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 16 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 1,500,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world...
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Release Date: Jun 29, 2015

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October 18

The Sandbox Evolution (The Sandbox 2) is coming soon on Steam!

We're very excited to announce that the sequel to The Sandbox, The Sandbox Evolution, will be coming soon on Steam next month!

To discover the game, we invite you to follow our Coming Soon page on Steam to be the first informed when the game will launch!

Thanks a lot!
The Sandbox Team

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“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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About This Game

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 16 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 1,500,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world crafting simulation to the next level!


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 (
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

    • 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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 256 MB available space
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519 of 691 people (75%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23, 2014
Reminds me of some free games out there.

The game just ain't enough. You have fun for ten minutes, then you get bored with it.

So, just to add up a bit more.

Here you go.
The exact same game.
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95 of 126 people (75%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22, 2014
At the moment this game is just a waste of time. Trust me. I didn't rely on the people in this review section, and here I am, tossing money out of the window at a mobile port that has no merit on PC whatsoever. I know you all don't have time to read text that I write, so I devide my review in Bulletpoints for easier confus- ehem, understanding.

+ Pixels
+ HD Mode
+ All "Elements" unlocked from the start

- Bad PC port that doesn't support wide screen (Ugly, nauseating borders)
- Not even Sound Volume Sliders
- Bad AI pathfinding
- Nimble Editor, Mouse/Keyboard Pottential not used.
- Grossly oversized UI (In my opinion, if you like buttons covering up 1/6 of your screen at any time...)
- Look at the DLC box. The guys at Pixowl are already doing the TERRIBLE DLC thing.
- "Mana" (In-game currency) not removed, Microtransactions beware.

At the moment, this Early Access suffers from a bad case of Mobile Port Trauma. Plague Inc. Has shown us how to do a good PC port: You take the working iOS/Android Concept, rebuild the Game in a new, adaptable engine, Consistently add new features while listening to the community for support, feedback and translations.

This Game is placed in one line with Tiny Troopers and the lot. No Merit to be on steam, Buyer's remorse galore.

Now, If you excuse me, I have to eat chocolate. A lot of it.
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257 of 405 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 22, 2014
This game looked so, soooooo good. But what I got was a waste of money that I could have used to buy Don't Starve, but instead I got:

1. A game with a confusing tutorial (the developer has asked me to detail this, SPOILER ALERT: In one of the early tutorials in which I was tasked to mine out a mountain to get metal which i would use to fill a square. There was no mountain, just a square)

2. Lacking graphics even for early access

3. Bad sound design

4. No way to quit out other than Xing out, and when you do it doesn't save your game. (fixed, may have been a bug)

It has potential, but for now avoid it. I want a refund, because this game is a waste of time.

EDIT: Shut up you guys, I know it's supposed to be 8-bit, it still looks like crap. Early Access is no excuse for a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game, there still has to be SOME level of quality.

EDIT NUMBER 2: Ok, I'm sorry if my review sounded ragey but I was just seriously disappointed. For those of you who didn't guess, I rate Early Access games as if they are full games in order to help the devs make the game better in the full version. I get having a pixel art stylization but it still doesn't look good. Maybe bump it up to at least 16 bit, or be consistent and make them as detailed as the tutorial guy in the game.

Furthermore, I'm tired of people yelling at me and me not being able to respond. If you're going to make a comment, have the comments open in your profile. Otherwise, if a comment frustrates me, I'm just going to delete it.

ANOTHER EDIT: I have played the game for longer and found that it is actually pretty ok. The save glitch is fixed, it might have just been a bug that happened once. But the graphics seriously get in the way on the later campaigns in which you can't see what thing you're supposed to light/power/blow up/ etc. It's ok, but I'd still wait for it to be finished.
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48 of 66 people (73%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 12, 2015
To put it simply, it doesn't work.

- When launching the game for the first time, it will ask you to enter your name. You can't click on anything, or it will crash the game.

- In "create" mode, none of the tools work, except the eraser, and screenshot tool. Everything else crashes the game. (That's already 1/4 of the game that doesn't work)

- In the mission mode, the tools still don't work. (Thats 3/4 of the game that doesn't work).

- Finially, the gallery feature crashes when downloading/viewing other's creations. That's right.

The game does not work.

Conclusion: This game is simply a mediocre mobile game, ported over terribly (that's an understatement), to the point where the game does not even work, period. They didn't even put any effort into changing any of the features in-game to match the fact that it is not on a mobile device. Do not waste your time, nor money, on this scam.

Here's some other gripes:

- About 20 minutes of gameplay, until you get bored.

- Deceptive trailers

- Strange resolution errors- especially when starting up the game, and the menu.
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126 of 201 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24, 2014
I decided to completely edit this review because of it's hostility, just so you know alot of the not helpfuls and the discussions are / is probably because I was a real cynical prick with my previous review.

I have only played this game for a short time so I dont know if I just missed alot or just need more time to get used to it, but here you go (dont depend too much on this, take this more of as an "addon" for the other reviews)
I firstly want to say that, the physics are pretty awesomely made, besides the thing that the water keeps having spasms on the top layer and cant be kept still without freezing it completely, which is really annoying when you want to make oceans or lakes or ponds just for the looks.
Also, the graphics / the art are amazingly done, however there again, the resolution has not been edited in a single way so youre basically just gonna play a resized / larger pixel version of the Ipad game.
What seriously disappointed me, were the humans.
They basically either sit or move around slowly, without any walking animation which would be okay, if it wasnt for this really annoying and stupid max cap of 6 humans.
Also, you dont directly get everything in the game.
Alot of elements, and almost every tree and ai etc, has to be bought with "mana", which you only get from finishing quests, and from what i know this game doesnt feature a way to bypass those yet, so if you ONLY want a sandbox experience without having to do alot of quests, then this isnt your best choice either.
The game actually has ALOT of potential to become better, however as of now, it simply isnt worth the 9,99 for early access.
Theres alot of linear games that I personally find better than this, and for me non-linear is usually much better.
Alot of the potential comes from the devs which seem to be pretty cool, and want to hear from bugs and cool things to do from / with this game all the time, they are really interactive with the community so I dont think this game is a "Refund-now" case.
The music isnt the best, but it isnt bad either.
So heres my summarized score:
Gameplay: 2/10
Graphics: 8/10 (9/10 if it wasnt for the mentioned scaling / no resolution situation)
Music: 4/10
Potential: 8/10
Devs: 8/10
Overall: 5/10

Also, these are some things the devs should fix to make this game be better and recieve a good score:

First off, scratch the human maximal capacity. This is what mostly ruined the game for me. I can only spawn 6 humans, I mean theyre just like 6 pixels that stand around or randomly walk into two directions, I think we should be able to spawn as many as we want to.
Second, add some better deaths. I throw lava on a human i expect to see him run around burning and turning into a charred corpse or atleast just run around and then fall down, but he just simply disappears. It made me think if that was intended or if it was just a glitch in the game.
Also, you talk about a zombie survival mode. So when we shoot zombies will they also just simply disappear in a mere nano second?
Third, give us an option to, for example have normal water that doesnt have spasms on the top layer, shooting blue pixels up the sky every second. Just some still water so I can create a lake or pond and have it be there instead of disappearing in mere minutes.
Fourth, an option to unlock everything with just one click. This game is supposed to be a sandbox after all, so I would like to have more freedom of what I want to do, instead of being forced to do certain stuffs and quests so I can buy me a pine tree to grow.
Fifth, More Modding Support, like creating custom creatures or elements.
Sixth, more human varations. Right now theres only one man and one woman and the workers.
Thats all I can think of. These are the truly gamebreaking things in this game for me.
You fix / adress these issues and I'll probably give this a good review, considering the graphics and future updates stuff look / sound really good.
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44 of 62 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 14, 2014
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 24
Devs have abandoned the PC version and Achievements aren't unlocking properly.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16, 2015
I have the mobile version, and even though the mobile one crashes from time to time it still runs much better than the pc one. This one lags horribly, especially when using such things as the earthquake. It makes static noises. And it just works like garbage in general. On top of that the screenshot that shows mobile size vs pc size is a load of bull. It's not landscape at all. In fact, there's a rock looking skin on either side of your screen and no option showing that you can change it to a larger size. Finally, the game is EXTREMELY behind in updates compared to the mobile device. I can honestly recommend this game for pc. And there's literally so many bugs that it SOMEHOW managed to show a quest that was further ahead on one and it wouldn't let me pass when I did the correct items. And it takes forever for the game to accept that you correctly completed something.
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40 of 63 people (63%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
I have no idea why so many people are upset with this game.

Some say it doesn't work, some say it's laggy, some say it's just a port directly from mobile.

Well sure if your computer can't handle NES graphics and its processor is a toaster then you probably can't play it, and yeah it's a port from mobile, except in create mode you get a lot more room, there's no buyable products (unlike mobile)
you get everything for free once you buy the game.

The Sandbox gives you everything you love about other sandbox games and smashes them all together, you are a god, literally.

I suggest this game to my fellow Tomogachi users from way back when, because you can do the exact same thing in this game with humans, but on a much larger scale!

Want to nuke it all start over? Why use the "New" button, just use a nuke!

Want to simulate a meteor crashing into earth? Go for it, there's meteors.

Do you like having control over everything single thing right down to the atom? Well of course you do, you're human.

Get this game, JUST DO IT!
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36 of 56 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Pros: - Just like on mobile phone!
- The performance is good. The other reviewers has probably a very bad computers.
- you get all the levels that are paid extra on mobile phones.

Cons: - Just like on mobile phone! .. Seriously the resolution of this game makes my eyes hurt. The fullscreen on 27" fullHD monitor is just bad. I played it for couple of minutes and my eyes still hurts from it. (there's actually the windowed mode if you press F1, still more eye friendly, not so pixelated font would be great)
- same small workspace. Wish I could have a bigger workspace on PC.

I would like The Sandbox if there was some work visible in the porting this game to PC. Like some extra features that would not work for mobile phones but would be handy for PCs (bigger resolution and workspace)

For someone the fact that it's exactly the same as on mobile phones can be a positive aspect. For me it's not and that's why I am not recommending this game.
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30.8 hrs
Posted: October 18
Runs on Surface pro 4 with Core i 5 great!
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Skinny Z
13.5 hrs
Posted: October 12
Just like the mobile version it crashes, I wish this game was ACTUALLY free and there is no challenge of getting all the mana and unlocking stuff huge waste of $5
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very random
1.7 hrs
Posted: October 12
well it says what it is so why not get and be god or satin depends are you satinist or are you a christan?
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1.7 hrs
Posted: September 30

Frankly, the mobile version is a lot more worked on and has many more features than this version. Not to mention, for some reason, I started the game with 100000 mana. Like, seriously, I never earned that much myself, and when I first launched it, BOOM! UNWANTED FREE MONEY! Though some people might argue that that is a good thing, I want to complete the game for myself and earn myself all that cash as opposed to getting it poofed right to me. ALSO, even though SB: EVO is out, please, PLEASE keep working on this, you've got a lot of content to live up to compared to the mobile version.
Giving you NOT RECOMMENDED unless you update it for once.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
A waste of my money. Don't buy it, Buy the IOS Or Android Version instead!
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The Pinetree
7.5 hrs
Posted: September 16
- Kinda boring and bland
- Only fun is in exploding everything
- Works as a mobile game (sort of) but on the PC almost every other game is more fun
- You get boringly easy levels and then suddenly impossible ones
- Skipping a level costs a bit of money but you get more for "completing" it so you get a ton of money and no challenge
- Game expects you to log in multiple days in a row but there's nothing to do
- Only fun is in exploding everything but that makes it crash
- Glitches
- Still don't get many game mechanics
- Not getting some achievements for some reason
- Music is loud and boring
+ Good pixel art
- Really, mate?
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36.9 hrs
Posted: September 15
If you enjoy creating and destroying things as well as making new creations/ideas then this game is for you. If you don't enjoy that but still like seeing how elements mix and animals and humans work together then this game is also for you
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8.3 hrs
Posted: September 12
great i can do lots like start a zombie apocolyps after i make my own little town you play god.
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The Melon King!
7.5 hrs
Posted: September 12
I liked this game its really fun with nukes and more!
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9.0 hrs
Posted: September 6
i...i just wanted.. i just wanted to spam the gallery with "you can't stop the parappa"
but.. but it won't open.
i guess you can stop the parappa.

my life does not have a purpose anymore.
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