Java Sandbox Games

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Java Sandbox Games
Sandbox games provide a fun way to manipulate virtual objects. (series object on white: isolated -dominoes image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Java-based sandbox games provide free-form environments where the user is provided with unrestricted control over the game world. Sandbox games take many forms but the simplest examples of the genre are physics sandbox games. These games allow the user to control the rules of physics that govern the interaction of objects in the game world. However, a sandbox game can be any game that has no set goals or restrictions on game play.


Phun is a 2D sandbox game developed for Java that allows users to manipulate physical objects and the rules that govern their interactions. This game utilises simplistic graphics but has an advanced physics engine that allows users to create complex interactions using almost anything imaginable.


Botango is a 3D multiplayer sandbox game developed with Java. In Botango, players place coloured blocks on a circular playing field against a timer to build large chains of interactions. The playing field consists of a disc balanced on top of a fulcrum, which further influences game play.

Physics and Chemistry

Powder game is a sandbox game for Java that gives players the ability to build structures and design their interactions in a free-form environment. However, this game also gives players the ability to choose what they are made of, adding an additional level of interaction for players to manipulate.

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