What to play when you can’t play Minecraft

Brodie Fogg 10 August 2016


Minecraft took the world by storm when it released in 2011 and has continued its world domination ever since. However, it's been a long haul and all good things must come to an end, so here are the top games you can move on to after Minecraft.

In the beginning, there was Meccano, then there was Lego. In 2016, the block-building craze is real and the scene is being dominated by Mojang's Minecraft. This 2011 megahit has sold more than 23 million copies on PC and Mac alone, making the creator Markus "Notch" Perrson a literal billionaire. Chances are you, your child, uncle, aunty and neighbour's pet goldfish have spent hours upon hours in the world of Minecraft. However, there is such thing of too much of a good thing and eventually, we all move on. When that time comes for you, we've got your back. We've rounded up the best games to move on to when you've mined your very last brick.

Games like Minecraft that are kid-friendly

1. Terraria

Essentially a 2D side-scrolling Minecraft, Terraria  is a unique open-ended sandbox game. The player enters this procedurally generated world with minimal resources and fish, and must forge and fight their way to survival. Terraria in a unique adventure in that no two players will ever have the same experience.

2. Steamworld Dig

Steamworld Dig is a resource mining game first and a platforming game second. The player takes on the rusty role of a steam-powered robot who must navigate the treacherous mines beneath Tumbleton and unearth its secrets. Each time a player digs beneath the surface, the mines are randomised, making each spelunking stint completely different.


3. Shovel Knight

As the name would suggest, Shovel Knight is about digging for treasure and combating evil, but that's where the similarities with Minecraft stop. As the titular Shovel Knight, players embark on a quest to take down the Order of No Quarter and find Shovel's missing partner Shield Knight.

4. The Escapists

The Escapists is a top-down strategy game where the player assumes the role of a prisoner on the verge of escape. It shares its resource-gathering DNA with Minecraft. However, rather than using tools and inventory to shape a beautiful world, you are using them to expertly craft your getaway. The game intensity is ramped up with the fear of getting caught. Get nabbed and you have to start prepping your escape all over again.

      • Developer: Mouldy Toof Studios
      • Available from:  ozgameshop | Steam | PlayStation Store Xbox Marketplace


5. Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft's gameplay may have made it a household name, but if you're looking for a narrative-driven adventure you'd best look elsewhere. That's where Telltale Games comes in. Known for its story-rich takes on The Walking Dead and Borderlands, Telltale Games has this time worked its magic on the Minecraft universe. It also features a stellar line-up of voice talent to accompany you, including Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille ) and Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us).

  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Available from:  ozgameshop | Kogan |  Xbox Store

6. Stardew Valley

Minecraft's open world allows you to let your imagination run wild. However, destructive lurkers and troll players can prove quite stressful when you're trying to build an empire. Stardew Valley is the Simple Life answer to Minecraft. You play as a city slicker who absconds to the countryside to run and manage their own farm. This adorable simulation takes queues from the classic Harvest Moon. Like Minecraft, it's open-ended, meaning the fun can last forever.

      • Developer: ConcernedApe
      • Available on: Steam

Games like Minecraft for adults

7. Ark: Survival Evolved

Take the building and resource gathering aspects of Minecraft, make it adult-only, add over 60 dinosaurs and you have Ark: Survival Evolved. Ark starts the player with nothing to their name. They must slowly level up, gather items and tame dinosaurs to create an impenetrable base. Crafted items range from spears and clubs to modern day automatic weapons and can be outfitted with a plethora of attachments and customisations. Will undoubtedly please any fan of 90s cartoon Dino Riders.

      • Developer: Studio Wildcard and Instinct Games
      • Available from: Steam | Xbox Store

8. The Forest

Ark is recommended for adults because it has animated violence. The Forest is adult only because it will give the bravest adults horrifying nightmares. It starts simply enough. You are a lone survivor on a beach who quickly gets to work building shelter out of scraps. However, your quest for resources will take you deep into the dark wood where something sinister lurks. Turn your back at the wrong moment and you could become cannibal chow.

      • Developer: Endnight Games
      • Available on: Steam

9. Rust

Much like the games above, Rust is all about building something from nothing. You start with nothing but a rock and a torch and must slowly gather enough items to craft bigger weapons and better shelter. Rust's hook is its multiplayer-only gameplay. Surviving on your own in Rust is a struggle, as not only are you threatened by bears, wolves and the weather, but also by real-life trolls. The idea is to join a clan early in order to safeguard your survival.

      • Developer: Facepunch Studios
      • Available on: Steam

10. The Long Dark

Ark and Rust are good for those looking for a more adult-orientated spin on Minecraft's formula. However, if you like a bit of story to drive your experience, they don't have much to offer. That's where The Long Dark comes in. Set in the Canada wilderness post-global disaster, a stranded pilot must control their body temperature, calorie intake, hunger and fatigue to survive the harsh environment. Currently, the game only has a sandbox mode available, but we can look forward to the episodic story mode later this year.

      • Developer: Hinterland Studio
      • Available on: Steam

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