Universe Sandbox

Every day during the Steam winter event I checked the sales and achievements. One day I noticed a game called Universe Sandbox for $2.50 and it had an easy achievement. I saw a video and was intrigued. When the video showed a colorful display of planets swirling I paused it and hit purchase game.

Universe Sandbox is a space simulation game. It allows you to create your own solar systems or even galaxies and then destroy them if you wish. I didn’t wish to but most of my solar systems kind of suffered a horrible end.

After a short download I booted up the game and quickly got the achievement. Then I ran through a tutorial and started creating. The first thing I thought to create was the Lylat system from the Starfox games. I didn’t know what order the planets were in so I used Arwingpedia to get as much information as I could. Ultimately, I couldn’t figure out what order the planets went in so I had to guess.

My first attempt went very badly. I didn’t realize that binary star systems have both stars in the middle of the plants so I placed a couple planets between Solar and Lylat. It was a disaster. Nothing stayed in the orbit that it was supposed to and even the stars started drifting.

By my third attempt I was certain I had a working Lylat system. For sixteen days my version of the Lylat system was working like it should then something went wrong. I can only guess that Titania’s moon crashed into it’s ring or that Solar got too close to it because the ring exploded and started orbiting the stars instead. After that I noticed some of the planets weren’t staying put either.


I learned a bit with each failed attempt and they left me with interesting stories to laugh about as well as some pretty cool pictures. I have thoroughly enjoyed Universe Sandbox. I believe it was a worth while purchase. Anyone who likes space and physics should check it out.

3 responses to “Universe Sandbox

  1. Funny, I also noticed that game and watched the trailer. I didn’t end up buying it because I wanted see some reviews first. Maybe now I’ll get it.

  2. Oh sweet! I’ve been looking for a game like this. When I was a kid I played a really simple gravity-simulator where you would put a couple planets of different sizes/masses together then see what happened to them. I always thought it would be cool to see that with more advanced computing power (the game was old. Like, Apple IIGS-era).

    Thanks Theresa!

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