Jump straight into managing your own planets as you guide a civilization through the ages. Become the ultimate empire in The Universim, a new breed of God Game in development by Crytivo.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (714) - 71% of the 714 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 28, 2018

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Early Access Game

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.

Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have poured so much time and passion into The Universim to get it to where it is now. With the incredible support of our community, we’ve built a game that we can be proud of. Now, at last, we believe we are ready to introduce the game to the Steam community.

From the deep simulation and living world systems to the engaging and varied civilization management gameplay, we have enormous ambitions and quality standards to live up to. As our development journey clearly shows, quality takes time, and it will still be a while longer before we’re ready to call the game truly finished. In the end, achieving our vision for the game and pleasing fans is all that matters.

By joining us here on Early Access, you can become a part of our amazing community who have offered invaluable feedback and support over the years. However, remember that the game still has a long way to go. You can expect bugs and missing features to pop up, and we’ll certainly be needing your feedback regarding new gameplay systems and balance.

We want your help to make The Universim as amazing as it can be, and that’s why we’re hitting Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until we and the community are completely satisfied with the final product. We’re planning to be in ongoing development for as long as we need to. However, we expect The Universim to show its full potential within 12-18 months from now. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have a lot of fun in the game much sooner; we’re just making sure you understand what to expect.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Universim will be far more polished closer to release, and the experience could change dramatically based on feedback. We will continue introducing new mechanics and developing new content as we go, working to incorporate all of the promised eras and features. However, you can also expect a few surprises along the way.

Also, one of the many things we love about our community is its diversity. It’s comprised of great people from all around the world who have come together to play our game. As a result, we tried to include as much language support as we can. There are a number of languages to choose from in the game already, but it often takes time to translate new features as they come out. We’ll be working hard to translate things as quickly as time permits. Additionally, if you come across a translation that isn’t quite right or should be phrased differently, please let us know.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“As mentioned, we have spent a huge amount of time developing an in-game planet generation/simulation engine by the name of Prometheus. We made it capable of generating procedural planets with dynamic living conditions and weather systems. It handles hundreds of real-time elements, such as AI, physics, seasonal changes, dynamic weather, natural disasters, and more.

Of course, there’s an actual game built around it, too! You will currently be able to guide your fledgling civilization of Nuggets through the Stone and Medieval Ages, up until the Modern Era. The game strikes a balance between civilization management (with your divine intervention) and automation (letting Nuggets do their thing). However, it’s a bit unlikely Nuggets will get very far without at least some intervention and leadership.

You also have access to a collection of godly abilities that are incredibly powerful. So powerful, in fact, that we feel a little irresponsible giving them to you. However, whether they’re used for good or evil is entirely up to you. We will be improving this system over time, but there’s enough here for you to get a good feel for it.

There’s plenty more in the game for you to discover that we don’t want to spoil, and we have so much planned for the future. Give it a go and let us know what you think.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“This is still up for debate, as we want to ensure that the product’s final pricing will be fair based on the functionality of the finished game. As we add and improve features, the pricing could change when the final game goes gold.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Even though Crytivo is a new name on the market, we are already known as a responsive and supportive developer. The Universim is our baby, and its success is incredibly important to us. Without the love and feedback from our community, this is something we would not be able to achieve. We will do our best to communicate with you on Steam and on our Discord server to ensure that you are as satisfied as possible. We want to be an indie studio you can rely on. We’re all about fun and innovation, and we want you to be a part of it.”
Read more

Buy The Universim

Buy The Universim - Collector's Edition Bundle (Vol 1)

Includes 2 items: The Universim, The Universim - Collector's Pack


Recent updates View all (81)

September 17

Crime in The Universim

Crime is inescapable. As your civilization advances, Nuggets will continue to evolve their way of thinking, giving them more individuality and free thought. However, a consequence of this is the birth of criminals who go against the flow of society. You can’t prevent it, but you can minimize it. Here are a few things that may increase crime rates: a lack of Schools, too much pollution, the introduction of certain laws, and a lack of utilities (no water, electricity, or so on for a long period of time).

Once the Law Enforcement Station is constructed, it’ll reveal how many criminals are running rampant in your city. However, there will be no easy way to distinguish these individuals until they commit a crime. The severity of crimes is entirely dependent on the overall Crime Level in your civilization. You can try and take things into your own hands by selecting suspicious Nugget to be arrested and interrogated, either in Prison or a Rehabilitation Center. Arresting an innocent Nugget will lead to a general decrease in Happiness, though. Nuggets despise injustice and will be very vocal about it.

Assigning Law Enforcement Officers can lead to a significant decrease in criminal activity, but adding too many officers will make Nuggets feel oppressed and controlled. The more officers you have, the more unhappy they may become.

Crime Levels
  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • High - Creates Dangerous Criminals
  • Very High - Creates Dangerous Criminals

Each level will also change how often criminals are spawned.

Types of Criminals

Thug - Vandalism and thievery.
Dangerous Criminal - Terrorists who constantly seek to harm the civilization and their fellow Nuggets. They can destroy food supplies, poison Wells, or even create large explosions to destroy buildings and nearby Nuggets.

Criminals have individual skill levels, with every successful crime increasing this level. As they level up, they become more difficult to catch. They will be smarter and more calculated with how they perform their crimes, making them less suspicious to Law Enforcers. Criminals perform a certain animation every now and then when doing something illegal. These animations are longer and more noticeable with low-level criminals.

These animations give you a chance to spot criminals while you’re surveying the civilization. You can then have these criminals arrested by marking them in their ID cards (remember, arresting innocents will drop Happiness and possibly make you lose Believers, so be careful). Law Enforcers will also notice criminals, if they perform these actions within range of an officer. Law Enforcement Officers are very suspicious, which leads them to take pre-emptive action and arrest certain citizens they believe might be criminals (criminal profiling). Only 20% actually turn out to be criminals on average, meaning that only 2 in 10 arrested Nuggets will be criminals. This is why general Happiness may be affected. You can control the arrest rate by lowering the amount of officers, but that can increase overall criminal activity. It’s a tricky balance.

Prisons have plenty of cells to hold suspected Nuggets to increase the likelihood of catching criminals before a crime is committed. Interrogation takes a certain amount of time. Upon completion, the Nugget is either released, executed, or placed in a Rehabilitation Center, based on your preferences (indicated by your research choices). Executions are brutal, but they will generate enough fear to lower crime levels for a while.

Effects on Crime

  • No Schools
  • Low Happiness
  • No Law Enforcement Stations
  • Certain Research Perks
  • Certain Laws
  • Unnatural Nugget Death/Nugget Sacrifices
  • Buildings with high pollution levels
  • No Rehabilitation Centers

  • Schools
  • High Happiness
  • Law Enforcement Stations
  • Certain Research Perks
  • Certain Laws
  • Prison

We will be putting this system into full production next month, which means we'll hopefully have it ready in a month or two. Remember that the design isn't finalized and everything may change depending on how it plays. We would also love to hear your thoughts on the system, including anything you'd like to see added to make it even better. Like most things in the game, you'll have the power to intervene or allow your Nuggets to catch criminals on their own.

Don't forget to Sign Up for news to never miss an update and receive early testing invites. Join our Discord server to discuss the game with the community and offer feedback.

❤ Crytivo
17 comments Read more

September 3

Experimental Merged To Main Branch

Hello Everyone,
Today we merged an experimental branch to the main branch due to seeing some positive feedback about that branch. Just as a recap we would like to include the full list of issues that were fixed on experimental and now applied to main:

- Tornado NRE's (Null Reference Exceptions) fixed
- Fixed issue when nuggets would freeze when Fishing Hut was placed
- Added missing Steam DLL for Linux
- Fixed multiple save & load issues
- Fixed Save & Load issue during a Tornado
- Fixed the “Fly To” message not disappearing
- Fixed Healthy Malina Timer. It was not set correctly
- Crop Timer adjusted on certain crops
- Happiness decrease adjusted
- Added a message to the intro scene on how to skip the intro
- Shortened the number values for water & electricity.
- Fixed an issue with the Kinetic Generator’s UI slider being displayed incorrectly
- Removed a non-existent language from the database (fix for “missing translation” issue)
- Added a number of new tips to the game
- Fixed multiple sound issues (further testing will be performed to ensure sound issues are resolved)
- Lumberjack was not working correctly
- Issue where nuggets would stand still and do nothing
- Looping sound issue
- Issue where music was cut during the play
- Geology did not unlock metal mine
- Mining did not unlock Gas Mine
- Smoke particles optimization
- Bodies that were dropped into the cemetery manually were not always registered
- UI Optimization
-Fixed an issue where rocks/trees that landed not properly considered to be in the air and killed the nuggets that were passing by.

Crytivo Crew
48 comments Read more
See all discussions

Report bugs and leave feedback for this game on the discussion boards

About This Game


Jump straight into managing your own planets as you guide a civilization through the ages. Become the ultimate empire in The Universim, a new breed of God Game in development by Crytivo.

Want to participate in Closed Alpha and Beta Tests of The Universim?
Subscribe to the Newsletter and we’ll let you know when the CBT begins!


Your time is coming. Guide a fledgling civilization through the obstacles of life. From humble beginnings, watch as they evolve and advance throughout the ages under your wing. Influence their decisions and punish the unfaithful with a wide range of godly abilities. Interact with objects, create disasters, and launch clueless creatures into orbit. This is your world, and nothing can stop you from having fun.

Our goal is to bring back the features you know and love from classic god games and spice them up with fresh ideas, a modern physics engine, and stylized visuals developed by a few of our very own industry heroes.


Meet the Nuggets, a fragile and whacky species that relies on your leadership to build, research, and advance. Help them, and they will soon begin writing their own history in the stars. Every Nugget is a unique individual with a distinct set of characteristics. Just like any other living creature, Nuggets must have access to a few vital resources in order to survive. This includes water to drink, food to eat, and recreational activities to increase their happiness and quality of life. Recreational activities may include blowing stuff up. You’ve been warned.

As you spend time with the Nuggets, You will see that they behave like natural, living beings. They have their own thoughts and needs - and they even have the ability to make their own decisions at times. We want to give you a feeling that you’re interacting with a living organism, almost like you’re messing around with a rather chaotic ant farm.


Planets in The Universim aren’t just made up of a bunch of neatly-arranged objects; everything is linked together and plays a unique role in each planet’s ecosystem. Every tree your civilization cuts down, every resource they mine and every animal they hunt will affect the world they’re living in. A lack of trees and high levels of pollution will raise the global temperature over time, while reckless hunting or fishing might cause the extinction of some species. It’s your mission to manage how the Nuggets collect and utilize resources. What mark will you leave on the ecosystems that existed millions of years before your arrival? Will you use every available resource and expand at an unprecedented pace, or will you methodically create a more sustainable way of life for your civilization?

These are living, breathing worlds where everything is interconnected. We aim to provide you with an unique experience unlike any of the god games you have played before. Every decision you or your civilization makes will have consequences.


In The Universim, nature is just as wonderful and unpredictable as ever. Every planet comes with a few surprises that are sure to challenge your civilization. From tornadoes that consume everything in their path, to thunderous earthquakes that threaten to split your civilization in two. If you treat nature poorly, it might just show you how brutal and unforgiving it can be. Each planet you encounter will have a unique underbelly. Some planets are tranquil and filled to the brim with resources, while others are barren and dangerous. Be careful out there!

Something as simple as the cycle between night and day can play an important role. Wild animal attacks are more common at night, as are frequent temperature drops. Daytime offers a little more safety from the harshness of the world. With the inclusion of a full, four-season cycle, a planet’s biomes can change drastically, making it extremely difficult for Nuggets to survive brutal winters without proper preparation ahead of time.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or Higher
    • Processor: 2.6 Ghz - 4 Cores Mid Range CPU or Higher
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 780 | RX 290 or Higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Duh!
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or Higher
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz - 8 Cores or Higher
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1050 Ti | RX390 or Higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Duh!
    • OS: TBA
    • OS: TBA
    • OS: TBA
    • OS: TBA

What Curators Say

33 Curators have reviewed this product. Click here to see them.
Customer reviews
High Volume of Reviews Detected:
Exclude  or  View Only
Review Type

Purchase Type


Date Range
To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

Show graph

Display As:
Review Beta NEW!
When enabled, will sort reviews by new Helpfulness score. Read more about it in the blog post.
Show graph
Hide graph
Review Helpfulness Beta Enabled
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...