The Best Minecraft Maps

By Nic •  Updated: 09/18/23 •  10 min read

What are the best Minecraft maps that you must play? Well, in this article, we go over some of the best Minecraft custom maps that have ever been made. From Minecraft adventure maps to parkour maps to horror maps and more, we will have a Minecraft map that is perfect for you no matter what. We also provide the Minecraft maps download links with each map we feature, so it is easy to download any of custom maps for Minecraft on this list.



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Minecraft Adventure Maps

Greek City

Greek City is an adventure map based in a greek city that has you venturing through a charming seaside town looking for all kinds of difference secrets along the way. Not only is this an amazing idea for a map, it is extremely well done and truly does capture the charm that seaside towns in Greece have.
Version: 1.20.4

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The Monster Hunter

The Monster Hunter map places you in a map where humans and ghosts once lived together. Then, the Monster King arrived causing chaos. In this map, you are a monster hunter that joins forces with a ghost named Mablel to undertake on a quest to an island plagued by monsters responding to a distress call from a citizen.
Version: 1.20

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Radiant City Official

Radiant City is an adventure map that has over 70 different buildings all for you to explore. There are even metro lines that can be used to find your way around this truly expansive map. There are over 80 advancements for this map in addition to quests, trails, and secrets. Radiant City Official truly has hours upon hours of things to enjoy.
Version: 1.20

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Floreign Complex: Reboot

In this map, you must recover ancient specimens from the once thriving complex of the Helix Corporation. You will be exploring ancient ruins that contain hidden secrets and beautiful landscapes. This is a custom adventure map with custom mechanics, voice acting, puzzles, parkour, and exploration. There are eve 22 secret achievements you can unlock. This is a super in-depth custom map that is a ton of fun!
Version: 1.18.1

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Minecraft Parkour Maps

Parkour Jump!

Parkour Jump! is a multiplayer compatible parkour map that sets out to have you compete with your friends to see how exactly is the best at parkour. There are tons of different, difficult jumps to experience on this map, and there is even a fall counter that will show how many times you've missed a jump and fallen off the map!
Version: 1.20.4

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Floating Biomes

Floating Biomes features 8 different biomes that you will encounter as your parkour around the map. It is designed to be an easier parkour map allowing anyone to be able to experience, and the biomes truly do look like mini, floating versions of the larger biomes they represent.
Version: 1.20.1

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Parkour Factory

Parkour Factory is a parkour map that has you a teddy bear that needs to escape from the factory in order to become a human. It is unique parkour map featuring a story, NPCs, questions, music, and custom decorations. Truly, the Parkour Factory is a one-of-a-kind map that is worth checking out!
Version: 1.20.1

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The Parkour Island

If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced parkour map, The Parkour Island is for you. This map has you parkouring around a large island with tons of different structs and buildings. It features unique mechanics such as target shooting and snake parkour. It even has 10 hidden easter eggs for you to discover along the way!
Version: 1.20.1

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The Sphere, The Castle, and The Cave Minecraft Parkour Map

The Sphere, The Castle, And The Cave

The name on this parkour custom Minecraft map is actually exactly what this map is. It will take you through three different levels. The first is The Sphere. This puts you on a large sphere which you have to jump around to complete. Next, you got to The Castle. This is has you parkouring in a castle jumping from room to room. And lastly, you end up in The Cave to finish your parkour journey. This map is very hard, so be ready for a challenge!
Version: 1.19

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Minecraft Horror Maps

Five Nights at William's The Beginning Plus

This is a Five Nights a Freddy's inspired Minecraft Horror map. It puts you in a restaurant just a few days before Christmas. The dinosaur animatronics were recently replaced, but the new animatronics aren't all that they appear. At night, they come alive and look for prey. Your job is keep the robots under control during the night.
Version: 1.20

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Poison

Poison is a horror adventure map for Minecraft 1.16.5 that will have you running in terror. It has all kinds of awesome, scary features, and for a Minecraft map, it actually does a really good job at getting your heart racing. It is also designed to be playable with other players meaning you can actually play this with your friends and see how scared they get from this incredible horror Minecraft map! Plus, the builds in this map are truly awesome and pretty cryptic.
This map is a bit gruesome for some, and shouldn't be played if you don't want that kind of map.
Version: 1.16.5

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Minecraft Puzzle Maps

Useless

Useless is a puzzle map where the goal is to use tools the minium amount of times possible. The less you use your tools, the more star you receive, and you need stars in order to complete the map. In total, there are 36 total levels, and you will need to get creative in order to solve all of them!
Version: 1.20.1

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Upwards Minecraft Puzzle Map

Upwards

The Upwards custom Minecraft puzzle map is a map where you have lost the ability to jump. You must the find a way to ascend in order to reach the top of the map. Along the journey, there are different advancements that can be completed in addition to exploring different parts of the map as you move through the map and solve problems. In total, there are ten different levels to move up before reaching the top!
Version: 1.19

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A Gift For Allay

Minecraft is a 3D game. That is why it blows my mind when maps like A Gift For Allay come in and create a 2D puzzle map all in Minecraft. This map has you delivery gifts to an allay while you control a vex that will do anything for someone he loves. There are 47 different levels in the game, but you can unlock things early to progress faster.
Version: 1.19

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Logicless

Logicless is a non-euclidean puzzle map that puts in a strange, dark place where logic will challenge your brain. In this Minecraft puzzle map, down can be up, left can go right, right can go left. The walls and floors can seem to move a random. Truthfully, there is a ton of detail in this map, and it is worth playing if you love puzzle maps!
Version: 1.18.1

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The Craft III – Sands of Time

This is the third and final map in The Craft series of custom maps, and you must overcome the challenges of a box that this map adds. You gain a powerful item that can reverse time. This will become the key to success as you solve difficult puzzles to finish the trials and complete the map.
Version: 1.17.1

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Minecraft Survival Custom Maps

Skyblock Classic Edition

This a continuation of the original Minecraft skyblock map. You spawn in the sky with a chest of supplies and a tree. From there, you survive building an old school cobblestone generator, starting a farm, and getting lucky with animal spawning. Honestly, this is how I remember skyblock, and I love it!
Version: 1.20.4

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Oneblock Extreme

A variation of the ‘Oneblock' style of maps, you will start off standing on just one block in the sky. You mind that block, fall to your death, but you will respawn with the block you mined in your inventory. That block will also have reappeared. From there, you start mining this one block to build out your base and survive in the sky!
Version: 1.19

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SkyBlock: Advanced

SkyBlock: Advanced is a SkyBlock map that is actually made up of a group of islands. The goal of this map is actually rather simple. You just need to survive. That can including building structures, exploring the islands to find other resources, or going crazy to build a mega base in the sky. The options are endless in this SkyBlock map.
Version: 1.18.1

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Chronicles of The Shop

In this map, you are selling things in a shop to all of the villagers passing by. You must be quick and make it through 10 main levels (days) and all 5 mini-games to complete the map. At the beginning, things will seem easy. Over time though, they will speed up becoming more and more difficult. Overall, Chronicles of the Shop is a really fun 1.17 Minecraft map!
Version: 1.17.1

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Terracraft

As far as survival maps go, Terracraft is one of the coolest and most unique ones out there. It takes Terraria and brings it to Minecraft. You are in a 2 block wide area that you have to mine, build, survive, and explore in. Even the end and nether are completely custom and 2 blocks wide. At the beginning this can seem a bit weird, but you quickly get the hang of it and start having a ton of fun playing Terraria in first person using Minecraft!
Version: 1.16.5

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PVE Minecraft Custom Maps

Aghanim's Labyrinth

This map was originally a custom mode in Dota 2, but in this map, it is recreated in Minecraft. It is a mob area with a roguelike styling. You will find yourself moving through 18 floors with puzzling traps, in-depth boss fights, and unique combat. There are also custom item and mob mechanics alongside really cool procedurally generated room choices. This is a really cool Minecraft combat custom map that even if you know noting about Dota 2 is worth checking out!
Version: 1.19

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Jeknjok's Monster Defense

JekNJok's Monster Defense is a type of map that we haven't featured much. It is PvE. That means you can do thinks like kill mobs and bosses. You will use RPG-style special abilities, Turret-like Wizard Villagers, and more to survive through waves of incoming monsters from the depth of the Cursed Mine.
Version: 1.18.1

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Dragon Tower Defence

Dragon Tower Defence is a 1.18.1 Minecraft map can be played either solo or with friends. It has you survive 5 nights as hordes of enemies invade trying to destroy the queen egg. Only you and your dragons stand against them. This map is different with each play through making it a ton of fun and one of the best PvE maps out there!
Version: 1.18.1

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And there you have it! Our list of the custom maps for Minecraft that you must play! These are by no means all the custom maps available for Minecraft, and you can check out more by clicking here. If you have a custom map that you think we should add to the list, please comment below. We'll check it out, and we may add it! Also, if you need help installing any of these custom maps, be sure to check out our tutorial on how to download and install custom maps in Minecraft. It will help you out!

Nic

I have been playing and modding Minecraft since 2010. In 2014, I started getting interested in creating Minecraft servers and teaching people how to do it online. This led to thousands of videos covering how to do anything and everything in Minecraft!

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