MineClone 2

A survival sandbox game (work in progress!). Survive, gather, hunt, build, explore, and do much more. An imitation of Minecraft.

Work in Progress Survival

MineClone 2 is a survival sandbox game that is still a work in progress. Survive, gather, hunt, mine for ores, build houses, explore, and do much more. The goal of this project is to create a free clone (or imitation) of Minecraft.


You start in a randomly-generated world made entirely of cubes. You can explore the world and dig and build almost every block in the world to create new structures. You can choose to play in a “survival mode” in which you have to fight monsters and hunger for survival and slowly progress through the various other aspects of the game, such as mining, farming, building machines, and so on Or you can play in “creative mode” in which you can build almost anything instantly.

Gameplay summary

  • Sandbox-style gameplay, no goals
  • Survive: Fight against hostile monsters and hunger
  • Mine for ores and other treasures
  • Magic: Gain experience and enchant your tools
  • Use the collected blocks to create great buildings, your imagination is the limit
  • Collect flowers (and other dye sources) and colorize your world
  • Find some seeds and start farming
  • Find or craft one of hundreds of items
  • Build a railway system and have fun with minecarts
  • Build complex machines with redstone circuits
  • In creative mode you can build almost anything for free and without limits

How to play (quick start)

Getting started

  • Punch a tree trunk until it breaks and collect wood
  • Place the wood into the 2×2 grid (your “crafting grid” in your inventory menu and craft 4 wood planks
  • Place the 4 wood planks in a 2×2 shape in the crafting grid to make a crafting table
  • Rightclick the crafting table for a 3×3 crafting grid to craft more complex things
  • Use the crafting guide (book icon) to learn all the possible crafting recipes
  • Craft a wooden pickaxe so you can dig stone
  • Different tools break different kinds of blocks. Try them out!
  • Continue playing as you wish. Have fun!


  • Find seeds
  • Craft hoe
  • Rightclick dirt or similar block with hoe to create farmland
  • Place seeds on farmland and watch them grow
  • Collect plant when fully grown
  • If near water, farmland becomes wet and speeds up growth


  • Craft furnace
  • Furnace allows you to obtain more items
  • Upper slot must contain a smeltable item (example: iron ore)
  • Lower slot must contain a fuel item (example: coal)
  • See tooltips in crafting guide to learn about fuels and smeltable items

Additional help

More help about the gameplay, blocks items and much more can be found from inside the game. You can access the help from your inventory menu.

Special items

The following items are interesting for Creative Mode and for adventure map builders. They can not be obtained in-game or in the creative inventory.

  • Barrier: mcl_core:barrier

Use the /giveme chat command to obtain them. See the in-game help for an explanation.

Project description

The main goal of MineClone 2 is to be a clone of Minecraft and to be released as free software.

  • Target of development: Minecraft, PC Edition, version 1.12 (later known as “Java Edition”)
  • MineClone2 also includes Optifine features supported by the Minetest
  • In general, Minecraft is aimed to be cloned as good as possible
  • Cloning the gameplay has highest priority
  • MineClone 2 will use different assets, but with a similar style
  • Limitations found in Minetest will be documented in the course of development
  • Features of later Minecraft versions are collected in the mineclone5 branch

Using features from newer versions of Minecraft

For > 1.12 features, checkout MineClone5. It includes features from newer Minecraft versions. Download it here: https://git.minetest.land/MineClone2/MineClone2/src/branch/mineclone5

Completion status

This game is currently in beta stage. It is playable, but not yet feature-complete. Backwards-compability is not entirely guaranteed, updating your world might cause small bugs. If you want to use the git version of MineClone2 in production, consider using the production branch. It is updated weekly and contains relatively stable code for servers.

The following main features are available:

  • Tools, weapons
  • Armor
  • Crafting system: 2×2 grid, crafting table (3×3 grid), furnace, including a crafting guide
  • Chests, large chests, ender chests, shulker boxes
  • Furnaces, hoppers
  • Hunger
  • Most monsters and animals
  • All ores from Minecraft
  • Most blocks in the overworld
  • Water and lava
  • Weather
  • 28 biomes
  • The Nether, a fiery underworld in another dimension
  • Redstone circuits (partially)
  • Minecarts (partial)
  • Status effects (partial)
  • Experience
  • Enchanting
  • Brewing, potions, tipped arrow (partial)
  • Boats
  • Fire
  • Buidling blocks: Stairs, slabs, doors, trapdoors, fences, fence gates, walls
  • Clock
  • Compass
  • Sponge
  • Slime block
  • Small plants and saplings
  • Dyes
  • Banners
  • Deco blocks: Glass, stained glass, glass panes, iron bars, hardened clay (and colors), heads and more
  • Item frames
  • Jukeboxes
  • Beds
  • Inventory menu
  • Creative inventory
  • Farming
  • Writable books
  • Commands
  • Villages
  • The End
  • And more!

The following features are incomplete:

  • Some monsters and animals
  • Redstone-related things
  • Special minecarts
  • A couple of non-trivial blocks and items

Bonus features (not found in Minecraft 1.12):

  • Built-in crafting guide which shows you crafting and smelting recipes
  • In-game help system containing extensive help about gameplay basics, blocks, items and more
  • Temporary crafting recipes. They only exist to make some otherwise unaccessible items available when you're not in creative mode. These recipes will be removed as development goes on an more features become available
  • Saplings in chests in mapgen v6
  • Fully moddable (thanks to Minetest's powerful Lua API)
  • New blocks and items:
    • Lookup tool, shows you the help for whatever it touches
    • More slabs and stairs
    • Nether Brick Fence Gate
    • Red Nether Brick Fence
    • Red Nether Brick Fence Gate

Technical differences from Minecraft:

  • Height limit of ca. 31000 blocks (much higher than in Minecraft)
  • Horizontal world size is ca. 62000×62000 blocks (much smaller than in Minecraft, but it is still very large)
  • Still very incomplete and buggy
  • Blocks, items, enemies and other features are missing
  • A few items have slightly different names to make them easier to distinguish
  • Different music for jukebox
  • Different textures (Pixel Perfection)
  • Different sounds (various sources)
  • Different engine (Minetest)
  • Different easter eggs

… and finally, MineClone 2 is free software (“free” as in “freedom”)!



Do you recommend this game?

  • The best Minecraft alternative!

    The game is really very advanced and it is a lot of fun to develop the game and to write mods for it. I am always looking forward to new versions!

  • The Highest quality game for Minetest

    Love it, the mobs, the enviorment, this is the closest that you will get to turning Minetest into Minecraft. I do have one issue in every world that i make, when i create a nether portal and enter the entire place is burried no mobs no lava no nothin just netherack or however it's called. Is there an option in the wold creating menu that i have to activate to fix this issue?

  • Please improve some stuff

    I was playing mineclone because I love minecraft building creations and displaying them but as soon as I summoned the villager it went outside his home at night and went far away it did not sleep like it should as in minecraft and please add the beacon to the game, I miss making laset gates and not to forget could you improve the sweet beries so that they can be planted as well as they can be eaten. ANd yes please add the left hand slot for shields and fireworks. I would love if you implemnt these things in Mineclone

  • Wonderful Game!

    I absolutely love this game. Its so close to minecraft that I can just use minecraft tutorials for it. There are a few discrepancies (soul sand not pushing you up in water and observer refresh time), but other than that a perfect clone of minecraft. Thank you so much for making!

  • Needs more bug fixes

    I am only interested in the game when its on peaceful mode. I'd like it better if I could disable certain mobs.

    The minecart is so buggy, it keeps going off the rails randomly. Otherwise I don't notice many glitches.

    I hope the minecart with storage gets added soon, impossible to do a lot of mining when I can't carry everything with me.

  • Update

    Does wool blocks sound? if no add in this feature

  • Absolutely worthy of at least a try

    I registered here and on forums just to write this comment. You are doing an amasing job with this mod! It feels so fluent what i even forgot about a different menus and keybindings and lowkey enjoy it. This game grasps the feel of Minecraft wery well. Although i only play survival here, i still love it with all my heart. Keep up the outstanding work.

  • Wow!

    Exellent minecraft like exprience in minetest!

  • Nice recreation of Minecraft before it become bloated with feature

    I appreciate playing this game.

  • Best alternative to minecraft

    Wow, which cool game. The best minecraft alternative! Now with the 0.69.0 update come xp which make this game better then it is! Really really cool!

  • El Mejor juego de Minetest

    Muchos piensan que es como Minecraft, pero es mucho mejor.

    MineClone es Software Libre y eso permitira a todos extenderlo, con mods que Minecraft solo pudo soñar.

    Para hacer mods en Minecraft hizo falta que unos hackers crearan herramientas externas como Forge. Para hacer mods en MineClone tienes miles de herramientas disponibles y APIs. Todo lo que imagines lo podras hacer ;D

  • Excellent game

    It's a really fun game that keeps you entertained for hours, but I've noticed that my hunger bar doesn't go down no matter how many hours I'm playing. Is the original game like this or is it a bug?

  • extreamly good alt for minecraft

    This is an extreamly good alternate for minecraft even if it is missing a few fetures .

  • Good

    It is very good, even in the start.

  • Great game!

    The best game for Minetest. And with the future version 0.72, this game will begins to be modder friendly. Great.

  • The best minecraft *clone* for the open source game minetest

    When u like minecraft and want the environment and feeling of his big brother (minecraft) u should try out this (sub-)game. This (sub-)game is for beginner(s) the best choice.

  • Alguien me dice el mod que hace que las armas y herramientas se vean mas grandes?

    Alguien me dice el mod que hace que las armas y herramientas se vean mas grandes?

  • Very polished game

    Probably the best free MineCraft clone available for Minetest (only notable contestant is Crafter).

  • heres some request for updates

    -update nether(fortress,bastion,piglin,hoglin,etc. -PLS put more animals in the game(pandas,fox,bees) -put a new ore(not necessary netherite -update villagers and put raids(ravager and illager) -put crossbow and trident in the game -make shulker box alble to stcik at walls and thats all i had in mind thx :)

  • Upgrape please

    can you upgrape mineclone 2 like minecraft version 1.17.1