Best Sandbox Games On Nintendo Switch

Best Sandbox Games On Nintendo Switch

When you were a kid, “sandbox” meant “small plastic box, usually full of sand and ants, which lets you pretend you’re at the beach even though you’re in a nursery down the road from your parents’ workplace”. As an adult, “sandbox” either means “a game that lets you choose most of your goals” or “ant-filled nightmare that gets your child all gritty”, depending on whether or not you have kids.

Don’t worry. Today, we’re focusing on sandbox-as-in-video-game, a genre of entertainment in which most of the enjoyment is derived from setting your own targets. Sandboxes range from the no-direction-at-all end of the spectrum, like Garry’s Mod (a PC-only asset toybox), through the some-direction games like Minecraft and Astroneer, all the way to games that hold your hand or guide you a lot more towards goals, like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing.

Fundamentally, though, these games will, at points, all let you roam free, doing whatever you want with the world (or your little slice of it, anyway). Want to plant bananas in someone else’s garden? Go for it. Interested in digging a tunnel down to bedrock? Sure. Do you wish to eschew all social norms and build a gigantic fortress right in the middle of town? Hey, this is your power fantasy.

Here are a selection of our favourite sandbox games (and games with sandboxy bits in them) for all of you looking for an off-the-rails experience!

Two Point Campus (Switch)

Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Two Point Studios

Release Date: 9th Aug 2022 (USA) / 9th Aug 2022 (UK/EU)
Terraria (Switch)

Terraria (Switch)

Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Re-Logic

Release Date: 27th Jun 2019 (USA) / 27th Jun 2019 (UK/EU)
Minecraft (Switch)

Minecraft (Switch)

Publisher: Mojang / Developer: Mojang

Release Date: 21st Jun 2018 (USA) / 21st Jun 2018 (UK/EU)
Astroneer (Switch eShop)

Astroneer (Switch eShop)

Publisher: System Era Softworks / Developer: System Era Softworks

Release Date: 13th Jan 2022 (USA) / Jan 2022 (UK/EU)
Townscaper (Switch eShop)

Townscaper (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Raw Fury / Developer: Oskar Stålberg

Release Date: 26th Aug 2021 (USA) / 26th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)
Little Inferno (Switch eShop)

Little Inferno (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Tomorrow Corporation / Developer: Tomorrow Corporation

Release Date: 16th Mar 2017 (USA) / 23rd Mar 2017 (UK/EU)
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch)

Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch)

Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix

Release Date: 12th Jul 2019 (USA) / 12th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)
Don't Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)

Don't Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Klei Entertainment / Developer: Klei Entertainment

Release Date: 12th Apr 2018 (USA) / 12th Apr 2018 (UK/EU)
Crashlands (Switch eShop)

Crashlands (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Butterscotch Shenanigans / Developer: Butterscotch Shenanigans

Release Date: 8th Nov 2018 (USA) / 8th Nov 2018 (UK/EU)
Subnautica (Switch eShop)

Subnautica (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Unknown Worlds Entertainment / Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Release Date: 14th May 2021 (USA) / 14th May 2021 (UK/EU)
Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)

Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)

Publisher: ConcernedApe / Developer: ConcernedApe

Release Date: 5th Oct 2017 (USA) / 5th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)


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