A calm creative experience. A sandbox growing game where you shape the evolution of an alien ecosystem. Study the environment and discover what drives it, or just sit back, relax, and see what happens!
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Mixed (28) - 57% of the 28 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Sep 23, 2015
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March 1

XenoBloom updated to 1.6!

It's been a long time, but XenoBloom has been updated to version 1.6, with the biggest addition being a new game mode: Deduction mode!

In deduction mode, you adjust the environmental conditions, and watch what happens. Then you answer questions based on your observations.


For example, the game might ask, "What condition does this plant need to grow", and it will give you three choices. It's up to you to figure it out. So you try turning one of those conditions on, and see if that plant grows, like this:


OK, well it's not that one...maybe this one:



Yep, that's it, the answer is water, so you click the little squiggly water icon at the top, and go on to the next question.

The game might also ask what condition kills a certain plant, so then you would need to grow it first, and then try to kill it with some other conditions. It's a fun experiment in deductive reasoning ;)

What about the next update?
That's going to be the really big one!
There will be lots of new plants, some of which will have never-before-seen behaviors.

And you know what else?
STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS!
That's right, true Steam integration is finally possible.

When? Probably mid-May of 2018

So what have I been doing all this time?

This:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/722330/The_Painters_Playground/


Well, that's it for now.

Except for maybe this:
Some reviews have questioned whether XenoBloom is truly about evolution. It is certainly *about* evolution as a subject, but it does not *emulate* evolution. While that might be an awesome idea, it is way outside of the scope of this project.

Others question my "scientific knowledge" because I use the word "Plants", even though the game contains bacteria, worms, and fungi. It's a generalization, folks! The game also contains things that have no earthly analog. I call those plants too.

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Reviews

“A Pixel-Perfect Meditative Garden”
Indie Game Magazine

“Manages to harvest a great deal of depth from these seeds of creativity”
indieHAVEN

“Essentially a version of 'the game of life' with some significant depth and game elements added on top of it”
Highland Arrow

About This Game

PLAYER - DRIVEN DISCOVERY

XenoBloom charges you, an inexperienced demi-god, with the care of a fledgling alien biome. Nurture, harvest, evolve, and sculpt. Create your ideal garden world.

Unique to XenoBloom is its use of Cellular Automata to decide if plants live or die; Just watching their behavior can create a trance-like state of wonder.

WARNING!
XenoBloom contains no running, no jumping, no shooting, no loot, no health, and no shields.
XenoBloom has plants. They grow. And sometimes die.

(XenoBloom also has bacteria, fungi, and animals, but they are generally referred to collectively as "plants" for the sake of brevity.)

Features:
  • Nurture strange alien life
  • Harvest plants to evolve new life-forms
  • Control the rules of selection and survival
  • Sculpt your world
  • 5 game modes: normal, experimental, observational, ecological, deduction
  • No fail condition
  • Beautiful original soundtrack

* Updated Features:
  • Local Co-Op : Garden with a friend or family member
  • Selective Evolution : You choose what will evolve next

* New in version 1.6:
  • New game mode: Deduction!
  • Modify environmental conditions like water, sunlight, and oxygen.
  • See what grows!
  • Each kind of plant requires a specific set of conditions,
  • Life forms can also be killed by other environmental factors.
  • Answer question based on your observations of the ecosystem.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or later
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: 2.7 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 250 MB available space

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