You've just inherited your grandfather's run-down farm... it'll take a lot to get it running again, but locals and a whole lot of elbow grease just may help you reach your dreams. A massive and engrossing indie simulation made by a single person, Stardew Valley is packed with farming, relationships, dungeons, crafting, and much, much more.
From mining basic raw resources to producing sci-fi hardware, this elaborate indie strategy sim with sandbox crafting and action elements has you single-handedly advancing an entire planet just to get home!
Flux and her companion JuiceBox are just on their way to deliver some packages when their ship gets destroyed by a giant floating purple space head. Now they're stranded on an alien world, and they'll need to build, bash, and craft their way is they want to get home... as well as deal with the villain himself. A bizarre and fantastically funny indie action adventure with crossplatform play for desktop or Android and iOS that's worth every penny.
Free with ads for Android and iOS, Beast Bound is a nostalgic, very quirky, and very funny RPG where you and your magical floating cat friend Cappi are struggling to make a living as beast hunters, until you stumble across a strange machine and realize something very weird is happening on your formerly peaceful little island.
2010's hit addictive RPG roguelike is back and bigger than ever! Descend into an enormous dungeon filled with treasure that gets deadlier as you go... but who put it there, and why? With a robust crafting system and simple to pick up gameplay, The Enchanted Cave 2 will keep you happily grinding for quite some time.
Send your heroes on bold quests to reap crafting materials for you... and then sell them in your shop in this mercantile mélange of elements from several different genres, free for Android and still being added to with new content!
You wake up confused and disoriented in a crumbling cryogenic facility only to discover the world ended while you were out... and you can't even remember who you are. In this brutal but addictive and deep indie survival sim/adventure, you'll explore a vast and challenging world, scavenging and crafting whatever you can, and probably die a whole lot in the process.
Fantasy farming meets Minecraft-style building and action RPG in this rough but promising game made in just two months. Plant crops, care for livestock, fight monsters, and build your home block by block!
After nearly seven years, the beloved post-apocalyptic RPG trading simulation returns! You've grown up in an underground bunker all your life, but when your mentor goes missing, you're told to go bring him home... by any means necessary. Travel a dangerous wasteland, hire mercenaries, help people, and of course, make a mint buying low and selling high.
In this compelling and grim indie simulation, you control a group of survivors struggling to get by day to day in an increasingly dangerous city that's turned into a war zone. As the days pass, you're forced to push the limits of what you're comfortable with in order to survive, and rather than glorifying war for heroics, This War of Mine humanizes it for its people.
Amanda Ripley has always wanted to find out what happened to her mother Ellen fifteen years ago. Now she's going to confront it head on in this harrowing survival horror adventure where stealth and resourcefulness are your best (and really only) weapons against a seemingly unstoppable and unpredictable enemy that will hunt you every step of the way in your quest to escape the dead station of Sevastopol.
When a wizard needs a job, the temp agency decides their destiny... and apparently yours is to be a security guard. But it's not as cushy as it sounds, and in this chaotic and creative dungeon-crawling action platforming shooter, you'll need to craft your spells from multiple components to unlock powerful (and weird) effects as you try to save the world.
An army of elves stormed a deep and deadly labyrinth, and now you're the only soldier left alive. In this action-adventure RPG, infused with a touch of roguelike, you must brave dangerous monsters, avoid fearsome traps, and find your way to the exit! Forge powerful equipment, master mighty arcane magics, and learn and exploit your enemy's weaknesses to survive the dungeon!
In this challenging, engrossing, evocative and creative roguelike puzzle game from SpryFox, you find yourself the ranger of a tiny, isolated town, tasked with finding and rescuing the children who go missing each year picking the berries the town exports. With randomized puzzles, stunning design, and a clever crafting mechanic, Road Not Taken is highly recommended.
Time to get digging. Mines of Mars is a wholly addicting mining and exploration game created by Crescent Moon Games. It plays a lot like the classic Motherload or the criminally underappreciated early iOS release iDigIt. Take your pickaxe and start pecking away at the soil, gathering metals and gems you can carry back to the surface to refine into useable materials. Then take those materials and upgrade your tools so you can dig even deeper!
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
Another enigmatic web toy with Ascii art? Yes, please! Taking cues from Candy Box, Speed Warp takes time and experimentation to figure out exactly what is going on. Enjoy arcade games, crafting, and more as you uncover the secrets of the game.
Plunked into a 2D, side-scrolling world randomly generated and populated with dangerous dungeons, and you'll need to smash, stab, dig, and otherwise destroy your environment to gather the supplies you'll need to craft and survive day-to-day. Turns out in a great battle, the kingdom was destroyed and all its people carted off to dungeons, and only you can save them.
With the Minecraft and Terraria and other sandbox games going strong, Junk Jack X from Pixbits arrives with a lot of great ideas in tow. It's a sequel to the 2011 Junk Jack release that adds a number of new features and improvements, including multiplayer support for both online and offline play, creative and adventure modes, Retina graphics, and thousands of items to find, treasures to uncover, and objects to be built. It's one of the most full-featured sandbox games on any mobile device and will easily keep you glued to your iOS device for hours on end.
Gather your tools and find a comfortable chair, Terraria has rolled onto iPhone and iPad! The universal app ported by 505 Games shrinks sandbox adventure world found in the PC/Mac downloadable version of the game, rearranging the menus and grafting a couple of virtual joysticks onto the screen. It looks, feels and plays just like the original, and even with its few missing features, it's a solid port of Terraria through and through.
It's hard being an android. Especially after crash-landing on an unknown planet with a directive that you and your AI friend conveniently forgot. Fortunately for the android in PlanetScape, a procedurally-generated resource-management game, the necessary materials to reconstruct your pod are below the surface of the hostile planet.
You wake up on a desert island with no recollection of what happened, nothing but a few shoddy tools to your name, and you're thinking what we'd probably all be thinking in a situation like that: TREASURE! It's going to take a whole lot of fortitude to make it, but with a bit of ingenuity and plenty of raw natural resources just laying around you'll be throwing together everything but coconut radios before you know it.
Tossed into a hostile, dark fantasy world that hates you and wants you to die with only your wits and the clothes on your back, how long can you stay alive? Klei Entertainment brings us a gorgeous indie survival exploration adventure as your scavenge for food and supplies, craft weapons and armor and more, and learn the rules of a strange land filled with stranger creatures.
We all know Minecraft by now, the massively cool 3D sandbox creativity game that lets you explore, craft, and build anything you like. Then there's Terraria, a game that took the same formula and flattened it into a 2D sidescrolling game, adding combat and some other nice extras in the process. Both titles have spawned similar games on numerous platforms, but so far the mobile realm hasn't been a fertile ground for the sandbox genre. Until Junk Jack came along. This 2D pixel-gorgeous game takes the all-too-familiar crafting, digging, and exploration formula to your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, bringing with it an entire world of possibilities.
Scuba is a 2D, side-scrolling game of exploration, diving, mining, and crafting in the tradition of Minecraft and Terraria. Control your diver-character as you collect 10 types of resources above ground and underwater. Combine items in your inventory to craft parts that will eventually help you make an engine to get home. Scuba's random world generation gives you a different game environment each time you play.
Terraria, a new action/adventure/creativity game from Re-Logic, is perfect for a sand emperor like myself. It offers the thrill of discovery mixed with the chance to meticulously construct your own little village, city or empire. And before you think it: yes, it's a lot like Minecraft, only in 2D!