Giant Army recently released Universe Sandbox 2 on Steam’s Early Access and it’s less of a game and more of a simulation. In fact, many of the reviews praising the game make it clear that anyone looking to purchase Universe Sandbox 2 should be very clear that this is a physics-based simulation and not a game in the traditional sense.
The best way to describe the game is that it’s a universe sandbox that allows you to manipulate planets, star systems and galaxies. You get to see things simulated that you’ll likely never experience in real life. As mentioned on the Steam store page…
“Universe Sandbox ² is a physics-based space simulator that allows you to create, destroy, and interact on an unimaginable scale.
“It merges real-time gravity, climate, collision, and material interactions to reveal the beauty of our universe and the fragility of our planet. Universe Sandbox ² is the long awaited sequel to the original Universe Sandbox.”
You can grab a look at what was added in the new version of the game with the Early Access trailer below.
Universe Sandbox ² is now available on Steam Early Access for PC, Mac, and Linux. https://universesandbox.com/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/230290/ This video uses only in-game footage from Alpha 16. Universe Sandbox ² is a powerful space and gravity simulator that lets you create and destroy on a scale you’ve never before imagined.
According to Neborath, the simulator is a great way to make mock apocalypse scenarios, writing in the review…
“I launched a small moon at Earth to see the new impact mechanics. Soon after, all the city lights went out all over Earth.
“10/10 Best apocylapse symulator ever”
Luxy keeps it more straight-laced, explaining that Universe Sandbox 2 is well worth the purchase, but don’t go in expecting something embedded with the kind of goals and mechanical complexity of Just Cause or Metal Gear Solid…
“This is a simulator, not really a game. If you have a problem with that then please go watch some videos about this before buying it and then downvoting it. With that being said, this is a gem worth owning, and I proudly bought it directly from the developer before it was even available on early access.”
It’s easy to see how some gamers could become disgruntled with the concept of the sim, since it’s not quite an RTS game, not quite a turn-based game, not quite a 4x strategy title and it’s not really like BeamNG or other interactive simulators where there’s actual gameplay involved. You can get an idea of what you do or some of the things you can do in Universe Sandbox 2 with a Let’s Play video from Draegast.
Universe Sandbox 2 is an AWESOME Universe Sandbox Physics Engine. In Universe Sanxbox 2 you can do pretty much anything you can think of and see what will happen in a accurate universe representation. Want to see two galaxies collide? You can do that! Want to see what happens if the moon hits earth?
Taygete2 also reiterates what luxy mentioned – that this game is more about exploring galactic bodies and the physically simulated results that spawn from players manipulating those bodies. The review states…
“Universe Sandbox isn’t a game per se; there are no bosses, aims or levels, merely an accurate model of astronomical bodies for you to fiddle with. It’s really more of a toy :O – the virtual equivalent of a configurable orrery, except hugely more complex than any mechanical system.”
I think Papercoolcat does a fine job of quantifying what sort of hijinks gamers can get themselves into even if there is no interest in realistic astronomical properties, writing…
“This game is great! Ever wanted to make a planet because you hate the one you are on right now? Of course you have! In this game you can make the planet you have always wanted to be on. Ever wanted to destroy all life on Earth? Yes and so have I, and I have done so through this game! THROW ALL THE ASTEROIDS AND BURN EVERYTHING”
You can throw asteroids and burn everything in the universe right now with Universe Sandbox 2. Assuming this is the sort of simulation that fits your tastes, you can grab a digital copy while it’s currently in Early Access for $24.99. Alternatively you can learn more about the simulator by paying a visit to the official website.