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The Best Sandbox Games of All Time  

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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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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Super Mario 64 is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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 Oct 26 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
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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Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Saints Row: The Third is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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Mafia II is listed (or ranked) 23 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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7 Days to Die is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
bradenlaudadio added 2013
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) 25 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