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!”

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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October 10

Update Version 1.9.05 (October 10th, 2014)

Hello sandboxers!

Here comes the update 1.9.05 which should address stability issues of the game as we reduced the footprint of the game on the graphic memory.
The game should run faster and requires less RAM to run now!

What's New in version 1.9.05?

New Features & improvements
- New shortcuts for keyboard navigation: use TAB key and SHIFT+TAB to move up and down in menus
- Faster performance
- Reduced memory footprint


Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team

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September 27

Update Version 1.9.03 (September 27th, 2014)

Hello sandboxers!

Here comes a huge 2-in-1 "ECOLOGY" + "NINJA" MASSIVE update for The Sandbox on Steam



Become a true Ninja master with this exciting update featuring the 17 Japanese levels of the Shinobi Adventure where you’ll encounter many dangers!

Play also the Ecology Campaign through 20 levels, you’ll have to protect our planet by solving environmental puzzles!

Discover 24 new elements, related to Ninja or environment:
The Sun Stone to create a movement detection laser, the pink or white ninjas,best shinobi friends and 8 new wonderful Japanese blueprints to decorate your worlds.
Check also the natural elements : Disasters such as Tornado, Earthquake and Tsunami, Eruption and even the Nuke or the planet Earth 2 new Trees, Blue Whale, Salt and Sea Water!

[h2]What's New in version 1.9.02?[/h2]
2 new campaigns:

  • Sneak through 17 beautiful levels of the Ninja Campaign
  • Protect the planet along the 20 levels of the Ecology Campaign!

Over 25 new elements:
  • Discover the new Ninja elements
  • Try also the new Planet Earth elements

New Features & improvements
  • Select your language from Game Properties among the 5 available: English, French, Spanish, German and Brazilian/Portuguese.
  • A lot of Bug fixes and level corrections!



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

Early Beta Access

SPECIAL EARLY ACCESS OFFER - GET THE FULL VERSION FOR $9.99 USD!
It's a 33% discount on the regular price of $14.99 USD! Don't hesitate, join the Early Access right now!

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 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!

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

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
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's a bit laggy, but I like "The Sandbox"
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
One of the best Sandbox games I've ever played 10/10 :3
Posted: September 27
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
THE NEXT BUTTON DOESN'T WORK
>I DID THE FIRST ♥♥♥♥ING CHALLENGE
>THE BUTTON AFTER THAT TO PLAY THE GAME DOESN'T WORK
Posted: October 9
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I love this game i played it on my tablet all the time and it was broken because my tablet sucked then i saw it was for pc and i said well wtf let me buy this and i did 1343434343443408405740987456745674/10
Posted: September 27
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game crashes too much and should be stabilized, if it did get stabilized i'd recommend this to my friends
Posted: October 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
uggg it made me rate it whyyy...... so annying why force us...
Posted: October 20
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Ooh this is a fun game! Nice physics effect and stuff, I really like the amount of work gone into checking if youve won a round or not.
Posted: October 3
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Awesome Game but not so good graphics
Posted: October 9
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2.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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85.3 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 6
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18.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
its a decently fun game
Posted: October 7
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3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I think 'The Sandbox' is a really cool game were you can create even complex things. I wish i could enjoy it fully, but i like to play games where i'm a character, but even so, sometimes i play 'hte sandbox'.
Posted: October 17
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21 of 30 people (70%) 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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 6
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16 of 28 people (57%) 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.
4/10
Posted: July 10
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 5
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 7
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It crashes every time it asks me to put in my name!
Posted: May 19
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A fun little game that has you completing puzzles as an assisant of a God.
Posted: July 15
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