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Scientific evolution sim Thrive is now available on itch.io and Steam

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Thrive is a free and open source evolution sim, that is now available from the itch.io and Steam stores where you can pay to support the development. It's in Early Access and they have a very long road ahead until it's complete, and they're estimating multiple years to go yet until it's finished.

"In Thrive, you take control of an organism on an alien planet, beginning with the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). Your goal is to survive in the environment, adapt your species by adding mutations, and thrive. Other species will emerge to compete with yours. They will evolve via a population dynamics driven simulation with random mutations - you must improve and spread your species to surpass them. The success of your species depends both on your skill in surviving as an individual cell and the changes you make in the editor."

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Game Features:

  • Control an individual member of your species and survive the environment
  • Predate on other species, use photosynsthesis or scavenge for resources
  • Edit your species to make it more successful
  • Compete with other species emerging on your planet via an evolution simulation
  • Explore different biomes
  • Fight other cells with multiple cellular level weapons
  • Try different gameplay styles by specializing in different energy sources in subsequent playthroughs
  • Learn about biology by using real compounds, organelles or parts inspired by real science
  • Spread your species via the biome map
  • Review and plan future actions by looking at population simulation results and graphs
  • Learn the basics of the game with a light interactive tutorial

With Thrive, their main goal is to create gameplay that respects your intelligence with it grounded in real science but also still keep it actually fun and engaging to play through. Developed with Godot Engine, it's going to hopefully turn into another great example of what's possible with it.

Available on itch.io, Steam and direct from the developer. The source code is up on GitHub plus you can support them on their Patreon too.

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3 comments

Purple Library Guy 26 Nov, 2021
So technically, it's a head to head battle between your intelligent design and the computer's evolution.
WorMzy 27 Nov, 2021
Looks similar to early Spore, we'll see how dumbed down it gets over time, but wishlish'd for now.
Projectile Vomit 28 Nov, 2021
Quoting: WorMzyLooks similar to early Spore, we'll see how dumbed down it gets over time, but wishlish'd for now.

Was just going to say the same thing.
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