Secrets of Soil is an interactive journey that explores the hidden world of soil and its role in combating climate change. Your journey will take you to a microscopic world, witnessing the essential life forms that live there.
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Very Positive (55) - 87% of the 55 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 11, 2021

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“hypnotic pleasure…Driver turns this subterranean odyssey into something truly fantastical: colonies of swarming bacteria and glowing fungi are made to look like alien worlds, with the sort of palette you’d normally associate with games from Mizuguchi and Minter.”

“A spectacular underground cosmos. It’s everything I wish my educational software at school could have been.”

“Dazzling use of light and colour…If you’ve ever enjoyed an abstract walking sim (or an abstract expressionist painting, for that matter), you’ll find a lot to love in Secrets of Soil.”
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About This Game

Henry Driver's new interactive journey, Secrets of Soil, was inspired by his family's attempts to make their farming practices carbon negative. He presents a visually striking view of the world beneath our feet and explores his thoughts around how it would be possible to better care for and preserve it.

Secrets of Soil is an artistic experience set in a reimagining of the cosmic world beneath our feet.

Explore the microscopic landscape to understand the many citizens of the soil and the essential roles they play in this diverse ecosystem. Witness how bacteria and plants speak to each other. Glide through vast fungal webs. Create earthworm burrows. Or simply relax and linger in dazzling soilscapes and explore this unseen world. Unearth the secret of how this hidden universe could help save us from climate disaster.

Navigate your way through vibrant landscapes and explore the microbiology of the soil and incredible creatures who live there.

Secrets of Soil is an artist’s vision centred around bringing awareness to the change that we can all be a part of when thinking about the world we live in. The project received support from leading Plant Science and Microbiology Researchers at the John Innes Centre, UK.

Secrets of Soil is freely available on Steam as a short interactive experience, with a free 360-degree video version also available here:

New Creatives is supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.

Henry Driver - Design, Coding, Sound
Collusion - Production Partner
Producers - Rachel Drury & Rich Hall
John Innes Centre - Research Support
Lynsey Murrell - Narration
Sam Snape - Script Editor
Peter Richardson - Exec Producer
Joseph Amoah - Exec Producer for BBC R&D
Jo Nolan - Programme Producer New Creatives Screen South

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7600K
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Memory preferable
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7600K
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1070 TI
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Memory preferable

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