In April 2020, Minecraft sales reached 200 million. The number of users who regularly enter the game has also increased. This is a phenomenon for the gaming industry, because the official version of Minecraft was released back in 2011 (and the beta version even earlier), but the game is still wildly popular and is gaining new fans. Most fans agree that the main reason for the popularity of this game is that it makes anyone feel like the creator of their own world. Minecraft has inspired many developers to create something similar, but at the same time set the bar very high. Hardly any game can surpass the genius of Minecraft, but at the same time, there are many really interesting sandbox games that will help you diversify your gaming experience. Here you will find Minecraft style games that are popular in 2020.
Realmcraft is a 3D building sandbox in the style of Minecraft, played by over 50 million people (given by downloads from the Play Market). It is well adapted to all mobile devices and can be a great free Minecraft replacement. Actually, the functions of Realmcraft are not globally different. Here, the main modes are also the survival mode, where your character must confront aggressive mobs and constantly extract resources, and the creative mode, in which you are free to create whatever your imagination allows. In addition, there is a Worlds mode (beta multiplayer) and mini-games that allow you to compete with other players (bed wars, yegg wars, snow fights).
Trove is a voxel MMO RPG with 16 character classes to choose from and endless unique worlds. Unlike Minecraft, Trove’s focus is not on building and crafting, but on finding powerful equipment and battling monsters. You can switch between classes and even upgrade each class to the maximum level. For some, the goal of the game is to maximize the character pumping, for some it is to collect a large collection of skins, and for others it is to take possession of the most powerful equipment. Along with this, you can build yourself a cozy house or even a whole world, protect the area with protection from the attack of the undead and invite other players to your place.
Cube World is a multiplayer RPG in which you can create a character of one of three classes (elf, warrior, mage), explore a huge world full of wonders, improve your skills, tame fantasy creatures, fight monsters and find useful artifacts. You can also take various quests from NPC characters. Most often there are quests of the type to lead the character to a certain place, clear the dungeon, protect the temple from waves of attacking monsters, etc. As for construction, here you need to build not from blocks, but from certain details, such as walls, doors, windows. The Cube World developers were inspired not only by Minecraft, but also by The Legend of Zelda and Monster Hunter.
Fortnite is a corporate sandbox where you and your comrades will defend against waves of zombies attacking your fort and try to save the few survivors. Construction is very important in this survival game: you yourself will build shelters and barricades and make them as strong as possible in your interests. The developers themselves say that the game mechanics of Fortnite are essentially a mixture of Minecraft and Left 4 Dead. There is also a battle royale mode in which 100 players fight each other in real time until there is only one survivor left. Plus, you can build the island of your dreams in sandbox mode.
Lego Worlds is a virtual version of the famous Lego sets. Or rather, here you can play with different Lego sets that exist in reality. You can also build anything from individual parts. The game begins with the fact that your character gets into an accident in space and falls on an unknown planet. During the fall, a voice-over explains that your main goal will be to become a master builder. At the beginning, not all blocks for construction are available to you. To unlock them, you will need to explore different planets and help their inhabitants. Quests can be quite funny, for example, to protect the tribe of aborigines from zombies.
Terraria is a pixelated 2D sandbox with elements of construction, crafting and survival, released in 2011, that is, not long after the official release of Minecraft. It’s not hard to imagine that many Minecraft fans began to accuse the developers of Terraria of plagiarism. Nevertheless, Terraria is not just a 2D clone of Minecraft, but offers players a completely new experience: despite the presence of crafting and construction, there is more emphasis on survival, that is, fighting monsters (of which there are more than 500 species) and improving their equipment …
A block game with a procedurally generated world that allows you to create a new world from scratch by moving blocks freely. You can enjoy creativity in singleplayer and multiplayer. Terasology developers have added elements of such games as Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress to this analogue of Minecraft, in which the player can build not with his own hands, but commanding a squad of assistants. Thus, in Terasology, you can add different creatures that you can entrust with everyday activities. In addition, a nice feature of this game is prettier cube graphics (smaller and neater blocks) and improved textures.
Don’t Starve is a popular survival game with stylish “pencil-drawn” graphics inspired by Tim Burton’s films. Here you will be greeted by a frightening, unfriendly world where dangers can be unpredictable, and every mistake can end in complete failure. For example, if you are bitten by a snake only once, or you accidentally eat poison berries, but you cannot find the antidote in time. Before nightfall, it is necessary to light a fire, otherwise death is inevitable. At the same time, the game itself does not explain anything: you have to learn from your own mistakes or look for information on the Internet.
Eco is a multiplayer game in which you have to team up with other players and jointly develop your civilization from the Stone Age to the era of high technology. But this is not an ordinary economic strategy: you need to participate in the environmental factor, because the overuse of natural resources can lead to the death of your planet. At the same time, progress must be fast enough to have time to invent technologies that will protect the earth from the upcoming meteorite fall. Important decisions often have to be made very quickly.
Roblox is not just a game, but a huge platform for self-expression, especially popular among children and teenagers. Here you can make your little square person look truly unique and explore millions of virtual game worlds based on different game genres: there are shooters, races, fashion shows, a pizzeria simulator, etc. Thus, here any gamer will find something interesting for himself and be able to find virtual friends with the same interests. But the most exciting thing is that if you want, you can create your own mini-game and invite friends to it. And if the game becomes popular, then you can even make real money on it.