NodeCore is a major reconstruction of "survival" gameplay from the ground up. Relearn much of what you thought you knew about Minetest!


  • Immersive gameplay. Zero in-game pop-up GUIs. Minimal HUDs. All interactions take place in continuous first-person perspective. Nothing gets between you and the game world.
  • Nearly everything is on the grid. Item stacks settle onto the grid and persist. Complex machines (e.g. furnaces, storage) are built in-world and can be designed, customized, optimized.
  • In-world crafting. Assemble more complex recipes directly on the grid or in-place. Learn how to "pummel" nodes to hammer things together or break things apart.
  • Built-in player guide and hint system provides low-spoiler guidance.
  • Rich and subtle interactions. Some materials dig and transform in stages. Some materials slump into repose when stacked high. Some things transform if conditions are met, but transform faster based on environment. Experiment and see what effects what!
  • Build complex in-game systems. Design your own furnace. Construct digital logic circuits. Build gears and rotary machinery. Assemble portable storage containers.
  • Eggcorns!

Note that NodeCore is a complete game, but new features are still actively developed. If you're looking for the latest experimental stuff, and don't mind a little instability or a few bugs, check out the NodeCore ALPHA early-access releases.

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  • An Axiomatic Survival Experience

    Nodecore is a game that will appeal to fans of xkcd, hofstadter, turing machines, the game of life, dwarf fortress, and factorio. It has a small number of basic building blocks, with rich interactions between them. There are no mobs, no nightfall, nothing to rush you. Experiment and discover at your own pace. The game has many built-in challenges to get you started, and you'll soon be thinking of your own challenges as well!

    To give you a taste of the rich interactions in Nodecore, here's an example. How do you imagine you would smelt something in a world with no furnaces? In Nodecore, smelting happens automatically when a block is next to fire. But you can't just place fire, you have to use fire spread mechanics. You'll brainstorm your own designs, figuring out where to place flammable and non-flammable blocks to get exactly the "furnace" you want, and you'll end up with a machine that truly belongs to you.


  • Great Game

    This game provides very interesting gameplay mechanics that are quite enjoyable even though they may be tough at times.


  • A breath of fresh air.

    Nodecore has always been my go-to game for a variety of reasons. And for such a simple project, it is truly surprising how much you can do, and how much there is to uncover; if you are willing to take a little time to get immersed in its unique world. The absence of mods makes it perfect for calm, zen-like play sessions, and the plethora of ambient sounds and subtle feedback cues really make falling into a comfortable routine when you just want to log in and make some progress. The gameplay is deceptive with its complexity, though forgiving and flexible. You can choose to immerse yourself in a simple world, governed by simple forces that you may at times find familiar (gravity, radiant heat, reposition). A world where resources exist to be found at your own pace, and can be found without having to go on long, droning excursions to prohibitively rare biomes. You wont be praying to the RNG gods if you don't want to. Nodecore has all you need for a gentle, stress-free, voxel game experience. You can enjoy building vast orchards, or enjoy terraforming your area into your own perfect sanctuary. You may be more of the ambitious, go-getter type, and that's just as valid of a playstyle. Trying to take control of the secrets holding the nodecore world together will be tough, but not impossible. If you prefer a stimulating experience, where nature is as much your ally as your adversary; you will find that there is much more to the map than pretty little blocks. There are forces at work that would be willing to lend you their power if you find a way to harness them; and most of them are all around you. Best to keep your wits about you regardless of how you play, nodecore has a habit of also being mischievious. If you like to play it safe, nodecore will happily be your sandbox. If you like to live dangerously, nodecore will respond to your challenge.


  • This game encourages you to build things to make your life easier.

    TL;DR: In Nodecore you craft things in the world instead of a crafting table GUI. But it's a lot harder to craft and smelt stuff in Nodecore than in Minetest/Minecraft. Nodecore encourages you to build ways to make crafting stuff easier for you.

    My full review is over 2000 characters, so I put it on a pastebin:

    Edit: I also put it in the comments


  • great game

    A welcome and challenging alternative to the default minetest game and the like

    The graphics are well made too


  • nodecore is MC for gamers

    Nodecore's 'punish you for not being careful' style makes it a challenging game. Also, multiplayer tends to lend itself to a lot of collaboration do to specialization and emerging tech with machines that can be built inside the game.


  • Well done but lacking intuitiveness

    A great experience when you know what you're doing, but the crusade against formspecs makes the game very hard to pick up. I recommend adding an in-game guide of some kind, as I initially thought this was a terrible game before actually learning what it is. Overall a good game, 8.6/10.


  • Great game, 17/17 eggcorns

    My first impression when I joined was that this was minimal_dev/devtest but with trees. Then I found an eggcorn and some sticks. After a few days of forgetting everything I knew about MTG/MC-like games: It slowly started to click, and I've been addicted ever since. Poor MTG only receives attention when I'm maintaining my mods, a few of which I've already ported/started porting to Nodecore


  • Innovative design

    Whilst NodeCore is very different to classic gameplay and so may not be for everyone, it's certainly very impressive and well designed