The best Minecraft maps

We have all the bases covered with the best Minecraft maps, including adventure, horror, survival, dropper, multiplayer, puzzle, and parkour maps

Best Minecraft maps - a steel bridge-like building towers over the city. A clock is pointing at three o'clock.

What are the best Minecraft maps? Minecraft is the inventor’s paradise but, of course, it is also the connoisseur’s nightmare. Thanks to the huge number of user-created Minecraft maps out there it is almost impossible to find the finest creations around. Who has time these days to sift through hundreds of Minecraft maps, devour them with their digital senses, and come to a conclusion on which ones are worth your time?

Well, us, actually. We have scoured forums, marathoned YouTube videos, and sampled more of the best Minecraft maps than we can count in order to bring you the definitive list. No, no need to thank us, we just like seeing you smile.

To find the best from the mind-boggling array of Minecraft map goodness, we have whittled down the finest user-created environments and placed them into their very own category. Whether you fancy a Minecraft dropper map to plunge through or a Minecraft city map in which to live out your dream – if blocky – cosmopolitan life, we have absolutely everything you need. Enjoy!

Here are the best Minecraft maps by category:

Minecraft adventure maps

Minecraft adventure maps are self-contained experiences that are less about building and more about exploring and, very often, fighting. Expect traps, puzzles, and all sorts of secrets. Also, while you can play many of them quite happily by yourself, some are better in multiplayer. Best of all, because the Minecraft community is so industrious, there are thousands of great Minecraft adventure maps out there.

But, before you pack your blocky bag bear in mind that almost all of them will have particular rules or settings that you will need to follow to ensure they work properly.

Best Minecraft maps - BiomeBox shows a small bit of land inside a steel cage suspended in the air.

BiomeBox

Are there any problems in the world that can’t be solved with parkour? The creator of BiomeBox doesn’t seem to think so.

There are ten visually distinct levels for players to platform their way through, each one based on a different biome – leap from Nether to cake, then hop straight into a twilight dreamscape.

Best Minecraft maps - The Asleep map has a villager standing on a podium, while other villagers watch them talking about the structure in the middle of the room.

Asleep

Dreams and nightmares have, for centuries, been the fascination of psychologists and people whose job it is to think loads. In recent times, Minecraft map makers have stepped up to tackle the question of what happens when we go to sleep.

In the case of Asleep, that makes for a ridiculously fun romp through space, the Nether, and a few burning buildings.

Best Minecraft maps - Herobrine's Mansion is a large house built on top of a hill, surrounded by trees and caves.

Herobrine’s Mansion

Herobrine’s Mansion is the work of Hypixel, who is one of the community’s most respected creators. Packed with tons of things to find, this map includes custom enemies, half a dozen bosses, special items, and unique potions.

Widely regarded as one of the best adventure maps, it’s designed to be played with friends, but you can enjoy it on your own as well.

Best Minecraft maps - the Adventure Time map shows a giant tree house in the middle of flat grassland.

Adventure Time

What time is it…? If you do not know the answer to that question, it is a good bet that much of this map’s content will be lost on you.

This Adventure Time-inspired map utilises a specially made texture pack to transport players to the fantastical Land of Ooo.

Best Minecraft maps - The Tourist map shows the inside of an elaborate cathedral.

The Tourist

The Tourist doesn’t just feature some of the most impressive builds in all of the game’s various worlds, it also boasts minigames and its own soundtrack.

It’s also one of the longest adventure maps out there, clocking in at around four hours from start to completion, depending on how long you want to spend just staring at the architecture.

Best Minecraft maps - the Kingdom of the Sky map has four zones linked together by a fifth zone in the middle. Each zone has an element theme.

Kingdom of the Sky

Kingdom of the Sky adds the rather novel concept of narration, provided by a series of YouTube videos given to the player at key points. It is a little bit like listening to the audio logs in System Shock or BioShock, as you can carry on playing while the narration chats away to you.

Even if you ignore these video narration points, you still have an imaginative and expansive high fantasy map that’s fun to explore.

Best Minecraft maps - Deep Space Turtle Chase has a space colony built inside of an meteor.

Deep Space Turtle Chase

This sci-fi Minecraft map took its creators three months to build and saw them transform the blocky, pastoral world of Minecraft into something remarkably different. Deep Space Turtle Chase has players searching for wanted criminal Dr. Earl S. Testudine, hiding somewhere on a mining station beyond Tarsus 3. Catching him will require all your wits and ingenuity.

This map is pretty much a total conversion for Minecraft, so ensure you back up your original copy before following the installation instructions.

Best Minecraft maps - a town in the Wrath of the Fallen map, built into a valley.

Wrath of the Fallen

Another work from the excellent Hypixel, this hack-and-slash adventure map is full of beautiful structures, custom weapons, potions, items, boss fights, challenges, secret sections, and easter eggs. Phew, that’s a lot.

It’s recommended for two players, but you should be able to solo your way through if you grit your teeth and have tons of patience.

Best Minecraft maps - Three guards instruct several prisoners in The Escapists 2 map.

The Escapists 2

Not to be confused with the game of the same name, this highly impressive map based on The Escapists 2 takes inspiration from one of the best prison simulation games (if that’s even a genre) around. It features eight massive cells, jobs, and a currency system.

Your aim is to hatch the ultimate escape plan, using any resources you can find, and gaining notoriety among your fellow cellmates to earn their assistance. As Minecraft maps go, this one is a classic.

Best Minecraft maps - a landscape view of the death-defying obstacle course in the Last Jump Hero map

Last Jump Hero

Do not concern yourself with context, cohesive visual design, or gameplay variation when loading up Last Jump Hero. This parkour Minecraft map asks only a couple of things of prospective Minecrafters: a willingness to jump and a pre-acceptance of failure.

Best Minecraft maps - an Imperial warship and a TIE fighter landing on a green planet in the Star Wars map. Two AT-ATs are walking to the right.

Star Wars

Do you want a diamond lightsaber? Of course you do, who doesn’t! Also by Hypixel, and for use with the Mine Wars texture pack, this epic adventure has you fighting your way through stormtroopers and Star Destroyers across snowy wastelands and deep space.

It ticks all the Star Wars boxes, featuring blaster rifles, Jedi knights, AT-ATs, and just about everything else you might want. We’re also pretty impressed that the Imperial walkers look so damn good in Minecraft.

Best Minecraft maps - the Fireworks Parkour map has lots of cube-like structures, with some cubes coloured in red.

Fireworks Parkour

Boasting the white-and-red aesthetic of freerunning favourite Mirror’s Edge, Fireworks Parkour is a classic Minecraft map with a unique twist: instead of expertly timed jumps, you propel yourself through the map with TNT.

We cannot promise it is a practical method of propulsion, though: once you start a sequence of explosions, you will not be able to pause and catch your breath. The fireworks pouring out of each blast make for a neat visual touch.

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Pixelmon Johto

Just when you thought you would never get a proper 3D Pokémon adventure on PC, Pixelmon Johto is based on Gold and Silver’s Johto and Kanto regions turns up. It’s essentially a remake of Pokémon Gold and Silver in Minecraft, complete with a redone soundtrack, gyms, badges, Team Rocket, and even the entire Elite Four experience. This mod has tons more to offer, but we won’t spoil that here. Those Minecraft blocky visuals make it feel like a GameBoy game, too.

Combat has to be in there somewhere, and this map takes advantage of the Pixelmon mod for its battle system. Those looking for a different region will be happy to learn that there is also a Pixelmon Kalos map, based on Pokémon X and Y. If this isn’t quite close enough for you, then we have a collection of suggestions for Pokémon PC game alternatives for you to try out instead.

Best Minecraft maps - vines growing on a dilapidated building in the Zombie Apocalypse map.

Zombie Apocalypse

Containing what may be the most horrific re-skin of Minecraft’s zombies ever made, Zombie Apocalypse is an entertaining mix-up of frantic hack-and-slash action and survive-the-night tension.

Somewhat indebted to Left 4 Dead, when this Minecraft map lays on the undead, it lays them on thick and fast. Ambushes inflict panic, and panic means bad things. So bring along a friend to thin the horde quicker and solve its co-op puzzles.

Best Minecraft maps - two Ghasts pulling a blimp in the Nether in the Herobrine's Return map.

Herobrine’s Return

Hypixel’s maps are basically triple-A Minecraft: they even have sequels. Herobrine’s Return is the follow up to Herobrine’s Mansion, and as such contains a familiar setup of custom enemies, big boss fights, magic spells, and NPC-crewed shops.

This map carries through the RPG tropes with a fun selection of side-quests, and there are great scripted moments that add a welcome level of cinematic sparkle.

Best Minecraft maps - the Teramia map has large palm trees and purple water fountains.

Teramia

One of the largest Minecraft adventure maps, Teramia is an open-world, non-linear RPG. Without a focused core quest, Teramia leaves you free to wander, explore its various districts, and help the NPCs you encounter along the way.

Split into four regions and populated by a vast variety of mobs and friendly villagers, the areas are home to nine dungeons and a series of fortresses to claim as your own.

Minecraft horror maps

How scary can animated blocks be? Phenomenally so, apparently. If you are looking to ruin some underwear then you need a chilling Minecraft horror map. So down the lights, affix your headphones, and prepare your nerves for a fright with angles you have never seen before.

Best Minecraft maps - this room with a checkerboard floor in the Black Light map has steel barriers blocking the way.

Black Light

Channelling the frights of Outlast, Black Light is a chilling expedition to a Russian psychiatric hospital in the wake of a nuclear explosion. A specialised texture pack makes the place unnervingly filthy, complete with ominous graffiti and colour palette. Like the best Minecraft horror maps, it is the skilled use of lighting which makes Black Light creepy.

Best Minecraft maps - a spooky looking mansion shrouded in fog in The Asylum map.

The Asylum

Abandoned asylums are always a great place for spooks and thrills. Apart from performing a solid job of delivering blocky jump scares and plenty of chills, The Asylum’s borderline immortal mobs engender a sense of powerless terror. This is stripped-back Minecraft horror at its finest.

Best Minecraft maps - a horde of zombies attacking a player armed only with a sword in the Survival Horror map.

Survival Horror

Ah, the creepy mansion on the hill. How could such a horror trope not be the centre of a Minecraft map? Created by the ever-excellent Hypixel, Survival Horror asks you to survive 25 waves of increasingly tough ghouls and beasts using only the limited resources found lying around the mansion. A failing electric generator escalates the panic to deliver pure fright throughout.

Best Minecraft maps - a giant gree face is screaming at the player near a lava pit in the Ruins of the Dead map.

Ruins of the Dead

Ancient underground temple? Check. Wave after wave of flesh-eating zombies? Check. Hidden chests of armour, weapons, and loot? Check.

Ruins of the Dead is an excellent zombie survival map thanks to its progressive loot game and increasing difficulty. There is even a deviously challenging final undead foe for anyone who can get through the 16 waves of increasingly challenging undead.

Best Minecraft maps - a dimly lit, upside down room in the Wandering map.

Wandering

Rife with jump-scares and haunting from the first few steps, Wandering is an unforgettable Minecraft map. You play as Jack, a 30-year-old man returning home after a tiring day at work… only someone – or something – has followed you [crack of lightning, haunting organ music]…

Minecraft survival maps

Survival is one of Minecraft’s most popular modes, in which your sole task is to remain in the land of the living for as long as possible. The best Minecraft maps push your survival instincts to their limits, forcing you to make the most intelligent choices when mining limited resources, putting impossible voids between you and vital items, and testing your endurance with vicious monsters. Others just ask you to survive long enough to hold a hot tub party. Below you will find some of the best Minecraft survival maps around.

Best Minecraft maps - a small world with only a couple of trees stuck inside of a glass jar.

World in a Jar

In World in a Jar you must survive on a series of tiny worlds encased in jars. Each floating glass prison contains a unique biome, containing a mix of pure survival and adventure map gameplay. There is an ethereal stillness to these captured environments that makes World in a Jar a must-play Minecraft map.

World in a Jar - a small obstacle course inside a lab in the Ant Farm Survival map.

Ant Farm Survival

Ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself trapped inside an ant farm? Ant Farm Survival provides a flawed template for what you would encounter – perhaps conduct more scientific research elsewhere. Divided into increasingly challenging sections, this unique survival map boasts a heap of challenges and some deviously claustrophobic level design.

Best Minecraft maps - a shuttle disembarks from a space station in the Deadly Orbit map.

Deadly Orbit

Roleplayers that fancy themselves a pixelated Sandra Bullock or George Clooney need look no further than Deadly Orbit, a space-themed survival map set aboard the International Space Station. It takes its Gravity inspiration literally: there is lots of gravity as opposed to none at all. But even though there is no floating in the abyss here, the hollowness of space can certainly be felt.

Best Minecraft maps - the ruins of several buildings in a desert in the Planet Impossible map.

Planet Impossible

One of Planet Impossible’s goals is to ‘tame a dinosaur’, which is all you need to know, really. However, if you do need any further persuading, Planet Impossible is a Mad Max wasteland and the final destination of your crashed spaceship. Tasked with surviving ten days, you need to explore the world and discover evidence of erstwhile human settlers.

Best Minecraft maps - a cave buried in the mountain in the snow-covered Arctic map.

Arctic

Washed up in the Arctic tundra with nothing but your own body to rely on, Arctic demands that you set up digs in the desolate ice fields and gradually build a thriving settlement for you and your survivor pals Jozsef and Mr. Maillet. By cultivating crops and maintaining a farm you can eventually throw the ultimate hot tub party. The premise is as silly as they come, but Arctic is beautiful and calming in its isolation.

Best Minecraft maps - lava slowly trickling down to the obsidian below it in Containment Survival 2.

Containment Survival 2

A clever twist on Portal, Containment Survival 2 has you progress through a selection of containment cells, each containing a unique biome. Ushered through by a mad AI, you are to complete survival challenges on a tight time limit. Using a superb collection of voiceovers, the AI will hassle and demean you as you attempt to escape. A well-designed sequence of environments and challenges cements Containment Survival 2 as one of the best Minecraft maps.

Best Minecraft maps - the sun is setting in a quiet Wild West town.

Wild West

Woah there cowpoke! This may not be the gunslinging frontier of Red Dead Redemption, but this adventure map captures the feel of the Wild West. The smoothing sunset, vast canyons, and the street purposefully set up for epic duelling make this Minecraft map the perfect arena for fulfilling your stetson-wearing fantasies.

Taming Minecraft horses is just as much a part of life on the ranch as it is life in Mojang’s sand blocks. Capturing monsters using cactus-based traps less so, but we are quite happy to give that a go as well. The only thing you’ll be missing is a playlist of the best music from Ennio Morricone playing in the background to set the mood.

Best Minecraft maps - a deserted island with a small fence in the Survival Island map.

Survival Island

Survival Island is the classic original, the Coca-Cola of custom-built survival maps. It builds its legacy with its high difficulty, but that sweetens its rewards. A house of twigs is a true achievement, and when you are the king of your own castle you know you worked to earn it. Lazy comparison klaxon: Survival Island is Dark Souls meets Minecraft.

Best Minecraft maps - the player is standing on a platform with a chest. There are different biomes on islands in the distance.

SkyBlock Advanced

SkyBlock Advanced is based on one of the ‘original’ custom Minecraft maps. It may lack frills and vistas initially, but it offers a rock-solid challenge. Just take the scavenging suffering of Survival Island and suspend it thousands of feet in the sky. This version also offers seasonal maps, so there’s a fair bit of variety.

Your little dirt pile is the only resource you have, and, thus, plenty of ingenuity and a mind for conservation is required. With the right smarts, you will be amazed at what you can harvest from a tree and several blocks of dirt. Play this one with friends if you dare.

Best Minecraft maps - a tree and a fence on top of a big sphere in the sky in Sphere Survival. Three sheep and a cow are desperately trying not to fall off.

Sphere Survival

An interesting twist on the classic SkyBlock formula, Sphere Survival puts you on gigantic spheres and sends you on your merry way to attempt to bridge to the map’s other spherical worlds while fending off creepers and other nasties: this Minecraft map is a survivalist’s dream come true

Minecraft city maps

Minecraft tourism has certainly rescued our wanderlust-riven wallets. Saving us money on transport, hotels, and food, Minecraft city maps allow us to explore bustling urban landscapes, both real and fantastical, without any jabs or travel insurance.

From loyal recreations of sunny Sao Paulo to the cities of the future, here are the Minecraft city maps in which you should have a wander and an espresso.

Best Minecraft maps - a recreation of the apartment buildings in Pripyat.

Pripyat

The ghostly region of Pripyat has been embedded in our minds ever since Call of Duty sent us running around the abandoned city of Chernobyl, avoiding pockets of radiation and sniping hapless ultranationalist soldiers. Now it has been painstakingly recreated in this Minecraft city map in which we can tentatively explore.

Best Minecraft maps - a hangar with a harrier jet about to take off in Future City.

Future City

War of the Worlds is catapulted into the future as a menacing enemy alliance has attacked several planets. Future City is at the heart of these intergalactic troubles. It is a world of staggering scale with piercing skyscrapers and modern tech so, if you always wanted to experience Star Wars’ Coruscant without having to stomach the prequels, Future City should be your next destination.

Best Minecraft maps - several iconic skyscrapers in the World of Worlds map.

World of Worlds

World of Worlds is a Minecraft city map for the player crippled by the unfortunate combination of wanderlust and a lack of funds. Travel the world through Minecraft’s block prism in this map, which features uncannily recreated buildings from 85 cities across the real world. Unless you are unusually well-travelled, there is certain to be new places for you to check out.

Best Minecraft maps - a giant robotic tortoise in the Atropos map.

Atropos

Atropos is an astonishing Minecraft city built atop a tortoise. Not just a whimsical idea, Atropos is also in the steampunk art style: every item adorned with brass pipes and clockwork gears. It is so detailed that, for example, the surface of the tortoise itself is a mass of interconnected metal plates and cogs.

What’s more, Atropos is huge. On its back is a full-sized city adorned with the same kind of elegant details that coat its exterior. The city descends into the belly of the beast; Atropos is as vast as it is impressive.

Best Minecraft maps - a huge capitol building in the Imperial City.

Imperial City

A quite astonishing collection of structures, Imperial City is an original creation that combines prominent architectural styles from the 19th and 20th centuries. Look around and you will find neo-classical, beaux-arts, and modern influences in its design. But while Imperial City’s buildings are its starring performers, their layout provides the enduring backbone of this Minecraft map. Imperial City feels like a city; the spacing of the roads, the order of the buildings, and the river banks all contribute to a city that feels real.

Best Minecraft maps - lots of high-rise apartments and bridges in Vertoak City.

Vertoak City

Vertoak City is what Minecraft city maps are all about: size and freedom. Exploring this wonderful world is a freeform adventure of boundless possibilities without the burden of goals to complete or rules to adhere to. High streets are dense yet intricate, Copacabana-like beaches stretch for miles, and leafy suburbs are there as a relaxing retreat from the big smoke.

Best Minecraft maps - lots of apartment buildings with concrete pillars in Tazader City.

Tazader City

One of the biggest maps in Minecraft keeps getting bigger. Originally a Pocket Edition exclusive, Tazader City is continually updated with more skyscrapers, stadiums, and hotels. Aside from the hours you will lose exploring and basking in the detail of this city, you can relax in your plush new hotel room, discover forgotten backstreets, and play sport. All without any scraped knees.

Best Minecraft maps - lots of apartments and skyscrapers in Sun City.

Sun City

Cities are great and all, but you can ruin amazing places like London with bleak grey clouds and rainfall that is not torrential, but enough to ruin your day. Sun City, however, is an urban Minecraft map inspired by the sweltering Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Goiania. Sun City might not be the largest city map and without any objectives, but at least your blocky avatar will have the free time to get a much-needed tan.

Minecraft dropper maps

Don’t look down! Well, actually, you might want to do just that when it comes to Minecraft dropper maps. Here you have to fall in such a way as to, as gracefully as possible, avoid the blocks in your way. If you navigate to the bottom of a dropper level with all of your character’s blocks in the places where they should be, congratulations, you have survived. Test your vertigo with these fun gravity-themed Minecraft maps.

Best Minecraft maps - a helix of colours in The Dropper 2 map.

The Dropper 2

Subtitled ‘Newton vs Darwin’, The Dropper 2 releases you from a vertigo-inducing height and asks you to survive. As you plummet down a complex spider web of blocks and barriers, you need to shift your body in the right direction to prevent splattering against an obstacle (i.e. mining away the block as you hit it is firmly disallowed). Think of those insane space debris sections from Dead Space and you are halfway there.

Best Minecraft maps - a pit with lots of turquoise blocks in the Multi Difficulty Droppers map.

Multi Difficulty Droppers

Multi Difficulty Droppers is a Minecraft map that demands you git gud. That means before you progress to a different environment you need to beat each one on every difficulty setting. Once you land successfully, however, you are congratulated by an explosion of fireworks and the disembodied cheers of children. Yay?

Best Minecraft maps - a tree made of blocks is an obstacle in the Anti Dropp3r map.

Anti Dropp3r

What do you get if you take the main mechanic of a dropper map and turn it, well, upside-down? An upper map? A levitator map? Ok, we are not the ideas people here, that honour goes to creators Addit95, Drosselbard, and ScribbleLP, who clearly levitated so much the e key fell off their keyboard.

Anti Dropp3r is the blasphemous dropper map that proves that the end result is pretty much the same regardless of whether you turn gravity on or off. On the plus side, there are multiple levitation speeds and you can play it in multiplayer.

Best Minecraft maps - a rainbow dropper with lots of lines acting as obstacles in the Impossible Dropper 2 map.

Impossible Dropper 2

Think you are the bee’s knees at dropping? This Minecraft map is so devilishly difficult that, according to its title, it is impossible. Impossible Dropper 2 features plenty of dastardly trolls and some vanishingly small landing spots; even if you evade all the obstacles it is extremely tough to escape death right at the end. We have not completed it yet because we, er, have not got round to it. Yeah, that’s it.

Minecraft puzzle maps

Have you read about how we only ever use 10% of our brains? It is total guff; prove these cowboy scientists wrong in Minecraft by besting these mind-shattering puzzle maps. From Crystal Maze-like headscratchers to PhD-bothering conundrums, you will find some of PC gaming’s best puzzles in Mojang’s masterpiece. These Minecraft maps are the smartest we have found.

Best Minecraft maps - lots of blocks with letters and numbers suspended in the air in the 30 Ways to Die map.

30 Ways to Die

Death: it is an essential part of life. But it is also the only means of progression in this morbid Minecraft map. Players will be kitted out with specific tools for each level and will have to figure out how to use them in order to kill themselves. Best of luck, we suppose.

Best Minecraft maps - the Code map has the player solving a puzzle with buttons in an encased room.

The Code

An exceptionally clever and intelligently-designed brain bender, the Code contains a corridor of fiendish puzzles to crack. Solving them provides you with a code that, when written down on a piece of paper and thrown down a hopper, opens the next door. The puzzles are all exceptionally varied, ranging from mathematical conundrums to tests of speed and strength. Thankfully, there’s an in-game hint system, but we totally didn’t need it.

Minecraft maps - a small pit inside a room in Portalcraft.

Portalcraft

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and if there is any puzzle game out there that deserves some, it is Portal. Portalcraft recreates Aperture Science with uncanny accuracy, replicating not only the look, feel, and mechanics of the Portal games, but its puzzles too. There are a few noticeable Minecraft-isms, as lifts and doors aren’t slickly automated, however, the fact that portals work as they should and your momentum still matters is impressive.

Best Minecraft maps - a sign that says "Lead the minecraft to the deflector pad" next to glass blocks in a maze in The Puzzle Cube map.

The Puzzle Cube

The Puzzle Cube is a Minecraft map with a great gimmick: you can walk on the sides of the cube. Starting on the cube’s exterior, you need to solve puzzles on all sides to progress to the centre chamber.

Instead of you falling off when you walk over the edge of a cube, the gravity will flip, and you will continue walking down the next side. The conundrums escalate in difficulty at a fair rate. It is also playable in multiplayer, the best way to play this Minecraft map.

Best Minecraft maps - a black room with white lines making up the doorways, walls, and central structure in the Beyond Perception map.

Beyond Perception

The simple concept of the Beyond Perception Minecraft map is what sets it apart in the crowded puzzle genre: by turning your shading on or off, you can make certain objects appear and disappear, leading to a brilliant puzzler where you do not know what is really there and what is not.

Best Minecraft maps- a small island with a house and a dock in the Enigma Island map. It has two cows, two pigs, and a sheep.

Enigma Island

Enigma Island features its own hints system that gives clues for any puzzles you are particularly stuck on in exchange for diamonds – manage your resources carefully to make it through. Explore the island, get your brain in gear, and discover the many hidden secrets.

Minecraft multiplayer maps

It is no fun to go alone, so why not team up with friends, strangers, and enemies to cause a little chaos. There are plenty of great multiplayer servers out there, but what you really need is a bespoke Minecraft map map. They are all homages to other games but they recreate their mechanics expertly.

Best Minecraft maps - lots of players shooting each other in a city decorated with red lanterns in Payday 2 Endgame.

Payday 2: Endgame

Inspired by Overkill’s superb heist game, Payday 2: Endgame is a not at all copyright breaching Minecraft map with seven heists that are fully playable in co-op. Four will be familiar to Payday players, such as Framing Day One and Two, Big Oil, and Fire Starter – but the rest are original creations. Pacing is key and Endgame captures Payday’s stealth-to-panic curve competently. There are also security systems to sabotage and an effective trading system with which to kit out your mobsters.

Best Minecraft maps - a player is standing behind another player doing a task in the Among Us map. There is a kill prompt on the screen.

Among Us Minecraft map

If like us, you’ve spent countless hours lying, murdering, and joining little wires together in the social deduction game Among Us, you’ll understand why it’s become one of the most renowned indie games of all time.

For the unfamiliar, the premise is pretty simple – you’re stranded on a ship with a cohort of colourful crewmates – but some of you are dastardly impostors, on a mission to betray the other players, as you all run around the ship completing (or pretending to complete) vital tasks to ensure the safety of the crew. It’s a perfect candidate for recreation in the blocky world of Minecraft.

There are a few different Among Us Minecraft maps out there, but we like the version published by Minecraft YouTuber Phoenix SC, which is available to download from his website. It’s compatible with 1.16.4, and also requires a Minecraft resource pack to play, which is included in the download. It comes with Minecraft versions of the original three Among Us maps – The Skeld, Mira HQ, and Polus – and is broadly similar to the original, gameplay-wise, with a couple of changes; tasks are shared between players, and impostors’ behaviour is slightly different, but it’ll certainly give you the same thrill as a regular Among Us game.

Best Minecraft maps - a room filled with lava and obsidian blocks in the It's Better Together map.

It’s Better Together

This two-player adventure map is filled to bursting point with complex, Portal 2-esque co-op quandaries. Made with vanilla Minecraft players in mind, you and your friend will not have to endure a lengthy troubleshooting install before heading in.

Best Minecraft maps - a blue tunnel that's on fire in Mine 4 Dead.

Mine 4 Dead

Zombies will always be popular but they are even better with a spoonful of Valve. Mine 4 Dead is a classic zombie co-op-’em-up Left 4 Dead game recreated as a Minecraft map. Take in three friends with you (you’ll need them), and prepare to be swamped by shuffling smelly, rotting corpses.

Best Minecraft maps - a red and blue building in the Team Fortress 2 map.

Team Fortress 2 in Minecraft

In Minecraft’s Dustbowl, Team Fortress 2 is that bit more special. Indeed, this is one of the best examples of command block work you will see, with a fully-functioning control point system to capture the classic multiplayer action. This Minecraft map lifts the core classes, Red versus Blue teams, resupply lockers, and dispensers from TF2, and they work flawlessly. The fact that Dustbowl is a perfect visual replica of the original map is its least interesting feature.

Best Minecraft maps - People queuing outside of the FunLand 3 theme park.

FunLand 3

What do you need for a perfect day out with your friends? Hundreds of rollercoasters extend to the very limits of Minecraft’s sky box as far as the eye can see. This Minecraftian ode to the humble theme park is ideal for people who love roller coasters, but hate queues. We might not try it in VR, thanks.

Minecraft castle maps

From the spooky gothic sensibilities of castle Dracula to the impressive Dragonstone, the fire-spewing beasts cascading around its towering turrets, castles are the coolest buildings around. And, guess what, they are even better as Minecraft maps. Whether it is fantasy or steampunk lands you seek to rule, become king of any world you like with these great Minecraft castle maps.

Best Minecraft maps - the Oakhold map is a snow-covered town with medieval style buildings.

Oakhold

This Minecraft map is one for fans of The Elder Scrolls series. Oakhold will take your breath away, just as the likes of Solitude and the Imperial City did, but make sure you have the Sphax PureBDcraft texture pack installed, first.

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This fantasy-flavoured castle nestled amidst a sky-high forest canopy is vast, with 29 unique apartments, houses, towers, shops, and much more with which to live out your wildest kingly dreams. Keep up to date with creator Dovetail’s website for the latest Oakhold updates.

Best Minecraft maps - Dragonstone in Minecraft stands on top of a hill near the sea.

Dragonstone

Waiting for more Game of Thrones goodness is always unbearable, but at least you can soothe your desperation to be reunited with Daenerys in her home of Dragonstone. It might have been built with blocks rather than forged with fire, but Dragonstone in Minecraft is no less stupendous.

Best Minecraft maps - a Steampunk Castle standing on top of three pillars in the middle of a desert.

Steampunk Castle

Castles do not have to be confined to fantasy worlds. Steampunk Castle proves just that: it is a construction that casts a unique shape on the horizon. Swap dragons for blimps and windmills with this map and you also might discover secrets, easter eggs, and a hidden storyline.

Best Minecraft maps - the ruins of Dol Guldur stand on top of a mountain.

Dol Guldur

Even castles with heavily bolstered defences and powerful rulers cannot stick around forever – take Dol Guldur, Sauron’s abandoned elven fortress as an example. A list of the best Minecraft castle maps could not possibly be complete without a Lord of the Rings entry, but with this lovingly detailed fantasy facsimile, you can explore Tolkien lore without risking the wrath of the infamous necromancer.

Best Minecraft maps - Castle Verilian of Aeritus stands inside a valley with a waterfall.

Castle Verilian of Aeritus

Castle Verilian of Aeritus proves that the best Minecraft maps are not necessarily the biggest. This diminutive seat of dominion makes up for its relatively cosy size with intricate interior detail and a kickass name. From the imposing main gate, you must traverse a long, winding path that takes in massive waterfalls and trees to your humble abode. Kings used to a larger castle should think of this as a castle meets kingly country retreat.

Minecraft parkour maps

For many, Minecraft is about making and admiring inspiring, gargantuan structures. When it comes to Minecraft parkour maps, however, the art and majesty is in how these environments are traversed. Whether you are dashing, bouncing, or jumping through canyons or sky-piercing mountains, you will almost certainly be going much too fast to stand and enjoy the view. Here are the best Minecraft parkour maps around.

Best Minecraft maps - an obstacle course made of wooden blocks in Parkour School.

Parkour School

Ever seen some hardcore parkour skillz on YouTube and worried you are just not up to snuff? Not to worry: everyone has to start somewhere, and Parkour School is the perfect Minecraft parkour map with which to start. Easing you in with a gentle difficulty curve, Parkour School teaches you the basics with a checkpoint system and themed zones. You will be blasting through the toughest parkour levels in no time.

Best Minecraft maps - Canyon Jumps has players explore a desert canyon.

Canyon Jumps

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon and thought, ‘that’s great and everything, but wouldn’t it be better if I could jump across it in mid-air, without a safety harness’. Of course not, because you are smart.

Canyon Jumps is a Minecraft parkour map that allows you to live out that terrifying and oddly specific dream nobody has ever had. With an emphasis on accuracy over speed, this is a jump ‘n’ run map that suspends your route in thin air amid a canyon setting of impressive scale. 48 challenges and an automatic in-game scoreboard system are in, too.

Best Minecraft maps - a room filled with red blocks in Hologram Parkour.

Hologram Parkour

An excellent, ethereal twist sets Hologram Parkour apart from the rest of the Minecraft parkour genre. You are faced with a map of two halves: one side features a route without blocks, while on the other side there are walls, creating a sort of asymmetrical mirror image. Using the other half to judge where to aim your jump, holographic blocks appear in front of you as you discover the correct path, as if by magic. Blending platforming and puzzle elements, Hologram Parkour is not to be missed.

Best Minecraft maps - lots of blocks litter this icy landscape in Jump Escape.

Jump Escape

Jump Escape is essentially parkour meets Portal (Portalkour?). Well in aesthetic terms, that is. You transition between levels with an elevator that recalls Valve’s classic puzzler, but otherwise this is a strong and simple Minecraft parkour map. You might not be punished for slowness like in Time to Die, but the timer is always there to compel you to shave off every last second and show off to the rest of your blocky gang.

Best Minecraft maps - an Italian town in Assassin's Creep with a fountain in the central plaza.

Assassin’s Creep

No prizes for guessing the series on which this map is based. Assassin’s Creep is heavily influenced by the stabby stealth games of Ezio and co. with help from the Assassini Costruttori texture pack. As opposed to tracking down those peskily hidden feathers from the earlier Assassin’s Creed titles, your mission here is to locate nine wool blocks – so turn on peaceful mode to prevent mobs from interfering. Each one is at the top of tall historic towers, which is where your parkour skills come in. Hidden blades are optional but recommended.

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Potala Palace

If you fancy some virtual tourism, you can head to this creation of Potala Palace in Minecraft. In case you’re unaware, this hilly abode is the largest palace in Tibet and the residence of the last Dalai Lama. This one is ideal if you want a beautiful place to explore or, simply a cool new arena for your favourite game modes – we get how it goes.

Phew, that’s a lot of Minecraft maps. That will certainly keep you busy for a long time, but there’s even more to come from us when it comes to Mojang’s blocky adventure. Firstly, you’ll want to make sure you’re dazzling your online pals with your faultless fashion taste, so check out our list of the best Minecraft skins for that.

And, if you’re still itching for more exciting adventures, make sure to check in with our favourite Minecraft seeds and the finest Minecraft Pocket Edition seeds, if you’re playing Minecraft for Windows 10. Now, if you don’t mind, we’ll be retiring to our most comfortable castle map for a well-deserved rest.