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

age 5+

Kids build block models in challenging creative app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Pango Build Safari

age 5+

DIY safari landscapes come to life in scene-building app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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RaceCraft - Build & Race

age 6+

Polished, fun track builder with pressure to buy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Super Mario Maker 2

age 6+

Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop

age 6+

Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Toca Blocks

age 6+

Sandbox world-builder offers a great intro for younger kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Toca Builders

age 6+

Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

age 7+

The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Blox 3D World Creator

age 7+

Solid world-builder with learning curve boosts creativity.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry

age 7+

Cool 3-D modeling, racing, and revision; lots of ads.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Pocket Build

age 7+

Build without boundaries in Minecraft-style sandbox.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Kerbal Space Program

age 8+

Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2011)
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LittleBigPlanet 3

age 8+

Kids empowered to create own content in clever adventure.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (2014)
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Tayasui Blocks

age 8+

Simple tools make 3-D block creations a snap to construct.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Dragon Quest Builders 2

age 8+

Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.

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PK XD - Explore the Universe

age 9+

Kid-safe virtual world with in-app purchases.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Algodoo

age 10+

2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2009)
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Birthdays the Beginning

age 10+

Entertaining, simplified sim looks at the evolution of life.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2017)
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The Blockheads

age 10+

Create and survive in virtual worlds; some privacy concerns.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Dragon Quest Builders

age 10+

Imaginative world-building game with mild cartoon violence.

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