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The Sandbox Gets Another New Campaign and New Forces of Nature

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 20th, 2015
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The Sandbox, by Pixowl, has a new update that introduces the new Ecology 2 campaign, along with some other stuff (naturally).

Garfield: Survival of the Fattest Review

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By Jennifer Allen on April 16th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SAMEY GAME
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is a freemium town building kind of game, and one you've seen before.
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Jones, the Relic Hunter, Joins The Sandbox in a New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 17th, 2015
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The Sandbox­, by PIXOWL, has gotten a high-adventure loving, relic stealing update that introduces a new characters: Jones!

You can send Jones to explore ancient Mayan temples, armed with his trusty whip and boomerang. The update includes 15 new elements and 1 new platform-oriented campaign that's 12 danger filled levels of snakes, Mayan guardians, piranha, and killer bees.

There are a ton of other new things to discover in the update to The Sandbox.

GDC 2015 - Garfield is Still Eating All the Things in Garfield: Survival of the Fattest

Posted by Rob Rich on March 4th, 2015

Garfield is taking a page from The Simpsons in Pixowl's upcoming Garfield: Survival of the Fattest. And no, he's not trading lasagna for donuts.

The game is actually a sort of town builder (ish) from Pixowl where you'll be putting structures together, forcing up to twenty different characters from the comic strip to work, playing mini-games, and keeping the world's most beloved fat cat, well, fat. The emphasis here is on the various characters - like John, Odie, the mouse, and so on - and you'll be able to have them each perform different tasks in order to progress. You'll also want to craft various food ingredients so that you can stuff Garfield's face and keep him all nice and doughy, of course.

Garfield: Survival of the Fattest will be coming to iOS on March 26 as a free download.

GDC 2015 - The Sandbox 2 is Coming, and Now it has Textures! And Some Other Stuff, too

Posted by Rob Rich on March 3rd, 2015

The Sandbox has been doing pretty well for itself since it first released almost... holy cow it's almost been three years. Well anyway, in those three years Pixowl's 'powder' game has been updated to a ridiculous degree - even going so far as to receive controllable characters and new elements that let players design their own games within the game.

And now they're going "back to basics" with The Sandbox 2.

The new sandbox is similar to the original in many respects, but now sports a few noticeable changes. Shadows and lighting are a bit more detailed, the physics have been improved, and the various elements now have honest-to-goodness textures to ogle. Some environmental effects have also been included, such as glowing lava and a slight distortion to objects that are underwater. In addition to all of that, it will display multiple layers (i.e. foreground, background, etc) so that your creations won't always have to stack up on top of each other. If nothing else it's great to be able to drop a person into a world full of trees and actually see them walk in front of the trees rather than over them.

The Sandbox 2 should be out by the end of the year. Although if that seems like too long a wait, you could always head over to the official website to try your hand at the open beta.

The Sandbox EDU Review

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By Nadia Oxford on November 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COME PLAY IN THE SANDBOX AGAIN
Like its predecessor, The Sandbox EDU offers lots for players to see, do, and create. But should an educational app have so many spelling errors?
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Pixowl's Newest Release, The Sandbox EDU, is Available on the App Store Now

Posted by Ellis Spice on November 14th, 2014

Pixowl has announced that The Sandbox EDU, a child-focused and IAP-free version of its popular creation game, The Sandbox, has arrived on iOS.

Developed in cooperation with teachers and aimed at those aged 6 to 12, this new version of The Sandbox features over 50 original 'lessons' on various subjects, including those based on Earth science, lab science, pixel art, and music. Players will also find over 150 elements available to them in the open-ended 'Create' mode, with work also available to be saved and shared in the game's online gallery.

The Sandbox EDU is available now on the App Store for $2.99.

Craft and Control Contraptions in The Sandbox's New Brainiac Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 4th, 2014
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Pixowl Inc. has brought us not one, but two new campaigns in the Brainiac update for The Sandbox.

In this new update you now have access to machines such as the Spaceship, Plane, and Kamikaze Drone, and can assemble your own controllable contraptions. You'll also be able to make doors with gate controls and can devastate your pixel worlds with the Rocket Launcher. The two campaigns have 17 new levels to solve and teach you how the mechanics of the Brainiac work.

The Brainiac update for The Sandbox is available now.

Garfield: Survival of the Fattest Coming to iOS this Fall

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014

Who loves lasagna? Me. Also everyone's favorite grumpy fat cat, Garfield. Coming to the App Store this Fall will be Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, an original game from Pixowl, the folks behind The Sandbox.

Garfield: Survival of the Fattest will feature an original storyline centered around Garfield's passion for food, plus there'll be plenty of room for other characters from the Garfield Universe.

Check out the teaser trailer below. We'll keep you in the loop when it comes to the game's progress.

Grub Review

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By George Fagundes on June 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: GRUB SNUB
Remember Snake? Remember Pac-Man? Remember how fun those games can be? Grub wants you to remember too, but it comes up short.
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E3 2014 - Pixowl has Big Plans for The Sandbox, as Well as Lasagna-Loving Cats

Posted by Rob Rich on June 18th, 2014

Pixowl has been working tirelessly for quite some time now, what with all the monthly updates to The Sandbox along with several other projects. It doesn’t look like they plan on slowing down anytime soon, either.

Last week, in addition to the news of the Farmer's update, it was also revealed that The Sandbox is rapidly approaching 2.0 status. This milestone (which should be ready within the next three to four months) will include updated features such as an all new interface, reworked campaigns, and will be in HD just like its PC counterpart. This means it’s going to look better, and give you a bigger place to play in.

The Sandbox EDU was also on display, which will be a premium paid version of the freemium classic that’s been specifically tweaked to function as an educational tool. The plan is for parents, educators, and kids to use it as a way to study things like physics, electricity, hot/cold, and so on. All of the elements will be open from the start, and will be restricted to those that actually have some educational value (i.e. no zombies). The Sandbox EDU should be available in the App Store a little before “back to school” time.

Finally there’s Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, which is due out in September. This one’s sort of like Greedy Grub [GET LINK] but with Garfield characters. You’ll get to complete missions for characters from the comic series, build stuff, collect resources, and even take part in three different mini-games. All in the name of getting the giant orange cat to lose weight. Or rather, to help the giant orange cat avoid losing weight.

The Sandbox v1.950 Update Has Arrived, So Prepare to Live the 'Country Life'

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 22nd, 2014
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The newest update has arrived for The Sandbox, bringing with it a new campaign and all you need to start a life in the Country.

The new campaign, entitled "Sandmix Vol. 1," contains a mix of gaming, pixel art, music, action, and puzzle levels across the nine it contains. Players will likely have to use their skills and their brain, and maybe even both, to complete them all.

Meanwhile, two new job powders will provide you with the chance to domesticate your worlds. The Farmer has the ability to plant crops and harvest hay after they've fully grown, whilst the Fisherman can (as you'd likely expect) catch fish. To help this process along, Corn, Pumpkins, and Wheat crops have been added alongside new blueprints for Haystacks, Silos, Barns, and Windmills.

As if all of the above wasn't enough, the 'Robocalypse' campaign is now available to all players.

The Sandbox is available now and is free to download.

The Sandbox Gets Update, Receives New Campaign and New Elements

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 24th, 2014
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The Sandbox, the-true-to-its-name sandbox adventure, has just received a new update. The new update adds in a new Ecology Campaign with 20 new levels, and new disaster elements.

The Sandbox is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the App Store.

What's New in Update 1.900?

+ Play the brand new Ecology Campaign
Through 20 environmental levels, you’ll have to protect our planet by solving environmental puzzle: Stop the deforestation, find ways to fight the air or water pollution and find sustainable solutions to help the world stay healthy and beautiful. The challenge is real! Have fun while making the difference !

+ Discover 13 new elements that will allow you to deal with environmental issues:
- Unleash the nature’s anger with the 3 natural catastrophe elements: Tornado, Earthquake and Tsunami. They will change the topography of your worlds and destroy everything
- The Eruption will allow you to play with liquids and create volcanoes
- Nature can be rough but mankind is always the most destructive force… The nuclear explosion element reminds this sad truth
- Introducing a new basic element that have many interactions with the existent ones: Salt! Create Sea Water that turns metal to Rust and the Salt Mud to a sterile soil…
- The Blue Whale will swim around and need to go to the surface every minutes to go breathing… If its way is blocked or its environment polluted, this fragile giant will die.
- The Oil Tanker has a hull breach and spill oil around, killing what’s alive.
- Two new trees to plant hope for a brighter future: the Cacao Tree will help the humans to have a better life and the Mangrove Tree will grow in the sweet water spreading his roots in the bottom of the ponds.

GDC 2014 - Grub, Which is Effectively Doodle Grub 2, is on its way to the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on March 20th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The original Doodle Grub was pretty popular (to put it lightly). Well, Pixowl is getting ready to release a sequel, simply called Grub.

Grub will use a similar series of accelerometer controls, naturally. However it's also going to include new power-ups, new enemies, new obstacles, and bigger maps that scroll to follow the grub as he crawls along. You can also save and share video replays with your friends to see who's grubbiest. There's even the possibility (possibility - it's not a certainty yet) of simultaneous multiplayer in future updates.

Much like the original, Grub is going to be free-to-play. You can keep an eye out for it in the App Store at the end of April/the beginning of May. Or you could always request access to the beta right here.

The Sandbox Gets a Retro Style Update with 12 New Levels and 8 New Elements, Lets Users Upload Video Replays

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 18th, 2013
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The Sandbox goes retro in its latest update that brings 12 new levels featuring past video games. The update also lets users create their own retro game by using 8 new elements like the Laser Bike, Intelli Bike, Sneaker, Shooter, Game Wall, Game Points, Area Multi, and Attacker. It also adds two new blueprints for the holiday season (a Christmas Tree and Christmas Gifts), and new social features that let users record video replays and share them straight to YouTube.