What are the best 2D survival and crafting or exploration games for PC?

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    Terraria is a 2D action-adventure sandbox game with the objective of digging, exploring, fighting, and building. Developed and published by Re-Logic, this game is available to play on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, iOS, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire


    Rose Jacobs
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "I was seeking out a 2D exploration game for my PC to pass the time at home in the evenings. I tried Terraria and enjoyed it. It has fun 2D graphics and it is very exciting and busy; it keeps my attention. In the game, I enjoyed being able to explore and fight all the bosses."
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    Starbound is a multiplayer sandbox action-adventure video game which is set in a two-dimensional universe. This features story-based missions, and players must explore to obtain new weapons and visit towns. 


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Sarah Fox
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "Eventually grew tired of the Terraria theme of swords and shite, so I tried this game out. It's like the same, but with more futuristic stuff, new environments, and basically a more chill atmosphere. Most definitely will be playing this from now on"
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    #3Stardew Valley

    Stardew Valley

    Stardew Valley is a role-playing simulation video game developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish. It is available for computers with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.


    Windows, Xbox One, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch


    Virginia Pacheco
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "It handles pretty smoothly on lower end devices and there's a huge map to explore and build upon. Though it might not be the best, it most certainly deserves to be on the top when it comes to this genre"
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    #4Junk Jack

    Junk Jack
    Junk Jack is a multiplayer 2D sandbox exploration, mining, and crafting game. You can build and improve your home, tame and breed creatures, cook foods, collect animal companions, grow flowers and play with your friends.

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS


    Joe Morales
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "Junk Jack is an excellent 2D sandbox game that does a great job recreating that spirit of exploration and self-discovery that will be instantly bring to mind fond memories of playing Minecraft. You start with nothing other than a hard-hat and a lot of gumption, but soon, as you travel throughout the world, you learn to plant gardens, build houses, and cook. I was soon making tools and fighting evil. Have some fun and play Junk Jack! "
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    Deadlight is a scrolling platform and shooter game set at the end of the world. You are one of the few survivors left and must run and escape for your life from the million zombies that are out to get you.

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Harry Freeman
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "This game was not my fave. I found the gameplay to be a little confusing and tougher than I like. I know some friends of mine that would really enjoy this but it's not for everyone. If you're into exploration gaming then give it a shot. You may or may not like it."
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    #6Corpse Party

    Corpse Party
    Corpse Party is an indie horror, adventure and RPG game originally created for PSP and was remade for Windows. It follows the story of a curse within a school that takes place during the welcoming of a new student. It was developed by GrisGris.

    Windows, Linux


    Austin Cole
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "Corpse Party is game on Steam about a group of friends trapped in a haunted school. The graphics remind me of my old Super Nintendo days and the story is pretty amazing. I really enjoyed the music in the game and I hear there is an original version. I am looking forward to looking at the original version and seeing the differences. "
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    #7The Swapper

    The Swapper

    The Swapper is a puzzle Metroidvania video game developed and published by Facepalm Games. Released in 2013, this game is available to play on PlayStation, Windows PC, Linux, macOS and Wii U.


    Windows, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U


    Terry Beck
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "These puzzles are well designed, and sometimes when I take a day off and come back to them with a fresh set of eyes, the solutions come to me. The Swapper is one of those rare game that dares to ask some tough questions, and is then fearless enough to leave you alone to come up with answers. Never before has a game forced me to question my every single move, for that alone, I love it."
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    In Shelter you'll take the role of a mother badger trying to protect her little cubs. You will need to find food for them, escape from birds of prey, run from the fires and get safe from all the different perils and menaces you can find in the wilderness being a family of little animals. 

    Windows, Mac


    Jeffrey Miller
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Shelter is kind of an odd, offbeat game, but if you're looking for a more traditional survival or crafting type game, it might not be for you. It's kind of more like an "art" game. It tends to be a bit unclear about what it wants you to do, and then, once you do figure that out, it's pretty slow paced and short. Maybe try it if it's on sale, but don't expect it to become a mainstay."


Best What are the best 2D survival and crafting or exploration games for PC
1TerrariaGames 21 Paid
2StarboundGames 19 Paid
3Stardew ValleyGames 12 Paid
4Junk JackGames 8 Paid
5DeadlightGames 7 Paid
6Corpse PartyGames 3 Paid
7The SwapperGames 3 Paid
8ShelterGames -1 Paid

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