3D React: Create Minecraft (with physics!) in React

In this post, I'm going to show you how to build Minecraft in React. What? A 3D Game, in React??

Yes. It's been said that React is more of a mindset than a DOM library and I'm going to show you an example that is both surprising and beautiful: a voxel Minecraft clone - with 3D rendering - in React.

Below I'm going to walk you through how to recreate the smash hit game Minecraft, but if you prefer to watch a video, Maksim - Fullstack React with TypeScript author --gives a walkthrough tutorial here on Youtube.

Here is the code repository. Clone it, run it, and play around to see how the code really works. Then go ahead and make your own React game!

Minecraft is an open-ended game that allows the player to explore a procedurally-generated game world. The game allows the player to build structures from materials such as wood, stone, dirt, and ores. The player's character has to occasionally eat food to replenish their health bar.

For the demo, these are the main features:

  • draws a game world with grass blocks

  • the player is able to move using the keys W, A, S, and D

  • pressing the spacebar allows the player to jump

  • clicking in a space allows the player to place a block