The Best Sandbox Games

Update : Prison Architect 2 added at rank #38.
1

Lakeview Cabin 2 (2023)

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Mac OS PC Windows

The ultimate 2D horror is back! Dive deep into the diverse world of horror movies! Nothing can prepare you for the R-rated challenges you will face!

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  • scroller
  • humor
  • nonlinear
  • split-screen
  • 2d
  • survival-horror
  • hack-and-slash
  • multiple-endings
  • psychological
  • dark
  • sandbox
  • horror
  • survival
  • comedy
  • pixel

2

Noch (2023)

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Android PC Windows

Go alone (or with a friend) to find the girl who destroyed the world. An ominous surreal first-person adventure full of dangerous monsters and secrets of the deceased world


  • gothic
  • hunting
  • off-road
  • investigation
  • post-apocalyptic
  • survival-horror
  • thriller
  • demons
  • dark
  • sandbox
  • atmospheric
  • 3d
  • survival
  • story
  • exploration

3

sand: box (2023)

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Android Linux PC Windows

"Falling sand" style particle sandbox, now with circuits!


  • electronic
  • automation
  • destruction
  • sandbox
  • relaxing
  • science
  • pixel
  • logic
  • education
  • physics
  • building
  • old-school
  • bossfight
  • stylized
  • simulation

4

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (2019)

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Mac OS IOS iPhone Android Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows

Be the leader of wobblers from ancient lands, spooky places, and fantasy worlds. Watch them fight in simulations made with the wobbliest physics system ever created, make your own wobblers in the unit creator and send your army off to fight your friends in multiplayer.


  • sandbox
  • physics
  • simulation
  • funny
  • fantasy
  • war
  • wargame
  • realistic
  • memes
  • historical
  • comedy
  • family-friendly
  • colourful
  • strategy
  • 3d

5

Terraria (2011)

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PC Windows wii u Nintendo 3DS Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 IOS iPhone vita Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile Nintendo Switch stadia Linux Android Xbox 360 Playstation 3

Terraria is an addictive, systems-heavy, 2D sandbox-survival game that offers exploration, crafting, and combat, where you must defeat enemies and gather resources to build increasingly powerful weapons, armor and housing for NPCs. With pixelated visuals, great controls, and sound, Terraria provides hours of entertainment and is a must-have for Minecraft fans looking for something different in this genre.


What we like:
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Pixelated 2D sprites that are beautifully designed
  • Complex systems-heavy gameplay
  • The game has a purpose to serve with the housing of NPCs
  • Great and responsive controls
What could be improved:
  • The game has too many shortcuts and menus, which may overwhelm new players
  • Not a lot of screen space on small touch-screen devices

  • crafting
  • sandbox
  • survival
  • boss
  • inventory
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • multiplayer
  • adventure
  • open-world
  • exploration
  • platform
  • cooperative
  • zombies
  • online

6

Trailmakers (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One

Trailmakers lets you explore the adventure of building creative vehicles that can be unleashed into the open world. Simulate the driving capabilities of your favorite vehicle: from helicopters to racing cars, combat jets, robots, hovercrafts and many more. The limit is your imagination.


  • sandbox
  • vehicle
  • building
  • jet
  • submarine
  • moddable
  • racing
  • destruction
  • multiplayer
  • tanks
  • open-world
  • space
  • physics
  • flight
  • exploration

7

Wobbly Life (2020)

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early access PC Windows Xbox One

Wobbly Life is a lively open world physics sandbox. Play with your friends online and in local co-op, discovering jobs, mini games and story missions. Earn cash to spend in the world on clothes, vehicles and houses. There is a whole wobbly world out there to explore!

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  • sandbox
  • split-screen
  • physics
  • cooperative
  • open-world
  • local
  • simulation
  • vehicle
  • multiplayer
  • family-friendly

8

Cloud Gardens (2020)

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Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Xbox One Mac OS PC Windows

A chill game about using plants to overgrow abandoned wasteland dioramas

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  • sandbox
  • relaxing
  • post-apocalyptic
  • nature
  • puzzle
  • meditative
  • experimental
  • procedural
  • simulation
  • atmospheric
  • building
  • challenge-less
  • goal-free

9

Supraland (2019)

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Xbox One PC Windows

Supraland is a first-person adventure puzzle game that is a unique blend of genres, with a sandbox setting full of creativity and versatility. You'll explore a vast interconnected world filled with challenging puzzles that are both new and original. Try the demo to see if this game is for you, and if you like it, your progress will continue into the full version!


What we like:
  • Unique and challenging puzzles
  • Rewarding exploration
  • Fun mix of action, puzzles, humor, and silliness
  • Nostalgic appeal for older gamers
What could be improved:
  • Easy to miss crucial item
  • Jumping puzzles in first-person games
  • Confusing level design

  • puzzle
  • sandbox
  • metroidvania
  • first-person
  • exploration
  • platform
  • adventure
  • combat
  • open-world

10

Satisfactory (2019)

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early access PC Windows Android

Satisfactory is an engaging first-person factory-building game on an alien planet, allowing players to explore a pre-generated world and harvest natural resources to create automated factories. With great power systems and conveyor belts to help automate resource collection and transportation, the game offers a fun and addictive experience for control freaks and automation enthusiasts. The added survival element provides extra depth, making it a must-play for exploration and building game fans.


What we like:
  • Engaging first-person factory-building experience
  • Pre-generated world for unique gameplay experience
  • Fun power systems and conveyor belts for resource automation
  • Survival element adds extra depth
  • Great for building and automation enthusiasts
What could be improved:
  • May require significant time investment to unlock useful devices and modes of transportation
  • Demands patience, structure and adaptability

  • automation
  • first-person
  • base-building
  • robo-said
  • factory-builder
  • sandbox
  • open-world
  • rps
  • crafting
  • cookie
  • whale
  • factory
  • resource-management
  • energy
  • construction

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