As technology has grown, so have constraints on what the limits of video games can be. Nowhere is this any more evident than the ever-expansive sandbox genre of video games. With a surge of popularity due to the likes of Minecraft, games in this category focus on providing the player with unlimited agency, hence the name being based off the concept of a kid in a sandbox.
Minecraft is a sandbox game that revolves around using building blocks to create anything you want. At night, monsters come out; make sure to build a shelter before that happens.
Minetest is a near-infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft, and the like.
Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy simulator with two modes: fortress and adventure.
Garry's Mod is a Sandbox Game based around the idea of building. Unlike most other games there aren't any objectives - you can't lose and you definitely can't win.
You are marooned on the shores of an infinite blocky world. Explore, mine resources, craft tools and weapons, hunt and make traps.
Roblox allows you to create games, build whatever you want with lego-like bricks, play other games made by users of the community, and even participate in the economy by trading, selling, buying, and collecting items.
Algodoo, previously Phun, is an educational, entertaining and somewhat addictive piece of software for playing around in a 2D physics sandbox in a cartoon-y fashion.
SimCity is a series of city-building simulation games, where you are given the task of founding and developing a city, while maintaining the happiness of the citizens and keeping...
EVE Online is a massive multiplayer online game that offers limitless potential to discover, explore and conquer an amazing science fiction universe where you pilot spaceships...
Blockscape is the next generation voxel sandbox game. You play in a computer generated world made out of blocks.
We're extremely happy to finally roll outMinecraft – Pocket Edition on most devices running Android or iOS in the Solar System.
Saints Row is an action-adventure video game series created by Volition and published by Deep Silver, that tells the story of a gang called the Third Street Saints; the title...
In a galaxy of procedural worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks, will you... EXPLORE environments filled with adventure, then alter them?
Crayon Physics Deluxe is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real...
Manyland is an open universe we invent and live together.
Terasology (started under the name Blockmania) is an open source project started by Benjamin “begla” Glatzel to research procedural terrain generation and efficient rendering...
The project is dead. The source code was released on Github so you can run your own server building it.
Gnomescroll is a multiplayer survival RPG in surreal environments. Kill demons, raise puppies and collect rocks.
The Powder Toy is a desktop version of the classic 'falling sand' physics sandbox game, it simulates air pressure and velocity as well as heat!.
RimWorld follows three survivors from a crashed space liner as they build a colony on a frontier world at the rim of known space.
Official website no longer exists and last commit is from a March 2018. See https://gitlab.com/voxelands/voxelands/commits/next
The Fun-Focused Free Software Voxel World Game. Voxelands is a sandbox construction game based on Minetest.
Far Cry is a franchise of first-person shooter video games, all of which have been published by Ubisoft.
No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games.
A game famous for geting you hooked from the start. You build and optimize a factory and well, its addictive.