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The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam 

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Updated August 26, 2018 3.9k votes 592 voters 21.1k views 30 items

As a child, playing in the sandbox meant being creative and using your imagination. The same can be said of these PC sandbox games, as they all let you explore and discover what awaits in a free-roaming environment. From survival free-roam games to building and creation games, these PC sandbox games on Steam span across all genres. 

You can survive in the Mojave wastelands while you try to deliver your last package in Fallout: New Vegas. Board your space ship and discover endless worlds on which to build your settlements in the procedurally generated sandbox games No Man's Sky and Starbound. See what your brain can come up with, because there's endless creativity when it comes to funny, creative sandbox games on Steam like Besiege and Garry's Mod

What happens in the sandbox stays in the sandbox. At least, until someone clips that. These Steam sandbox games are all eagerly awaiting your votes, so vote up your favorite titles below, and vote down any PC sandbox games you wouldn't recommend.

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Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2006 (Team Garry)
Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman and developed by his company, Facepunch Studios. Garry's Mod was originally a mod for Valve ...more
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Terraria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2011 (Re-Logic)
Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio Re-Logic and released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Windows Phone, Android, and ...more
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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2011 (Bethesda Game Studios)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action ...more
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Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2013 (Rockstar Toronto)
Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox ...more
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Subnautica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2018 (Unknown Worlds Entertainment)
Subnautica is an open world survival adventure game developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. It allows the player to freely explore the ocean on an alien planet, known as planet ...more
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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2010 (Obsidian Entertainment)
Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. It released for ...more
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Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2013 (Klei Entertainment)
Don't Starve is a 2013 action-adventure video game with survival and roguelike elements, developed and published by the indie company Klei Entertainment. The game was initially released via ...more
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Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2017 (Studio Wildcard)
Ark: Survival Evolved (stylized as ΛRK) is a 2017 action-adventure survival video game developed by Studio Wildcard in collaboration with Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, and Virtual Basement. In ...more
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The Forest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2018 (Endnight Games)
The Forest is a survival video game developed and published by Endnight Games. The game takes place on a remote, heavily forested peninsula where the player character Eric Leblanc and his son ...more
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Starbound is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2013 (Chucklefish Ltd)
Starbound is an indie game produced by the UK-based independent game studio Chucklefish Ltd. Starbound takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated universe which the player will ...more
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Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2015 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Fallout 4 is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment, gameplay is similar to that of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, the two previous primary iterations in the series. ...more
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Kerbal Space Program is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Squad for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the game, players direct a ...more
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Grand Theft Auto IV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2008 (Rockstar North)
Grand Theft Auto IV is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 29 April 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ...more
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Factorio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
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7 Days to Die is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2013 (The Fun Pimps)
7 Days to Die is a survival horror video game set in an open world developed by The Fun Pimps. It was released through Early Access on Steam for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux on December ...more
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Grand Theft Auto: San An... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2004 (Rockstar North)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 26 October 2004 for the PlayStation 2 ...more
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Just Cause 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. Announced on November 11, 2014, it is the third game in the Just Cause series and the ...more
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Mount & Blade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2008 (TaleWorlds)
Mount & Blade is a medieval action role-playing game for Microsoft Windows, developed by the Turkish company TaleWorlds, and published by the Swedish company Paradox Interactive. Its retail ...more
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Universe Sandbox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Universe Sandbox is an interactive space and gravity simulator. Using Universe Sandbox, one can see the effects of gravity on objects in the universe and run scale simulations of our Solar ...more
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BeamNG.drive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
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Besiege is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Matt Russell Casia added Released: 2012 (Bohemia Interactive)
ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia Interactive for Microsoft Windows. It was released on September 12, 2013. ARMA 3's storyline takes ...more
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Saints Row IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Saints Row IV is a 2013 open world, action-adventure video game in the Saints Row series developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver. The player-character is the leader of the Saints, a ...more
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No Man's Sky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2016 (Hello Games)
No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games. It was released worldwide in August 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, ...more
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Hitman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best PC Sandbox Games On Steam
Released: 2016 (IO Interactive)
Hitman is an episodic stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A port for Linux, developed and published by ...more