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The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

Updated September 25, 2019 9.4k votes 2.6k voters 31.5k views49 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    Developer4J Studios, Mojang

    Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperRockstar North

    Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperRockstar North

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Super Mario 64 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Super Mario 64 is a 1996 platform video game published by Nintendo and developed by its EAD... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBethesda Game Studios

    Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperChris Sawyer, Chris Sawyer Productions

    RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a construction and management simulation PC game that simulates... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperRockstar San Diego

    This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperFrontier Developments

    RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a construction and management simulation computer game. It is the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Fla is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperUbisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Romania, Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Montpellier

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 historical fiction action-adventure open world... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Saints Row: The Third is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperVolition

    Saints Row: The Third is a 2011 open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    State of Decay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperUndead Labs

    State of Decay is a third person, persistent open world, community-building social simulation,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    Just Cause 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    DeveloperAvalanche Studios, Eidos Interactive

    Just Cause 2 is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    DeveloperTeam Garry, Facepunch Studios LTD.

    Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperObsidian Entertainment

    Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperRocksteady Studios

    Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Sleeping Dogs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    DeveloperUnited Front Games, Square Enix Europe

    Sleeping Dogs is a 2012 open world action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Grand Theft Auto IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperRockstar North

    Grand Theft Auto IV is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperBethesda Game Studios

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperRockstar North, iNK stories

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Mafia II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    27

    Developer2K Czech

    Mafia II is an action-adventure video game developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time
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    DeveloperU.S. Gold

    The Godfather is a DOS-based game that was released on six floppy disks and had five levels of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a 2010 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 25
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sandbox Games of All Time

    DeveloperCD Projekt RED

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a 2015 action role-playing game developed and published by CD... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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