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Best Building Games like Roblox & Minecraft 2023

If you love Minecraft and want to know what to play next, or have heard about building games and are wondering what they're all about, check out our review below. 

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Best Building Games like Roblox & Minecraft 2023

Minecraft and Roblox were popular even before the pandemic, and they've only grown during the past year. Whether you've been playing these games and want something new, or are new to building games and looking for a place to start, we've got you covered. While most of these games are free to download, many have in-app purchases, so we wanted to find the best games that don't require you to pay too much.

We found that Minecraft's vast popularity is justified. It was our number one pick, but beginners may prefer Blockheads. We loved the combat and adventuring in Terraria and the social component of Roblox. 

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Minecraft Minecraft Runner Up The Blockheads The Blockheads Also Groovy Roblox Roblox Also Groovy Terraria Terraria
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Best Building Game Overall

  • Millions of crafters have smashed billions of blocks! Now you can join the fun!
    4.5 Ratings 6M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    $7.49 In-App Purchases
    $6.99 In-App Purchases


You may not need us to tell you how good Minecraft is, but if you're wondering if the hype is justified, it is. The infinite world of Minecraft has a lot to offer beginners and experienced players alike. 

Why we chose Minecraft:

  • The app is $6.99, and most beginners won't want or need to make any in-app purchases.
  • This massive open-world sandbox game is popular for a reason. You can build anything you can imagine, and play continues to be satisfying over time because the more resources you collect, the more you can do.
  • You can play in two modes: survival mode, where you must find and collect your own resources (and ward off monsters at night), or creative, where you have access to any resources you want and no predators. Creative mode is best if you just want to design things, while survival mode is more of a game.
  • You can play socially in Minecraft as well, and share your worlds with friends.
  • While there’s plenty to do in the basic game, you can also purchase skins, worlds, and mini-games from the Minecraft Marketplace. 

If you're curious about Minecraft, the low-cost app version is a great way to check the game out.

Read Minecraft's Full Review
Runner Up

Best for Beginners

An adorable and fun building game perfect for new players.

Why we chose The Blockheads:

  • Free app with in-app purchases.
  • This 2-D game is similar to Minecraft but simpler. Move your Blockhead to the left or right to explore the world, dig for resources, build, craft, and even ride donkeys.
  • Controls are easy to use.
  • In-depth tutorial helps beginners understand how to play right away.
  • With soothing music, attractive graphics, and low frustration levels, Blockheads is a relaxing game to play.
  • While you can buy crystals to make actions take less time, Blockheads doesn’t pressure you to spend money. In fact, when you start to spend even the crystals that you’ve earned in gameplay, you get an “are you sure?” pop-up that tells you how you can do whatever you’re trying to do without spending crystals.

Of all the free games I tested, Blockheads was the easiest to play without making any in-app purchases, so it's a great value.

Read The Blockheads's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best for Kids and Social

  • Roblox lets you create, share experiences, and be anything you can imagine.
    4.4 Ratings 42M+ Reviews 500M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Though it's been around since 2006, Roblox has seen massive growth recently, especially among younger people.

Why we chose Roblox:

  • Free app with an in-game economy of Robux.
  • An incredibly popular game platform where users can choose from a huge library of games created by other users.
  • The app features a wide variety of games. You can choose from simulators, quest games, and more. There are lots of Roblox versions of other games as well, so you may find some favorites on the platform.
  • Roblox is particularly popular with young people who socialize with friends in the game. Many of the games are really just virtual worlds to hang out in -- not a bad alternative to Zoom.
  • Users can create their own games, so there is room for creativity here.
  • With so many games, it can be difficult to navigate at first, and quality runs the gamut. 

With tons of games to play and people to play with, you're likely to find something you enjoy in Roblox.

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Also Groovy

Best Combat

  • DIG! FIGHT! EXPLORE! BUILD! Join the community of millions of Terrarians!
    4.5 Ratings 495K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads


Terraria has been around as long as Minecraft, and boasts a loyal fanbase and a rich world to play in.

Why we chose Terraria:

  • App is $4.99, but there are no in-app purchases.
  • With its 2D layout and 8-bit graphics, Terraria feels a little bit like early Mario Brothers games, and navigating the world is a pleasure.
  • Like Minecraft, monsters come out at night, but they are more numerous and aggressive. Terraria is more combat-oriented.
  • While there's no tutorial, there is a guide character who can provide useful information on gameplay and crafting recipes. The inventory is also clearly labeled so you know what all your items can do.
  • Controls are smooth and easy to learn.

With a reasonable flat rate and no in-game purchases, Terraria is likely to end up costing less than many free games.

Read Terraria's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Explore infinite worlds and build everything from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs. Create, explore and survive alone or with friends on mobile devices or Windows 10.

    Marketplace - Discover the latest community creations in the marketplace! Get unique maps, skins, and texture packs from your favorite creators.

    Slash commands - Tweak how the game plays: you can give items away, summon mobs, change the time of day, and more.

    Add-Ons - Customize your experience even further with free Add-Ons! If you're more tech-inclined, you can modify data-driven behaviors in the game to create new resource packs.

    Realms - Play with up to 10 friends cross-platform, anytime, anywhere on Realms, your own private server that we host for you. Try a free 30-day trial in-app.

    Multiplayer - Play with up to 4 friends with a free Xbox Live account online.
    Servers - Join free massive multiplayer servers and play with thousands of others! Discover gigantic community-run worlds, compete in unique mini-games and socialize in lobbies full of new friends!

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    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $49.99 per item
    $0.99 - $9.99 per item
  • Runner Up

    The Blockheads

    4.0 Ratings 116K+ Reviews
    "On an iPhone or iPad, the 2-D, side-scrolling block-based sandbox is a winning formula, and The Blockheads is the most well-executed, true-to-Minecraft game I've had the pleasure to experience on iOS." - TouchArcade (5 Stars) "The Blockheads takes the Minecraft experience and shrinks it down in a way that just works on a touchscreen. There are shades of Lemmings here too, and they blend together to make a sweet game about discovery, exploration, and creation." - Pocket Gamer (Gold Award) ***** Night is falling and your blockhead is freezing. You haven't yet made shelter and your campfire has gone out. All you have is a spade, some wood and a few sticks. You have only minutes before exhaustion hits. Do you create a bed, dig a cave or refuel your fire? What will you do? The Blockheads is a huge exploration, creation and survival game where the possibilities are endless! Play offline in single player, or easily create and join online worlds to play with friends and family, or explore thousands of unique worlds created and hosted by other players. Start with almost nothing and explore, craft, build and trade your way to steam trains, electric elevators, and even jet packs, titanium swords and carbon fiber armor. - Explore an infinite number of worlds filled with oceans, caves, deserts, mountains, forests and floating sky islands - Build massive structures with the materials you find - Trade with other players in an ever changing global economy - Battle other blockheads in PVP worlds - Lay rail and create jumps for speedy rail hand cars or create a rail network for easy transport by train - Create an array of solar panels to power your oil refinery, and craft carbon fiber and fuel for your jetpack to explore the skies - With content always being added, The Blockheads is continuously evolving, and there is more to come Warp your first blockhead through the portal and get exploring now in The Blockheads!
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $24.99 per item
  • Also Groovy


    4.4 Ratings 42M+ Reviews 500M+ Downloads
    Roblox is the ultimate virtual universe that lets you create, share experiences with friends, and be anything you can imagine. Join millions of people and discover an infinite variety of immersive experiences created by a global community!

    Already have an account? Log in with your existing Roblox account and explore the infinite metaverse of Roblox.


    In the mood for an epic adventure? Want to compete against rivals worldwide? Or do you just want to hang out and chat with your friends online? A growing library of experiences created by the community means there’s always something new and exciting for you every day.


    Take the fun on the go. Roblox features full cross-platform support, meaning you can join your friends and millions of other people on their computers, mobile devices, Xbox One, or VR headsets.


    Be creative and show off your unique style! Customize your avatar with tons of hats, shirts, faces, gear, and more. With an ever-expanding catalog of items, there’s no limit to the looks you can create.


    Hang out with friends around the world using chat features, private messages, and groups!


    PLEASE NOTE: A network connection is required to join. Roblox works best over Wi-Fi.
    In-App Purchases
    $0.50 - $199.99 per item
    $0.99 - $9.99 per item


    4.5 Ratings 495K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    DIG! FIGHT! EXPLORE! BUILD! Join the community of millions of Terrarians!


    "This is the full version of Terraria, built from the ground up... If you loved it on PC or consoles, you’ll love it here.” - Slide To Play

    The very world is at your fingertips as you fight for survival, fortune, and glory. Delve deep into cavernous expanses, seek out ever-greater foes to test your mettle in combat, or construct your own city - In the World of Terraria, the choice is yours!

    We recommend at least 2GB of RAM and a device from 2014 or newer. We support devices running Android 5.0 with 1GB of RAM and compatible graphics, but these devices may experience reduced performance.

    • MULTIPLAYER – Play with up to 7 friends on Local Wifi or Online via device-device Wifi hosted games or through the Mobile Terraria Dedicated Server for PC (available for free on
    • TERRARIA REIMAGINED FOR MOBILE – Fully customizable controls and User Interface provide a level of polish and capability not previously possible!
    • Gamepad support – including fully-remappable buttons - Play with your Bluetooth connected gamepad where supported.
    • Full array of World sizes – Small/Medium/Large...the same size as on Terraria for PC! Now includes random world name generator and the ability to use World Seeds (including some hidden easter egg worlds)
    • Over 400 enemies to combat, defeat, and plunder for loot
    • Over 20 Biomes and Mini-Biomes to explore, both above and underground – from lush forests to barren deserts to dungeons, the underworld, and even the terrifying Corruption await!
    • Updated crafting with multiple added item options
    • Over 20 NPCs to discover, each providing their own benefits and unique style
    • In-depth building options that are easy to learn but allow for amazing feats of architecture in the hands of a master.
    • And much, much more!

    In short, every pixel of Terraria has been reimagined and hand crafted for the BEST possible mobile experience!
    Follow us on Twitter @Terraria_Logic and @505_Games

    Join our community on Discord @ http://Discord.GG/Terraria

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    Visit us on the web at

    Join the official Terraria Forums at:
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Caroline Rothnie
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Caroline Rothnie

Hard as I try to keep a minimalist phone, I can't stop downloading more apps. In addition to my can't-live-without apps for organization, music and podcasts, fitness, and meditation, I'm constantly trying out new ones. So I love apps, but it's a complicated relationship -- some of my favorites are for keeping me off my phone/internet.

In second grade, I attempted to do a book report on a story I had written myself, so you could say I've always thought of myself as a writer. These days, I write a wide variety of web content with a focus on mental health and productivity. I also write personal essays. I live in Kansas with my husband and two dogs. 

Best Building Games like Roblox & Minecraft 2023



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