The Best Crafting Games

Update : Abiotic Factor added at rank #41.
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Palworld (2024)

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early access PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One

Embark on a thrilling adventure in Palworld, a game that fuses the fun of creature-collecting with hardcore survival challenges! Build, battle, and bond with your Pals in a vast, dynamic world. Whether you're crafting the perfect base or exploring uncharted territories with friends, every decision carves your path to survival. Are you ready to conquer this wild, whimsical world?


What we like:
  • Unique blend of creature-collecting and survival
  • Engaging base-building with the help of Pals
  • Wide variety of Pals for strategic gameplay
  • Multiplayer mode to share the adventure
  • Expansive world full of exploration and challenges
What could be improved:
  • Combat mechanics and base management need refinement
  • Some themes and humor may not appeal to all

  • survival
  • crafting
  • open-world
  • collector
  • creature
  • pokemon

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Wytchwood (2021)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Mac OS Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Android

In Wytchwood, you play as an aging witch and explore a magical countryside. Create your own enchantments, trick wicked characters, and solve puzzles in this crafting adventure game. The unique art style and fairy tale-inspired storybook world will capture your imagination.


What we like:
  • Wonderful art style and entertaining dialogue
  • Fun adventure crafting game with engaging questlines
  • Unique and unexpected gameplay as an elderly witch
  • Relaxing gameplay with charming design
  • Multiple maps with engaging challenges
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive and tedious fetch quests
  • Grinding materials becomes very frustrating and obfuscates the story
  • Limited combat and focus on crafting
  • Backtracking and running between areas can be tedious
  • Graphic depictions of animal death

  • crafting
  • gothic
  • conversation
  • investigation
  • fantasy
  • 2.5d
  • magic
  • adventure
  • stylized
  • dark
  • story
  • colourful
  • exploration

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The Wild at Heart (2021)

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Xbox One Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox Series X

The Wild at Heart is a beautiful and joyous tale of discovery, full of quirky characters, exploration and puzzles. You play as Wake, a young scallywag searching for excitement who stumbles upon an adventure to save the world and reunite the Greenshields. With its hand-drawn art style, mysterious creatures and day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay, you'll be sure to have some exciting escapades!


What we like:
  • Quirky characters with unique traits
  • Beautiful artstyle
  • Light combat & puzzles that increase in difficulty
  • Day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay
What could be improved:
  • The standard loop:go here - do that
  • Parts of the narrative are well-honed

  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • crafting
  • story
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • emotional
  • time-management
  • 2d
  • atmospheric
  • colourful
  • resource-management
  • survival
  • exploration
  • adventure

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Astroneer (2019)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone

Embark on a cosmic journey in Astroneer, where you can shape worlds to your heart's content. Dig, build, and survive in a sandbox universe, creating bases and vehicles with friends. Uncover mysteries and enjoy a crafting odyssey across vibrant planets—your space adventure awaits!


What we like:
  • Engaging crafting and building mechanics
  • Vibrant, immersive worlds
  • Relaxing, open-ended gameplay
  • Satisfying cooperative multiplayer
  • Regular updates with new content
What could be improved:
  • Occasional control and camera issues

  • survival
  • crafting
  • sandbox
  • cooperative
  • open-world
  • exploration
  • space
  • drop-in
  • drop-out
  • resource
  • base-building
  • adventure

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Monster Hunter Rise (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5

Monster Hunter Rise combines the best elements of past entries and the more recent Monster Hunter World, offering a fresh and exciting experience that will keep you coming back for more. With an engaging story, challenging combat, and a plethora of features, Rise has something for everyone.


What we like:
  • Open hunting grounds with no loading zones between sections
  • Rich story with fully voiced cutscenes
  • Switch Skill system to customize your playstyle
  • Tons of weapon balancing and updates
  • New Rampage Quests for intense battles against multiple monsters at once
What could be improved:
  • Separate quest lines for solo/multiplayer play
  • Visuals are not quite as detailed as those in World

  • rpg
  • online
  • fight
  • battle
  • combat
  • cooperative
  • crafting
  • tower-defense
  • action
  • farming
  • japanese
  • multiplayer
  • skill
  • local
  • vertical

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Valheim (2021)

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early access Linux Android PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One

Valheim is an epic, Viking-tinged survival-creation game with blocky graphics and a modern twist. You are dropped in a wild forest with runes to guide you on your mission to conjure and defeat supernatural beasts. Players must craft weapons and armor, puzzle out how to summon the beasts, and build structures for shelter along the way.


What we like:
  • Simple default building system
  • Instant rebuilding/repairing
  • Randomly generated 3D universe
  • Easy-to-read color highlights for structural integrity
  • Level up abilities by repeating actions
  • Robust physics engine underlies all actions
What could be improved:
  • Wonky battling system
  • Limited traversal over rivers and oceans at this point

  • survival
  • crafting
  • open-world
  • cooperative
  • base-building
  • exploration

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The Escapists 2 (2017)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One

The Escapists 2 is a thrilling prison escape game that will put your creativity to the test. As a prisoner, you must sneak your way out of some of the toughest prisons in existence by creating intricate plans and crafting clever weapons. You can even team up with friends to escape together! With a diverse range of levels, crafting items and interactive combat, you'll be hooked in no time.


What we like:
  • Multiplayer adds value to the gameplay
  • Exciting new combat system
  • Fun mechanic of knocking out guards and swapping outfits
  • Opportunity to use creative strategies to escape
  • Includes a Prison Map Editor
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive prisons
  • Goofy escape routes feel unimportant
  • Co-op only levels make single player feel limited

  • crafting
  • sandbox
  • simulation
  • cooperative
  • strategy
  • pixel
  • online
  • multiplayer
  • difficult
  • retro
  • crime

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Monster Hunter: World (2018)

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Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4

In Monster Hunter: World, you embark on an exciting journey to hunt down ferocious creatures in a living ecosystem. Explore stunning locations, use a variety of weapons, and craft new gear by collecting materials from the fallen beasts. This exciting and immersive RPG offers fun gameplay and addictive combat, with the ability to hunt alone or alongside up to three other players. You can even put your personal flair on the game with stickers, gestures, and armor customization.


What we like:
  • Immersive world
  • Amazing creature designs
  • Engaging main quest
  • Fun gameplay
  • Addictive
What could be improved:
  • Combat may take time to get used to
  • Tricky controls on mouse and keyboard
  • Lots of grinding for specific items
  • Some fights require large groups of players

  • rpg
  • fight
  • online
  • cooperative
  • battle
  • crafting
  • combat
  • action
  • farming
  • multiplayer
  • skill
  • japanese
  • difficult
  • dragon
  • customization

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)

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Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ultimate game for those who like to potter, or those addicted to the grind. With a new DIY system that adds some Minecraft-like ideas, Nook Miles system for direction and rewards and the ability to invite real-world friends over to trade fruit, this game has it all.

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What we like:
  • Landforming & crafting mechanics revolutionise the experience
  • Vibrant island setting works beautifully
  • Soothing world
  • Beautiful welcoming game that is everything you want it to be
What could be improved:
  • Random islands can be disappointing

  • crafting
  • simulation
  • real-time
  • online
  • card
  • inventory
  • local
  • construction
  • cute
  • relaxing
  • customization
  • multiplayer

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Nova Lands (2023)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Dive into Nova Lands, where your creativity fuels an open-world adventure of base-building and automation! Master resource management, befriend or battle exotic creatures, and design a thriving industry with adorable helper bots. Unleash your inner strategist and transform untamed wilds into a flourishing empire. Embark on your journey in Nova Lands today!


What we like:
  • Engaging base-building and automation
  • Diverse biomes with unique challenges
  • Customizable helper bot AI adds depth
  • Satisfying progression and skill tree
  • Charming pixel art and soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Late-game content a bit slow

  • management
  • crafting
  • open-world
  • resource-management
  • automation
  • resource
  • pixel
  • survival
  • base-building
  • farming
  • simulation
  • 2d
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • building

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