Friday, March 23, 2012

The List of Open Source MineCrafts

MineCraft will be open source someday in the future (
"Once sales start dying and a minimum time has passed, I will release the game source code as some kind of open source. I'm not very happy with the draconian nature of (L)GPL, nor do I believe the other licenses have much merit other than to boost the egos of the original authors, so I might just possibly release it all as public domain. "

But for now, enjoy this list of open source MineCraft alternatives!

1. Manicdigger
"Manic Digger is a public domain 3d block-building game similar to Minecraft."
Features: Infinite world, Rails, Crafting, Shadows, Multiplayer
License: Public Domain
Language: C#

2. Opencraft:
OpenCraft is an alternative Minecraft server, providing more advanced features than the official distribution.
Features: Scripting, griefing preventation
License: BSD
Language: Java

3. Minedroid:
Features: Work with a touchscreen interface
License: New BSD
Language: Java

4. Infiniminer:
Features: multiplayer
License: MIT
Language: C#

5. Minetest-c55:
Features: Survival mode, creative mode, multiplayer, dynamic lighting, almost infinite world, Infinite map generator
License: GPL
Language: C++

6. TechCraft:
Features: Minecraft style terrain engine
License: Ms-PL
Language: C#

7. ArdorCraft:
Features: API to build new types of blockworld games
License: MIT
Language: Java

8. Terasology (Blockmania):
Features: Procedural terrain generation, efficient rendering
License: Apache 2.0
Language: Java

Finally, this one is not open source, but you can't miss it! on voxlap engine)
"It's the best bits of Minecraft crossed with the fast-paced shooter gameplay of Team Fortress."
Features: Dynamic lighting, 32 players battling, CTF or Territory Control game modes
License: Closed Source
Language: C/C++

Ace of Spades is now a commercial game, but we have
9. Iceball: Open Source Version of Ace of Spades!

10. Minecraft in Blender: Minecraft like in the Blender Game Engine.


Crafty (C++)

Craft (C)

Voxel.js (JavaScript, BSD)

Voxeliq (C#)

Blackvoxel (C/C++, GNU GPL V3) 

CraftSaga (Unity, C++)  

AIR-based Minecraft Map Viewer (with source code):

Minecraft like games in flash:

A minecraft level render in flash:
Source Code of MCExplorer (open source minecraft map render/viewer in flash/as3):

Minecraft and WebGL:



Minicraft(update on 2013/11/15, html5 in 252 bytes with source code): (Minecraft in 900 lines of Python)

Others: to Samuel Taylor) (retro-style arcade shooter)


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