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-- VERSION 1.351 --
Vroom!!! Check out our brand new vehicles collection: Hit the road with our Sport Car, drive a Truck to transport elements all over the place or turn your creation into a battlefield with Tanks!

Bring even more interactions to your crafted worlds with our new advanced contraptions: Conveyor Belts and Electro Multi!
Three awesome blueprints to decorate your pixel worlds: place a crashed UFO, build the Kremlin or add a Futuristic Bridge… and now the Futuristic Tower is FREE!

That's not all: the Zombie Campaign has been upgraded with new creepy levels... Finish'em all -- if you dare!

"With one of most original game mechanics, fantastic pixel graphics and easy controls The Sandbox guarantees fun for weeks.” iReviewT

"It’s kind of hard to get bored with so many toys to play with.” 4,5/5 148Apps

“The Sandbox straddles the border between game and art project, rewarding players for creativity while giving them near-infinite possibilities.” 4/5 TouchArcade

Imagine crafting your own world (complete with amazing Pixel Art), playing with Humans or Zombies, composing your own music and much more! The universe is yours to create or destroy, and the only limit is your imagination!

Start from scratch with basic building blocks like stone, water and soil. Grow plants, raise mountains, generate life and gain access to advanced tools for crafting more and more complex elements. Before long, you’ll be able to access non-organic elements like metal and light bulbs, allowing you to populate your universe with creations both natural and technological.


● Millions of possibilities. Infinite landscape designs. Countless different chemical reactions. Nothing is beyond your reach!
● Embrace your inner Pixel Artist to create or recreate amazing masterpieces and compose your very own chiptunes melodies with varied music instruments!
● Bring life to your creations and watch them evolve, eat, reproduce and die


● Over a hundred elements to combine for different physic effects!
● 9 exciting campaigns -- a whopping 136 game levels in all!
● Add an intelligent life-form to your worlds: Humans!
● Cruise around in your sport car, transport elements with a truck or destroy the land with your tank!
● Change their behaviour using one of the 4 Job Magic Powders and turn them into a Miner, Builder, Hunter or Woodcutter. Dozens more behaviours will be added over time!
● Try now the newest Magic Powder: Zombie! Turn those little Humans into evil creatures!
● Recreate the Jurassic Period with dinosaurs and volcanoes! Protect your dinosaurs from extinction or recreate the BIG BANG and make them disappear!
● Utilize our new Blueprints and add awesome real-life wonders to your worlds: the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, the Pyramids, the Statue of Liberty -- even a Crashed UFO!
● Wreak havoc with powerful explosions with TNT or C4! Craft your own guns or massive destruction weapons!
● Create amazing chain reactions with several sensor types, including liquid, light and temperature!
● Craft worlds featuring unique Laser and discover their powers once combined with different gems!

● Create your universe and then share it in The Sandbox’s Online Gallery
● Search in the Online gallery to see other players' creations (350.000 worlds already!)
● Rate other players’ worlds and add elements too

An entire universe in the palm of your hand!



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Customer Reviews

Creative Game for Children

My 4-year-old daughter and I play this game every once in a while and we love it. It’s paced so that you can get used to the (many) elements that can be used to build worlds. Each element is unique and adds interesting capabilities to young “gods”. As a parent, I love that it establishes an environment where creativity and construction are key, as opposed to the usual fare of linear worlds and bigger guns. I think The Sandbox is a good open-ended teaching platform.

One thing that bothers us is the somewhat frequent crashing. It doesn’t happen every time, but I’d say a half hour to an hour of gameplay in freestyle mode is a 50/50 chance it will crash. That said, I understand how complex this must be to create a world in which every pixel is “smart” and interacts with its environment, so kudos to the developers for a well-delivered concept. More stability and it would be 5 stars.

Lost data and Demanding Campaign

I finished the initial campaign and some of the other ones, then when I connected to a different network a couple of weeks later, I lost all my data.
Campaign uses "currency" called mana to buy elements. Different elements are required to complete campaign missions, and mana is earned by fulfilling missions. There is basically never a net mana profit. You can spend 1000 mana to buy the elements required to complete a mission, then earn 400 for completing it. This requires the player to play every day and earn small amounts of mana through the daily challenges, which are in no way challenging.

Great, until . . .

Had great fun with this and played with my kids as well.

However, had the problem many are reporting on the web support site: I loaded it and suddenly everything is gone. All my campaigns reset, all my elements gone.

Elements are how the game works, there are dozens, and you start out with about 4. You earn mana to trade for more elements, or you can just buy them. Well, I had earned about 30 elements, and now they are completely gone. I’ll give it a couple more days and then delete it.

The Sandbox
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  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.351
  • Size: 29.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Contraptions CampaignFree
  2. Pixel Art CampaignFree
  3. Small Mana Pack$0.99
  4. All 30 Basic Elements Pack$6.99
  5. Big Mana Pack$4.99
  6. Humans Campaign$1.99
  7. Zombie Attack Campaign$1.99
  8. Medium Mana Pack$2.99
  9. All Campaigns Pack$6.99
  10. Lasers & Pipes Campaign$1.99