Since 2009, there’s been no shortage of games like Minecraft queuing up to take advantage of the block-based phenomenon. Like the game from which they take inspiration, these are three-dimensional sandbox games, usually with generated terrain and an incredible amount of flexibility and replay value. Load up a game and literally anything can happen – and you’re in charge. Markus 'Notch' Persson started work on the game prior to 2009, taking inspiration from classic games like Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper. A large component of the game’s appeal stems from its blocky aesthetic. This not only helps it to look distinctive; it also helps it to run on just about any system you can imagine. This is especially so now that more than a decade has passed since the release of the original game – which still holds the same appeal after countless features and modifications have been added. Perhaps the most visually striking change to the Minecraft formula came in 2019 with the addition of real-time ray-tracing technology. This uses a fundamentally different kind of rendering – one that mimics how light bounces around the real world. It not only looks amazing, but plays just as brilliantly as its predecessors – provided that you have the system to run it. The games you see here might not be Minecraft, but they all make use of the same principles, and create unique and compelling gameplay experiences. Collect resources, build, and explore! It’s a formula that’s proven incredibly popular, and thus it’s likely to be around for a long time to come. Each of these games is available in HTML5, which means you’ll be able to play Minecraft, and games like it, just about anywhere in the world. All you need to do is choose one and get started!