It seems that everywhere you look these days, you can find open-world crafting games that try, and mostly fail, to emulate the successes of much more popular games such as Rust or maybe even Minecraft.
And it’s completely understandable why developers might try to look to these games as influences. Complex crafting mechanics and open world experiences go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re incredibly fun to just jump into regardless of the amount of time you want to invest in them, and they offer a level of freedom that few other titles do.
They’re also really fun to play around in with a bunch of your friends.
So this article will then provide a list of 5 alternatives that I feel are massively underrated in that regard, not all of them necessarily multiplayer experiences, but phenomenal open world crafting games on their own.