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 (59) - 57% of the 59 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 12, 2017

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July 15

Patch Notes 15/07/2017

  • Updated to Unity 2017.1
  • Added per object culling of objects at distance, should improve performance on low end machines
  • Optimised building rendering

Edit: Valve are currently having server issues which are causing problems with pushing updates to clients so this build won't turn up until they fix it

Edit2: It should come down now
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July 9

The Code Has Been Broken

A few days ago I received an email from a player who successfully unlocked the final achievement. This triggered me to release the source code of the organism AI which you can find in this guide.

Now you have identified the corners of this puzzle it's time to piece together the core.
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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
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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