford or don’t have space, to make massive LEGO dioramas, launch this game. You’ll have a virtually unlimited selection of bricks allowing you to create anything you’d be able to build in real life, had you enough parts.
This game is like Minecraft, but with all the charm of real LEGO. Whether you deal with the minutia of detailed models or want to reshape the landscape according to your whims, the game isn’t going to tell you “no”.
Adapt, engineer, automate.
Creative Minecraft players, with the occasional help of modders, have managed to create interesting machines using that game’s flexibility of crafting and a broad selection of tools like logic gates. They have nothing on Factorio, though.
See, Factorio is a game which is all about creating automated supply chains transporting resources to automated factories, generators, etc. Depending on the mode you choose, you may play to accomplish a specific goal, or just play in a sandbox, creating an ever-growing industrial zone covering the entire map.
The especially imaginative and patient players can make factories which work in an incredibly satisfying way, or even create visualizations, such as the entire video for Darude’s “Sandstorm”, a feat which still amazes the entire internet, but also baffles: why choose Sandstorm, if one could do A-ha’s “Take On Me”?
Tracing the roots of their popularity for the revolutionary Minecraft, survival games ruled Steam charts for quite some time. They are frequently multiplayer affairs, although one can play solo as well, taking in the sights, and conquering the hostile lands without other survivors interfering.
Although it is unlikely you’ll get to design Hagia Sophia or build the entire LEGO Movie in either of these games, they still put a lot of emphasis on crafting tools and headquarters. In Conan Exiles you can build bases clinging to cliffsides, hanging upside down from trees etc., because the system is flexible and there are enough parts to make it possible.
Eat your heart out, Captain Nemo. You crash into an ocean on an alien planet. Do your best to survive, but be mindful of your oxygen supply and terrors hiding in the depths of the ocean.
Subnautica is an interesting open-world game combining the survival and adventure themes with crafting in a unique science-fiction experience at the bottom of the ocean of an alien planet. The crafting in this type of game is mostly used in survival as the player has to collect necessary resources to both progress in the game and keep his character alive and going.
McGyver vs. Dino Riders. You wake up on a savage world where dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals roam freely. Build bases, tame animals, make the land your own property.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Alien colony scoping. You need to help a group of colonist survive on an alien planet, which obviously involves building bases and managing infrastructure.
Arboreality check. This game will make you understand why humanity spent centuries being afraid of forests. Usually not because of cannibals, but the past was weird.
Mine Raft Craft. While Subnautica is eager to take to the ocean floor, Raft asks you to expand your flimsy raft using flotsam floating around you in the sea. Build your own floating castle by using your hook to catch debris floating by.
The titles above are but a few examples of games which share some crafting DNA with Minecraft. There are other games which have other similarities to Mojang’s hit, such as voxel-based visual style, but the ones we chose are focused on flexible creation first, survival mechanisms second. If someone is looking for a great game with elements of crafting that will provide him with hours of entertainment and develop his creativity, he should definitely find something for him among the games we have presented.