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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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“After a long discussion with playtesters and other gamedevs, I have decided to change my mind and make my release at the 12th an early access release. This is for two reasons: (1) the game right now is really short and several playtesters felt there was a lot of unused potential, and (2) multiple people independently noted that the game might benefit from a community giving me hints on where it's best to go next with the simulation engine.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I'm targeting 6 months.”

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

“Besides the regular bug fixes and making the game easier to understand, I will probably use the early access period to extend the game's scenarios, and add more ways to showcase the game's deep simulation engine: this could be anything from mating, flowers, or flying animals. What exactly I'll choose depends on what the community indicates they are most interested in.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“A fully playable game, but a bit short and rough around the edges. All main mechanics and graphics are there, and they are explained to you in four scenarios. After the four scenarios, there is a sandbox mode.”

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

“I plan to make it slightly more expensive, but this too depends on community feedback.”

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

“I am planning on talking to the community using blogposts, a newsletter, and listen to the community via Reddit and the comment sections of various social media.”
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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: 4 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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