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A list of the Top 3 Totally Free Games like Minecraft

Updated on July 11, 2013

This is Minecraft

This is Minecraft
This is Minecraft

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is Mojangs baby. It has to be one of the most successful independently created and funded games in history. It has made tens of millions of dollars in profit and its creator Notch is a world-wide superstar game designer. They have already released their second title called Scrolls and it is a card based game very different from Minecraft. In Minecraft your goal is survival. You start with nothing and must learn live in a world of monsters and magic and creativity. It is your mind that is the limiting factor in this game. You must push the limits and thrive!

Minecraft, in its most basic form, is not unlike the toy LEGOs. It is basic block building and breaking at its roots and I often wonder why LEGOs didn’t pursue something like this before Minecraft was created. Why would they not wan to create virtual block building for people who wanted to take LEGOs to the next level? Anyway, Minecraft is truly an amazing 8-bit world where you bring to the table all of your creativity and love for building. Those suppressed childhood days of LEGO building can come out in full force with this indie title and it truly is amazing the fun that can be had playing Minecraft. However, Minecraft comes with a price-tag and for the thrifty gamer there are other options that need to be explored. That’s what I’m here for. Let me show and explain to you 10 totally free games like Minecraft and show you why these gems will show that free gaming can be very, very, very fun!


Minetest C55

Minetest C55
Minetest C55

1. Minetest C55

Minetest is an open-source game where you build, just like Minecraft. It is easy to run and the spec requirements aren’t that high so you very easily chug along on your 945GM powered notebook. Minetest comes equipped with a survival game mode and it is this which is one of the spotlight features of this particular open source title. Downsides, however, are abundant and you can expect your free download to come equipped with a menagerie of bugs. In addition to that, the terrain generation is not quite up to pace with what you may be used to and you may find yourself twiddling your thumbs as the terrain comes into existence. Despite these downsides, this game is a serious development and constantly is being fed updates and patches which increase the user experience. You will be pleased to hear that just like Minecraft, Minetest has a day and night cycle. It truly is an awesome, FREE, building and digging game. Check it out!


King Arthur's Gold

King Arthur's Gold
King Arthur's Gold

2. King Arthur’s Gold

Here we have a 2D scroller much like Terraria and inspired by Minecraft of course. It is medieval themed and it there are many times in the game where you get to demonstrate your building and crafting skills. You mine resources, attack enemy castles, defend your own, and build machines of war using the materials that are randomly placed throughout the destructible terrain. The 2D play style is very similar to Terraria, another title you may want to checkout. The game modes are vast and varied and you will be happy to hear that there is one for every pixel-hunting pleasure you wish to fulfill. The game modes include hunting for gold, capture the flag and quick games of deathmatch where you, as the title suggests, fight to the death with other online players. A personal favorite of mine, would have to be the Gold Hunt game mode where, as it suggests, you are teamed up with other players who must work together to beat out the other team in their search for gold. It is the team who is most successful and the richest at the end of the game that wins! It is in this game mode that your hunting and crafting skills are put to the test and must be exercised to their greatest extent. If you are into full on combat and PVP I recommend the deathmatch and capture the flag game modes. It is for those who are less into the crafting/building aspects of the game and would rather get a little boost of adrenaline taking out an enemy combatant.

Infiniminer

Infiniminer
Infiniminer

3. Infiniminer

Infiniminer is the original. It is Minecraft’s predecessor. It is the game that inspired the creation of Notch’s utterly amazing building and digging game. It was the first 3D virtual world where the player could search out and use textured cubes to construct worlds. It was developed by Zachtronics and without it I don’t think Minecraft would be the same as it is today!

The game is all about nurturing the growth and development of team-based competitive gameplay. The game objective includes excavating or mining virtual gold an gems. Sounds very similar to Minecraft, no? It is the team that obtains the maximum amount of valuable jewels who is the ultimate victor. It is unfortunate that not even a month after being released that game development was stopped. Infiminer is still to this day available to be downloaded for free, of course, and it still has to offer that retro, classic feel of what Minecraft started as. A simple game that grew into something epic. It will be remembered as the first procedurally-generated pixilated world that was offered to the world of gamers. Go ahead and search Infiminer on google, and get the client today. It may bring back some nostalgic reminders of Minecraft’s early development and may help you appreciate the history that it offers us on games like our beloved Minecraft.

Conclusion

These are three of the best that other companies have to offer. I still recommend Minecraft if you have the dinero (money) and the will and want, but if you are unsure about whether you want to plunge into the full on game, these are great alternatives. To be honest, as a Minecraft owner, I am very interested in playing these games and as a fun alternative I may be making King Arthur’s Gold a regular thing. I didn’t put it as number one though, because it is not like the original Minecraft. It offers great features, but for a newbie who wants to try out and experience what Minecraft really has to offer you are going to want to pick Minetest C55. I mean, it offers a pure and very similar experience to the real deal and that is why it deserves number one. Infiniminer is simply a blast from the past. I have been playing Minecraft ever since it came out and was still being offered for a special discount due to its newness. I had never heard of this game before and I was wary to purchase it, but I will never regret doing so. I remember spending hours and hours and hours building small farms in a pasture or setting up shop in a cave and becoming, in my mind at least, the greatest Minecrafter to rule the lands. Infinite possibilities and a level of creativity that is just as infinite is all offered in Minecraft. But, try out these free titles first. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I think that these games are worthy of a shot and you may find you don’t ever need to put a dime down on the Indie title Minecraft. It’s great, but maybe it’s not great enough to spend your hard earned money on when these three great options are available. I urge you to tally forth and google the webs about these games. Find their home pages and click that download button, its FREE, remember? You have nothing to lose. So, get to it and let me know what you think, once you finish up. Return here and leave me a comment. I wish you the best on your Minecraft-like adventures and I hope that you get the most out of these titles. Go on, young adventurer, and find out what the world of pixels and textured blocks has to offer. Release your inner LEGO fanatic and create something worth sharing. I’m ready to hear all about it. I will be keeping an eye on the comments section, but take your time. I want you to really enjoy this... Best of Luck!


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      someguy 2 years ago

      wow, I thought KAG would be the most voted.

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