A sandbox, or open world game, is a game whose entertainment value is derived from allowing the player to do whatever she likes within the simulation. These games often have or generate large explorable worlds, and occasionally provide extremely deep and complex simulations.

Some of these worlds are randomly generated as in Space Pirates and Zombies, or Minecraft, and others are entirely made by hand by the game's artists such as in the Grand Theft Auto series.

PCG Wiki References

External Links

Sandbox game - Wikipedia article on sand box games.
The History and Theory of Sandbox Play on Gamasutra.

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