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The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now  

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Gamers everywhere, we're ranking the most popular sandbox games in 2018. Featuring both old and new games, this list of the most played sandbox games right now include some of the most popular mobile games and games that you can play forever. What are the top 10 sandbox video games today?

While Minecraft might be the hottest sandbox game right now, GTA 5 mods allow players to be creative in the open world environment. Other good sandbox games trending now include Garry's Mod, Kerbal Space Program, Stardew Valley, and Elite Dangerous.

Vote up the best sandbox games everyone should be playing right now, and feel free to add your favorites that are missing from this list. Games from all consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) are welcome, including mobile and PC games. 

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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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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Terraria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2011
Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio Re-Logic and released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Windows Phone, Android, and ...more
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Roblox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
soren.dresch added 2006
Roblox, stylized as RŌBLOX, is a massively multiplayer online game created and marketed toward children and teenagers aged 8–18. In the game, players are able to create their own virtual world, ...more
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Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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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Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
Garry's Mod 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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The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
The Sims 4 2014
The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The Sims 4 was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in ...more
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Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2016
Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone and published by Chucklefish. The game was released for Microsoft Windows ...more
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
jerry.anime.1 added 2006
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks and the Take-Two Interactive subsidiary 2K Games. It is ...more
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
annaswanson6 added 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
10
Just Cause 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2015
Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. Announced on November 11, 2014, it is the third game in the Just Cause series and the ...more
11
No Man's Sky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2016
No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games. It was released worldwide in August 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, ...more
12
Hitman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2016
Hitman is an episodic stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A port for Linux, developed and published by ...more
13
Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2013
Don't Starve is a 2013 action-adventure video game with survival and roguelike elements, developed and published by the indie company Klei Entertainment. The game was initially released via ...more
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Kerbal Space Program is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2016
Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Squad for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the game, players direct a ...more
15
Far Cry New Dawn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2019
Far Cry New Dawn is a first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game is a spin-off of the Far Cry series and a narrative sequel to Far Cry 5. Similar to ...more
16
World War Z is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2019
World War Z is a third-person shooter video game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on ...more
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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2012
ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia Interactive for Microsoft Windows. It was released on September 12, 2013. ARMA 3's storyline takes ...more
18
Crackdown 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2019
Crackdown 3 is an action-adventure video game for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One developed by British developer Sumo Digital and published by Microsoft Studios. Continuing the series nine years ...more
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Mount & Blade: Warband is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
Mount & Blade: Warband 2010
Mount & Blade: Warband is the stand-alone expansion pack to the action role-playing video game Mount & Blade. Announced in January 2009, the game was developed by the Turkish company ...more
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Elite: Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
2014
Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator that is the fourth release in the Elite video game series. Piloting a spaceship, the player explores a realistic 1:1 scale ...more
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Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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