5 Great Sandbox Games
by Andrea “The Grill” of Geeky Gaming
Here are 5 games for you to just relax and play however you please. Enjoy!
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Hey Geeks, it’s Andrea. Although we haven’t done it in a little while, we do a series of weird games. Where we go over 5 weird games once in a while. Which is nice because we always find weird games and can even get viewer involvement for when we add some more. I figured, why not do that with other styles of games? So, here I am. Today we are going over some great sandbox games. As a simple explanation in case you’re not sure what that means, a sandbox game is basically a game with no direction so you can play as you wish. Alright Geeks, let’s go.
Might as well get this one out of the way immediately. I don’t know if I know anyone who has played Minecraft and doesn’t love it. Myself included. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent playing this game. As soon as it was available to purchase, I scooped it up. I think that was classic build? I don’t know. It was creative only and I loved it even then. Although I do it in survival mode, I love to build and I always build entire cities and monuments and every build has its own theme and takes months of my life. But there are also people, like Josh, who play for survival and for the challenge. With mods you can play with different goals and there are unlimited possibilities. Notch has become an icon for creating this game and for good reason. Just to keep in mind, this game is so popular that Microsoft payed him 2.5 billion dollars for the title. This pixelated game has single handedly inspired loads of new games. Of course, I’m sure I don’t have to sell anyone here on it. I oddly enough get email requests quite often to play it with Geeks. I don’t personally play multi player, though. I’m a lone builder, baby.
- Slime Rancher
I’m not sure if we will or not because you see them everywhere, but if we end up doing a best of 2016 video, this will definitely be on it. Slime Rancher came to early access in the beginning of this year, and from the moment I saw it I have been in love with it. In slime rancher, you start out with an empty ranch that you build up and fill with these adorable slime creatures. As you feed creatures they produce plort. So, shiny slime poop. You use this plort to upgrade your ranch and can even feed it to other slimes to produce a largo mix of the two. I love this game in two ways. Of course, the everything is so cute I think I’m going to die way and it has great gameplay to back it up. I really want people to check this out and I just so happen to have a key for it. So, on Christmas Eve while I am celebrating Christmas, I will post the key on twitter for the first person to grab it. I give away games like that on twitter when I’m in a good mood, so follow there to look out for that. I’ll probably end up giving away more keys for Christmas, we will see.
Terraria is a beautiful blend of creative and survival. On the creative side, your imagination is definitely the limit. You can play as a minimalist or build elaborate bases. One of my favorite things about Terraria is the amount of bosses there are to the game. Some of them are pretty easy, especially once you gear up, but some can be challenging. Even once you have the best gear in the game. There are also random events to keep you on your toes. This game is great for children of all ages. Whether you’re 8 or 58, there is a lot to enjoy here and many ways to play the game. There is going to be a new Terraria coming out called Terraria Otherworld, I can’t express how excited I am for it. Once you’re done with this video, you should definitely watch the trailer for it.
- The Sims
If you aren’t a fan, you might feel like the Sims is just a life simulator, but there is actually a lot to it. You can build your dream home, challenge yourself to build a character from nothing to greatness, or give yourself a ton of simoleons and just have at it. Some people enjoy playing an individual character, but you can also play large families. Though as you add more characters it can be a bit more work. There are so many directions you can take this game. If you’re wanting to introduce someone special to you to video games, this could be a good place to start. I’ve known several people that swear up and down they won’t play video games, but I could get them into this. The price point can get a little steep with all of the expansions and stuff packs. It’s EA, so you kind of expect it, but I would say that sims takes it several steps further than other EA games do.
- Don’t Starve
Don’t starve has a slightly steep learning curve, in my opinion. Not in mechanics or how to play, but how to actually survive for long periods of time. Assuming you don’t change all the settings to work in the player’s favor, of course. It’s a big part of what is so great about don’t starve. The focus is more about seeing how many days you can survive and less about how cool your base looks. The art style in the game is definitely appealing as well, though. There is also a decent sized selection of characters to play that can make the game more or less challenging depending on who you choose. Like Minecraft, there are also mods available to change the game up for you. So, when you feel like you’ve done everything you can do, you can push it further. Don’t starve was actually largely inspired by another game on this list, Minecraft. If this is one you’ve been considering checking out, Steam Christmas sales are coming up and you can play with friends.
Alright Geeks, that’s going to do it for this video. Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. I love creative and sandbox games, so I really cannot wait to hear some of your favorite sandbox games in the comments below. Our t-shirt of the week is going to be this Block Life T-Shirt. It will be available through Sunday. Before you leave, don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t and share with your friends. Liking and commenting also makes my day. Alright Geeks, I will see you next time.
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