Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is an abstract god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. Get creative, playing at your own pace, as you experiment with this simulation of an ecosystem. But remember, when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes...
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Mixed (67) - 53% of the 67 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 12, 2017

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April 28

Pill Bug Talk Intelligent Design (and much more) with Tanked Up Cast!

This week Sean and I were lucky enough to be invited onto the Tanked Up Cast. We talked craft beer, game development, and future plans for ID. We also went pretty deep into the development process for Cycle 28 too.

It was great to sit down with Ben and Aadil and talk about life as game devs, including what we've learned over our two releases.

What will quickly become clear is we can never call ourselves beer connoisseurs! Perhaps the biggest takeaway was that we need to listen to Tanked Up more - as do the rest of you!

Check out Tanked Up episode 115, available wherever you get your podcasts!
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April 21

Update Plans

The dust has started to settle following the launch of our second game Cycle 28 and Dave and I have started to draw up plans for the next Intelligent Design update.

We sat down today and read though every review for the game to find common themes we can address based on your feedback.

Based on that we've decided to work on the following things in the next big update:

1) UI and controls

When I first designed Intelligent Design I wanted it to be a relaxing couch experience, which to me meant controller support. The constraint I put on the design by wanting to retain controller support was a bad decision. We are going to rethink the control scheme by removing that constraint. Our plan is to have the game control like most other management style games, a simple menu where you click to select what you want to build then click in the world where you want it to appear.

2) New player experience

There is a lot to take in for a new player in Intelligent Design. Sometimes it is unclear what impact your choices have on the game world. To help this we are going to scrap the current tutorial and start again. The improvements to UI and controls will help us with this, making it easier to include context aware tooltips.

3) A new map

More maps can only be a good thing right? :D

We can't give a timescale on these updates, but we will continue to let you know how it goes. To get the news before anyone else be sure to sign up to our mailing list (which also comes with a free copy of the Cycle 28 soundtrack!)
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About This Game

In a universe driven by targets, a faceless corporation employs you to create an evolving ecosystem you can never hope to control...

Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is a god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. Create species of plants, herbivores and carnivores and try to control the ever evolving ecosystem. Design and create genetically modified organisms, but remember when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes...

This is a game for people who don’t want to be given all the answers. A game for people who like to experiment with a simulation, at their own pace, and watch what happens.

Key Features



Fully modeled genetics and evolution

The behavior of each organism are determined by their genetics. How tall will a plant grow? How fast can an herbivore run? How often does a carnivore seek prey? These genetics are passed down generation after generation along with random mutations. Evolution is fully simulated, there are no tricks or statistical approximations. You are watching life evolve on your computer.

Science to be Done

What do all those genes actually do? How is the world score calculated? What does world efficiency even mean? Much like a real scientist you will need to investigate, analyse and work with other players to try and answer these questions. To help you along the way the game outputs data in xml files so you can really get your science on.

Genetic Engineering

Create your own genetically modified organisms, but be careful, once a genome has entered your ecosystem it may be hard to undo the damage ... and are you sure you really know what those genes do yet?

Secrets to Discover

Who is employing you to create this ecosystem? Why are they doing it? Why are you doing it? What are those targets for? The answers to these any many other questions are out there, you just need to work together and find them...

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or 7
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8 or 10 64 bit
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 3GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux (Most distros should work)
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 2.3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Quad Core @ 3GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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