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Best crafting games for the craftiest gamers among us

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The best crafting games won't leave a mess when you're done with them. There will be no Elmer's glue stuck to your fingers or impossible-to-vacuum glitter on your floor months after you've finished crafting in these game worlds. Instead you can (somewhat) safely design, create, and build in these worlds, whether it's to help keep you alive in-game or just to create something cool. 

The best crafting games include underwater worlds, alien planets, and block-shaped lands. There are agricultural sims, survival games, and more in this list, so we're certain there's something here for every gamer interested in crafting games. 

Crafting games are all about discovery, and the path you take that helps you learn more so you can create even more impressive things. So let's get to crafting with the best crafting games you can play right now. Is your favorite crafting game at the top of our list?

25. Dig or Die

Dig or Die

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Developer: Gaddy Games
Platform: PC

Instantly recognizable as a crafting game inspired by Terraria, Dig or Die is a mixture of defense and crafting complete with side-scrolling and platforming elements. Your task is in the title – after crash landing on a strange alien planet, you need to get digging in order to find as many resources as possible before the inhabitants out for your hide come to knock on your door. 

What makes Dig or Die special is that besides crafting items that will help you survive in a hostile environment and work on a new spaceship, you also build your own home and its defense systems. If you’re new to this type of building and crafting gameplay, Dig or Die is simple enough to quickly get you going.

24. Creativerse 

Creativerse

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Developer: Playful Corp.
Platform: PC

This is probably the best Minecraft competitor, a free-to-play alternative to Mojang’s mega-hit with a more polished look and user-friendly menus. However, Creativerse does more than offer quality of life improvements over Minecraft. There’s a stronger focus on combat and subsequent enemy loot, and the variety in biomes makes it great for multiplayer role-playing.

The game is still being updated with features like camera modes and rotatable blocks, and there’s also a Creativerse Pro DLC, which includes a glider, stamina and inventory upgrades as well as the option to create your own worlds.

23. Junk Jack

Junk Jack

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Developer: Pixbits SRL
Platform: PC

If you like sidescrolling crafting games but you’re looking for less of a challenge in the survival department, then Junk Jack is the game for you. A relaxing crafting experience with plenty of depth, Junk Jack lets you pick whether you’d rather have a slightly more difficult crafting experience via a grid, or if you simply want to click to put items together to create something new. Build a cosy home with a large variety of items, breed farm animals or waste hours upon hours growing plants and fishing. While there’s still more than enough combat, the procedurally generated worlds are smaller than in comparable games in order to encourage you to spend more time working on your virtual home.

22. Craft the World

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Developer: Dekovir Entertainment
Platform: PC

In crafting games you tend to spend a lot of time underground, so it makes sense to play as the number one cave-dweller, a dwarf. As you craft and build in Craft the World, your dwarven populace also grows, ready to help you with large-scale battles. This aspect makes Craft the World feel less like a Terraria-style dungeon crawler and occasionally more like a real-time strategy game, with a lot of bearded friends around you keeping busy. Craft the World is a game for all those looking for a beautiful fantasy crafting game with large-scale battles against well-known fantasy monsters such as Beholders.

21. Graveyard Keeper

Graveyard Keeper

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Developer: Lazy Bear Games
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Android, Nintendo Switch

Here, crafting meets “farming” – you may be able to grow crops, but this is no Stardew Valley. Instead you need to get digging to create final resting places for the corpses that land at your door. You can’t simply dump corpses in a hole and call it done, since embalming and creating graves are sciences in and of themselves. It’s a unique idea, implemented with a great love for detail. Crafting is essential to build a modern, partly-automated graveyard, as well as finding, er, alternate sources of income. Just don’t tell anyone where the meat for those tasty burgers came from.

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Malindy is a freelance video games writer for outlets like Eurogamer, PLAY, PCGamer and Edge Magazine, who also occasionally works in game design consultation and localization. As a Japanese speaker, she enjoys Japanese pop culture and is always on the hunt for the next game from the Land of the Rising Sun. She also particularly enjoys narrative-focused games and cute indies, and always seeks to learn more about the business-side of the gaming industry.

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