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The Best Sandbox Games On Steam

Updated October 2, 2020 5.1k votes 672 voters 23.0k views30 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 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 like Besiege and Garry's Mod

What happens in the sandbox stays in the sandbox. At least, until someone clips that. Vote up all your favorite sandbox games on the PC, and vote down the ones you wouldn't recommend.

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  • Garry's Mod1
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    Garry's Mod

    Team Garry, Facepunch Studios LTD.
    Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman...  more
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  • Subnautica2
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    Subnautica

    Unknown Worlds Entertainment
    Subnautica is an open world survival adventure game developed and published by Unknown Worlds...  more
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  • Terraria3
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    Terraria

    Re-Logic
    Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio...  more
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  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim4
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    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Bethesda Game Studios
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game...  more
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  • Fallout: New Vegas5
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    Fallout: New Vegas

    Obsidian Entertainment
    Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The...  more
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  • Grand Theft Auto V6
    167
    113

    Grand Theft Auto V

    Rockstar North
    Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North...  more
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  • The Forest7
    107
    71

    The Forest

    Endnight Games Ltd
    The Forest is a survival video game developed and published by Endnight Games. The game takes...  more
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  • ARK: Survival Evolved8
    111
    79

    ARK: Survival Evolved

    Studio Wildcard
    Ark: Survival Evolved (stylized as ΛRK) is a 2017 action-adventure survival video game...  more
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  • Fallout 49
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    Fallout 4

    Bethesda Game Studios
    Fallout 4 is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment, gameplay is similar...  more
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  • Don't Starve10
    102
    77

    Don't Starve

    Klei Entertainment
    Don't Starve is a 2013 action-adventure video game with survival and roguelike elements,...  more
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  • Starbound11
    93
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    Starbound

    Chucklefish Ltd
    Starbound is an indie game produced by the UK-based independent game studio Chucklefish Ltd....  more
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  • Kerbal Space Program12
    95
    72
    Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Squad...  more
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas13
    84
    68
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by...  more
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  • Universe Sandbox ²14
    77
    62
    Universe Sandbox is an interactive space and gravity simulator. Using Universe Sandbox, one...  more
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  • Factorio15
    85
    71

    Factorio

    Wube Software LTD.
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  • 7 Days To Die16
    86
    74

    7 Days To Die

    The Fun Pimps
    7 Days to Die is a survival horror video game set in an open world developed by The Fun Pimps....  more
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  • BeamNG.drive17
    73
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  • Grand Theft Auto IV18
    93
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    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Rockstar North
    Grand Theft Auto IV is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North...  more
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  • Just Cause 319
    79
    72

    Just Cause 3

    Avalanche Studios
    Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by...  more
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  • Mount And Blade20
    67
    58

    Mount And Blade

    TaleWorlds
    Mount & Blade is a medieval action role-playing game for Microsoft Windows, developed by the...  more
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  • Besiege21
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    Besiege

    Spiderling Studios
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  • ARMA 322
    46
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    ARMA 3

    Bohemia Interactive
    ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia...  more
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  • Saints Row IV23
    55
    70
    Saints Row IV is a 2013 open world, action-adventure video game in the Saints Row series...  more
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  • No Man's Sky24
    81
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    No Man's Sky

    Hello Games
    No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie...  more
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  • HITMAN25
    50
    77

    HITMAN

    IO Interactive A/S
    Hitman is an episodic stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square...  more
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