Groups

 

Sandbox

Game genre concept

A genre characterized with players ability to do pretty much whatever they want, often with construction/crafting options with little to no challenges (by default). Likely also employs open world design.

194
games
13
platforms

The first video game about Sandbox was released on September 1, 1997.

Feral Interactive, Mojang and Chucklefish has published most of these games

This genre is often confused with open world design due to it being an extremely common feature in sandbox games.

Unlike other open world games, sandbox games usually give the player free reign to do whatever they want but much more down to earth limitations as opposed to god games which also are very similar in concept.

Difference being mainly that open world refers to level design, sandbox refers to gameplay (compare real sandbox and the city you live in).

As the name suggests, these often have no ultimate goal or victory condition built-in.