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Create and destroy on a scale you’ve never imagined!
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
228 of 250 people (91%) found this review helpful
122 products in account
5 reviews
15.7 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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149 of 164 people (91%) found this review helpful
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10 reviews
5.6 hrs on record
Because you've always wanted to shoot earth into the sun
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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60 of 71 people (85%) found this review helpful
184 products in account
13 reviews
5.2 hrs on record
Limitless potential to experiment and experience. Understand the way in which our universe works to an extent you couldn't ever receive in any class. An educational yet absurdly enjoyable experience.
Posted: November 21st, 2013
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57 of 74 people (77%) found this review helpful
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56 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
You like the night sky? Want help learning constellations? Want to learn more about the solar system? Want to build your own? Here you go.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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58 of 83 people (70%) found this review helpful
438 products in account
2 reviews
6,145.9 hrs on record
What I love most about Universe Sandbox is how it let's you separate the wheat from the chaff on your Steam Friends list:

1. People who accuse you of cheating because you appear to be 'playing' Universe Sandbox at the same time as another game (or while away from the keyboard) clearly don't know what Universe Sandbox is.
2. People who get the One Hour, One Day, One Month, and One Year achievements on the same day aren't really being all that clever with their hax.

Watching planets careen about like balls on a billiards table is pretty fun, too.
Posted: January 2nd, 2014
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