Games Like Minecraft

Is your kid crazy for Minecraft? The open-world sandbox-style game is among the most popular games ever -- and there are plenty of ways for kids to nurture an obsession, from mastering the Minecraft glossary to watching YouTube videos starring Stampy, Squiddy, and more. But it's not the only kind of game where players can express their creativity or their exploration skills. Try these other great games with similar appeal that help kids build, learn, play, and explore beyond the bounds of Minecraft. Who knows? You may find that your kids awaken some creative design talent that will help them take a more thoughtful perspective on the games they play.

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Blox 3D Junior App Poster Image
Kids build block models in challenging creative app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Super Mario Maker Game Poster Image
Extraordinarily fun game-maker for kids of all ages.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
(2015)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop App Poster Image
Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Toca Blocks App Poster Image
Sandbox world-builder offers a great intro for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2015)
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Toca Builders App Poster Image
Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Blox 3D World Creator App Poster Image
Solid world-builder with learning curve boosts creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2016)
(2015)
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Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry App Poster Image
Cool 3-D modeling, racing, and revision; lots of ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Kerbal Space Program Game Poster Image
Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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LittleBigPlanet 3 Game Poster Image
Kids empowered to create own content in clever adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
(2014)
(2014)
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Tayasui Blocks App Poster Image
Simple tools make 3-D block creations a snap to construct.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Skylanders: Trap Team Game Poster Image
Awesome toy-driven adventure lets you turn villains good.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Autocraft Game Poster Image
Creative vehicle builder a bit rough around the edges.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Rollercoaster Tycoon Game Poster Image
Revived version of classic amusement park sim is still fun.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Algodoo Game Poster Image
2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Birthdays the Beginning Game Poster Image
Entertaining, simplified sim looks at the evolution of life.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Disney Infinity Game Poster Image
Creative Disney adventure lets kids build own games.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2013)
(2013)
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Dragon Quest Builders Game Poster Image
Imaginative world-building game with mild cartoon violence.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2016)
(2016)
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Lego Worlds Game Poster Image
Craft a fun, custom adventure, brick by plastic brick.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Roblox Website Poster Image
Game creator nurtures skills, but games can be violent.
URL: http://www.roblox.com
(2012)
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Super Scribblenauts Game Poster Image
The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Trove Game Poster Image
Free-to-play adventure fosters creativity, lacks guidance.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Terraria Game Poster Image
Finicky but fun Minecraft-style game set in a 2D world.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2013)
(2013)
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Starbound Game Poster Image
Sandbox adventure is fun, gratifying, but has odd controls.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Universe Sandbox Game Poster Image
Space sandbox turns our solar system into a playground.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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