Wednesday, April 18

Minetest, Free and Open Source Sandbox Game Inspired by Minecraft


Few days back we wrote about Terasology, a free and open source Minecraft inspired game engine. Minetest or Minetest-c55 is another great open source game/engine which involves sandboxed block based gameplay similar to InfiniMiner and Minecraft.

While Terasology is based on Java, Minetest is coded in C++ using Irrlicht engine. Also Minetest is very lightweight so it can comfortably run on older hardware and netbooks.

Minetest Features
  • Survival mode with inventory and crafting. This mode is being currently developed.
  • Creative mode with infinite blocks at your disposal.
  • Multiplayer support
  • Voxel based dynamic lighting (quite similar to Minecraft)
  • Light up caves with torches
  • Almost infinite world
  • Infinite map generator
  • Runs natively on Windows, Linux and OS X
Last stable version of Minetest was version 0.3. However the game is getting many new features and improvements in version 0.4 which is current focus of development. So I will recommend that you try latest version as 0.3 is almost 4-5 moths old.


If you are using Ubuntu, install latest 0.4 snapshot by running following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minetestdevs/daily-builds
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install minetestc55

Check out video:


For Texture Packs and Mods, see Minetest Forums.
Thanks to  Urban Tactics

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