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Universe Sandbox 2 Lets You Build, Destroy The Universe
Ever wanted to create your own universe? Or destroy it by ramming planets into each other, destruction derby-style? Well, here you go.
Universe Sandbox 2, which just hit Steam today, doesnâ€™t have clearly defined goals. It is as its name suggests: a sandbox, a near-limitless playground for your demented imagination. Within a minute of booting it up, Iâ€™d already smashed Earth into a second, identical Earth and watched both erupt into flame, blossom thousands of tiny volcanic flowers. â€œThat escalated quickly,â€ I said, realizing even as the words came out of my mouth that it was an understatement.
Here are just a few of the things you can do:
Now, itâ€™s worth pointing out that if youâ€™re not the type who loves tinkering and structuring your own elaborate â€œwhat if?â€ scenarios, Universe Sandbox might not be for you. As I said, itâ€™s not really a game with goals or progression. Smashing planets together is only fun for so long. Beyond that, the game offers thrills of a more granular nature. You can adjust planetsâ€™ gravity, or give Mars carbon dioxide and try to terraform it, or supernova a goddamn star by aging it or adding mass.
Or you can dot a universe with black holes and extinguish all life. You monster.
You make your own fun, basicallyâ€”perform experiments using numbers and physics rooted in real-life science. I doubt it will become my new addiction, but itâ€™ll be fun to fuck around with every once in a while. Itâ€™s like my great grandfather always used to say, â€œNothing like destroying 45 simultaneous instances of the Milky Way to brighten up a bad day.â€ Wise words.