Minecraft has paved the way for other developers to create their own sandbox world and block-building games. One such example is Terraria, albeit a 2D version, it is a fantastic addition into the genre. Another outstanding one is Manic Digger. It is essentially a Minecraft clone, and a fairly good one. Best of all, it’s a free game and with multiplayer, it’s one you would want to play and create shared experience with your friends.
Again, we reiterate: Manic Digger is a Minecraft clone, which is why you would want to play it if you’re looking for an experience similar to what the Mojang-made game delivers. You can mine resources to create blocks and build new and more attractive materials to build your next architectural masterpiece. Cut down trees, use a pickaxe to break down stone, and put copious amounts of sand into a blast furnace to create glass. The gameplay is simple and repetitive, but you control everything and you can do anything.
The entire interface and the pixelated design is shamelessly similar to Minecraft, and this is actually a good thing. Why? Well, former Minecraft players who are making the switch won’t feel lost at all - the game will appear familiar, and will give the authenticity of the early world-building elements of Minecraft. All without the complicated crafting systems and other elements that turned Minecraft into a deep game multi-dimensional game.
With the recent updates however, Manic Digger has expanded and introduced survival elements, like fighting off zombies and other monsters, much like how Minecraft evolved over the years. Bear in mind however that it’s not a small game: it has thousands of players during peak hours, so you will definitely encounter some interesting people while online.
It does not have the same level of depth as Minecraft or other knockoffs, which works to its advantage: most of its player-base isn’t looking for anything complicated. However, its simplicity won’t get in the way of you creating the buildings you want. You can still create a variety of blocks, and each can contribute to helping you make a marvel in the sandbox world.
Although the game can be a little laggy and unstable at times, this does not get in the way of the overall experience. This is because the developers have improved most of the game’s overall aspects. As an added plus, its system requirements are way lower than that of Minecraft, so you will be able to play it despite having a dated PC with lower-than-normal specs.
In this virtual sandbox game, the limits are endless - Manic Digger allows you to create your own world for the others to see.
Mine resources, build new structures, and dig underground caverns and form them into catacombs.
Be the resident of your own world, join other players, and boast your own architectural marvels!
The game is continually evolving as well, with the addition of new mods and features. One good example is the War Mod, where it essentially turns the game into an FPS with three classes (soldier, medic, support). Other than that though, it won’t beat other games in terms of features, but it’s certainly something you would want to get into.
Should you play it? Definitely. If you’re looking for a free yet enjoyable substitution to the more popular Minecraft, then this is definitely the game for you.