One of Apple’s Best Apps of 2012, Pixowl’s The Sandbox is a fantastically inventive mobile game that encourages players to create entire worlds and works of art, right on their iOS or Android devices. The Sandbox has reached five million downloads across app stores, and has over 300,000 unique worlds shared in its Online Gallery. That’s a lot of stuff, folks!
The new update for iOS today brings vehicles to the pixel-based world-building game, letting you carry yourself and crafting materials in a Truck from one place to another much faster. Or, if you’re of a combative turn of mind, grab a Tank or twelve and create a battle world to experiences the horrors of war, digitally.
There are new, more advanced contraptions as well, like Conveyor Belts and Multi Electro contraptions, letting you create and manage even more complicated machines and systems within your world.
New Decoration blueprints, including Kremlin, Crashed UFO, and Futuristic Bridge let you start a little less from scratch, providing you with new “starter kits” for your digital world. There are new levels for the Zombie Campaign, a mini-game within The Sandbox which really shows off the potential of the world-building tools.
“I think that’s what neat about this update is the vehicles are not just self-driven automats,” says PixOwl’s Sebastien Borget, “they provide a control interface (activated by holding one finger onto them in zoom) and you can really interact further. For example, you can decide which direction to move it and when to fire the tank.”
The Sandbox lets you create your own world with pixel-art tools, letting you play with the laws of physics, electricity, water, fire, and all sorts of basic building blocks. You can use it to compose music, create little creatures, or build amazing works of art. It’s like a mission-based god-game with a huge community of like-minded artisans and engineers to take inspiration from.
“I really like how the game is moving from a geeky world building title to a more casual entertainment,” says Borget, “fun to watch and interact with.”
The update includes a new app icon and a bunch of bug fixes, too, so grab this free universal game app now on your iPhone or iPad to see what all the fuss is about.