Category Archives: Minecraft Clones

Terraria Review | Minecraft Meets 2D Platforming

Not strictly a Minecraft post (or a Minecraft clone,) but Terraria is one of the first indie games to pick up the Minecraft torch and run with it in a completely new direction. Might be worth a looksie if you’re waiting for 1.6 to be patched into a usable state ;)

Terraria is an exciting new 2D platformer that takes old platforming technology and crafts it into a shiny new gem. Every time you start a new world, it is randomly generated and every block in the world can be destroyed, moved or used to create new items. Is this starting to sound familiar yet? It should. It should also start to sound awesome.

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Mythruna, Role Crafting Minecraft Clone

Titles aside, Mythruna is allegedly more than a mere Minecraft clone. According to the designers, it is a rather ambitious project to create an, and I quote here: “extensive world building, crafting, and sandbox elements with just a touch of role-playing. When completed, Mythruna will be a unique gaming experience.” I’m not sure what part of that is unique from Minecraft, which is, after all, a world building sandbox crafting game, but perhaps the devil is in the details.

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Manic Digger, Free Minecraft Clone


Manic Digger is probably the most popular and functional Minecraft clone currently available. I downloaded it and play tested it to see if it was even remotely close to providing the same sort of experience that Minecraft does. (Spoiler: It’s not.)

At first, Manic Digger appears to be a very sold Minecraft clone. The block types are very similar to those in Minecraft and so is their appearance, but that unfortunately, is where similarities end fairly abruptly.

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Minecraft Clones, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

A Minecraft clone known as 'Manic Digger'.


Curious about the state of Minecraft clones out there? Wondering about the legalities of such things? Wondering if you could pretty much get a free version of Minecraft without paying the oh so hefty $10 or so that it costs to buy? Here’s the scoop on Minecraft clones, including the game that Minecraft is a clone of itself.

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