READY FOR CRAFTING VIRTUAL WORLDS ON YOUR PC? The acclaimed world-building game featuring a unique mission-based approach is coming onto PC via Steam Early Access. With over 12 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 1,000,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world...
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Release Date: Apr 22, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With Early Access, you can be one of the first people to play The Sandbox PC version!
Also, you can enjoy creating 4x bigger worlds on PC, making beautiful worlds which can be displayed in the HD Online Gallery -- a place where you can show off your building talent and earn a chance to be among the Most-Played Worlds before anyone else!The Early Access version is a “near-Gold version”, but Pixowl wishes to involve players in the final stages of game production so that they can help us polish the game until it shines.By gathering feedback that enables us to correct bugs, optimize the title for PC and test various PC OS and hardware, we’ll be able to offer an exceptional game experience and forge a strong relationship between the community and the game.By purchasing the game in Early Access, you’re showing your support for Pixowl to make The Sandbox the best it can be -- and just the way you’d like it to be!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

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How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Early Access offers a discount over the Release version pricing. With Early Access, you’ll get the Deluxe version of The Sandbox (regular price: $14.99 USD) which includes the Standard version (regular price: $12.99 USD) + the Humans DLC Pack (regular price: $3.99 USD) for FREE! Don’t miss this opportunity to start playing The Sandbox on your PC now!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Since Pixowl is a team of perfectionists, we'll release the game in Gold by end of 2014. This gives us enough time to collect everyone’s feedback and fix the requisite bugs in order to deliver an awesome PC experience for everyone!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Of course not! Any player who purchases the game in Early Access will get a free upgrade to the Release version and won't have to pay again when the final version is released. You should consider Early Access as not only providing premium, less-expensive access to the game, but also as an opportunity to have a say in how the final version looks.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are carefully listening to all feedbacks to improve the game and make it better for PC players!”
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January 27

Update Version 1.9.10 (January 27th, 2015)

Hello Sandboxers!

Here comes the update 1.9.10 which adds 3 new campaigns -- 33 levels in total -- to complete!



What's New in version 1.9.10?

+ 3 new campaigns to play at:
- Farm Life: 15 levels to build the best Farm ever!
- Sandmix 1: 9 levels of mixed genres: gaming, pixel art, music, action, puzzle... Can you solve them all?
- Sandmix 2: 9 additional levels of mixed genres, showing the most recent Humans abilities.

+ Many Bugs Fixes

Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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January 9

Update Version 1.9.07 (January 09th, 2015)

Hello Sandboxers!
Happy New Year 2015 to you all!

Here comes the update 1.9.07 which adds 22 new elements to play with in the CREATE mode!



What's New in version 1.9.07?

22 new elements to play with in the CREATE mode:
- 2 Human Job Powders: Farmer and Fisherman
- 5 Buildings: Bakery, Restaurant, Space Colony, Jewelry and Tree House!
- Farm life: Corn, Pumpkins, Wheat, Tractor, Chicken, Fox, Crow, Scarecrow and E-drain
- New Blueprints: Haystack, Silo, Barn, Windmill, Bullseye and Chicken Pen

Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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Reviews

“The Sandbox is a fantastically inventive mobile game that encourages players to create entire worlds and works of art!”
N/A – Cult of Mac

“The Sandbox is an infinite amount of fun... You can make some pretty spectacular things out of this game, and I believe people will. The Sandbox will certainly entertain you on the gameplay side of things. It has a lot to offer.”
7.6/10 – Digital Chumps

“The Sandbox is a charming little pixellated 2D world-creation game -- and, by world, I mean the space inside of a literal sandbox.”
4/5 – Touch Arcade

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About This Game

READY FOR CRAFTING VIRTUAL WORLDS ON YOUR PC?
The acclaimed world-building game featuring a unique mission-based approach is coming onto PC via Steam Early Access.
ONLY ON PC: Make 4X BIGGER worlds - You have 4x times more space to craft whatever you like in the CREATE mode! Plus all elements are immediately accessible, there are no limitations to your imagination!
With over 14 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 1,000,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world crafting simulation to the next level!

CRAFT, PLAY AND SHARE!

The Sandbox is a unique world building & crafting game featuring over 200+ physics elements presented in 2D pixel blocks that can interact with each others. Players can craft amazing worlds, create pixel art, chain reactions, chiptune music, advanced contraptions, electric circuits or just play with physics.

Play with basic elements ranging from simple water, stone, sand, wood, glass, lava, fire, to more complex: electricity, metal, virus, antivirus,heater, cooler, lasers, pipes, gems, sensors, leds TNT, C4, crosswire, conveyor belt, music instruments etc.

That's not all, The Sandbox features also a wide range of casual elements, just for fun! Fish, bees, lion, flamingo, humans, zombies, robots, aliens, dinosaurs, monuments, tanks, cars, trucks!

Steam Exclusive Features

The Steam PC version of The Sandbox is a Premium adaptation of Pixowl’s famous HIT! No microtransactions, All Elements are unlocked and immediately accessible, as well as 15 original campaigns to explore: Initial Story, Dinosaurs, Pixel Art, Music, User-Created 1 & 2, Lasers and pipes, Contraptions, Humans, Zombies, Robots, Alien Invasion, Retro Gaming, Ninja and last but not least, the Ecology / Natural Disasters!

A few thrilling features, exclusively on the PC version:
  • Make 4X BIGGER worlds - You have 4x times more space to craft whatever you like in the CREATE mode!
  • All elements are immediately accessible, there are no limitations to your imagination!
  • Ultra-precise controls with mouse, trackpad or touch support (for touch-screen only)
  • Several keyboard shortcuts to create worlds faster!
  • Windowed display or fullscreen mode
  • Cloud saving of your progression online and syncing across multiple PCs via with Steam Cloud
  • Cross-platform compatibility of your worlds: create on PC, view on Mobile or vice-versa

Game Features

  • Over 200 elements you can combine for different physical effects
  • A classic/retro 8-bit interface
  • Easy to understand tutorials get you started building worlds
  • 15 Individual Campaigns: Initial Story, Dinosaurs, Pixel Art, Music, User-Created 1 & 2, Lasers and pipes, Contraptions, Humans, Zombies, Robots, Alien Invasion, Retro Gaming, Ninja and last but not least, the Ecology / Natural Disasters!
  • 250 puzzle Levels in total -- dozens of hours of mind challenging content for your brain!
  • Compose your own chiptune melodies you can play in-game. You may choose the following instruments: Note, Guitar, Bass, Trumpet and Drums
  • Add advanced elements to your worlds:
    • Vehicles -- Cars, tanks and trucks are all available for your use within your world!
    • Contraptions -- LEDs, conveyor belts, lasers, pipes and multiple sensors are all available to bring your world into the age of technology!
    • Bring life to your worlds: Add humans and use Magic Job Powders to turn them into miners, builders, hunters, woodcutters or… ZOMBIES!
    • Zombies -- Turn your mild-mannered human into a brain eating beast that wreaks havoc on your world!
    • Robots -- Have robots taken over your world? You better obey your metal masters, puny human animals!
    • Ninja & Avatar -- Play with the controllable elements: Ninja, Avatar, Snake… and create your video game levels!
    • Add dinosaurs and protect them from extinction (or, recreate the BIG BANG and wipe them from the face of the Earth - the choice is yours!)
    • Add animals, fish and fireflies to your worlds and watch as their behavior creates “natural drama” that rivals any reality TV show!
    • Use our decorations and add awesome real-life wonders to your landscapes: The Eiffel Tower, a crashed UFO, the pyramids, futuristic buildings and a giant robot are all available at your fingertips!
    • Use TNT or C4 to wreak havoc with powerful explosions or light up your sky with meteors and fireworks
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Share your creations with the world

Share your favorite universe in The Sandbox’s Online Gallery (http://www.thesandboxgame.com/worlds)
Search the gallery to see the creations of other players (1,000,000 worlds and climbing!)
Rate other players’ worlds and add in your own elements to give them a surprise effect

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 must be supported by your video card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 256 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Early Access Review
If you were a big fan of those old Flash games with four elements raining upon stickmen and lighting them on fire, such as Falling Sand Hell or the Powder Toy, this is like one of those games with...better graphics, I guess you could say. It's nice to mess around with, but it feels too much like I'm emulating it on PC. I hope they upgrade it soon. A ton. And one more thing...Give PC users infinite mana, please. Hell, at least make it easier to get for the mobile group, too. I'd like to rate it positive; but it feels like a crappy port and I don't like that, and it still feels like a P2W game in itself.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is amazing, even though it's pixels are slightly big, it allows you to create whatever you imagine. Especially electric stuff!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Early Access Review
The Sandbox.
I would buy this game, which I have.

Sandbox is a game where you are god, and you create your own universe.
It's fun, because you have MANY items to mess with.
From:

-Humans (A.I.)
-Avatars (Player Controlled)
-Minerals
-Fun, create electrical LEDS and sensors
-The Braniac. I vote hands down the braniac to be the brain of the game. Due to it controlling:
-Planes
-Tanks
-Other moving things

So, I Recommend this game.

Free DLC Too!

Also, the braniac is only on iOS devices and from the mac store. I think.
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21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is truly fun...in the first hour. After you play this game for a while the fun dies out.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Early Access Review
At first, I had no idea what am I doing. But after completing the tutorial and 1 campain, everything became more clear and much interesting. And when I started the second campain... I have no idea what am I doing.
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441 of 582 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2014
Early Access Review
Reminds me of some free games out there.

The game just ain't enough. You have fun for ten minutes, then you get bored with it.

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So, just to add up a bit more.

http://www.kongregate.com/games/onimatrix/the-sandbox

Here you go.
The exact same game.
Free.
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61 of 82 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Early Access Review
At the moment this game is just a waste of time. Trust me. I didn't rely on the people in this review section, and here I am, tossing money out of the window at a mobile port that has no merit on PC whatsoever. I know you all don't have time to read text that I write, so I devide my review in Bulletpoints for easier confus- ehem, understanding.

+ Pixels
+ HD Mode
+ All "Elements" unlocked from the start

- Bad PC port that doesn't support wide screen (Ugly, nauseating borders)
- Not even Sound Volume Sliders
- Bad AI pathfinding
- Nimble Editor, Mouse/Keyboard Pottential not used.
- Grossly oversized UI (In my opinion, if you like buttons covering up 1/6 of your screen at any time...)
- Look at the DLC box. The guys at Pixowl are already doing the TERRIBLE DLC thing.
- "Mana" (In-game currency) not removed, Microtransactions beware.

At the moment, this Early Access suffers from a bad case of Mobile Port Trauma. Plague Inc. Has shown us how to do a good PC port: You take the working iOS/Android Concept, rebuild the Game in a new, adaptable engine, Consistently add new features while listening to the community for support, feedback and translations.

This Game is placed in one line with Tiny Troopers and the lot. No Merit to be on steam, Buyer's remorse galore.

Now, If you excuse me, I have to eat chocolate. A lot of it.
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241 of 380 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
Early Access Review
This game looked so, soooooo good. But what I got was a waste of money that I could have used to buy Don't Starve, but instead I got:

1. A game with a confusing tutorial (the developer has asked me to detail this, SPOILER ALERT: In one of the early tutorials in which I was tasked to mine out a mountain to get metal which i would use to fill a square. There was no mountain, just a square)

2. Lacking graphics even for early access

3. Bad sound design

4. No way to quit out other than Xing out, and when you do it doesn't save your game. (fixed, may have been a bug)

It has potential, but for now avoid it. I want a refund, because this game is a waste of time.

EDIT: Shut up you guys, I know it's supposed to be 8-bit, it still looks like crap. Early Access is no excuse for a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game, there still has to be SOME level of quality.

EDIT NUMBER 2: Ok, I'm sorry if my review sounded ragey but I was just seriously disappointed. For those of you who didn't guess, I rate Early Access games as if they are full games in order to help the devs make the game better in the full version. I get having a pixel art stylization but it still doesn't look good. Maybe bump it up to at least 16 bit, or be consistent and make them as detailed as the tutorial guy in the game.

Furthermore, I'm tired of people yelling at me and me not being able to respond. If you're going to make a comment, have the comments open in your profile. Otherwise, if a comment frustrates me, I'm just going to delete it.

ANOTHER EDIT: I have played the game for longer and found that it is actually pretty ok. The save glitch is fixed, it might have just been a bug that happened once. But the graphics seriously get in the way on the later campaigns in which you can't see what thing you're supposed to light/power/blow up/ etc. It's ok, but I'd still wait for it to be finished.
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124 of 195 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Early Access Review
I decided to completely edit this review because of it's hostility, just so you know alot of the not helpfuls and the discussions are / is probably because I was a real cynical prick with my previous review.

I have only played this game for a short time so I dont know if I just missed alot or just need more time to get used to it, but here you go (dont depend too much on this, take this more of as an "addon" for the other reviews)
I firstly want to say that, the physics are pretty awesomely made, besides the thing that the water keeps having spasms on the top layer and cant be kept still without freezing it completely, which is really annoying when you want to make oceans or lakes or ponds just for the looks.
Also, the graphics / the art are amazingly done, however there again, the resolution has not been edited in a single way so youre basically just gonna play a resized / larger pixel version of the Ipad game.
What seriously disappointed me, were the humans.
They basically either sit or move around slowly, without any walking animation which would be okay, if it wasnt for this really annoying and stupid max cap of 6 humans.
Also, you dont directly get everything in the game.
Alot of elements, and almost every tree and ai etc, has to be bought with "mana", which you only get from finishing quests, and from what i know this game doesnt feature a way to bypass those yet, so if you ONLY want a sandbox experience without having to do alot of quests, then this isnt your best choice either.
The game actually has ALOT of potential to become better, however as of now, it simply isnt worth the 9,99 for early access.
Theres alot of linear games that I personally find better than this, and for me non-linear is usually much better.
Alot of the potential comes from the devs which seem to be pretty cool, and want to hear from bugs and cool things to do from / with this game all the time, they are really interactive with the community so I dont think this game is a "Refund-now" case.
The music isnt the best, but it isnt bad either.
So heres my summarized score:
Gameplay: 2/10
Graphics: 8/10 (9/10 if it wasnt for the mentioned scaling / no resolution situation)
Music: 4/10
Potential: 8/10
Devs: 8/10
Overall: 5/10

Also, these are some things the devs should fix to make this game be better and recieve a good score:

First off, scratch the human maximal capacity. This is what mostly ruined the game for me. I can only spawn 6 humans, I mean theyre just like 6 pixels that stand around or randomly walk into two directions, I think we should be able to spawn as many as we want to.
Second, add some better deaths. I throw lava on a human i expect to see him run around burning and turning into a charred corpse or atleast just run around and then fall down, but he just simply disappears. It made me think if that was intended or if it was just a glitch in the game.
Also, you talk about a zombie survival mode. So when we shoot zombies will they also just simply disappear in a mere nano second?
Third, give us an option to, for example have normal water that doesnt have spasms on the top layer, shooting blue pixels up the sky every second. Just some still water so I can create a lake or pond and have it be there instead of disappearing in mere minutes.
Fourth, an option to unlock everything with just one click. This game is supposed to be a sandbox after all, so I would like to have more freedom of what I want to do, instead of being forced to do certain stuffs and quests so I can buy me a pine tree to grow.
Fifth, More Modding Support, like creating custom creatures or elements.
Sixth, more human varations. Right now theres only one man and one woman and the workers.
Thats all I can think of. These are the truly gamebreaking things in this game for me.
You fix / adress these issues and I'll probably give this a good review, considering the graphics and future updates stuff look / sound really good.
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Early Access Review
I have to admit, this is a fun little game. But it's not worth $10. Granted, it has a lot of interesting concepts at work, and maybe if it wasn't just a pixel based game it might be something, but as it stands, it's not.

Also, all the images above to sell the game are downright lies. All those images are splash screens, and aren't of the actual game. Any "people" in the game are made of six pixels, and have only rudimentary A.I. at best; it's less like a god simulator in the same world as "Black and White" or "Godus" and more along the lines of a worse version of "From Dust."

My suggestion is to avoid this game, unless ten dollars isn't a huge amount of money for you, but there are better games for this amount. Quite frankly, it doesn't meet the "dollar per hour" standard I use, even at $10.
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
Early Access Review
This is a really fun game that keeps you busy for some time
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
259.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Early Access Review
The sandbox is an amazing game.Sure,its graphics aren't much,but it's fun and addicting!Most sandbox games have you at a set view with how big things are,but this one you can have your world in a miniature box,or taking the entire HD screen!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2014
Early Access Review
The tutorial is a bit confusing.

If you want to reset your world for a reason, you're asked once again if you're sure about that. Yup, I'm sure! BUT it sometimes asks you if you want to SKIP the level (probably after 3 resets). If you get used to just resetting it and double click, it gets annoying.

I'd like the worlds to be slightly bigger than they are. Their size is sufficient for normal 'quests', but for the Create! mode I think we should at least be able to choose the size.

Sounds get repetitive quickly and the game sometimes stops for a blink between sound loops.

But what is the worst is its price.
Yes, I know it's supposed to look as it does.
Yes, I know it's an upscaled mobile game.
But for 10 euros I was expecting something more.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Early Access Review
This game, While decent for a phone game, Is not worth 10 bucks, And I regret buying it. If it were one, or two dollars, It would be a differnt story, But...well, I can find more or less the same thing the internet for free.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Early Access Review
I love this game, thats my opinion in short, its got a good campaign, and people can really challenge themselves to do things, my only criticisms are
1. You can buy your way through the campaign, it costs 150 in game currency to pass any mission, most missions give you over 200 or even into the 1000s if completed, and for some reason when you skip the mission you still get the in game currency, so you can basicly buy your way through the campaign and still make a profit, you should either make the skipping more expensive, ie for a mission where you can win 1000, it should cost 1200, or when someone skips they should not get any form of bonus.
2. I have a windows 8.1 computer and I experience a few crashes now and then, about every 20 mins my game crashes and I have to reload, its a bit more of an annoyance then an actual problem, but it may draw people away from the game.
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Early Access Review
I would hardly call it a HD remake, More of a Mobile Port
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Early Access Review
One of the best Sandbox games I've ever played 10/10 :3
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
Early Access Review
Alright, now having sunk quite a bit more time into this game, I think its high time i gave it a proper review.

The Sandbox is literally just that, a sandbox. It hands you a bunch of elements (quite a few actually, with the ability to make more), gives you a blank canvas and says "well, im going to go over here for a tic. Go have fun". The elements it offers you are all scripted to interact differently with eachother, and will often transmute themselves to a different element (lava dropped in water becomes stone, wood burning produces ash).

And once you get beyond the simple stuff, you can move onto the complexities of "emitters" and the wonderfully blank/sentient creatures that you can play with.


With all these tools combined you are left with a game without a plot, and without any real set goals... and its Fantastic! (note: there ARE a plethora of "story mode" levels, as well as a campaign mode that serves as a more in depth tutorial)


So all in all, i think this is a delightful little time waster as long as you dont expect AAA blockbuster content from it. THis is not a CoD clone, this is not Half LIfe 3, this is just a cute little toy you can play with and kill some time


...the price is a tad steep tho. So get it on sale


TL:DR version

3rd Person Omnicient pixel spawning game. Good for wasting time

7/10
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13 of 25 people (52%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2014
Early Access Review
totally regret buying this game. 1 update was useful all the other updates did nothing but add content fix the clear problems and quit screwin around adding more elements and crap. DONT BUY THIS GAME!
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22 of 43 people (51%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Early Access Review
Start game.
Enter Sandbox Mode.
Place stone
Place soil
Place water
Place algae
Place fish
Place seeds
Start a weather cycle so things grow
Place rabbits
Place humans
Assign 'Builder', 'Woodchopper', 'Hunter'

Game crashes
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