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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 10 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 650,000 pixel blocks creations shared in the Online Gallery to date, this PC version is taking world crafting...
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 1.6.05 (June 5th, 2014)

June 5th, 2014

Hello sandboxers!

We've been busy working on the first major update of The Sandbox on Steam,
We are progressiving introducing several exclusives features for this PC version, to improve the gameplay and controls on a computer!

Check out below all the new updates

What's New in 1.6.05?

Steam Exclusives
▪ Unlocked all elements in the Create mode - no more restrictions to creativity!
▪ Steam Workshop integration: export your creations there!
▪ No more limits of how many Humans you can spawn on screen

New Features
▪ Play the new Retro Gaming campaign: 12 levels of puzzle and skills challenge featuring some of the greatest video games of all time!
▪ Create your retro game and edit your levels with the 8 new Game elements (keyboard controllables)
=> Laser Bike, Intelli Bike, Sneaker, Shooter, Game Wall, Game Points, Area Multi and Attacker
▪ Several Retro backgrounds!

Various Improvements
▪ Use F1 to go to windowed mode and F2 to fullscreen mode
▪ Added keyboard controls with various shortcuts and playing with controllable elements
▪ New Introduction level
▪ Full game translation in Brazilian Portuguese - Saude, Viva!

Feel free to share with us your feedback!

Thank you for your support!
The Sandbox Team


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Update Version 1.5.19 (May 12th, 2014)

May 12th, 2014

Hello sandboxers!

We are busy working on the first major update of The Sandbox on Steam, which will include several cool modifications you requested:
- all Elements will be unlocked in Create Mode!
- removal of Restrictions to spawn more than 6 humans
and more contents:
- new Retro Gaming elements (Spaceship, Tron, Snake etc)
- a controllable Ninja element
- new Retro Gaming campaign of 12 levels
And of course, many other improvements!


Meanwhile, we published today a new minor update (v1.5.19) which incorporates the following changes:

- +30,000 Mana for all players!
- Weather is OFF by default in Create Mode
- Rating popup display less often
- Game Tutorial is more visible

Bugs Fixed
- small glitch on Zoom Behaviour
- Infinite loading when no results for a search in Online Gallery
- Robots element counter refreshing
- Drag/Draw texts when you're in Zoom
- Vertical scroll with mouse wheel fixed
- Backgrounds corrupted after taking screenshot

Other Changes
- Steamworks SDK has been updated to 1.29

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 10 million players on mobile & tablets versions and 550,000 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 150+ 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 11 original campaigns to explore: Initial Story, Dinosaurs, Pixel Art, Music, User-Created, Lasers and pipes, Contraptions, Humans, Zombies, Robots and last but not least, the Alien Invasion!

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
  • 150 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 500,000 creations

Game Features

  • Over 150 elements you can combine for different physical effects
  • A classic/retro 8-bit interface
  • Easy to understand tutorials get you started building worlds
  • 11 Individual Campaigns: Initial Story, Contraptions, Pixel Art, Dinosaurs, User-Created, Lasers & Pipes, Music, Humans, Zombies, Robots and last but not least, the Alien Invasion!
  • 161 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!
    • 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 (650,000 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
330 of 439 people (75%) found this review helpful
256 products in account
4 reviews
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 23rd, 2014
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197 of 309 people (64%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
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 22nd, 2014
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101 of 161 people (63%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
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 24th, 2014
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49 of 92 people (53%) found this review helpful
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69 reviews
19.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
If you have been around those areas of the web dedicated to free games you have probably seen a lot of what are termed "Falling Sand" games. Basically you have a blank screen and can "draw" pixels on it. For example you set your brush to 'sand' and hold the mouse button down: many pixels appear on the screen and fall down with gravity. Other elements behave differently and elements react with each other; you have things like fire, ice, water, TNT, acid, steam etc.

The main difference between this and other falling sand games are the missions. It's like if you got a falling sand game and added stuff like from those incredible contraption machine games (or Bad Rats haha). There are quite a lot of missions in total, plus a user gallery which is already quite full since this has been released on iOS for a while.

In this Falling Sand game you've got your familiar elements like fire, virus, sand, water etc., then you have some electronic/logic type stuff like power, metal, LEDs, detectors etc. for building minecraft like creations. You then have some more "god game" type ones (that do feature in some of the online falling sand games too) like clouds, plants that grow and people. You can turn the people into a variety of job-themed things like builder or miner that alters their behaviour so you get a kind of lemmings thing going on. Some of the elements don't do anything though, like purely decorative ones, basically like bitmap stamps.

I have The Powder Toy which is free, for windows which is a better simulator with more elements and a higher resolution but I still bought this because there's something cute about the lower resolution, the fact it plays sounds when you add elements, and the interactive things like people.

There's nothing else like it on Steam and I recommend it.
Posted: April 24th, 2014
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Pretty good, considering I traded a beta key for this game. 8/10. Its a good game, the pixels can remind you of an old Atari game. Its a fun little sandbox, with many elements to play with. The story teaches you how to play, letting you have fun while it does so. The only problems I found were that the Humans are too slow with no walking or climbing animation, as well as the problem of them never tweaking the things told to you. It tells you the controls based on the IOS Version, not the PC version. It never tells you what keys to use/mouse buttons, only to swipe or touch with your finger, which you cant do unless you have a touchscreen PC(Which I don't even know if that would work). Overall, its an OK port of the IOS Version, but I am sorry to say it may not be very popular on the PC. Oh, one thing I really liked, no more ingame purchases, you get a lot of Mana in the beginning and you can earn more. You never really spend much Mana either, as everything is pretty cheap. Like I said, pretty good game overall, but it may not become popular due to it not reaching todays standards. I'm sure some people would like a good ol' pixelated Sandbox Game though.
Posted: June 1st, 2014
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330 of 439 people (75%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
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 23rd, 2014
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