Sandbox games

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Sandbox games are similar to toys. They put emphasis on creativity, freedom, exploration and self-imposed goals.

List of Sandbox games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre sandbox games:



Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Blackvoxel Blackvoxel.png 2019-05-08
Blackvoxel
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Blackvoxel
Latest release2.41  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 8, 2019
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGPLv3[1][2]
P. languageC++
LibraryOpenGL
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Blackvoxel is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Blackvoxel is a 3D voxel sandbox game. The backstory takes place in the future, with the player finding themselves on a mysterious planet, after the crash of their spaceship.[1]

Craft Craft By Fogleman.png 2014-03-01
Craft
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Craft
Latest release1.0  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 1, 2014
Code licenseMIT
Media licenseMIT [3]
P. languageC (client), Python (server)
LibraryOpenGL
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Craft is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Craft is a Minecraft-like voxel sandbox game, which is simpler than e.g. Minetest, consisting of only few thousand lines of code.[4] It has been used as a base for several other projects. However, despite its simplicity, the game is very fast and offers a lot of features such as:[5]

  • procedural terrain
  • more than 20 types of blocks, easy addition of new ones
  • day/night cycle
  • lights
  • ambient occlusion
  • persistent world
  • support for multiplayer via Python server
FreeTrain Freetrain.gif 2007-06-04 Transport infrastructure game
FreeTrain
Freetrain.gif
Screenshot of FreeTrain
GenresTransport infrastructure game
Latest release20070604
Release dateJune 4, 2007
DeveloperKohsuke Kawaguchi
Code licensesLGPL
P. languageC#
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FreeTrain is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

FreeTrain is a rail and business simulation computer game, originally created by Kohsuke Kawaguchi and inspired by the A-Train series of games. Both the source code and the graphics are licensed under a combination of the LGPL and the GPL.[6]

Minetest Minetest collage.jpg 2020-04-05
Minetest
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Collage of some games that you can play in Minetest
Latest release5.2.0  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 05, 2020
Code licenseLGPLv2.1+ [7]
Media licenseCC BY-SA 3.0 [7]
P. languageC++ and Lua
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Minetest is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Minetest is a Minecraft-like voxel sandbox engine. It is an engine that allows different voxel-based games to run on it. It's for games in which the world is made out of cubes and the player runs in the environment and manipulates it, preferably by digging and building blocks, collecting items, crafting, and so on. It can be played alone or online with other players.

Minetest Game Minetest.png 2020-04-05 Sandbox
Minetest Game
Minetest.png
5.0.0
GenreSandbox
Latest release5.2.0  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 5, 2020
Code licenseLGPLv2.1+ [7]
Media licenseCC BY-SA 3.0 [7]
EngineMinetest
P. languageLua
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Minetest Game is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Minetest Game is a simple and peaceful “sandbox game” based on Minetest. There are no goals. The player is thrown into a world made of cubes and can attempt to explore the surface and hitchhike through grasslands, forests, deserts, jungles, snowy and arctic regions, explore the seas with a boat or swim and dive, and collect various materials and craft tools from them.

Using a pickaxe, the player can dig into the depths and collect precious minerals, but a careless player can also be cooked by lava. Or the player could become a farmer or forester and plant trees and crops. Almost every block can be removed with the correct tool and with the collected blocks almost every building can be erected—only the imagination is the limit. Minetest Game has a focus on creativity, building and exploring worlds, rather than being a challenge, so the gameplay naturally is sandbox-style. There are no animals, monsters or other creatures except the players themselves.

Like most games for Minetest, this game supports online multiplayer and mods.

Powder Toy PowderToy.png 2019-02-21 Physics simulation
The Powder Toy
PowderToy.png
The Powder Toy
GenrePhysics simulation
Latest release94.1  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 21, 2019
Code licenseGPL v3
Media licenseGPL v3
P. languageC++
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The Powder Toy is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

The Powder Toy is a 2D physics simulation/sandbox game. It showcases a big number of materials such as liquids, gasses or explosives, and interactions by simulating air pressure, heat, gravity and electricity. Construction of complex machines and mechanisms is possible. Controllable stickmen can be placed in the scenes.[8]

Users can create accounts and share their simulations. As a result there is a big repository of creations including working power plants, cities or human body simulations. Many of them are under free licenses or even public domain.

a circuit simulation
RogueBox Adventures Roguebox.png 2020-02-23 Roguelike, RPG
RogueBox Adventures
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RogueBox Adventures
GenreRoguelike, RPG
Latest release3.0.1  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 23rd, 2020
Developerthemightyglider
Code licenseGPLv3[9]
Media licenseVarious (CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, CC0/Public domain)[10]
P. languagePython
LibraryPygame
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RogueBox Adventures is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

RogueBox Adventures is a 2D graphical game that combines aspects of roguelikes and sandbox games like Minecraft. The player can fight monsters, craft tools and furniture, collect resources like wood and stone, and build a house using those resources. The game features a number of enemies and non-hostile NPCs.

Veloren Veloren.png 2020-01-31 RPG
Veloren
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Veloren
GenreRPG
Latest release0.5.0  (Announcement)
Release dateJanuary 31, 2020
Code licenseGPLv3[11]
Media licenseGPLv3[11]
P. languageRust
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Veloren is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Veloren is an open source work-in-progress multiplayer voxel RPG inspired by Minecraft, Cube World and Dwarf Fortress, written in Rust.[11] Its development began on May 28th, 2018.

Voxelands Voxelands.png 2017-09-24 Survival sandbox
Voxelands
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Voxelands
GenreSurvival sandbox
Latest release1709.00
Release date24 September 2017
Developerdarkrose, Menche and many others
Code licenseGPLv3+ [7]
Media licenseCC BY-SA 3.0 [7]
EngineVoxelands
P. languageC++
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Voxelands is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Voxelands is a voxel sandbox survival game. The first aim in this game is to survive in a blocky environment, defend against angry creatures and build shelter. Almost every block can be dug and placed, allowing you to create complex structures.

Almost the entire landscape can be manipulated with digging and building. You can build the world of your dreams, one block at a time.