August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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Cuboid Sandbox

by cominu - Jam Entry

Half game and half simulation, this sandbox let you discover the beauty and wilderness of the different Cuboid species fighting for food and territory control in a constantly evolving environment.

Gameplay tip: try influencing the world placing food and cuboids by hand :D

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DustyStylus says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:13pm

Fascinating! And very beautiful once it's been left to run for a while. Would be nice to be able to click on the mini-map to go directly to that location. (this PC has a slightly low-range GFX card) :)

wlad says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:43pm

Really really nice and ascinating. Although i did not understand how the war works, how it ends, who wins, how to influence it. Maybe an introduction/tutorial with limited food would be great. Or some effects showing where an attack is or who wins or kills who.

cominu says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:45pm

Thanks, I'm surely going to expand this little prototype and there will be support for low-range graphics card. We were short in time and we had to cut on configuration features.

Capro says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:48pm

Beautiful, very very beautiful.

spriters2000 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:19pm

the best game of all the ludumdare24!

sPe says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:46pm

Neat. Really like the overall game mechanics and visualization. Some goal/challenge, and probably a bit less sandbox, could really provide some additional motivation (having some kind of RTS in mind :D). However the camera movement is a bit sluggish here.

FredericRP says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:12pm

Very nice one, that's almost a screensaver (to watch for a long time) :D
The camera don't go very far up, I would have loved to see the whole world closer than the minimap but from upside.

recursor says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:33am

Very well done! This is a refreshing idea and implementation of the theme.

arzi says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:22am

Really nice graphics, though a little slow on my old MBP :)

Could perhaps be a little more game-like.

benderbinary says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:34am


imef says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:36am

Only thing I can think of right now is wow!

Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:58am

This is lovely! Although I couldn't quite figure out what was going on

kiwi says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:42am

Nice evolutation, not so good game (actually I didn't found any gameplay)

juaxix says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:47am

i love the idea of spray colored cubes as colonies of bacteria, the video bloom effect is really cool and all mixed looks like pixel art, i like the way you choose to interpret the theory of life and evolution in 3d, also the mood is correct thanks to music and water drop sounds :)
Would like there was battles between colonies haha

Benjamin says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:53am

Hey that's beautiful.To make it a game you could go the opera omnia way :
- Put some cube on a map
- Give payer a fix ammount of food stock
- Give player objectif in size and space ( 100+ yellow in this area, 30- red in this area )
- The player have a limited time to fulfill the objectives
+ Make things harder with red attack blue attacke yellow attack red so player have to find some path where tribes avoid each others

PS : Well infact that's reversed opera omnia

NgonGames says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:15pm

Feels more like a toy than a game, but over all very cool.

Uberi says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:17pm

Mesmerizing! But sort of confusing at first.

Cyboot says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:22pm

Ahh, i love it.
I once created a game/simulation with a similar idea (multiplying and evolving virus) but i only used colored dots to present them. It looked good to but not so amazing and beautiful like your game/sim
(But maybe i should continue working on my game :) )

Take my best rating for this Ludumdare so far :)

plule says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:24pm

Very very cool. Lack of interaction is frustrating, and I'd love to see an expanded version. Also Blackreefs Pirate looks great :)

Maxium says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 8:28am

Such a nice art style, add some deeper game mechanics and it'd be perfect.

monomanio says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:24pm

Lovely art!

Gryxitl says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:36pm

Fantastic little sim you've created. Using the different species to paint the map was a hell of a lot of fun.

wilbefast says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:56am

Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit: /usr/lib32/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.14' not found (required by ./CuboidSandboxLD24-linux)

Guess I should update my operating system :S

kato9 says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 1:11am

Hooooooooly craappolla - voxel magic ahoy! The ambient occlusion and glow effects are to die for! And it's all in real time, holy crapolla x2. Wonderful simulation as well, good potentially spend a lot of time messing around with this! A+

Porpentine says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 8:53am


very very pretty

Porpentine says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 8:55am

ahhhh this is fascinating

Matt Rix says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 3:30pm

This is fantastic! Since it's a jam entry, there's no source... so any way you could share how you did the ambient occlusion on the cubes? They look really pretty.

Grouflon says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 4:40pm

Fascinating !

mohammad says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 5:12pm


Walt says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 5:27pm

real cool

cominu says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 10:08pm

@matt It's the Screen space ambient occlusion shader that comes with unity, nothing special from my side :)

Jedi says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 8:33am

Awesome entry! Gets 5* for Innovation, Fun and Mood. If this was a competition on which entry I spent the most time with, yours would win :).

It would be cool if you had even more control over the simulation. Especially how big the game space is and how the creatures act. It might be nice to have a random spawn check for each food type.

It's such a great demonstration of what computers can do with a few simple rules. :)

cominu says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 12:08pm

Good news for you all: looks like this experiment will become a full feature game soon :)

jplur says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:35pm

I'm really enjoying all the 'interactive simulations' for this compo's theme. This is one of my favorites!

Maple says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 12:40am

Wow, this entry looks really nice, and has good accompanying sound. Good Job!

Nidjo123 says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:14pm

Great mechanics! Lovely graphics and really intuitive and easy gameplay. Great job!

kddekadenz says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:41pm

Fascinating and beautiful! And I do like that it runs fine on my old laptop with Linux and that you can export the map.

robcozzens says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:59pm

Well that was just awesome!!
I wish you could rotate the camera and that it moved faster, but still, I really liked it. And it was beautiful!!

Datw says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 6:14pm

Feels very complete and polished. The music, graphics, interface and concept fit really well together. For me, it just lacks interactivity. Well done!

Kmad says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 6:57pm

Fun sandbox that looks great. Well done!

entrusC says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:05pm

graphic looks nice :) Do you use a built in shader of unity or did you write it yourself for LD?

Pierrec says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:10pm


darkshadow says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:12pm

Beautiful, the glowing trails are good, and the mini-map looks as alive as the world itself! In theme it is similar to my own game but very different in execution. Some of the events are really interesting, a group of creatures exhaust their food, and are forced to go on a risky migration through a forest of other coloured food. I love games where from simple rules some complex behaviour can emerge :)

Sep 9, 2012 @ 8:36pm

This is the most relaxing game ever! It looks so beatiful too I think I could just keep playing this forever...

Cake&Code says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 8:48pm

Well... that was new. The minimaps it created were usually quite incredible. I loved piling food up in one area and then when it ran out all the blocks dispersed, beautiful streaks of color.

vilya says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 1:10am

What a great looking game! Beautiful ambient music & sounds too.

sfernald says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 7:11am

Amazing concept and execution. More a sim than a game. Still I found it fascinating and beautiful. Great job!

Jezzamon says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 7:32am

Cool... it's not really that much of a game, in that there isn't a goal. It's still good though

Sep 10, 2012 @ 8:34am

Woah. I never expected I would enjoy tinkering around with this game. Haha. Love the visual aesthetic. Makes it seem very calm.

Orni says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:02am

I've started this - went down to get a coffee, came back up and almost dropped it.

such a beautiful game

also a very nice demo of natural selection through territorial dominance

matheod says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 2:19pm

Beatiful !!!! ♥

Qaterknan says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 3:49pm

This is beautiful. Not just because of graphics but also because really clever and realistic simulation. And even it is "just" simulator, it is entertaining as complete game. Made a map with food in center and corners and watched the struggle :). Good job!

samoojamies says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 5:19pm

I cheered for the yellow cubes but they died :(

pighead10 says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 6:14pm

Left this running in the background. purty!

GFil24 says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 6:28pm

The site is down for me. :(
Can somebody upload a mirror for me?

goerp says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 6:56pm

the posts that are advertising your game probably made your server melt. It must be really good then. I'll try again later.

Sestren says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 9:01pm

Quite possibly the most entrancing and soothing entry. I'm absolutely going to make a desktop background out of this.

michax says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:18pm

Looks and sounds great!

goerp says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 7:32pm

It reminds me of some experiments I did years ago in Visual Basic. Iw was a load of rubbish, but something like this I had in mind. Really wonderful, visually and aurally.
I'm glad I tried again (after the server was unreachable)

Gornova says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 9:06pm

it's a shame it's only an half game, because visual are good and the main "core" of the game seems cool but.. you lack of gameplay

tomhunt says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 12:37am

I like this. The ambient soundtrack is good. The graphics look really cool. It needs a bit more gameplay to it, but I think you're definitely onto something.

pardue says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 11:37pm

I like the art style!

alexandervrs says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 9:12pm

Yes, this looks that it could be used as a nice starting point for a game, it is really a sandbox at its current state, but looks nice. :)

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