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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 2013 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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Super Mario 64 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
RichardWare added 1996 Super Mario 64 is a 1996 platform video game published by Nintendo and developed by its EAD division, for the Nintendo 64. Along with Pilotwings 64, it was one of the launch titles for the ...more

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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2009 Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The ...more

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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 2004 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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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Tomm Stark added 2008 Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, ...more

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Kechos added 2002 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a construction and management simulation PC game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Infogrames, the game was released ...more

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
EricAsher added 2004 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a construction and management simulation computer game. It is the third installment in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, first released on October 26, 2004 in North ...more

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
May 18 2010 This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on ...more

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Fla... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added 2013 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the sixth major ...more

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Saints Row: The Third is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added 2011 Saints Row: The Third is a 2011 open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition and published by THQ. It is the third title in the Saints Row series. As in the previous games, the ...more

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Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2006 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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Just Cause 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added 2009 Just Cause 2 is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios, published by Eidos Interactive, and distributed by Square Enix. It is the sequel to the 2006 video game ...more

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Sleeping Dogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added 2012 Sleeping Dogs is a 2012 open world action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London. It was published by Square Enix and Bandai Namco Games for Microsoft ...more

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Grand Theft Auto IV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2008 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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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2011 Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more

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State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
MatthewCreely added 2013 State of Decay is a third person, persistent open world, community-building social simulation, stealth-based, zombie-survival horror role-playing video game, developed by Undead Labs and ...more

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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2010 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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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 27 October 2002 for the PlayStation 2 ...more

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RichardWare added Skate 3 (stylized as skate 3) is a skateboarding video game, the third and final main installment in the Skate series and the sequel to 2009's Skate 2, developed by EA Black Box and published by ...more

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Mafia II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2010 Mafia II is an action-adventure video game developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games. It was released on 23 August 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows; a Mac OS X ...more

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2011 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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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2009 Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the ...more

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2010 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a 2010 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the third major ...more

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Destroy All Humans! Path of th... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2008 Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon is an action-adventure game developed by Sandblast Games and published by THQ. The game is set in the 1970s and is the fourth game in the Destroy All ...more

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Saints Row 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2008 Saints Row 2 is a 2008 open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ. It was released in October 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and ported to ...more

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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 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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L.A. Noire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2011 L.A. Noire is a neo-noir detective video game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. It was initially released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms on 17 May 2011; a ...more

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Starbound is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Felix WeiƟ added 2013 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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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
dogmad69 added 1991 The Godfather is a DOS-based game that was released on six floppy disks and had five levels of gameplay. The plot revolves around all three films in the trilogy. The game levels reflect the ...more

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Scarface: The World Is Yours is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours is a video game developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Sierra Entertainment. The game is based on and is a quasi-sequel to the 1983 motion picture ...more

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Saints Row IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2007 Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the first major installment in the ...more

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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 is an award winning 2012 multiplayer open world survival horror mod designed by Dean Hall for the 2009 tactical shooter video game ARMA 2 and its 2010 expansion pack, ARMA 2: Operation ...more

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Clash of Clans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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Gun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2005 Gun is a Revisionist Western-themed video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. The game was released in ...more

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
sergey07 added 2014 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an upcoming action role-playing video game set in an open world environment, that is currently in development by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. It is ...more

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Growtopia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
DragonLord10 GT added Growtopia

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Saints Row is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2006 Saints Row is a 2006 open world action-adventure video game for the Xbox 360. Developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ, Saints Row initially released in North America on August 29, 2006, ...more

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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
2007 Spider-Man 3 is an action game loosely based on the Spider-Man 3 film and released for the Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3 on May 4, ...more

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SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
OlivierHoule added 2003 SimCity 4 is a city-building/urban planning simulation computer game developed by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. It was released on January 14, 2003. It is the fourth installment in the ...more

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Planet Coaster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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Banished is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
AaronDoerksen added Banished is an upcoming city-building strategy game focused on careful resource management and survival as an isolated and growing society. The player guides citizens of a remote community of ...more

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Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
Michael A. Antrim added 2003 Eve Online is a player-driven, persistent-world massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a science fiction space setting, developed and published by CCP Games. Characters pilot ...more

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survival craft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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From The Depths is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
WaldemarHachaj added From The Depths

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The Long Dark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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no man's sky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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