Minecraft is by far one of the most popular video game titles of all time, quickly becoming a staple of the industry for not only content creation, but also education. The Hour of Code started by Code.org has adopted Minecraft as a fun and interactive way to help students of any age – though typically younger children – learn the incredibly applicable skill of programming. While it isn’t the most advanced method, it certainly is a stepping stone to introduce people into the (sometimes) wonderful world of computer programming. Regardless of how you’ve been introduced to the game, there’s no denying that it’s a fan-favorite across the globe. So, what other games do we think you’d enjoy if you like playing Minecraft? Let’s take a look at our picks for the top 5 games to play if you love playing Minecraft!
CastleMinerZ is the 2011 sequel to the 2011 game CastleMiner (yes, the sequel came 4 months after the first game.) Now, this is certainly not the most popular game of all time, nor is it any Cyberpunk 2077 in terms of graphical capabilities. However, it’s still a super fun game. It is essentially Minecraft, except darker – literally the game is very dark. CastleMinerZ also includes a wide variety of harvesting tools and weapons including guns – one thing that Minecraft does not include. There’s also an Ender Dragon-esque end-of-game boss known as the “Undead Dragon.” The Undead Dragon appears as a black dragon with a zombified look to its flesh and has a very skeletal appearance, and spawns when the player reaches 4000m. Definitely a fun game if you enjoy Minecraft, but prefer something a bit darker and intense. You can play CastleMinerZ on Steam as well as Xbox 360.
Trove is one of my favorite free-to-play games of all time. It was developed by Trion Worlds and released on July 9, 2015. Trove is a voxel-based sandbox game. “In 3D computer graphics, a voxel represents a value on a regular grid in three-dimensional space. As with pixels in a 2D bitmap, voxels themselves do not typically have their position explicitly encoded with their values.” No, I don’t understand what that means either. Regardless, Trove was one of my favorite games to play before I could afford a gaming PC. It’s got loot, it’s got boss fights, it’s got biomes, it’s got pets, it’s got mounts, it’s got everything. Trove is free-to-play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, PC, and Mac.
3. ARK: Survival Evolved
If you like Minecraft, survival games, and dinosaurs, you’ll fall in love with ARK: Survival Evolved. This is a game that throws you right into the shoes of a random player-made character thrust upon an island full of vicious, adorable, and deadly creatures throughout. Your goal, as it is in Minecraft, is to harvest resources to build yourself a shelter and some protection from these various beings. Like CastleMinerZ, you also have the potential to craft various weapons like guns, but you can also find loot within random supply drops across the island. ARK: Survival Evolved is also a PvPvE game, which means that you will not only be faced with battling the harsh weather conditions and ravenous beasts living on the island, you will also be tasked with holding your own against other players who may or may not be so friendly. ARK: Survival Evolved is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, PC, Mac, and Linux.
If you’ve happened to play ARK: Survival Evolved and enjoyed the PvP aspect of the game, you’re sure to enjoy Rust. Recently exploding into popularity yet again on Twitch, Rust is a massive multiplayer-only survival game developed and published by Facepunch Studios. Released in early access in 2013 with a full 1.0 release in 2018, Rust is a game with only one goal. Survive. This is definitely a love it-or-hate it game due to the hostility and extremely competitive nature of the game, if you’re new and alone, you’re probably gonna have a bad time. My advice is to find some friends that know what they’re doing already and join a server with them. Rust is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
By far my favorite game on this list, Terraria is a 2D side-scroller in which you are dropped into a randomly generated world like Minecraft, but there is a much bigger focus on boss fights and loot. Well Minecraft is focused on loot too, right? Are there over 5,000 in Minecraft? I’m not entirely sure about that, but I do know that there are over 5,000 items in the massive worlds of Terraria. If you love Minecraft and sci-fi/fantasy and don’t mind a side-scroller, I would definitely take Terraria out for a spin. It is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, and Linux.