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Best Sandbox Games on PC for Free to Unleash Your Creativity

What do you want to do next? In these games, you'd best take a deep breath first because the possibilities are huge!

Do you want a game with creative freedom? A game where you can explore as well as create? With this list of the best sandbox games on PC, you can jump right in.

Many games have elaborated and exciting storytelling. But as great as that may be, sometimes we want to be the ones writing the story. These five games offer an excellent opportunity to do just that – and not just alone, but also cooperatively with your friends if you like.

 

5. Ylands

In YLands, there are no limits to your creativity. Grab your partner, friends, or family and collect resources together to build anything you can think of. Explore the lands or waters by building vehicles or a ship and setting sail. A creative adventure awaits you, and you are the author of it! And the best part is that this title is playable completely for free.

Build and destroy castles in Ylands, as seen here on the screenshot: In the foreground, two catapults are standing on a hill, just firing at a castle we can see in the background, which is already partially on fire. Behind the castle, the wide blue sea can be seen. Around the castle are numerous fir trees.
Ylands (Source: Bohemia Interactive)

 

You can play the game for free on PC via Steam.

 

4. Albion Online

This free 3D sandbox game has a high degree of freedom as well. Take possession of land, find and collect resources, and construct buildings and items of all kinds. Equip yourself with weapons and armor to fight against players in open-world PvP or focus on collecting, trading, and selling resources to other players to expand your empire.

Albion Online is one of the best sandbox games and a free-to-play game where you have a lot of creative freedom. In this screenshot, we can see a constructed castle from above, with a stone path leading out of it to the right. A misty canyon can be seen at the top and some trees and grassy ground are shown at the top right.
Albion Online (Source: Sandbox Interactive)

 

Albion Online features cross-play and is available for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can play the title for free on PC via Steam.

 

3. No Man’s Sky

Dive into a Sci-Fi adventure as a spaceship pilot and explore countless procedurally generated planets. There is always something new to see and discover: Collect valuable resources or carnivorous plants, build a base and upgrade your equipment or terraform planets. Just do whatever you feel like doing. The game has already received many updates, making it even more fascinating. Here you can both relax and engage in intense battles with alien creatures.

Here we see at the bottom right around the image a spaceship that has landed on a procedurally generated planet with turquoise grass growing on it. The spaceship is also made of turquoise and white paint. On the left and right edges of the image are orange-leafed palm trees. In the background, we see three launching spaceships, which are arranged in a triangle and drag a laser beam behind them. Even further in the background, other parts of the planet can be seen dimly in the nebula, as well as another planet far away.
No Man’s Sky (Source: Hello Games/505 Games)

 

You can get it for PS4, PS5, PlayStation VR, Steam VR, Oculus Rift, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. It can be purchased for PC via Steam.

 

2. Trove

If you want to play a free alternative to Minecraft, we can recommend Trove. In this game, you’ll have a lot of fun with numerous creations and inventions. Create items, dungeons, and classes, and build your own adventure. The entire environment is completely destructible, and you’ll be able to create your own dream buildings in it. What sets the game apart from other titles of its type is its sophisticated combat system, which can be very exciting.

Trove looks like Minecraft, but it's free. Play the title with friends and build your own realms and adventures in one of the best sandbox games on the PC. On this cover, we see a player on a dragon in pixel form in the left foreground and a pixel city in the background. The scene is characterized by a lot of colorfulness. The game can be downloaded via Steam.
Cover of Trove (Source: Trion Worlds)

 

The title is available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Mac, and PC. You can purchase it via Steam.

 

1. Valheim

Have you ever wanted to build impressive historical Viking settlements and appoint yourself Jarl? Although the world of Valheim isn’t made of blocks, it can still be modified to your liking. Thus, you’ll get numerous resources that you can use for tools and construction materials to build impressive bases. Besides, you’ll be able to fight against many huge mythological creatures and level up. Are you ready for Valhalla?

Go into battle as a Viking with a spear and shield, like here in this screenshot, where the player walks through a forest armed in the third-person. In the background, a small stone tower as the supposed dwelling of the player. As one of the best sandbox games, you can play the game on PC with friends via Steam.
A forest in Valheim (Source: Iron Gate Studios/Coffee Stain Publishing)

 

Valheim is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Linux, and PC. You can buy it for PC via Steam.

 

Even more sandbox-like games that focus on freedom and exploration

Explore even more vast lands in these Open World Games for PC or get to know a very special 2D sandbox game and defeat the Core Keeper bosses.

In case you feel like faster-paced action, check out our ranking for the 10 Best Free FPS Games 2022.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in Sandbox games? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

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