Giveaway of the Day - Sandbox of God

Sandbox of God
November 24, 2013

As you look down upon the empty planet, you find a set of tools on the top right of the screen, ready to be used. A bolt of lightning, or perhaps a flood, or seedlings for trees…even the option to create man. And rabbits.

As you progress through the eons of time, you’ll notice that your actions have directly affected the shape of the world simply by the order in which you chose them. By creating the earthquake first, for example, you created a crack in the earth that you could then fill with the flood, which lead to a vast river spanning the planet. But had you done the flood before the earthquake, the ground would not have been dry enough to create the crack, and would have lead to an entirely different landscape. This is just a small example of what your actions do in the Sandbox of God.

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System Requirements: Windows 2k/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
Publisher: Vertigo Gaming
Homepage: http://www.vertigogaming....
File Size: 24.4 MB
Price: $3.95

This software was available as a giveaway on November 24, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.vertigogaming.net/b....

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  1. Is this the same as “The SandBox of God ReMastered” that was offered here on July 30, 2011 ???

    …………………………………Moderator comment…………………………………..

    The previous version was v1.56. I’ve not been able to find out which version this is. Vertigo games do update their programs, so there is a chance this has been upgraded. The last time this was given away the installed game was 17.9MB in size, whereas today’s is 18MB.

    Comment by Chris Roy Jackson — November 24th, 2013 at 3:58 am
  2. The Sandbox of God Remastered:

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    Brought to you by the Game giveaway team thanks to the generosity of Vertigo games. (thanks guys)

    Installation:

    The Sandbox of God (remastered) downloads as a 24.4 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their business, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are thoroughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game, click on the orange colored icon. The installed game requires 18 MB of disk space and installs to the following path:

    C:\Program files (x86)\The Sandbox of God Remastered

    A shortcut is installed to the desktop. There’s also an uninstaller.

    The Sandbox of God (remastered) works on both my Win 7 (64 bit) & Win 8.1 (64 bit) computers. I’ve not reinstalled Vista or XP yet.

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    Introduction:

    As you look down upon the empty planet, you find a set of tools on the top right of the screen, ready to be used. A bolt of lightning, or perhaps a flood, or seedlings for trees…even the option to create man. And rabbits.

    As you progress through the eons of time, you’ll notice that your actions have directly affected the shape of the world simply by the order in which you chose them. By creating the earthquake first, for example, you created a crack in the earth that you could then fill with the flood, which lead to a vast river spanning the planet. But had you done the flood before the earthquake, the ground would not have been dry enough to create the crack, and would have lead to an entirely different landscape. This is just a small example of what your actions do in the Sandbox of God.

    But your actions don’t go unnoticed. Shape man and give them the tools necessary to thrive, and they will pray to you for guidance…which you can then deliver or ignore, allowing them to choose their own destiny. And rabbits could even learn to pray, too.

    The Sandbox of God comes in two versions: the full freeware version that contains the original game, and the Remastered version that has more new modes and features.

    Reference accessed HERE 22nd Nov 2013

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    The Game:

    Today’s remastered version of the game is built on the updated 2004 release of The Sandbox of God. The main differences between the freeware version (v1.52) and the commercial version (v1.56) are the latter remastered version has two new game play modes called ‘Warfare’ and the ‘Simulated Boardgame’ Modes. The game also includes all the updates made to the original freeware version such as using the latest Game Maker 8 engine instead of Game Maker 5; which basically means faster processing. There’s also a new save system and you can play the game in a slightly larger resolution than from the original; though when you consider the size of the average flat screen monitor now, the retro screen resolution of 800 x 600 seems rather absurd, but this is because the new version is just a remastered version of the original. You can play the game in full screen via the toggle in the options menu, but there will be a large black border filling in the area not covered by the game. If you wanted the game area to look larger, with a smaller black border you would have to temporarily reduce the size of your screen resolution via the properties window.

    The options menu contains a music toggle, the windowed/full screen toggle, an erase data button, which enables you to restart the level and a go back button that takes you to the main menu. The main menu gives you access to news and updates as well as any patches that may be available.

    I’m not sure whether the giveaway version will qualify you for updates due to the giveaway clauses that you can find in the read me that accompany the game in the zipped download file, but I don’t see how that function can be omitted from the giveaway version. The best thing to do is contact the developer if and when an update has been made to see if it is possible. Choosing ‘New Game’ from the main menu opens up a new screen that gives you access to all three available modes, that is Classic Mode, Simulated Boardgame Mode and Warfare Mode. The news and updates button also gives you access to a spoiler free hints guide that is very useful for those new to the game.

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    Simulated Boardgame Mode:

    You can still play The Sandbox of God: Remastered (SOG:R) in it’s classic style or switch to the new ‘Simulated Boardgame’ mode. In this new style, SOG:R simulates how one might play a board game version of the Sandbox of God in their basement using light gels, clay figures, blocks and cards, and Christmas lights. Switching between the classic style and the board game style can be done between rounds.
    For help click on the question mark that’s situated next to the in game score card to the bottom right of the playing area. You will be prompted to go there when you first start the game.

    The Sandbox of God Warfare Mode:

    As man sits atop the world, enjoying the fruits of his labour, evil rabbits plot revenge. Defend man’s civilization as you purchase new defences and upgrades, and prepare to do battle with the ever-multiplying civilization of rabbits. Use your godly powers of lighting and destruction to destroy rabbit armies and huts…provided that you have enough cash, of course. Unlock new cards by beating Sandbox mode and see how far into the future you can survive!

    When you choose the Warfare mode you can follow the online guide (via the menu once you choose the Warfare mode) by clicking on the online guide button, which explains what the Warfare mode is and lists all the different cards such as Lightning, Wind, Man, Earthquakes, Medicinal, Seedlings, Plagues , Comets, Explosives plus several more (see the three images below for the full list and explanations).

    The objective of this game is to survive wave after wave of rabbits over the course of many eras, until man cannot defend themselves any more. There are many tools at your disposal to help you in this quest, so let’s break it down!

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    You’ll notice the store at the beginning of the game. You can buy powers from here and add them to your inventory. You can hold up to ten cards in a single battle round, assuming you have the game cash to purchase them. Any cards left over at the end of a round will carry over to the next round.

    Your main city’s health is displayed over itself by a bar graph; you cannot place any items within the dotted radius, or move any units within those boundaries, (see the images above and below).

    As you progress through each era, you’ll notice that you’ll unlock new cards. As your technology improves, so do the rabbits, so plan accordingly. You win money with every rabbit defeated along with a nice bonus for destroying their huts and cities.

    Video:

    You can also see you a few You Tube videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

    Music:

    It is possible to change the in game music if you find it annoying. Just follow the path detailed below:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\The Sandbox of God Remastered\oggmusic

    You’ll need to rename and convert the music you wish to use from your usual MP3 or WMA to .ogg – Please change the names of the music you choose to add to the ones you are replacing otherwise the game may crash or at the very least no music will play.

    System Requirements:

    O.S. – Windows 2k/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8

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    Conclusion:

    It may look a little dated now, but this game is an excellent and easy to play God mode strategy game.

    Score:

    Gameplay: 8
    Graphics: 6
    Audio/Sound Effects: 7
    Help/Tutorials: 7.5
    Originality: 8.5
    Replayability: 8

    Total score out of 60 = 45 which is equivalent to 7.5 out of 10

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    Walkthroughs:

    You can find a walkthrough in five parts:

    Sandbox of God Walkthrough Part 1 – Walking through the Valley of Eden
    Sandbox of God Walkthrough Part 2 – Bad Moon Rising
    Sandbox of God Walkthrough Part 3 – Under the Vulcano
    Sandbox of God Walkthrough Part 4 – I want to be a Little Fishy
    Sandbox of God Walkthrough Part 5 – It’s the Final Countdown

    Walkthroughs for the Remastered Version:

    Spoiler Walkthrough by John of Jayisgames.com

    You’ll find a link in game to the following strategy and hints guide
    Non Spoiler Mini Strategy and Hint guide by chubigans

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    Problems:

    1) … If you get the following message:
    “Problems encountered when starting the game” or something similar
    try the following fixes

    Try updating your graphics drivers or it could be a compatibility issue; try playing the game in compatibility mode. Also, if you have your screen resolution set too high it may crash. The game wasn’t designed to play on high res screens, with a default screen resolution of only 800 x 600. try reducing your resolution temporarily. If it works and you like the game it may be worth keeping and turning the resolution down whenever you fancy a game. Yeah I know, it’s a little annoying, but some games are worth the effort.

    2) … To escape from the game use either the Esc-button, then choose quit; or, click on the upward pointing arrow (near the bottom of the game area). You’ll find an arrow on all modes; this takes you back to the main menu where you can then quit the game.

    3) … If the game doesn’t run smoothly you may not have enough free RAM; either turn off some background programs manually or install the free version of Game Booster from Iobit which is available via the following link:

    http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html

    We got the pro version a few months ago via the main giveaway site, however the free version works just as well. Basically it turns off all unnecessary windows programs and you can also manually program the app to turn off non windows applications as well. A button is provided to return your computer to normal one you’ve finished playing your game.

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    Alternative free Games from Vertigo

    The original Sandbox of God is freeware. You can download that version HERE
    According to Felix Atagong’s Unfinished Project the freeware version seem to have had the hidden Easter Eggs removed, plus despite the update there has been no new content added. This means the original walkthroughs are still valid for the Remastered classic mode and freeware version all of which can be found via the following links:

    Vertigo games are offering several games for free. Acid bomb and Acid bomb 2. Wizzard of Ozz actually posted some of the freeware Vertigo games some time ago as part of our ongoing free games for the weekdays project. You can find download links those games below:

    Prisms of Light 1 & 2

    Sandbox of God, you can also get it directly from the developer HERE

    Vivid Conceptions

    The original version of Shellblast called Acidbomb and its sequel Acidbomb 2 can be downloaded HERE (Acidbomb) and HERE (Acidbomb 2)
    There are several more free games from the Vertigo site, which have been posted in the free games for the weekdays project, so I’m not going to mention them here

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    Comment by whiterabbit-uk — November 24th, 2013 at 4:12 am
  3. guys, guys…why no comments and lots of thumbs down. I downloaded this last giveaway and since sold laptop it was on so lost it. this is a great and quite original piece of software. It’s not one of those boring pick three which lots of you seem to like or hunt the hidden thing which lots of you also seem to like. give it a try you never know. Hope this is helpful??

    ………………………….Moderator comment……………………………..

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. It s sad that the original games we get here rarely get a decent score.

    Comment by Robbie — November 24th, 2013 at 5:02 am

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