Developers describe Ylands as "sandbox exploration adventure and a platform for making custom games." The game itself is very similar to Minecraft but also features built-in editor that allows players to make their own scenarios.
Ylands gives players more freedom in creation and modification of the countryside than Minecraft. Player's can create their own character and choose an environment. Environments include temperate, tropical, winter etc. The editor allows the player to create their own scenario which allows gameplay set in different eras such as Wild West, Medieval Europe or a Steampunk world and many others. Developers stated that they don't want to make any boundaries for players.
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