Find out how to play The Sandbox Season 3

How to play The Sandbox Season 3


Dive into essentially the most profitable open metaverse

The Sandbox is a digital world powered by the Polygon blockchain the place you’ll be able to create, experiment, and play with 3D voxel property. The sport permits for full asset possession and monetization by means of its built-in market. We have been fortunate to play the Alpha model of the sport, and listed here are our impressions and insights into this famend but ever-expanding digital universe.

This text was authored by Nicola Fraccaroli and Unbound.

Key Takeaways

  • The Sandbox is an immersive digital world, but additionally a creation platform, the place customers can play, create, personal and monetize their recreation property and experiences.
  • The sport is presently in Alpha section, however already counts 4 million distinctive gamers and partnerships with 400 main manufacturers similar to Adidas, The Strolling Lifeless, Atari, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and Rabbids.
  • The sport embraces blockchain know-how to reward gamers, creators, and artists for his or her efforts and time spent on the platform, and to develop the sport expertise to incorporate exterior video games and types. It additionally represents a use case concerning digital actual property possession and buying and selling.

What’s the Sandbox?

The Sandbox is finest identified for its two smash cell hits The Sandbox (2011) and The Sandbox Evolution (2016), which mixed generated 40 million downloads throughout iOS and Android.

Within the easiest sense, The Sandbox is a metaverse, a digital gamified world the place gamers can transfer their avatars throughout the map, full missions, meet different gamers (or celebrities), and luxuriate in sharp pixelated graphics.

NFTs allow possession in The Sandbox

The bottom you play on, the objects you work together with, the objects you buy on the sport market, and the quests you carry out in every space, are all being created, owned, and even offered by different gamers. A digital financial system is enabled by implementing NFTs. 

The Sandbox is in truth designed to be a community-driven metaverse, or as Sebastien Borget, COO, would say “an open metaverse platform”.

The extra high quality recreation property you create (tools, experiences, missions) and quests you full, the extra you will get rewarded by the opposite gamers or by builders.

Person-generated content material and possession gasoline The Sandbox

The present player-driven mannequin grew out as an evolution of The Sandbox’s older cell expertise, as a consequence of limitations offered by app shops, which didn’t enable energetic gamers and creators to be rewarded for his or her efforts in creating their very own metaverse experiences. 

Combining user-generated content material with possession and actual monetization was the turning level for this recreation title, a leap of religion and imaginative and prescient that had made The Sandbox a singular journey with 4 million customers and 400 main companions so far.

What does The Sandbox appear to be?

The sport map extends now for 15,000 digital sq. kilometers, making it the most important metaverse actual property in existence.

It’s made from small or huge, or big squares (166,464 parcels of LAND in whole), every playable, purchasable, or rented out by gamers. Every of those squares known as LAND.

The map and the LAND

The sport map extends now for 15,000 digital sq. kilometers, making it the most important metaverse actual property in existence. It’s made from small or huge or big squares (166,464 parcels of LAND in whole), every playable, purchasable, or rented out by gamers. Every of those squares known as LAND.

You’ll acknowledge very acquainted logos, to which the respective LAND belongs. Every model there was constructing its personal expertise, missions, perks, and exhibits. As much as the participant which one to start out with based mostly on affinity or enter one of many many portals and be a part of an “impartial” expertise.

What experiences can you discover in The Sandbox?

The environments you’ll play into in every recreation space (expertise) are vastly completely different. We discovered ourselves leaping on floating piano keys, working by means of BAYC museum, chilling on the saloon within the Far West, and ready till 1 pm for the each day journey in shiny music golf equipment.

With numerous LANDs come additionally very numerous experiences. Throughout our gameplay, each 45 minutes or so we might play by means of very completely different puzzles and quests (discover, kill, resolve, go to). The dynamicity makes enjoying participating, though not everybody would possibly get used, at first, to the sharp but pixelated (voxels) graphics.

Additionally, given quite a lot of experiences and quests are doubtless not executed by skilled recreation builders, anticipate a few of them to be more durable than anticipated, or not fully well-thought.

How do you climb up the sport leaderboard?

The extra and the sooner you’ll full quests inside every space, the upper your place on the sport leaderboard, which rewards essentially the most performant gamers with $SAND (the in-game foreign money), used to buy recreation property, customise your avatar or play particular experiences.

You will need to be aware that quests in every space should be completed multi function enjoying session. In any other case, you’ll must restart all of them, when you can replay them to rank up on the leaderboard (upon account verification).

Furthermore, all of the quests we tried on The Sandbox are Free-to-play, however particular person creators are allowed to position a “paywall” to have the ability to play on their LAND. 

How can players create ASSETs in The Sandbox?

Positively, the most important worth added for you, as a gamer, is the creator half. Every participant can create recreation ASSETs on their very own: avatars, objects, and cosmetics which may probably be bought and used in-game by different gamers. 

The voxels-based graphics and instruments enable for a no-code constructing expertise, enabling even newbie creators to contribute and monetize their efforts. The Sandbox, on this sense, not solely embraced the creator financial system but additionally decentralized the income coming from it.

It rewards the creators and types that make investments effort and time within the recreation. And we do imagine it has been profitable at it, particularly when in comparison with different main metaverses.

There are three fundamental instruments to create, promote and monetize recreation ASSETs and experiences:


This a 3D modeling and animation program designed for creating voxel-based property for The Sandbox. It’s completely free to make use of. Gamers can mannequin, animate, edit, and export something to construct their very own recreation expertise or promote on {the marketplace}.

Those that apply and get accepted for The Sandbox’s Creator Fund are tasked and rewarded for producing very high-quality voxel art-based ASSETs, that are then printed on the sport Market.

To date, 100+ artists have been supported by means of the fund.

The Recreation Maker

It is a easy and easy-to-use device that permits you to design, take a look at, and share experiences, similar to video games, inside The Sandbox’s metaverse. It gives a drag-and-drop interface, providing you with the ability to position completely different parts and objects into an setting, outline how parts work together, and share them with the neighborhood.

By the Recreation Maker Fund, rewards and incentives are given to those that have confirmed recreation design or digital world design abilities to assist them produce and publish glorious video games and experiences for gamers of The Sandbox to play.

To date, 18 video games have been backed by means of the fund.

The Market

That is the primary preliminary step to monetizing voxel ASSETs created in VoxEdit, and shopping for LAND, for instance. It permits the buying and selling of player-owned or created ASSETs, that are interoperable between completely different video games and completely different platforms (for instance, you should buy avatars by Snoop Canine, BAYC, Moonbirds, and plenty of others). 

You solely want to wander round The Sandbox finishing quests as an off-the-cuff participant? You are able to do so. As an alternative, do you want to use your inventive abilities and create no matter you’d wish to, from quite simple objects or complete buildings to animated dragons or full-on video games? The instruments allow you to take action, with no code expertise. Lastly, do you want to earn $SAND and real-world cash out of your creations, or buy avatars by Steve Aoki and different famend celebrities or manufacturers? {The marketplace} permits you to just do that.

Given the significance given to creators, one of many key priorities for The Sandbox Growth staff within the upcoming months might be to maintain updating and refining creator instruments accordingly.

We heard live shows can be added to the Recreation Maker constructing capabilities by the tip of the 12 months..simply saying!

How The Sandbox embraces Web3

Oh boy, right here comes the scammy half…NOT

The Sandbox could be performed as a full-fledged metaverse, without spending a dime. Its gameplay is pleasant and dynamic, we did discover ourselves curious every time we might enter a brand new expertise, particularly if from a model or celeb we all the time heard of.

Moreover, considering that each one we see and work together with was created ad-hoc by studios or different gamers (and that we may do the identical simply) makes it a singular world to be explored no less than as soon as.

However given The Sandbox is, by design, a community-driven challenge, it means gamers are not any extra passive actors, however as a substitute are those bringing about and increasing the boundaries of the sport.

Apart from the instruments outlined above, within the Alpha section, these Web3 parts have up to now allowed to reward gamers and spurring engagement and progress:


That is The Sandbox’s ecosystem foreign money and it additionally grants you voting rights (staking) in the way in which the sport develops and evolves, together with different gamers and builders.

$SAND can also be required for the shopping for and promoting of tradable in-game objects, similar to LAND and ASSETs, from The Sandbox’s market.

You’ll be able to both acquire it by finishing quests, by means of neighborhood initiatives and contests, by turning into a recreation ambassador, or by buying it on exterior exchanges. The entire circulating provide of $SAND is 3,000,000,000 items.


Every land plot seen on the map, is among the many first-of-its-kind use instances of digital actual property, thought of to be already a billion-dollar market given the chance main manufacturers and celebrities noticed by buying or renting it out, an revolutionary solution to attain and entertain youthful generations of players.

For instance, celebrities like Snoop Canine bought LAND (Snoopverse) on The Sandbox in early 2022 to host a few of his exhibits there, rising the worth of neighboring LANDs as much as $450,000 every, because of the elevated players visitors in that space.

Proudly owning LAND additionally provides every gamer or creator many alternatives, together with governance/voting rights, which you’ll be able to train when small or key issues regarding The Sandbox come up from the neighborhood. Permitting LAND house owners to additional monetize their property is among the many high key priorities on the sport’s roadmap.


These will outline ASSETs’ attributes. The extra attributes your ASSETs have, the extra helpful you´ll discover them throughout the Sandbox, thus incrementing their worth. They’re given as rewards for staking $SAND on LAND, though distribution is foreseen for the second only for land house owners.


These outline each the variety of GEM sockets that your ASSETs have in addition to their shortage. They are going to be distributed at first solely to LAND house owners. 

Alpha Season 3 is a good step additionally in the direction of interoperability, the place 130,000 licensed avatars from current collections similar to BAYC have come to life inside The Sandbox. Think about a Bored Ape interacting with Snoop Dogg or Steve Aoki, merging their lands and co-creating initiatives for his or her communities. Interoperability at its finest!

Find out how to play The Sandbox?

Presently, the sport is within the Open Alpha section. Alpha season three simply began, and all its experiences are accessible to anybody. Nonetheless, with a view to earn $SAND, you’ll want an Alpha cross, which could be received by means of raffles and contests on The Sandbox Official channels.

The sport is offered for now only for Home windows and MAC OSs, however cell is already on the staff’s roadmap, with completely different approaches and options.


As players, we discovered The Sandbox Alpha to be not solely an interesting, different, and ever-evolving metaverse expertise however particularly a platform the place we will play an energetic function, or higher the one function that counts: considered one of content material shoppers and creators. We discovered a powerful variety of famend manufacturers and players that believed within the challenge and preserve supporting it.

Utilizing blockchain know-how to boost the sport expertise is a continuing debate throughout the gaming trade. On the finish of the day, embracing web3 philosophy and implementing its capabilities will depend on builders’ imaginative and prescient and the response from respective recreation communities.

Metaverse platforms like Minecraft or Fortnite or Roblox adopted interoperability, as a solution to enrich the sport expertise based mostly on gamers’ liking, but it surely remained confined with out “actual” spillovers that might concretely reward gamers.

Alternatively, different parts, similar to player-driven financial system have up to now not been accepted, as an strategy, by these main metaverses. For instance, tradeable recreation property (NFTs) have been seen as a way of exclusion and hypothesis.

As an alternative, The Sandbox noticed blockchain know-how as an enabler for user-generated content material, permitting the sport to develop infinitely based mostly on creativity and rewards. It was daring sufficient to embrace it absolutely as a key differentiator and core mannequin, reaching top2 metaverses by property buying and selling quantity.

The corresponding flywheel of manufacturers and creators that this choice up to now generated validates a significant assumption preliminarily: players are players first, however they do want to personal property and get rewarded for his or her in-game efforts if builders allow them to. 

After all, the digital financial system as an entire just isn’t exempt from hypothesis. As we’ve seen additionally in different rising recreation titles similar to Massive Time, so long as tradable property are engrained and conducive to a extra pleasant recreation expertise, hypothesis is minimized, as players resolve its market value, based mostly on intrinsic asset worth (objects, weapons, cosmetics).

Parts in The Sandbox similar to tokens, LAND or artwork showcased in every expertise is perhaps extra topic to hypothesis, true, like in the actual world, however that’s solely the tip of the iceberg of an financial system the place everybody is usually a creator, select to personal or monetize their inventive efforts and be a part of builders in defining their favourite recreation’s roadmap. Not less than now gamers could make actual decisions.

The event staff was additionally daring in adopting from the start particular terminology, similar to NFT, crypto pockets, trade, and play-to-earn, which have had a combined reception among the many broader gaming neighborhood, particularly in 2022. But, because of main companions and a rising consumer base, it was capable of construct a self-standing expertise with gamers and types that understood the chance given by web3, as a substitute of rising towards it. 

The extra the gaming house and The Sandbox evolve, the extra blurred the traces should change into between a pure gaming expertise and the way in which capabilities enabled by blockchain are communicated.

No extra want for particular technology-related recreation guides or terminology, calling NFTs for being NFTs quite than recreation property that may be owned and offered for real-world cash. 

We look ahead to seeing the place the neighborhood will lead The Sandbox to!