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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Sandbox, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.81
99% 240,278 votes
8.74
97% 1,060,933 votes
8.58
97% 66,484 votes
8.54
97% 46,839 votes
8.54
98% 15,572 votes
8.50
98% 9,355 votes
8.49
95% 198,764 votes
8.47
95% 82,331 votes
8.40
96% 19,826 votes
8.36
98% 3,911 votes
8.33
96% 10,005 votes
8.32
94% 41,050 votes
8.30
98% 1,630 votes
8.28
95% 11,961 votes
8.27
95% 7,195 votes
8.22
92% 58,200 votes
8.21
98% 896 votes
8.18
92% 34,729 votes
8.17
91% 263,513 votes
8.17
93% 20,921 votes
8.17
97% 1,562 votes
8.16
94% 6,803 votes
8.16
96% 1,911 votes
8.16
93% 17,401 votes
8.14
93% 9,953 votes
8.14
93% 8,695 votes
8.12
91% 78,369 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Sandbox is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Sandbox, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Simulation 61%
  2. Singleplayer 52%
  3. Indie 43%
  4. Casual 39%
  5. Open World 38%
  6. Action 38%
  7. Building 38%
  8. Adventure 37%
  9. Strategy 34%
  10. 3D 34%
  11. Exploration 31%
  12. Early Access 29%
  13. Crafting 26%
  14. RPG 24%
  15. Survival 24%
  16. First-Person 24%
  17. Management 22%
  18. Atmospheric 21%
  19. 2D 21%
  20. Relaxing 20%
  21. Base Building 20%
  22. Multiplayer 19%
  23. Realistic 18%
  24. Colorful 17%
  25. Physics 16%
  26. Third Person 15%
  27. Funny 15%

The Sandbox tag in gaming refers to a type of gameplay or game design that provides players with an open-ended, non-linear experience. This term is derived from the concept of a sandbox where children are encouraged to freely explore and create using their imagination.

In Sandbox games, players are typically given a vast virtual world or environment to interact with and are given a significant amount of freedom in how they choose to play and progress. The game may provide various tools, resources, and mechanics that allow players to shape and manipulate the world according to their preferences.

Key characteristics of Sandbox games include:

  • Open World Sandbox games often feature expansive worlds or environments for players to explore without strict linear progression. Players can roam freely, discovering new locations, engaging in side activities, or pursuing the main objectives at their own pace.
  • Player Agency Players have significant control over the outcome of the game through their actions. They can make choices that have lasting impacts on the game world and its inhabitants.
  • Creative Freedom Many Sandbox games encourage player creativity by offering robust building or creation tools. Players can construct structures, design landscapes, craft items, or even create entire cities within the game's framework.
  • No Set Goals Unlike traditional linear games with predefined objectives, Sandbox games often provide loose goals or no specific goals at all. Instead, they focus on providing an immersive environment where players can forge their path.

Examples of popular sandbox titles include:

  • Minecraft A highly influential sandbox game that allows players to gather resources and build anything they desire in a block-based world.
  • Grand Theft Auto V Known for its open-world design, players can freely explore the city, engage in various activities, and undertake missions at their own pace.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim This massive RPG offers an expansive open world where players can take on quests, join factions, and make choices that impact the game's narrative.
  • Terraria A 2D sandbox game that combines exploration and building mechanics. Players can dig deep underground, fight enemies, craft items, and create intricate structures.

Sandbox games provide an immersive and liberating experience where players have the freedom to shape their own adventures within the virtual world. Whether it's exploration, creation, or pursuing personal goals of mastery or conquest - sandbox games offer endless possibilities for player agency and creativity.

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