Minetest is a game engine to create various games based on voxel gameplay.
The basic idea of each game is always the same:
The player is thrown into a huge world made out of cubes. Most of the time, these cubes make the landscape and these blocks can be removed and placed almost entirely freely. Using the collected items, new tools and other items can be crafted. Games in Minetest can, however, be much more complex than this.
A core concept of Minetest is a built-in modding capability, based on the Lua programming language. Mods allow one or more certain aspects of an existing game to be modified. Minetest mods can be as simple as adding a few decorational blocks or very complex by (for example) introducing complex new gameplay concepts or generating a completely different kind of world, and many other things. For the player, using a new mod requires to copy or extract some files into a certain location and pressing some buttons in Minetest's interface.
Minetest can be played alone or online together with multiple players.
Minetest is usually bundled with a simple default game, named “Minetest Game”. Other games for Minetest can be downloaded from the official Minetest forums.
- A big cube-based world to discover (ca. 60000 blocks in every dimension)
- Procedurally generated world
- Several world generators with many adjustable parameters
- Extremely high configurability
- Singleplayer mode and online multiplayer mode
- Server list
- Sophisticated modding system
- Relatively low system requirements
Minetest is free software, without advertisements and free of charge.