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sandbox

zero derivation adjective
Video game term. To have the qualities of not offering direction, but rather encouraging one to explore on one's own volition. To be open-ended or non-linear in nature.
 
"Morrowind is the quintessential sandbox game."
Etymology : Use of the qualities of a sandbox (simple compound of sand and box), especially how sandboxes are free-form, but also to indicated an expanse in which to explore.
Source : Giantbomb podcast
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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