Best Sandbox Games on Steam

Steam currently has 5,322 Sandbox games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Sandbox game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. People Playground

Shoot, stab, burn, poison, tear, vaporise, or crush ragdolls in a large open space.

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People Playground holds the #1 spot for "best Sandbox game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 243,890 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 240,611 positive reviews and 3,279 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play People Playground on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/23/2019
Developer mestiez
Publisher Studio Minus
Steam App Id 1118200

2. Stardew Valley

You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

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Stardew Valley has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 707,234 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 695,010 positive reviews and 12,224 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/26/2016
Developer ConcernedApe
Publisher ConcernedApe
Steam App Id 413150

3. Wallpaper Engine

Use stunning live wallpapers on your desktop. Animate your own images to create new wallpapers or import videos/websites and share them on the Steam Workshop!

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Wallpaper Engine has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 777,923 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 762,745 positive reviews and 15,178 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Wallpaper Engine on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $3.99
Release Date 11/16/2018
Developer Wallpaper Engine Team
Publisher Wallpaper Engine Team
Steam App Id 431960

4. Terraria

Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. Four Pack also available!

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Terraria has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,284,858 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,254,360 positive reviews and 30,498 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 5/16/2011
Developer Re-Logic
Publisher Re-Logic
Steam App Id 105600

5. RimWorld

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.

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RimWorld has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 186,560 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 182,909 positive reviews and 3,651 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $34.99
Release Date 10/17/2018
Developer Ludeon Studios
Publisher Ludeon Studios
Steam App Id 294100

6. Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes.

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Slime Rancher has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 119,844 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 117,348 positive reviews and 2,496 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Slime Rancher on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 8/1/2017
Franchise Monomi Park
Developer Monomi Park
Publisher Monomi Park
Steam App Id 433340

7. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Be the leader of wobblers from ancient lands, spooky places, and fantasy worlds. Watch them fight in simulations made with the wobbliest physics system ever created, make your own wobblers in the unit creator and send your army off to fight your friends in multiplayer.

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 122,543 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 119,919 positive reviews and 2,624 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 4/1/2021
Franchise Landfall Games
Developer Landfall
Publisher Landfall
Steam App Id 508440

8. Mount & Blade: Warband

In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!

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Mount & Blade: Warband has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 160,210 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 156,588 positive reviews and 3,622 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Mount & Blade: Warband on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 3/31/2010
Developer TaleWorlds Entertainment
Publisher TaleWorlds Entertainment
Steam App Id 48700

9. Bloons TD 6

The Bloons are back and better than ever! Get ready for a massive 3D tower defense game designed to give you hours and hours of the best strategy gaming available.

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Bloons TD 6 has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 307,757 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 299,626 positive reviews and 8,131 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.89 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Bloons TD 6 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.89
Release Date 12/18/2018
Franchise Ninja Kiwi Games
Developer Ninja Kiwi
Publisher Ninja Kiwi
Steam App Id 960090

10. BeamNG.drive

A dynamic soft-body physics vehicle simulator capable of doing just about anything.

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BeamNG.drive has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Sandbox games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 247,780 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 241,047 positive reviews and 6,733 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play BeamNG.drive on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 5/29/2015
Developer BeamNG
Publisher BeamNG
Steam App Id 284160

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97
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97
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11/16/2018
97
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5/16/2011
97
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10/17/2018
97
$34.99
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8/1/2017
96
$19.99
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4/1/2021
96
$19.99
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Mount & Blade: Warband steam charts
2,609
3/31/2010
96
$19.99
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7,123
12/18/2018
96
$4.89
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7,450
5/29/2015
96
$24.99
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2,625
1/20/2021
96
$19.99
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8,657
5/18/2015
96
$9.99
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10,902
11/29/2006
96
$9.99
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5/16/2020
96
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7,384
8/14/2020
96
$35.00
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1,631
1/24/2018
96
$29.99
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Satisfactory steam charts
4,269
6/8/2020
96
$29.99
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PowerWash Simulator steam charts
1,107
7/14/2022
95
$19.99
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VTOL VR steam charts
170
8/3/2020
95
$29.99
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7,036
7/30/2019
95
$24.99
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Soures & References

Steambase has best-in-class data powered directly by Steam, our data partners, and in-house experts. Reviews and rankings are enriched, analyzed, and updated in real-time to ensure we surface the most up-to-date insights. Learn more about the Steambase approach to data collection and our review methodology.

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). People Playground on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Stardew Valley on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Wallpaper Engine on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Terraria on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). RimWorld on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 4). Slime Rancher on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Totally Accurate Battle Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 26). Mount & Blade: Warband on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Bloons TD 6 on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). BeamNG.drive on Steam. Steam Store.

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