· written by Juha Paananen

Here are the best Games like Minecraft in 2022

Believe it or not, Minecraft is one of the best-selling games of all time — second only to Tetris. And with over 238 million copies sold, the numbers speak for themselves. It's clear that Minecraft was an uber-successful game. So, it's no wonder the sandboxy, creative aspects of Minecraft have transformed the gaming industry.

Now, there are games that have completely ripped off Minecraft. However, there are plenty of games that have added new twists to what the developers of Minecraft built, putting their own spin on sandbox games.

And that's why we've put together a list of the seven best games like Minecraft. So without missing a beat, let's get into the list.

Terraria

terraria game image Released just a few months before Minecraft, Terraria is one of the top ten most-sold games of all time. A list of the best games like Minecraft would be incomplete without mentioning this 2D, endless, multiplayer game.

Terraria is a lot like Minecraft in the sense that you'll be mining, building, and exploring — except the game is set in a procedurally generated 2D world. There are different biomes to explore, ranging from deserts to jungles, and you'll even come across some fantastical creatures along the way.

There's combat in Terraria as well, so you can engage in boss battles and take down powerful enemies. You can also team up with friends and build structures together. And, of course, you can do it on multiplayer servers.

Terraria is the perfect game for those who want their Minecraft-like experience without all the 3D graphics and slower rendering.

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Multiplayer eligible: Yes
Price: (iOS): 5.99 USD

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley game image Stardew Valley might look like a cutesy and idyllic farming game at first glance, but there's so much more to this title than meets the eye.

You start off the game by inheriting your grandpa's farm, which is in shambles. It's then up to you to restore the farm back to its former glory. You'll do this by planting crops, raising animals, mining for resources, and completing quests.

But, Stardew Valley isn't all about work. You can also take some time to relax. Take a stroll into town and get to know the locals. Or go fishing in one of the nearby rivers. You can even get married and start a family if you want.

And although the graphics aren't the greatest, the game allows for maximum creativity and fun.

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Xbox, PlayStation iOS, and Android.
Multiplayer eligible: Yes
Price: (iOS): 4.99 USD

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK survival evolved game image In ARK: Survival Evolved, you're stranded on a dinosaur-infested island and must do whatever it takes to survive. The game is set in the Mesozoic Era, so you'll come across all sorts of prehistoric creatures — over 100, to be exact.

You start off with nothing, and it's up to you to find food and shelter. You'll also need to tame dinosaurs and other animals to make them into ridden mounts or loyal pets.

ARK: Survival Evolved is an action-packed game that's perfect for those who want a survival experience with a bit more excitement. And if you get tired of the island, there are seven other maps to explore.

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS, and Android.
Multiplayer eligible: Yes
Price: (Steam): 19.99 USD

Don't Starve

don't starve game image In Don't Starve, you play Wilson, a gentleman scientist who has gotten himself transported to a strange world. And as the name of the game suggests, your goal is to not starve. You must survive.

You'll need to find food and shelter while avoiding various monsters wandering the land. The game has a dark and whimsical art style, and it's procedurally generated, so no two playthroughs are alike.

Don't Starve is a challenging game, but that's part of the appeal.

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Xbox, and PlayStation.
Multiplayer eligible: Yes
Price: (Steam): 14.99 USD

Soba

Soba isn’t like any other game on this list. It has games within the game. And if you’re totally confused, let us explain.

Soba is a platform where you can create games using the platform’s no-code tools. You can play anyone elses game and create your own. Players build 3D worlds using the platforms tools and can include shapes, portals, and other objects where you can configure their values. All directly on your phone! Here you can learn how to create a game on soba without coding.

Platforms: Windows, iOS, and Android.
Multiplayer: Yes
Price: Free on all platforms

Growtopia

Biology and environmentalism are at the forefront of Growtopia. This 2D multiplayer sandbox game has you teaming up with friends to cultivate and protect your own little piece of land.

You'll need to plant trees, flowers, and crops while also keeping an eye out for thieves who might try to steal your hard-earned goods. You can also build structures like houses, castles, and more.

Growtopia is a unique take on the sandbox genre, and it's perfect for those who want a more light-hearted experience.

Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation, iOS, and Android
Multiplayer eligible: Yes
Price: Free-to-play

The bottom line

Minecraft has had a distinct effect on the online gaming experience. Because of that, several games like Minecraft have followed in its wake. If you're looking for something similar but with a different feel, one of the games listed above is perfect.

Each offers its unique set of challenges and rewards, so be sure to try a few of them out. And remember that whichever game's story resonates with you the most that’s the one you should go with! Your intuition supersedes all.

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