READY FOR CRAFTING VIRTUAL WORLDS ON YOUR PC? The acclaimed world-building game featuring a unique mission-based approach is coming onto PC via Steam Early Access. With over 12 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 1,000,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world...
User reviews: Mixed (251 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 22, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With Early Access, you can be one of the first people to play The Sandbox PC version!
Also, you can enjoy creating 4x bigger worlds on PC, making beautiful worlds which can be displayed in the HD Online Gallery -- a place where you can show off your building talent and earn a chance to be among the Most-Played Worlds before anyone else!The Early Access version is a “near-Gold version”, but Pixowl wishes to involve players in the final stages of game production so that they can help us polish the game until it shines.By gathering feedback that enables us to correct bugs, optimize the title for PC and test various PC OS and hardware, we’ll be able to offer an exceptional game experience and forge a strong relationship between the community and the game.By purchasing the game in Early Access, you’re showing your support for Pixowl to make The Sandbox the best it can be -- and just the way you’d like it to be!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

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How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Early Access offers a discount over the Release version pricing. With Early Access, you’ll get the Deluxe version of The Sandbox (regular price: $14.99 USD) which includes the Standard version (regular price: $12.99 USD) + the Humans DLC Pack (regular price: $3.99 USD) for FREE! Don’t miss this opportunity to start playing The Sandbox on your PC now!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Since Pixowl is a team of perfectionists, we'll release the game in Gold by end of 2014. This gives us enough time to collect everyone’s feedback and fix the requisite bugs in order to deliver an awesome PC experience for everyone!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Of course not! Any player who purchases the game in Early Access will get a free upgrade to the Release version and won't have to pay again when the final version is released. You should consider Early Access as not only providing premium, less-expensive access to the game, but also as an opportunity to have a say in how the final version looks.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are carefully listening to all feedbacks to improve the game and make it better for PC players!”
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January 27

Update Version 1.9.10 (January 27th, 2015)

Hello Sandboxers!

Here comes the update 1.9.10 which adds 3 new campaigns -- 33 levels in total -- to complete!



What's New in version 1.9.10?

+ 3 new campaigns to play at:
- Farm Life: 15 levels to build the best Farm ever!
- Sandmix 1: 9 levels of mixed genres: gaming, pixel art, music, action, puzzle... Can you solve them all?
- Sandmix 2: 9 additional levels of mixed genres, showing the most recent Humans abilities.

+ Many Bugs Fixes

Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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January 9

Update Version 1.9.07 (January 09th, 2015)

Hello Sandboxers!
Happy New Year 2015 to you all!

Here comes the update 1.9.07 which adds 22 new elements to play with in the CREATE mode!



What's New in version 1.9.07?

22 new elements to play with in the CREATE mode:
- 2 Human Job Powders: Farmer and Fisherman
- 5 Buildings: Bakery, Restaurant, Space Colony, Jewelry and Tree House!
- Farm life: Corn, Pumpkins, Wheat, Tractor, Chicken, Fox, Crow, Scarecrow and E-drain
- New Blueprints: Haystack, Silo, Barn, Windmill, Bullseye and Chicken Pen

Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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Reviews

“The Sandbox is a fantastically inventive mobile game that encourages players to create entire worlds and works of art!”
N/A – Cult of Mac

“The Sandbox is an infinite amount of fun... You can make some pretty spectacular things out of this game, and I believe people will. The Sandbox will certainly entertain you on the gameplay side of things. It has a lot to offer.”
7.6/10 – Digital Chumps

“The Sandbox is a charming little pixellated 2D world-creation game -- and, by world, I mean the space inside of a literal sandbox.”
4/5 – Touch Arcade

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SPECIAL WINTER 50% DISCOUNT - GET THE FULL VERSION FOR $4.99 USD INSTEAD OF $9.99!

READY FOR CRAFTING VIRTUAL WORLDS ON YOUR PC?
The acclaimed world-building game featuring a unique mission-based approach is coming onto PC via Steam Early Access.
ONLY ON PC: Make 4X BIGGER worlds - You have 4x times more space to craft whatever you like in the CREATE mode! Plus all elements are immediately accessible, there are no limitations to your imagination!
With over 12 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 1,000,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world crafting simulation to the next level!

CRAFT, PLAY AND SHARE!

The Sandbox is a unique world building & crafting game featuring over 200+ physics elements presented in 2D pixel blocks that can interact with each others. Players can craft amazing worlds, create pixel art, chain reactions, chiptune music, advanced contraptions, electric circuits or just play with physics.

Play with basic elements ranging from simple water, stone, sand, wood, glass, lava, fire, to more complex: electricity, metal, virus, antivirus,heater, cooler, lasers, pipes, gems, sensors, leds TNT, C4, crosswire, conveyor belt, music instruments etc.

That's not all, The Sandbox features also a wide range of casual elements, just for fun! Fish, bees, lion, flamingo, humans, zombies, robots, aliens, dinosaurs, monuments, tanks, cars, trucks!

Steam Exclusive Features

The Steam PC version of The Sandbox is a Premium adaptation of Pixowl’s famous HIT! No microtransactions, All Elements are unlocked and immediately accessible, as well as 15 original campaigns to explore: Initial Story, Dinosaurs, Pixel Art, Music, User-Created 1 & 2, Lasers and pipes, Contraptions, Humans, Zombies, Robots, Alien Invasion, Retro Gaming, Ninja and last but not least, the Ecology / Natural Disasters!

A few thrilling features, exclusively on the PC version:
  • Make 4X BIGGER worlds - You have 4x times more space to craft whatever you like in the CREATE mode!
  • All elements are immediately accessible, there are no limitations to your imagination!
  • Ultra-precise controls with mouse, trackpad or touch support (for touch-screen only)
  • Several keyboard shortcuts to create worlds faster!
  • Windowed display or fullscreen mode
  • Cloud saving of your progression online and syncing across multiple PCs via with Steam Cloud
  • Cross-platform compatibility of your worlds: create on PC, view on Mobile or vice-versa

Game Features

  • Over 200 elements you can combine for different physical effects
  • A classic/retro 8-bit interface
  • Easy to understand tutorials get you started building worlds
  • 15 Individual Campaigns: Initial Story, Dinosaurs, Pixel Art, Music, User-Created 1 & 2, Lasers and pipes, Contraptions, Humans, Zombies, Robots, Alien Invasion, Retro Gaming, Ninja and last but not least, the Ecology / Natural Disasters!
  • 250 puzzle Levels in total -- dozens of hours of mind challenging content for your brain!
  • Compose your own chiptune melodies you can play in-game. You may choose the following instruments: Note, Guitar, Bass, Trumpet and Drums
  • Add advanced elements to your worlds:
    • Vehicles -- Cars, tanks and trucks are all available for your use within your world!
    • Contraptions -- LEDs, conveyor belts, lasers, pipes and multiple sensors are all available to bring your world into the age of technology!
    • Bring life to your worlds: Add humans and use Magic Job Powders to turn them into miners, builders, hunters, woodcutters or… ZOMBIES!
    • Zombies -- Turn your mild-mannered human into a brain eating beast that wreaks havoc on your world!
    • Robots -- Have robots taken over your world? You better obey your metal masters, puny human animals!
    • Ninja & Avatar -- Play with the controllable elements: Ninja, Avatar, Snake… and create your video game levels!
    • Add dinosaurs and protect them from extinction (or, recreate the BIG BANG and wipe them from the face of the Earth - the choice is yours!)
    • Add animals, fish and fireflies to your worlds and watch as their behavior creates “natural drama” that rivals any reality TV show!
    • Use our decorations and add awesome real-life wonders to your landscapes: The Eiffel Tower, a crashed UFO, the pyramids, futuristic buildings and a giant robot are all available at your fingertips!
    • Use TNT or C4 to wreak havoc with powerful explosions or light up your sky with meteors and fireworks

Share your creations with the world

Share your favorite universe in The Sandbox’s Online Gallery (http://www.thesandboxgame.com/worlds)
Search the gallery to see the creations of other players (1,000,000 worlds and climbing!)
Rate other players’ worlds and add in your own elements to give them a surprise effect

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 must be supported by your video card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 256 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is broken...can't click on the "next day" button. Never got a response from the game's support team...don't buy.
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Early Access Review
I have to admit, this is a fun little game. But it's not worth $10. Granted, it has a lot of interesting concepts at work, and maybe if it wasn't just a pixel based game it might be something, but as it stands, it's not.

Also, all the images above to sell the game are downright lies. All those images are splash screens, and aren't of the actual game. Any "people" in the game are made of six pixels, and have only rudimentary A.I. at best; it's less like a god simulator in the same world as "Black and White" or "Godus" and more along the lines of a worse version of "From Dust."

My suggestion is to avoid this game, unless ten dollars isn't a huge amount of money for you, but there are better games for this amount. Quite frankly, it doesn't meet the "dollar per hour" standard I use, even at $10.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is amazing, even though it's pixels are slightly big, it allows you to create whatever you imagine. Especially electric stuff!
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
Early Access Review
This is a really fun game that keeps you busy for some time
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Early Access Review
At first, I had no idea what am I doing. But after completing the tutorial and 1 campain, everything became more clear and much interesting. And when I started the second campain... I have no idea what am I doing.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is truly fun...in the first hour. After you play this game for a while the fun dies out.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Early Access Review
I would hardly call it a HD remake, More of a Mobile Port
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Early Access Review
I love this game, thats my opinion in short, its got a good campaign, and people can really challenge themselves to do things, my only criticisms are
1. You can buy your way through the campaign, it costs 150 in game currency to pass any mission, most missions give you over 200 or even into the 1000s if completed, and for some reason when you skip the mission you still get the in game currency, so you can basicly buy your way through the campaign and still make a profit, you should either make the skipping more expensive, ie for a mission where you can win 1000, it should cost 1200, or when someone skips they should not get any form of bonus.
2. I have a windows 8.1 computer and I experience a few crashes now and then, about every 20 mins my game crashes and I have to reload, its a bit more of an annoyance then an actual problem, but it may draw people away from the game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
247.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Early Access Review
The sandbox is an amazing game.Sure,its graphics aren't much,but it's fun and addicting!Most sandbox games have you at a set view with how big things are,but this one you can have your world in a miniature box,or taking the entire HD screen!
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Early Access Review
NOT READY.

Not really sure if this is done enough, I mean it says early access and all, but it's definitely not as pretty as they present it to be in the photos, It looks pretty much like the phone version but blown up, Which wouldin't be bad but it's all pixely looking (more so then usual I mean, Up close) when they said 4x bigger worlds I assumed it would be alot more zoomed out...

As for if I recommend? Well the IOS game was fun, especially with a braniac. And if they fix things ups like im thinking they will, Then yes I do...As for now? No. I really don't. Not yet.
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21 of 40 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Early Access Review
Start game.
Enter Sandbox Mode.
Place stone
Place soil
Place water
Place algae
Place fish
Place seeds
Start a weather cycle so things grow
Place rabbits
Place humans
Assign 'Builder', 'Woodchopper', 'Hunter'

Game crashes
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Early Access Review
http://www.kongregate.com/games/onimatrix/the-sandbox
well there ya go, that's basically what it is after you get done doing the quests or whatever.
that's rlly all it is, just nicer to look at and several more things to put in your tiny, tiny world. there rlly needs to be more room or something
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Early Access Review
its a decently fun game
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Early Access Review
It's a bit laggy, but I like "The Sandbox"
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Early Access Review
One of the best Sandbox games I've ever played 10/10 :3
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Early Access Review
7-10
this game is like alcohal first you hate it and think it is horible but the next time you try it
it gets adicting.

i activated a nuke and made a wasteland and then i made a army of flying fire brething ninjas that
fought tanks and then i made a dragon destoy the ifle tower with metiors crashing in to it an that
was all in the wasteland at the same time so the game crashed =)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Early Access Review
it crashes SO MUCH...and it just makes the game SO unplayable..i would definatly not reccomend this to ANYONE until this issue is fixed
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Early Access Review
It won't let me finish the tutorial due to some stupid glitch with the mouse. Worst $10 spent ever.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
Early Access Review
Right now the game looks like a realy fun game......for an hour or so.The game will crash multabletimes and it can be very buggy at times.I think think this game has a realy good idea and if it a little bit cheaper and less buggy i would be a good game but for now i dont think a £7 is worth it maybe £2-£3 i hope to see this game grow and become better. for now i give it a 5/10
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Early Access Review
its fun for the first few days but becomes bland very quick

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