Choose from a wide variety of blocks and build whatever you like
Explore the procedurally-generated, voxel-based world in Exploration Lite
Activate flying mode and enjoy building or exploring from above the ground
Looking for a Minecraft-like game that allows you to explore and build whatever you like while you’re on the go? Well, you don’t need to look any further than this sandbox app, Exploration Lite!
Playing Exploration Lite basically feels as though you’re playing in creative mode in Minecraft. This means that you won’t need to mine for blocks before you place them, and you won’t need to craft anything. You can also activate Flying mode by heading over to the settings. If you’re building something huge, like a house, flying helps a lot since you can place blocks on top of each other without needing to jump around.
The graphics in the game is exactly the same as Minecraft as well. The map is procedurally generated, so this means that you can explore as far, or as deep, as you like and build as wide as you want. There’s just no limit! Except maybe for the laws of physics. Not to mention, there aren’t any zombies or creatures in Exploration Lite. There aren’t any dungeons either since this game is only a sandbox game rather than a sandbox RPG which Minecraft is.
Since the game is played on a mobile device, a lot of the controls you may be familiar with in Minecraft will not apply in this app. You’ll be moving your character using the arrow keys on the bottom left of the screen while you can jump using the button on the bottom right. If you’re flying, you can also use both the Jump button and the Down arrow key to fly downwards.
To place blocks, you’ll first need to head over to the Menu and select a block you want to place. Once done, you simply need to press the Add button to add the block. As you may have guessed, adding multiple blocks can be quite a chore since you’ll need to tap the Add button repeatedly, but this is something that also exists in Minecraft itself, so it’s no biggie. On the bright side, removing blocks is much easier in this game, since instead of “mining” for blocks, you simply aim the crosshair at a block and press the Delete button on the top left of the screen.
That said, the controls may feel a bit clumsy since you are slightly limited in terms of the number of stuff you can do at any one time. For instance, you will not be able to jump and move forward while turning your “head” (the camera) at the same time. Tired of the world you’re currently on? Well,you can generate new ones by simply choosing New Terrain via the Menu.
Not to mention, Exploration Lite is the free-to-play version of the game and that it has a full version which you’ll need to pay for. The full version if basically the same as the free version but with the crucial function of being able to save your worlds.
So, if you love building stuff in Minecraft, you’ll definitely love playing Exploration Lite. The game itself can be hard to pick up due to the slightly clumsy controls, but the gameplay is the closest to Minecraft that I’ve seen. Have fun building your masterpieces in Exploration Lite!