Sandbox games are a different kind of fun. Instead of focusing on linear game play mechanics and level design, sandbox games allow you to explore open worlds. You can usually interact with almost the entire game space, play as you choose, and engage with story only if you want to. Sandbox is rarely a genre all on its own. It’s usually splashed in with other genres like action, adventure, or survival. We have many such games on this list. Here are the best sandbox games for Android!
Price: Free / $4.99
Blackmoor 2 is a side-scrolling adventure game with sandbox elements. The main story is fairly linear and you get the usual array of hack-and-slash action with many bad guys and boss fights. However, the game comes with a full level editor. Players can build their own dungeons with its own range of challenges and bad guys. There is also online multiplayer co-op with up to four players and PvP if you want to go that route.
Crashlands burst onto the scene in 2016 and immediately became one of the best sandbox games out there. In this title, you play as an intergalactic trucker. The game starts with you stuck on a random planet. Your job is to defeat bad guys, craft items, and build yourself a home away from home. There is also a quest line where you can save the world while retrieving all of the packages you lost. It’s a huge game that also doesn’t take itself too seriously. You’ll have to shell out $4.99 to play it but there are also no in-app purchases.
The Escapists 1 and 2
Price: $6.49 and $6.99 respectively
The Escapists 1 and 2 are excellent sandbox games. You play as an inmate in a prison and breaking out is your sole purpose. You can craft various items and concoct various ways to get out. That includes dressing up as a guard, tunneling out, or even making your way out through the ducts. You must also do the usual prison stuff like work and eat. The second game adds some feature and has a bunch of extra places to break out of. However, you really can’t go wrong with either game.
Last Day on Earth
Price: Free to play
Last Day on Earth is a survival shooter with sandbox elements. Players are trapped in a post apocalyptic world. They must survive zombies, the elements, and each other. You have to do the usual survival stuff like find food and resources. The game also includes crafting, open exploration, and even some MMO elements. It’s a little more survival than sandbox, but the same kind of open world feeling is definitely still there.
Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
Minecraft another of the most popular sandbox games of all time. For those who have been living under a rock, Minecraft is a game where you mine things, build things, kill things, and use your creativity to its maximum. Players from all over the world have enjoyed the game and its mobile version actually isn’t half bad. Updates in 2017 brought Minecraft’s mobile version on par with its console, PC, and Nintendo Switch counterparts for true cross-platform play. Terraria is another outstanding game in the genre. You can go with either one.
Old School RuneScape
Price: Free / $10.99 per month / $99.99 per year
Old School RuneScape is one of the best MMORPGs on mobile. Like most MMORPGs, it features an open world you can explore at will along with a ton of story and side quests to complete. You create a character, get right out there, and explore. The game also includes a rich in-game economy among the players, decent character class options, and more. It’s also a subscription model instead of the usual free to play model so you can’t really pay your way to the top. Here is our list of the best MMORPGs if you want to look at other options.
Price: Free to play
Payback 2 is one of the more underrated sandbox games. The idea is fairly similar to something like Twizted Metal. You drive a car in an area where other people are also driving. Your goal is to destroy them. It also includes the ability to race helicopters, fight tanks, race cars, and much more. It includes over 50 campaign events, custom events, and more. You essentially drop in and start doing stuff. It’s actually a whole lot of fun. You can try it out for free, but it is a freemium game so do keep that in mind.
Rockstar Games titles
Rockstar Games is one of the biggest developers on Google Play and in the gaming industry at large. Of course you know the studio best for its Grand Theft Auto series of games and they are among the best sandbox games on mobile. There are a few to choose from, including Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. All of those are mobile ports of older console titles. Additionally, Rockstar does Bully which has a similar sandbox style but it takes place in school instead of city streets. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Price: $4.99 + $0.99
Portal Knights is an action-RPG with a ton of sandbox elements. The game includes local multiplayer with up to four people, simple mechanics, an RPG style level progression, and even a crafting system. It’s almost like a fantasy version of Crashlands. You roam the open world killing things and finding materials for your various adventures. There is even dual-stick controller support. This is a newer game compared to the others on the list. That’s okay, though, because this one is still quite excellent. It runs for $4.99 with optional in-game stuff as in-app purchases. You can also play this game for free with Google Play Pass.
Stardew Valley is an outstanding farming simulator. The player inherits a dilapidated farm and must restore it to its former glory. Additionally, there is a nearby town where you can converse with the locals and get to know them better along with a host of mini-games and other things to do. You have access to the entire game world from the start and you can do basically whatever you want. The game runs for a single $7.99 purchase or you can play it free via Google Play Pass if you want.
If we missed any of the best sandbox games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!