Terraria Revisited

Terraria

Developer: Re-Logic
Publisher: See Above
Released on May 16, 2011

Terraria is a 2-D sandbox game that lets the player choose their own adventure, being given the freedom to craft whatever their heart desires. It combines elements of classic sprite games with open-world exploration to motivate players to survive by building houses, crafting stronger tools, digging through caverns, recruiting NPCs, and of course, defending them from monsters of the night.

Genre: Action-Adventure Sandbox RPG

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FTL: Faster Than Light Review

FTL: Faster Than Light 

Developer: Subset Games
Publisher: See Above
Released on Sep 14, 2012

FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategy-based simulator where you’re a spaceship captain, trying to save the galaxy from the invading rebel fleets. Traveling from one point to another, you will encounter many perils that lie ahead. You are responsible for keeping your crew alive by directing power towards the ship’s main functions. 

Genre: A Simulation-Strategy Game

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A Review of RimWorld

RimWorld on Steam

Developer: Ludeon Studios
Publisher: Same as above
Released on Jul 15, 2016

If you were stranded in a dangerous world with nothing besides a few of your friends and some basic supplies, how long do you think you’d survive? Fortunately, there are games that let you find out the answer without risking your life. Rimworld gives you the chance to take on aspects of human colonization to a whole new level, by simulating the challenges of building an empire.

Genre: Indie-Strategy Simulator

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Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City Review

VV3: The Secret City

Developer: Last Day of Work
Publisher: Same Company
Released on May 28, 2008

Virtual Villagers 3-The Secret City is now available on Steam! An old-fashioned simulation game where you are God and it’s your job to raise a tribe of villagers by helping them survive on a seemingly deserted island. Embark on a new journey to the island’s northern shore, with a small group in search of new areas to populate.

Genre: Casual Simulation

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Open World vs. Sandbox Games

What is an Open Sandbox game?

by Paul Gestl

In recent years, there have been many different genres of games that sprung up on the Steam Store. A lot of games manage to combine genres with ease, but certain genres just don’t mix. These ones end up becoming toxic for the games that incorporate them.

Two very similar genres that don’t go together but seem nearly identical are the Open-World and Sandbox games. During my research on the Fallout 4 Review, I noticed that the settlement crafting system appeared to be making part of the game into an actual sandbox.

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