The Sapling is a short simulation game where you design your own plants and animals, and put them in a world together. Or you turn on random mutations, and see what evolution does to your ecosystem!
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Very Positive (13) - 92% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (272) - 90% of the 272 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Dec 12, 2019
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“While there is already a lot of content to enjoy, the list of ideas that can still be added is endless. I feel that letting the community join the brainstorm about what would be fruitful ideas to explore further is the most efficient way to make the game better quickly.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until I cannot think of any more major things to add. As I write this, two major updates have been released, and I have plans for several more.”

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

“The full version will include several major updates that make the simulation even deeper and more interesting, and of course a lot of more polish and fewer (preferably no) glitches.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“A fully playable game, but glitchy and laggy at times.”

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

“I plan to gradually raise the price as I ship new content and features, listening closely to community feedback.”

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

“I communicate with the players every day via the Steam forums, Youtube comments, email and Twitter.”
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About This Game

The Sapling is a short simulation game where you design your own plants and animals, and put them in a world together. Or you turn on random mutations, and see what evolution does to your ecosystem!

Features


  • Design plants and animals.
  • Fast-forward time to and watch the ecosystem work like a charm or slowly fall apart (probably the latter :) ).
  • A sandbox mode where you can skip time and turn on random mutation, allowing true evolution.
  • An instinct system where you can specify what an animal should do when it hears or sees something.
  • A procedural animation system so any animal can perform any animation.
  • Procedural music mixed on the fly.
  • Everything set up to be easily extended by players.

This looks just like Spore!


Wessel Stoop has wanted to play a simulation game where you can build your own plants and animals, put them in a world, and see what happens since 2002. You can imagine his excitement when Will Wright, the father of simulation games, demoed his latest game Spore to an enthusiastic crowd. When Spore turned out to be all game genres except simulation, Wessel decided he wanted to try to make the game by himself. The Sapling is the result of that attempt.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: A processor with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16 or newer
    • Processor: A processor with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities.
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM

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