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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.

Get Your Pixels Ready, The Sandbox Has Been Updated With New Levels, Music, and More

Posted by on July 17th, 2014
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A new update of The Sandbox by Pixowl Inc. is now available on the App Store. The crazy little pixel puzzle/creation game has added a whole new campaign with 9 new levels to play.

Players will be able to place buildings everywhere in their worlds. The Bakery, Restaurant, Space Colony, Jewelry, and Tree House are available from the Elements menu. Players can also use the new “Top Games” button to play mini-games created by other players. The update comes with some optimizations for video replays, new music, a new app icon, and various bug fixes and level corrections.

You can pick up the 1.995 Update for The Sandbox for free on the app store.

via: Our Review

The-Sandbox-BannerPixowl 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.

New Farmer’s Campaign Comes to The Sandbox

Posted by 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.

Update includes:
+ 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

via: Our Review

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

Posted by 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.

via: Our Review

The Sandbox Gets Update, Receives New Campaign and New Elements

Posted by on April 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

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.

The Sandbox Receives New “Shinobi” Update – Packs New Ninja Features

Posted by on March 12th, 2014
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The Sandbox, a game for iOS that is – appropriately – a sandbox, has just received even more sandbox-y goodness. The version 1.800 update, titled “The Sninobi Adventure,” features 17 Japanese-themed levels as part of the new Shinobi Adventure Campaign. Within these new levels, you’ll encounter many obstacles including lava pits, challenging puzzles, and hordes of Imps.

But along with any “The Sandbox” adventure mode update also comes many new elements for you to play with – and to help you on your oriental adventure. These include a new Sun Stone that can be used to create a movement detection laser, smoke bombs, and even bamboo bushes.

The new trailer is available below, and you can grab the new update for The Sandbox right now.

via: Our Review

Ninjas Are Sneaking into The Sandbox – New Update Adds World Tags, New Elements, and Controllable Characters

Posted by on February 10th, 2014
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The Sandbox has been going strong on the App Store ever since its release, and it doesn’t really seem to be losing any momentum. The new update includes a few notable additions such as a free campaign made up of user-created content, the ability to search user-created worlds by category (pixel art, music, etc), new daily quests, and prism and laser elements. Oh, and controllable avatars (including a ninja). So on top of all the arting and physicsing, users will also be able to create their own custom platforming stages.

The Sandbox‘s new update will be going live this Thursday, 2/13.

via: Our Review

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

Posted by 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.

via: Our Review

The Sandbox Alien Invasion Update Adds 10 Brand-New Levels That Take Players Through Space

Posted by on November 19th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An alien invasion is underway in The Sandbox, bringing 10 brand-new levels along with it. These levels take players through space to an uncharted galaxy where they can drive their lunar landers through the many hazards of a hostile alien planet. It comes with 7 new alien elements for players to discover and learn about, and spacey sounds to ring their ears.

via: Our Review

The Sandbox is Invaded by Robots, Gets 10 New Levels in Latest Update

Posted by on October 15th, 2013
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The Sandbox gets a new update that brings us all a Robocalypse campaign full of 10 new levels to explore. The update also adds 5 new elements to the gameplay, including the ability to control the behavior of robots with magic powders that put them into berserk and sentinel mode.

The robots have arrived to destroy all humanity! So, you better join the resistance and fight to survive!

via: Our Review

The Sandbox Drives In A New Update, Adds Vehicles and Additional Zombie Levels

Posted by on August 8th, 2013
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You can now hit the road with the new update for The Sandbox. The free-to-play game now has vehicles; including a sports car to drive, a truck to carry things around town, and a tank for if things get a little crazy. The update also adds new contraptions and blueprints, along with new levels for the zombie campaign. If you aren’t one of the 5 million people to download the game, make sure you speed on over and see what this world building is all about, especially now with the new sports car! VROOM VROOM!

Hmm, can I take my tank onto a battlefield that’s full of zombies?

via: Our Review

The Sandbox Adds Two New Elements For Quick Destruction

Posted by on July 19th, 2013
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Pocket Gamer reports that The Sandbox has been improved with a small, but powerful new update. Players will find themselves with two new elements to use for quickly destroying on-screen creations, the Meteorite and Bomb.

The update also adds three blueprints (wizard magic tower, futuristic tower, and giant robot), additional Facebook integration, and more ways of earning free mana.

Now go create some shooting stars!

via: Our Review source: Pocket Gamer

The Sandbox Gets Zombified, Adds 15 Zombie Attack Survival Levels

Posted by on June 14th, 2013
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Zombies have entered The Sandbox!

In the latest update, players will discover 15 new survival levels in the new Zombie Attack campaign. These walking dead creatures hunt and eat humans, turning them into other zombies, and it’s your job to track them down throughout the city and stop them. However, there is also a new magic powder that turns your humans into zombies, if you choose.

via: Our Review

The Sandbox Update Brings A New Campaign and 10 Extra Levels

Posted by on April 23rd, 2013
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The Sandbox receives an update and adds a new campaign, Lasers & Pipes, that features 10 levels. On top of that, players will notice 5 additional levels in the Dinosaurs campaign and in the Pixel Art campaign. The update also adds 7 new elements and new musical instruments, including the guitar, bass, drums and trumpet.

7 new elements: Laser, E. Laser, Gas Sensor, Insulator, Pump, Pipe & Drain
New Music instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums and Trumpet
Fixed Crash Bug of Human Campaign – Day 5 – finish it now!
The Contraptions campaign is now FREE for all players!

via: Our Review

Free games again? Man, I’m really starting to get tired of–who am I kidding? Games! For free! Isn’t that awesome?? This week we’re a little all over the place with genres and content. Something for almost everybody, and it’s all free.

The Sandbox – Come on now, this one shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s a shockingly impressive sandbox (har-har) game that allows players to grow their own environments, and even simple machinery, or destroy it as they see fit. Lots of elements to unlock that play off of each other in interesting ways and a virtually limitless potential for creation make it a must-have even without accounting for the whole being free thing.

FREE!
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Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Pawns Unleashed – I’m more than a little excited for Dragon’s Dogma, which is due out in less than a week (!!!). Of course I plan to use this location-based treasure hunter fill the (admittedly small) gap, but it can certainly keep people busy even after the console release.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Cuboid Free – I’ve always wanted to check out this game, but never got around to downloading it from PSN. Now that I can try it on my iPhone for free, I don’t really have an excuse to avoid this cube-turning puzzler anymore.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-16 :: Category: Games

Quest of Magic: An Adventure in Azoth – Dungeon crawlers? Yes. Free dungeon crawlers? Oh absolutely. A free dungeon crawler made in Mac Gamemaker? Well, it’s a bit questionable but I’m open to just about anything. Especially if it’s free!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-17 :: Category: Games

Rage of Bahamut – Gotta love a free-to-play iOS collectible card game. Especially one with gorgeous artwork and daily updates. Having a choice between single and multiplayer is just the icing on a very delicious-looking and affordable cake. Mmmmm… cake…

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Witch Wars – The App Store is no stranger to match-three games, but this is a match-three game about witches. Witches who fight each other. Although what interests me most is the promise of constant character unlocks, multiple modes, and individual (and upgradable) skills that help to set each witch apart.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-17 :: Category: Games

The Sandbox Review

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Create or destroy pixelated worlds, electrical devices or perpetual machines in this open-ended playground.

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We sat down with publisher BulkyPix today to talk about a slew of upcoming games for iOS, including The Sandbox, Lightopus, Kung Fu Rabbit, Saving Private Sheep 2, and Gnu Revenge.

Pixowl led off the meeting with The Sandbox, previewed on 148Apps here. It’s exactly what its name implies: an open-ended game with retro-pixel charm and a TON of things to do, play with, and create with. We’re pretty excited about the potential of this little toy/game, and look forward to it’s release, hopefully in May of this year.

Lightopus, developed by Appxplore, comes out this coming Thursday, and has a neon-colored look with some surprisingly subtle gameplay mechanics. Players take on the role of a protozoan-like creature who must gather its babies, while avoiding and attacking enemies with those very same babies. The gameplay feels a lot like fl0w or the initial level of Spore, which isn’t a bad thing, and has a relaxing electronica score. Stay tuned here for a review soon.

Kung Fu Rabbit features a cute but dangerous rabbit with all the right kung fu moves. Previewed here a week or so ago, the game tasks players to take on the role of the aforementioned rabbit, out to save rabbit babies from the evil shadow man. Kung Fu Rabbit looks adorable, but make no mistake, it’s a tough platformer to beat. This combination of tough yet cute could be a winner when it releases March 15.

Saving Private Sheep is getting a sequel, the cleverly named Saving Private Sheep 2. Militant sheep aim their hedgehog at the exposed parts of their nemesis, an evil fox. The mechanics may look familiar; aiming and powering the slingshot full of hedgehog feels a lot like Angry Birds. However, the actual content is more puzzler than physics destruction, as players need to find the best way to pass the hedgehog ordinance from sheep to sheep.

Gnu Revenge is a humorous puzzle game that uses the concept of gravity and acceleration as its main, pardon the pun, thrust. Players shoot a wacky-looking gnu at a dastardly crocodile in a spaceship, saving fellow gnus from some horrendous-yet-unspecified fate, shooting around planetary bodies with various amounts of gravitational pull. Using just the right amount of boost to avoid crashing into planets or flying off into space is tricky yet strangely compelling at the same time. Look for this one to come out at the end of March.

Three other titles, releasing in April and May of this year, include a hidden object game based on the point and click PC game, Runaway, and a darkly mysterious app titled Yesterday, which features a serial killer and the homeless with some beautifully gritty graphics.

We will, of course, be keeping our eye on all these titles as they release. Our thanks to BulkyPix for spending time with us at the conference today.

Enter The SandBox Preview

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.


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