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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Rovio is celebrating 100 million downloads of the (quite apparently) popular Bad Piggies with a new update.
Bad Piggies is the Angry Birds spinoff that lets you play as the pigs as they build vehicles from scrap and try to navigate their way through levels without being blown up. It’s getting a new Sandbox level called Little Pig Adventure and a new part called the gearbox, which allows you to make your inventions travel in reverse.
There are also some new achievements to collect, so download Bad Piggies for $0.99 and start building.
Pangoland, by Studio Pango, is a sandbox style game for kids where they’ll get to explore the world of Pango, Piggy, Fox, Squirrel and Bunny and play tons of games and activities.
The game features secret mini-games, hundreds objects to interact with, the ability to switch between day and night, and no advertising. Among the many things they can do, kids can help Bunny to grow vegetables in the garden, decorate the Christmas tree with Pango, cook dinner for everyone, dig up fossils with Squirrel, or build a robot in Fox’s workshop. With its’ cute graphics and endless activities, Pangoland is sure to keep kids busy exploring and having fun.
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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 1st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With the success of Strategy & Tactics: World War II, HeroCraft has released a sequel called WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics. The Sandbox allows you to ignore historical accuracy and take command of any European army to win the war. Want to conquer Europe yourself or make friends with the USSR? Now you can.
WW2: Sandbox has 16 playable countries with another 12 on the way and a huge map with over 500 regions. Random events like guerrilla movements, landing operations, and voluntary recalls, make each battle unique and challenge your strategies.
You can pick up WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics for $9.99 on the App Store
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Terraria, the fun mining game from 505 Games, just got more challenging with its new Hard Mode.
505 games is introducing new enemies and bosses, as well as new NPCs and over 100 new items, including the Pwnhammer that can destroy Demon Altars and create new ores. Terraria also gets a new combat targeting system. You can now touch an enemy to target it and it automatically aims for you, which makes using ranged weapons a whole lot easier.
If you love what you see, you can even record and share your gameplay in the Pause menu or watch your friend’s videos in the Videos section under the Main Menu.
You can check out Terraria and all its new features for $4.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mojang has dug deep and announced the 0.9.0 update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. This is their biggest update yet with infinite worlds, abandoned mineshafts, villages, caves, and an insane amount of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks. Mojang has also added biomes from the PC version including mesas, jungles, swamps, and extreme hills. The biomes will have the new feature generator that makes lakes, vines, and the always exciting monster rooms.
Players will be able to tame wolves and fight new mobs including Slimes, Endermen, Silverfish, and the diabolical Mooshrooms. Alongside a bunch of bug fixes, the interaction button has been revamped so you won’t accidentally sucker-punch your new wolf companion.
Will all these additions and so much more packed into the 0.9.0 update, now is a great time to pick up Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The game is available on the app store for $6.99.
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.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s a bumper new update for sandbox adventure, The Sandbox, with the new Farmer’s Campaign offering 15 additional levels.
The update includes six new elements such as the Tractor to help farmers harvest quicker and the Chicken that can be raised and converted to food, or hunted by the new Fox element. New blueprints are also available, including the Bullseye for aspiring archers and the Chicken Pen, because all chickens need somewhere to live!
The Sandbox is free and available now on the App Store.
+ New campaign (15 levels): the Country Life Campaign
+ Improvements on the Humans:
– The Hunter will be able to shoot animals and place Traps!
– The Farmer will raise chickens and convert them to food
– After collecting a certain amount of specific resources (food, aluminite, etc), you can create special buildings with which your humans will interact with emoticons (with a brand new UI)
+ 6 New elements:
– The Tractor to help the farmer to harvest quicker
– The Chicken, the Chicks and the Egg will be raised and converted to food or hunted by the fox
– The Fox the worst enemy of the chickens!
– The Crow will fly around and eat the crops
– The Scarecrow will drive away the crows
– The E-drain to build advanced irrigation system drove by electricity
+ 2 New blueprints
– Bullseye for all the wannabe archer
– The Chicken Pen to raise your future meat
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
Retro gaming and God complexes: two great tastes that taste great together. And in the case of 148Apps Editor’s Choice app The Sandbox, that’s exactly what gamers get. Now, though, the fun expands to the magical iPad screen (including full retina display support), providing a universal experience on either iOS device. Reviewer Rob Rich had this to say about the game: “Sometimes a game’s title just fits. It does a perfect job of getting the point across without bombarding the reader with unnecessary words…games like The Sandbox do titles right. It’s pretty much dead-on about what players can expect. Which is to say it’s a sandbox. A glorious, pixilated, element-manipulating sandbox.”
This latest update from developer Pixowl and Bulkypix does more than just make The Sandbox universal, it also adds 11 new tree species, 7 new backgrounds, 8 glowing gems and 30 missions to solve. That’s enough to keep any budding godling busy.
More additions are on the way, including new ways to bring lifeforms to your creation, so get in The Sandbox, start playing and ‘unleash the pixel artist dormant in you.
As Rob greedily but understandably stated, it could have done with “more stuff to mess around” with. Fortunately, developers Pixbits has acknowledged this with a new and huge update that has just been released.
The update is big enough that we haven’t got the room to discuss every single improvement. However, key points to take in are that it’s now an Universal build, has new rare weapon drops and new mobs in the form of Stone Golems, Mummy Pharaohs, Carnivore Plants, Blue Scarabs, Frogs, Headless Zombies and Zombie Head.
That’s not all, though, with the addition of new color dyes, new recipes and a cooking pot and cooking ware craftable addon, also included. Farming fans can enjoy the option of plantable fruit, vegetables and trees, also.
It’s a huge update for Junk Jack and that’s not including the huge number of enhancements and fixes that come included. Without further ado, get downloading Junk Jack and watch your productivity and free time vanish!
Holy crap. No, seriously, holy crap. Pixowl Inc, in collaboration with Bulkypix, are poised to unleash something major on the App Store. It might look like a simple toy at first, but make no mistake: The SandBox is packing some seriously intense concepts behind that cute facade.
When The SandBox first caught my attention, I thought it looked like a nifty little pixelated world-building game. In a way, it kind of is. However, I was thoroughly unprepared for just how many different aspects of this created world could be manipulated. Water will flow down hills, erode stone into sand, turn dirt into fertile soil, evaporate in extreme heat and freeze in extreme cold. Flowers and trees can grow. Weather will develop based largely on the environment. Players can even make rudimentary circuits to do anything from heating to creating light.
The SandBox is still very much in beta at the moment, but that’s no reason not to get excited. What’s already implemented is pretty amazing, actually. A lot of specifics are still up in the air, such as the final number of “story” levels (currently around 20), price and release date. It’s kind of a shame because this is all so cool, but then again it’s probably best not to rush things. Although the super-curious or anxious can try to get in to the beta. No guarantees, though. Regardless, be sure to keep an eye out for The SandBox whenever it does hit the App Store.
Gameloft continue to tease us with a new trailer and set of screenshots to advertise the forthcoming release of Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, a mere six weeks after the last trailer. There’s still no sign of a release date but it’s continuing to intrigue with its Grand Theft Auto style gameplay.
This trailer depicts some cool looking sights such as flying helicopters, tanks to take control of, cool cars to drive and er exploding footballs to contend with. The screenshots offer similar prospects plus it looks like players will be able to fly planes and maybe even steer yachts. That’s not forgetting the ultra violence we’ve all come to expect from sandbox gangster titles like this.
Looks like Gangstar Rio: City of Saints will be great fun when it hits the App Store.
I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as […]
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 […]