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List Rules Vote up the best video games in the sandbox genre.

This is a list of the best sandbox games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated sandbox games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest sandbox games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these sandbox games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging sandbox games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new sandbox games.

List is made up of a variety of games, including Minecraft and Dead Rising.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best sandbox games?" and "What is the greatest sandbox game of all time?"
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Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
ChrisBarnett added Grand Theft Auto V 2013

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Super Mario 64 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
RichardWare added Super Mario 64 1996

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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Minecraft 2009

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
CypressLex added Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004

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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Tomm Stark added Fallout 3 2008

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Kechos added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Oct 15 2002

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
EricAsher added RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 2004

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Saints Row: The Third is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added Saints Row: The Third Nov 15 2011

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Fla... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag 2013

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Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Garry's Mod Nov 29 2006

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Just Cause 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added Just Cause 2 2009

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Sleeping Dogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added Sleeping Dogs Aug 13 2012

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Grand Theft Auto IV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
MatthewCreely added State of Decay Jun 05 2013

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Mafia II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Mafia II 2010

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Destroy All Humans! Path of th... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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L.A. Noire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
L.A. Noire 2011

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Saints Row 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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7 Days to Die is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
bradenlaudadio added 7 Days to Die

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added The Godfather 1991

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Starbound is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Felix WeiƟ added Starbound Jan 01 2013

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Scarface: The World Is Yours is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Saints Row IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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DayZ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Cory Ray Bott added DayZ

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Clash of Clans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
s216003 added Clash of Clans

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Gun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Gun 2005

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Growtopia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
DragonLord10 GT added Growtopia

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Saints Row is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Saints Row 2006

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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

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Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Michael A. Antrim added Eve Online 2003

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
sergey07 added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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The Long Dark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Tyler Nielsen added The Long Dark

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Banished is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
AaronDoerksen added Banished