Create and destroy on a scale you’ve never imagined!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,131 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 29, 2011

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"One of the best, if not the best educational video game out there."

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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 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
322 of 344 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,706.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Explore the Universe and make "what -if" scenarios. Many hours of fun.
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92 of 109 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Don't like somthing? just throw the moon at it.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
124.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
The title is pretty much self-ex-planetary.

If you're into being God, Cosmology, Astronomy, Asstrology, Physics, Gravity, Mass, Destruction, or Snow-globes, this is for you!
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56 of 67 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
No one likes Pluto.
Made Pluto a black hole and destroyed the whole galaxy.
10/10 Revenge
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58 of 71 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
404.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
This is a wonderful simulator, anyone with an interest in space, astronomy, or just wants to watch mercury whiz around the sun should certainly consider picking this up.

The UI is cumbersome at first and it will take some getting used to, they have done well to hide most of the complexity slightly out of sight until you look for it which certainly helps ease you into it.

For what it does and what it offers, it's exactly what it claims to be and I can't help but commend the design team for it and recommend others to try it.

All negative reviews I've seen either had technical issues with it, or were clearly expecting something different. I also don't get why people keep saying it's not a game, it doesn't even claim to be one... doesn't mean you can't have fun in it.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
101.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Made each real life second be an ingame 100,000,000 years, and the galaxy exploded. Literally.
Created a black hole called "Gaben's ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥".
Threw Jupiter at the Earth, and it bounced off.
Removed the sun, everything went in a straight line.
10/10 would space again
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10,001.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
What can I say?

1 hour of gameplay to explore the universe and get 12 of 16 achievements.
10000 hours to get the final 4 achievements AND become extremely good at doing nothing, seeing only the endless nothingness that exists in space, endeavouring to explore strange new worlds but seeing nothing, going where no man has gone before ..... wait .... that has already been done. There is nothing to see in our universe ...... NOTHING.

11/10. Would do another 10000 hours to finally see something.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Universe Sandbox as the name already implies it's a Sandbox game. Messing around with the Universe as time goes by, speeding up the circular motion of planet Earth, heat it up, or set it back to Ice Age. All that is possible in this Game! It is all fun until you dont know what to do in it anymore, if you know your way around the Universe its masses and formulas this game will be for you, were as people with simple interest for the life above, this game might get boring really quickly as mentioned before simply because you run out of ideas on what to do. Furthermore, Universe Sandbox has tons of preset events and tutorials, thus if you dont mind reading quite a bit of text with content on how the game and the universe works you might yet still be able to turn things around in your favour and maybe learn a thing or two!
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Great if you like science !
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
85.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Idling simulator 2015.
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41 of 70 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
The Big Bang Theory
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
The game is super. The physic is great. But don't buy it. Buy the Universe Sandbox² version instead, as it is the same, but updated. And you can't update your version to the new one. I mean, at least, they could make a reduction for the US1 users as they've participated in the development (which is still not finished), but nada, nuts, They won't.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Be a sociopathic God simulator

10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This game really shows the wonders of the Universe that Papa John has created. It's no coincidence that the Sun is shaped like pre-rolled dough, that the Moon is made of cheese, or that our very galaxy takes the shape of a pizza. Papa John's work is beautiful, and this game only sheds light on said beauty.

I give this a Pepperoni out of 10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
a fun game that i don't play. the result of a steam sale <3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Beautiful simulation game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
964.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Just one more turn.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
11/10
The universe, what a concept
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