Create and destroy on a scale you’ve never imagined!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,833 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 29, 2011

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""Don't just be thinking this is some sciencey crap, no. You can play pool in space, kick pluto while it's down, throw a teapot.. AT AUSTRALIA!""
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August 27

Universe Sandbox ², the long awaited sequel, is now available for purchase

Get instant access to the Universe Sandbox ² Alpha on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux and pre-order the finished game.

Available for purchase at
http://universesandbox.com/2

While you buy though our website (via the Humble Bundle people), you'll redeem your copy on Steam and the game will appear in your Steam library.

Universe Sandbox ² is in alpha and very much unfinished, but it already blows away the original version with improved physics, climate simulations, material properties, terraforming, and awesome collisions.

We welcome you to join us on this journey as we continue to add and improve the sequel over the next year.

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Reviews

“This is where Universe Sandbox succeeds brilliantly: players experience godly power to create or destroy, while almost unavoidably learning something about the physical properties of our universe.”
87/100 – PC Gamer

“Using the vast range of variables and tools at your disposal you can create some enormously convoluted displays of physics, bending cosmic laws to your will...”
80% – bit-gamer

About This Game

Create and destroy on a scale you've never imagined with the ultimate space simulator.

Harness the power to create black holes, collide galaxies, and manipulate gravity with just a few clicks. Inspired by the software astronomers use to unlock the mysteries of our universe, never before has astronomy been so interactive or so much fun.

Spawn a massive moon to tear apart Saturn’s rings or launch a rogue star to rip the planets from their orbits around our sun. After unleashing catastrophic destruction, create your own solar system and share it with friends.

Key Features

  • Interactive, real-time, n-body gravity simulator
  • Change any property of any object at any time
  • Real physics, real data, real units, real science
  • Compare the objects in any simulation with chart mode
  • Supports anaglyphic 3D glasses and 3D DLP televisions
  • Built in tutorials and step-by-step activities
  • Includes 70+ simulations both real and fantastical
  • Extensive editing and creation tools make it easy to build your own simulations

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB
    • Video Card: DirectX 9 level graphics card
Helpful customer reviews
102 of 111 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Universe Sandbox isn't a game per se; there are no bosses, aims or levels, merely an accurate model of astronomical bodies for you to fiddle with. It's really more of a toy – the virtual equivalent of a configurable orrery, except hugely more complex than any mechanical system.That complexity is one of the key attractions that Universe Sandbox possesses. Using the vast range of variables and tools at your disposal you can create some enormously convoluted displays of physics, bending cosmic laws to your will out of nothing more than a desire to see pretty patterns form on your screen.There are a series of example experiments to help ease you into the level of curiosity that Universe Sandbox requires – each one acting as a tutorial – but the real fun lies in creating your own simulations. The camera is a little fiddly at times, but my biggest complaint is that the simulator doesn’t come with any sound or music. While I appreciate that’s realistic, given the lack of orchestras in the vacuum of space, it would have been nice to have some ambient music quietly twinkling away in the background.Still, it’s hard to get too dissatisfied with Universe Sandbox when you factor in both the fact that it’s a one-man labour of love and that it’s available at a bargain price. If nothing else it offers something uniquely interesting and fun, which is quick to inspire imagination and creativity, even if it lacks the educational aspect that you might expect.
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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
65.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
This game is awesome. As an astronomy teacher, I use it to illustrate and enrich my students' curriculum. It works better than any graphing calculator, and I recommend it more highly than my course textbook. The simulator is beautiful and can extrapolate to scales beyond all human imagining with surprising accuracy over long periods of time (graphics permitting). Great Workshop potential, also includes a few trading cards and achievements. It also has a wikipedia overlay for more extensive research on any alien material (pun intended). Very informative and entertaining. Any astrowhiz will easily waste hours with this enticing physics sandbox. Highly reccomended for any learned individual with a penchant for the cosmos, or even anyone who likes space and wants to fling asteroids into Earth and give the planet a ring system, or even two suns.
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88 of 97 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Destroyed the earth with a sun sized teapot.

I also made the earth orbit around Gabe Newells head.

10/10
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75 of 80 people (94%) found this review helpful
1,281.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Explore the Universe and make "what -if" scenarios. Many hours of fun.
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98 of 120 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Be thankful that I'm not God.
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105 of 131 people (80%) found this review helpful
791.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I've played it a few hours.
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121 of 160 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
You can destroy Pluto.

Nobody likes Pluto.

20/10
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This is one of those meta-sim-sandbox-edu-tutorial-discovery games that are so common these days, but it's still tough to explain what you can actually DO, if not what it actually IS, so let me try to explain with a brief anecdote.

Years ago, my kids wanted a dog. They begged for some unspecified period of time, until one day we were driving along and saw a 'free puppy' sign at a farm. We stopped, and wound up taking home what the farmer told us was a 'purebred Welsh Olive Hound'. Thing is, when we took it to the vet for shots, we found out it was actually a toaster oven.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that Universe Sandbox looks like a game, but it's a lot more like a toaster oven. Everyone should have one, but it won't be fetching you any sticks.
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Replaced the sun with a giant human willy.

Also created a black hole called Tyrone. 10/10
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52 of 73 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I made a didlo orbit around george lopez and then spawned a supermassive black hole named john cena.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
If you are into sandbox style simulations, this is the game for you. This game allows you to create different scenarios and even create interesting things in space. The game does seem to be a bit complex in some areas but just because I couldn't get a hang on it, doesnt't mean everyone wont. One of my personal favorite scenarios to play out in it was to simulate the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy that is projected to happen in a few billion years.

Graphics: B - Simple simulation model
Sound: B - Interesting sounds
Gameplay: A - Game mechanics are interesting, learning curve
Story: C - Not much of one, just have fun
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Very mixed feelings about this game. Bought it since I'm really into astronomy, but it's only fun for about 15 minutes. Then it gets boring. Overall, only buy if you want to download mods so you can add ridiculous objects and make them orbit around Gaben's head, or something.
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
"They gave me the power of a god and what did I do? Played space billiards. #YOLO"
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
It was stuck in my processes over night and gave me half the achievements without having to do anything. 9/11
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
80.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is out of this world (pun intended). It offers a wide variety of physics to be used in the game, such as mass and velocity counter. For only 10 dollars, I think it's money well spent.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Great if you like science !
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
A little late of a review but, it needs said.

This 'game' is a nifty concept. That's the end of the positive.

The programming relies on too many crutches and flat out amature hacks which leaves the program barely stable. A brief search online easily shows the sheer volume of people having problems. Despite this, there will be NO fixes as the dev and his team are too busy working on an all new version to SELL you again!

This leads to the next problem. The dev and his team. From late 2011 through 2012, a free copy of the next version was promised to anyone who had purchased this version. Opening themselves to a class-action, the dev and his team have publicly announced that they will not honor their promises. In effect they have LIED and made money off of that lie.

(Shame on you Steam for allowing this. Shame on all of you appologists for defending this kind of behavior.)

Between the hack job that this game is and the disreputable behavior, I strongly recommend that you avoid this dev!

Unless of course you're the type that likes to pay for a defective product that won't be fixed and being lied to..
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
It's like Google Earth on acid! Basically, you can create a lot of things inside a universe and do what you please with them, even if it means destroying the hell out of them. It's pretty much just a toy with no purpose except for entertainment, and that entertainment is fulfillled here. The ultimate God simulator.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It's not really a 'game'. There is no objective, you can't fail, it's not a game. It's a fun little tool that you play with for a bit. If you come into this expecting a game, you're going to be dissapointed. It's just a program where you mess around with solar systems. If you are looking for a 'game', buy something else. If you are looking for a bit of mindless fun to kill some time, buy this.
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I can finally get rid of pluto.
10/10
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