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...
User reviews: Mixed (306 reviews)
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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Early Access Review
Very fun. A good, independant game. Sorry if my spellings are bad :0
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Early Access Review
To put it simply, it doesn't work.

- When launching the game for the first time, it will ask you to enter your name. You can't click on anything, or it will crash the game.

- In "create" mode, none of the tools work, except the eraser, and screenshot tool. Everything else crashes the game. (That's already 1/4 of the game that doesn't work)

- In the mission mode, the tools still don't work. (Thats 3/4 of the game that doesn't work).

- Finially, the gallery feature crashes when downloading/viewing other's creations. That's right.

The game does not work.


Conclusion: This game is simply a mediocre mobile game, ported over terribly (that's an understatement), to the point where the game does not even work, period. They didn't even put any effort into changing any of the features in-game to match the fact that it is not on a mobile device. Do not waste your time, nor money, on this scam.



Here's some other gripes:

- About 20 minutes of gameplay, until you get bored.

- Deceptive trailers

- Strange resolution errors- especially when starting up the game, and the menu.
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459 of 604 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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65 of 88 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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