Pixel graphics take on a whole new perspective
Pixel art is something that almost every gamer has affection for; seeing something boxy and rough around the edges brings on a wave of nostalgia. As a result iOS has seen plenty of games rely on pixel art despite the visual advances of recent years, and The Sandbox is no exception. In fact, this game has taken the idea of using pixel art to a whole new level by turning its limitations into a cornerstone of gameplay.
The Sandbox sees you creating your own world, pixel by pixel, with the user taking on the role of a deity, dropping in various basic elements with the aim of creating new ones to further advance and evolve your world. A single pixel represents a single element, with swipes across the screen creating cascades of water, soil and sand to form the bed of your landscape.
There are two main areas of gameplay, Story Mode – where you have tasks and missions to complete each day in order to unlock new elements, and Free mode where you can experiment with everything you unlock and create what you like. The game also comes with Game Center tie-ins as well as a gallery mode where you and others can admire images of worlds created within The Sandbox.
As well as being able to create and then drop in elements, users can harness the power of the climate to influence how various elements react. You can raise or lower the temperature to alter the climate, and create things like snow, ice, fire and lava. These changes obviously have a big impact on the landscape you’ve sculptured, but this trial and error is one of the big attractions of the game. Doing things like this in the Free mode can earn you Mana, the form of currency within the game. This in turn can be used to purchase new elements to help you complete missions, so the more you experiment, the further you’ll progress.
The Sandbox then is more than just a clever application of pixel art, it is a quickly addictive game that requires patience and some hard thinking. But that level of challenge and brain-teasing only makes success even sweeter when it arrives. A must-have game.
A clever little game that, for a free download, really shouldn’t be missed.
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