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Release Date: Apr 29, 2011
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“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 the 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
348 of 498 people (70%) found this review helpful
139 products in account
24 reviews
6.2 hrs on record
Actually has nothing to do with sand.
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
784 products in account
388 reviews
7.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 22nd, 2014
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254 of 372 people (68%) found this review helpful
667 products in account
23 reviews
13.4 hrs on record
You can crash teapots into the sun 11/10
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
100 products in account
3 reviews
65.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 13th, 2014
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
224 products in account
11 reviews
959.1 hrs on record
Recommandation Bilingue

1.宇宙摸拟,拟真度较高
2.简单易上手,毫无障碍
3.游戏中可学到不少知识

1. La simulation vrale de l'univers, mais il a un peu d'erreurs
2. Le jeu est simple de jouer.
3. En plus, nous étudions des connaissances cosmiques sur le jeu.


9/10
Posted: March 14th, 2014
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338 of 366 people (92%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
16.0 hrs on record
When I say that I'd reccomend this game it's only to a small niche of people. Because I happen to fall in the niche I rather liked Universe Sandbox, though I can see where many people woud not. Universe Sandbox is pretty self explanatory in the title, its a astrophysics sandbox in which you can create and destroy solar systems, galaxys, or even galaxy clusters (if your computer is beefy enough) Many stats and attributes are tracked as you simulate the astral dance of heavenly bodies.

Things like density, spin, velocity, mass, and heat are all tracked and simulated to give you the most realistic expierience possible. Unfortunately, it doesnt get very realistic. My biggest gripe I would suppose is the physics. The game uses Eular math, or if you have a processing power Runge Kata. But eventually stable orbits will do someting completely random, sending a few planets and stars on random vectors straight out if your little "pitri dish". This doesnt bother me too much because it mostly only happens when it comes to simulating galaxies. On the solar system level it does quite well and it has enough options to accomodate nearly any computer's processing power. That is, if you can navigate the menus.

Theres lots of options and statistics for every celestial body and you can edit every fascet. the problem is, this creates a very confusing series of menus, with confusing abbreviations and volcabulary if you're not already familiar with scientific notation and units of measurement. If the menus were a bit more friendly I think it would open up this game to alot more people. The actual simulation field can be a bother to wrangle too. I found it sometimes likes to snap focus to nearly every other celestial body but the one I want to focus on. The "searchbar" at the top ended up being my best friend.

If youre like me, and you can wrangle the menus and put up with the sometimes sketchy simulation, it truely is a universe at your fingertips. This simulator will only take you as far as your imagination (or processor) will take you. Binary systems, rings around Earth -- have you ever wondered what it would look like if the earth had a ring then the moon crashed through it? The possiblities are more or less limitless, given your computer can handle the math. If youre into astronomy, physics or just enjoy space to any degree, this game is worth checking out.

Without an actual objectives or things to accomplish, this game falls short of actually being a game. It would be better described as an app. This one probably isnt right for the masses, but just right for the armchair astronomer in me.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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