Create and destroy on a scale you’ve never imagined!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,771 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
42 of 44 people (95%) 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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58 of 76 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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13 of 13 people (100%) 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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Don't you wanna know,

How much time the light spends Sun to The Planet.
How the second nearest Star from The Planet is consisted.
What will come to our Galaxy after 4B years.
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12 of 13 people (92%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
131.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The dev has stopped patching and developing, and the game is currently in a broken state. Many bugs and crashes that make it nearly unplayable.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
120.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Functional but they are forcing you to buy an updated version of it for the same price as everyone else. This is wrong. Do not buy this game, and please don't support this developer.
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10 of 17 people (59%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Made Earth a black hole and destroyed everything 11/10 would destroy again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
It's fun and all, but it may take a bit time to understand how all the options n' stuff works. So yeah, fun when you understand it.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I had fun with it for a while, but after you walk away for a while and think about it you realize that there's really no reason to go back to it. Not worth the money, really.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
A memory hog and it shouldn't be. I really have no idea why I bought this. It was cheap. Rather underwhelming experience.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
THE POWER IS IN MY HAND! MHAHAHAHAHHH!
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I made a huge teapot destroy The Milky Way.

51/50
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
3/10

I absolutely do not understand why this game has an 83 rating on Metacritic!

Other reviewers have said it before but you spend a few minutes messing around with gravity, a few more shooting meteors at planets and then there is very little to do.

One gripe I have is also with the achievements. I don't want to have to turn the game on 1000 times to get a bloody achievement, and as a sad completionist it makes me mad.

I like casual games but this feels like a hardcore casual game which is a little odd to say the least.

I gave it an extra point for being super cheap when I bought it.

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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Wanna screw up the Solar System? NOW YOU CAN.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Meh yhebis has played better.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
YES. This game, is beautiful.
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