Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is an abstract god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. Get creative, playing at your own pace, as you experiment with this simulation of an ecosystem. But remember, when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes...
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Mixed (63) - 57% of the 63 user reviews for this game are positive.
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May 12, 2017

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December 13

Genetics and New Player Guides

We have just published a full guide to all the genes in Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox. This contains all we know about the genetics, so don't read it if you want to figure that stuff out yourself.

We have also posted a video guide for new players which is a little less spoilery.

This is to get people thinking about the guide competition we announced last week to win a copy of Cycle 28 . If you want a chance to be one of the first to play our next game, follow the instructions in the post linked above.

Since I started designing Intelligent Design my aim was to make people feel like a scientist. To achieve that I wanted to hold back some information and let players work together to investigate the world. Some people really enjoyed that, whereas other people did not. For a while I've been resisting making a guide like this, but more recently I wondered "who am I to tell you how to enjoy the game". In light of that change of heart we've posted this guide. Hope you enjoy it and really hope it ignites some creativity with genetic engineering!


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December 5

Community guide competition to win copies of our next game Cycle 28

Today we are excited to announce Pill Bug Interactive's next game: Cycle 28.

To celebrate we are going to run an Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox (ID) community guide competition. The winners of which will get free copies of Cycle 28 with full closed beta access.

Over the last month we have gained a large number of new players to ID. These players missed out on the game’s amazing launch, during which everyone was working together to figure out what all the genes did to their flora and fauna. To try and help these new players out Pill Bug will be writing our own official guides, but we would love to see what the community can do, hence this competition.

On the first of February we will rank all the community guides by their rating and give the top 3 guides a Cycle 28 beta key (which is also a retail key).

To learn more about Cycle 28 and add it to your wish list check out the store page here.
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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...

This is a game for people who don’t want to be given all the answers. A game for people who like to experiment with a simulation, at their own pace, and watch what happens.

Key Features



Fully modeled genetics and evolution

The behavior 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 along with random mutations. Evolution is fully simulated, there are no tricks or statistical approximations. You are watching life evolve on your computer.

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.

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 ... and are you sure you really know what those genes do yet?

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
Mac OS X
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: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.
    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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