Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is an abstract god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. In a universe driven by targets, create, design and try to control an evolving ecosystem for a faceless corporation.
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Mixed (43 reviews) - 58% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 12, 2017

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May 29

Patch Notes 29/05/2017

Save/Load Custom Creatures
You can now save and load custom organisms. These files can also be shared between players, just put them in the relevant folder before you launch the game.

Improvements
  • Added a button in the system menu which directs you to the save data location to easily find the xml data and custom organisms
  • Improved UI scaling to help those of you on lower resolutions

I have also uploaded a beta Mac OS version, if anyone is able to help me test that let me know and I'll send you a key.

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May 20

Patch Notes 20/05/2017

I've pushed out a patch today with two new features and a tweak.

  1. I have added a gene inspector on the genetics panel. Now when you have the genetics panel open and point the cross hair at a creature you will see the value of that creature's gene. This means you can only see genes which you have unlocked.
  2. The game now auto-saves every in-game night at midnight unless you un-check the check box in the system menu
  3. I have tweaked the fire model to try and stop plants burning forever (I've seen it happen on a few streams)

Let me know what you think!

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About This Game

In a universe driven by targets, a faceless corporation employs you to create an evolving ecosystem you can never hope to control...

Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is a god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. Create species of plants, herbivores and carnivores and try to control the ever evolving ecosystem. Design and create genetically modified organisms, but remember when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes...

Key Features



Fully modelled genetics and evolution

The behaviour and appearance of each organism are determined by their genetics. How tall will a plant grow? How fast can an herbivore run? How often does a carnivore seek prey? These genetics are passed down generation after generation, with random mutations caused by radiation. Evolution is fully simulated, there are no tricks or statistical approximations. You are watching life evolve on your computer.

Weather and Climate Model

Temperature, humidity and wind are all modelled in the game. The weather and climate effect your organisms and perhaps your actions affect the climate as well…

Genetic Engineering

One of your key objectives is to investigate the organisms you create. Build collectors to harvest resources and research stations to observe the organisms. Eventually you will unlock the secrets of genetic engineering. Create your own genetically modified organisms, but be careful, once a genome has entered your ecosystem it may be hard to undo the damage…

Science to be Done

What do all those genes actually do? How is the world score calculated? What does world efficiency even mean? Much like a real scientist you will need to investigate, analyse and work with other players to try and answer these questions. To help you along the way the game outputs data in xml files so you can really get your science on.

Secrets to Discover

Who is employing you to create this ecosystem? Why are they doing it? Why are you doing it? What are those targets for? The answers to these any many other questions are out there, you just need to work together and find them...

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or 7
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8 or 10 64 bit
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 3GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux (Most distros should work)
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 3GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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