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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...
Release Date: Apr 22, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

With Early Access, you can be one of the first people to play The Sandbox PC version!

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.

In the coming weeks – we will be releasing regular (free) updates and the exclusive HD Free Mode: 4x the Mobile Version screen resolution!
You will be able to start creating 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!

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!
Also you are enjoying a great discount of 33% with a pricing of $9.99 USD instead of $14.99 USD regular price.

Thank you!”
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Update Version 1.7.05 (September 2nd, 2014)

September 2

Hello sandboxers!

Hope you had a great summer time!

We are busy working on the second major update of The Sandbox on Steam, which will includes both Ninja and Ecology related contents.

Meanwhile, we are publishing this week a minor update that fixes a couple of bugs and improves overall stability of the game.

Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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Update Version 1.7.02 (July 29th, 2014)

July 29

Hello sandboxers!

It’s been a while, let’s get down to this new 1.700 update.
We are still on our path to introduce exclusives features for the PC version, and controls are way better now!

Check out below all the new stuff!

What's New in 1.7.02?

Steam Exclusives
▪ Steam achievements!
▪ New key Mapping:

- Navigate faster on the field!
P : Pause/Unpause
A/D - LEFT/RIGHT - HORIZONTAL SCROLL : Move left/right when zoomed
W/S - UP/DOWN - VERTICAL SCROLL : Move up/down when zoomed

- Navigate faster in menus!
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 : Element tabs (1 = Humans to 7 = Basic Elements)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 : Brush sizes

- Control tanks and ninjas!
A/D - LEFT/RIGHT : Move left/right

New Features
▪ Play the new User-Created 2 campaign: 10 levels of content created by the community!
▪ Improve your games and edit your levels with the 2 new Gaming elements (keyboard controllables)
=> Ninja, Avatar
▪ Several new backgrounds!

Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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“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

Early Beta Access

It's a 33% discount on the regular price of $14.99 USD! Don't hesitate, join the Early Access right now!

About the Game

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 crafting simulation to the next level!


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, the player will unlock access to all the elements by playing. This Steam Version of our World builder Game propose all the basic elements and the 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 of the PC version:
  • Exclusively on Steam, our new HD FREE MODE will allow players to craft virtual worlds at 4x the resolution of the mobile version
  • Over 200 physics elements are available
  • Ultra-precise controls with mouse, trackpad or touch support (for touch-screen only)
  • 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
  • No advertisements or interstitial screens
  • Access to the Online Gallery with more than 1,000,000 creations

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

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

    • 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
    • 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
409 of 538 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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.

So, just to add up a bit more.


Here you go.
The exact same game.
Posted: April 23
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228 of 356 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥ty 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.
Posted: April 22
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118 of 183 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥♥ 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.
Posted: April 24
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 22
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
An astounding amount of fun with this unique sandbox game. Although to most people, it's only fun for the first hour or so. I was excited after burning the trees down, lighting volcanos, inventing heaters, and such. But finishing inventions that require metal boxes, electros, power sources, and bulbs are way too far. It's too complex for some people as they advance further into the game.
Posted: July 10
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