avatarby Tab TimesFebruary 23, 20140 comments

If the best you can do is imitate, you might as well imitate the best.

It’s a good thing that Minecraft creator Notch doesn’t care about knock-offs and clones of his game. If he did, he’d need to hire an army of lawyers just to get rid of them all. They infest the Google Play and iOS app stores like cockroaches, always there and impossible to kill.

So why not try a few out? The actual Minecraft: Pocket Edition is going to be updated soon, but for now it’s missing a lot of the features that the proper Minecraft (and even some of these clones) have.

Click through the slideshow below to check out some Minecraft-like games on iOS and Android.



“You are marooned on the shores of an infinite blocky world. Explore, mine resources, craft tools and weapons, hunt, make traps and grow plants. Build a shelter to survive nights and share your worlds online. Ride horses or camels and herd cattle. Blast your way through the rock with explosives. Build complex electric devices. Possibilities are infinite in this sandbox survival and construction game.”

Block Story


“Block Story is a great role playing mobile game where you build with blocks and can explore to your heart’s content. Block Story has had nearly 3 million downloads in little over a year and currently has 400,000 active users. Play the new updated version today!”



“Delver is a first person action roguelike dungeon crawl with crunchy pixels. Take the role of an adventurer that tries their fate in the dark dungeons (and probably dies horribly). Fight monsters, grab loot, horde potions, and level up!”



“Minebuilder is an open “Block World” game which lets you create your own adventure. Inspired by games like Minecraft and Infiniminer. Craft your tools during the day, fend off the monsters at night and when dawn comes again build your own world, alone or with your friends! Minebuilder contains a large number of different blocks and tools with which you can craft your world. From simple blocks of stone to complicated generators and electrical devices. Minebuilder provides you with the tools to create a world.”



“Its build craft style world build game you can make own new house and new world. You can select new worlds if you want to new textures send mail 320px or send mail your texture pack we will add new worlds you can make own world craft and new worldcraft maps in here.”



“Growtopia is a creative sandbox platformer MMO where you can: * Build a house, design a dungeon, create a song or anything else you can think of – with other real people! * A universe of unlimited worlds, all persistent and connected to each other with doors you can build * Full chat and messaging, innovative lock system to protect your creations from enemies and give access to friends * Game uses a single currency which can be earned in-game without having to buy stuff * Plant seeds to grow trees, mix seed types to create new kinds of items * Tons of items to collect, wear, and use * 20 Million+ worlds have been created by users! * In active development – new stuff is constantly being added! * Original soundtrack by Cory Mollenhour”



“In Terraria, every world is unique — from the floating islands in the sky to the deepest level of The Underworld. Adventure to the ends of the earth, and defeat villainous bosses along the way. The world is your canvas!”

The Blockheads


“Explore, mine, craft and build in this giant and detailed sandbox game. Navigate huge simulated worlds thousands of blocks wide with a full temperature and climate system, seasons, an equator, and frozen poles. Explore complex cave systems and flowing water, and survive deserts and snowy mountain tops. Build, farm, find & craft your way to advanced technology including shops, steam trains, electricity, and more!”

Junk Jack X


“Welcome to Junk Jack X! It is a 2D sandbox where you can explore, build and survive in randomly generated procedural worlds, full of monsters, hidden treasures and beautiful landscapes, now even in multiplayer with friends!”



“Build your own base, mine, castle or whatever you imagine! Exploration is a game – editor which allows you moving, building and transforming the terrain in the 3D environment.”



“Minebuild is a game where you could deploy your creativity to put together all the world to your liking. In this sandbox you could explore the world, discovering amazing places as well then assemble cubes together what you want.”

World of Cubes


“Create your own worlds with thousands of random players or friends online in Multiplayer mode or start your personal survival game on the infinite randomly generated maps in the Minecraft style!”

Adventure with Companions


“Adventure With Companions is a game that lets you place blocks with others to build cool buildings and mine caves in an online persistent world. The changes you make and your location will all be saved. Meet new friends, build whatever you want out of blocks and work together using chat. Blocks cast shadows on the surrounding environment.”



“BlockWorld is an addictive independent action sandbox game similar with full destruct-able environment, monsters and challenging quests.”

Block Fortress


“Block Fortress gives you the freedom to create a stronghold in almost any way you can imagine, and then puts you in the middle of the action trying to defend it from the relentless attacks of the menacing Goblocks! Put your skills as both a builder and a fighter to the test as you try to survive as long as you can!”



“In ‘Discovery’ you can explore a giant world that is made of blocks and modify it with your own creations. Construct your house, build villages, cities, monumental constructions or dig deep under the earth. Place torches to light up your creations in the dark and enjoy beautiful sunsets or watch the stars at night.”

Block Earth


“Enter a world of possibility and make it yours. Build great structures, destroy mountains or build a system of caves. Share you world with others or check out what they have built. Do it all with a level of visual quality rarely seen on a mobile device.”



“Craft your own gun and compete against your friends, your enemies, or anyone in the world in a virtual reality shooting competition!”

Eden World Builder


“Explore a world of limitless possibility. Build your own personal Eden. Unleash your creative and adventurous spirit.”



“DroidCraft is a survival/crafting game like Minecraft — dig, build and fight!”

RunCraft – Thrones


“You have decided to descend on the Castle of Royal Landing and take the crown away from the bratty prepubescent King! You’ve succeeded and must make your great escape! The King is giving chase so you have to keep running! This is where the Game of RunCraft begins!”