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Sandbox (Gaming)

A sandbox, in computing terms, is a secure space where programs can be tested and code can be contained. In gaming, however, a sandbox refers to a game designed to be open and non-linear in nature so that the player may roam freely and interact with the environment more liberally than in a linear game where the action progresses from one level to the next.

Sandbox games can range from very enormous but finite open play games like the fantasy game Skyrim to build-as-you-go games like Minecraft.

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