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The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

Updated January 7, 2020 2.5k votes 374 voters 6.6k views21 items

Gamers everywhere, we're ranking the most popular sandbox games in 2020. 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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  • 1
    Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    Developer4J Studios, Mojang

    Genres (Video game)Open world, Action game, Sandbox

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

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    Terraria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperRe-Logic

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Sandbox, Role-playing video game, Side-scrolling

    Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperRockstar North

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Racing video game

    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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    Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperTeam Garry, Facepunch Studios LTD.

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle game, Action game, Sandbox

    Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperBethesda Game Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game, fantasy

    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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  • 6
    Roblox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    Roblox

    2006

    DeveloperRoblox Corporation

    Genres (Video game)First-person Shooter, Massively multiplayer online game

    Roblox, stylized as RŌBLOX, is a massively multiplayer online game created and marketed toward... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperMaxis, The Sims Studio

    Genres (Video game)Life simulation

    The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperConcerned Ape

    Genres (Video game)Simulation, role-playing

    Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    Developer4J Studios, Bethesda Game Studios, Superscape

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Role-playing video game

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

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    Just Cause 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperAvalanche Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    No Man's Sky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperHello Games

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, survival

    No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Don't Starve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperKlei Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Action

    Don't Starve is a 2013 action-adventure video game with survival and roguelike elements,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Hitman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    Hitman

    2016

    DeveloperIO Interactive

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Stealth game

    Hitman is an episodic stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Kerbal Space Program is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperSquad

    Genres (Video game)Space flight simulation

    Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Squad... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Mount & Blade: Warband is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperTaleWorlds Entertainment

    Mount & Blade: Warband is the stand-alone expansion pack to the action role-playing video game... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    ARMA 3

    2012

    DeveloperBohemia Interactive

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, Simulation video game, Tactical shooter, Flight simulator

    ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Far Cry New Dawn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, first-person shooter

    Far Cry New Dawn is a first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperCCP Games

    Genres (Video game)Simulation video game, Role-playing video game, Space flight simulator game, Science Fiction, Massively multiplayer online game

    Eve Online is a player-driven, persistent-world massively multiplayer online role-playing game... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    World War Z is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperSaber Interactive

    Genres (Video game)Third-person shooter

    World War Z is a third-person shooter video game developed by Saber Interactive and published... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Elite: Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperFrontier Developments

    Genres (Video game)Space trading and combat

    Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator that is the fourth... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Crackdown 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sandbox Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperSumo Digital

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Crackdown 3 is an action-adventure video game for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One developed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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