Create and destroy on a scale you’ve never imagined!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,110 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
287 of 306 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,610.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Explore the Universe and make "what -if" scenarios. Many hours of fun.
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202 of 255 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Replaced the sun with a giant human willy.

Also created a black hole called Tyrone. 10/10
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146 of 180 people (81%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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67 of 82 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 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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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
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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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
397.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
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19 of 21 people (90%) 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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Made Earth a black hole and destroyed everything 11/10 would destroy again.
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18 of 25 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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40 of 66 people (61%) 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 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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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Idling simulator 2015.
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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
130.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
It can be funny... but I don't know how.
It can be boring... but I don't know how.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.9 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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