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Spore-like Simulation iPad experience...

05-25-2011, 12:21 PM
#1
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 147
Spore-like Simulation iPad experience...

Hey Devs,

I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but i'm really looking for a game that captures the feeling of watching an ecosystem grow from infancy to full on death. I guess the best way to describe it is The SIMS meets SPORE (PC), minus the intense micromanagement. NOT Farmville, though...

I want to be able to create a creature (or simply have my choice of pre-selects), define how long i want a given cycle to be (ie, 5 minutes or twenty days), and roughly define the world through pre-selected variables (harsh environment, easy environment, etc), then simply watch my 'creature' grow and evolve over time. Does it develop social structure? Does it become nomadic? Does it bond and multiply with another creature? Does it live off the land? Almost like letting an RTS game play itself on Cinema mode. That's FUN to watch!!

I guess the AI for something like that would be pretty complex, but sometimes I'm sitting at my desk and I'd love to just sit back and enjoy a graphically detailed relatively complex simulator that I can check in on.

I'd totally purchase in-app IAP for new species or something...

But ultimately, I want to watch my tamogotchi dude/creature/spore - grow, evolve, fight, and die in a fairly detailed world.

I like The Sims or Sim City, but sometimes the joy is in just watching what you've created 'live' on its own. I don't want to micro EVERY five minutes, but i WOULD love to interact every once in a while just to screw around with the variables GOD-style, just to see if it changes the world. Also, by WORLD, i don't just mean my creature, but the others around it. Do the creatures get religion by erecting some icon? what would happen if I threw in some totem or something?

There just arent' enough cosmic simulators on the iPAD, which is wacky considering that the device would be awesome for it. I just enjoy watching little creatures do their thing....

Is there anything like this in development by any of you, or does anything like this currently exist on the iPad?? I guess the CLOSEST to this would be the 4x Space strategy genre...

...but i want to be a little closer to the 'people'. I love the seriousness of tone of the 4x, though...
05-25-2011, 01:37 PM
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ask and ye shall receive... sort of....

05-25-2011, 01:43 PM
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Some sort of casual god-game thing... Someone is bound to be working on one

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05-25-2011, 01:56 PM
#4
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 180
Quote:
Originally Posted by sakinnuso View Post
Is there anything like this in development by any of you, or does anything like this currently exist on the iPad?? I guess the CLOSEST to this would be the 4x Space strategy genre...
It's less SimCity and more a competitive Moo2 (4x TBS) experience:

Starbase Orion

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05-25-2011, 01:57 PM
#5
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Originally Posted by GlennX View Post
Some sort of casual god-game thing... Someone is bound to be working on one
guess I spoke too soon. :P
05-25-2011, 03:53 PM
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Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 147
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Originally Posted by KittyMac View Post
It's less SimCity and more a competitive Moo2 (4x TBS) experience:

Starbase Orion

SpaceSector.com Feature
Both of those games look fun, and I'll absolutely purchase them when they're available. However, I think that I'm looking for something that "looks" more like Gratuitous Space Battles as detail and on-screen mayhem goes, but plays more like an RTS (or tower Defense game) with *less* input.

I literally want to be able to alter a couple of things occasionally and watch tiny men or ships battle, evolve, battle some more, expand, etc...

I guess i just want THE SIMS with a lot less micromanagement. THE SIMS meets Gratuitous Space Battles, meets the app Artificial Life HD, meets Spore, meets Land Air Sea Warfare...

That's a tall order, I guess, for a big old digital galactic aquarium. Somebody's GOT to be working on that, right??

If somebody makes a cool looking RTS game that focuses on civilizations instead of just armies, and adds a feature that lets you pit computer v computer and allows you to watch --- and/or jump in at any point - THAT would be a winner on IPAD....

like watching an ANT COLONY!! That's awesome!!

SIDENOTE: I've already begged Cliff of Positech Games to make Gratuitous Space Battles for iPAD, but i don't think he's sold on the viability of the platform yet. More emails urging him might not hurt...

Last edited by sakinnuso; 05-25-2011 at 03:59 PM.
05-25-2011, 06:11 PM
#7
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 458
Quote:
Originally Posted by sakinnuso View Post
I guess i just want THE SIMS with a lot less micromanagement. THE SIMS meets Gratuitous Space Battles, meets the app Artificial Life HD, meets Spore, meets Land Air Sea Warfare...
+1! Artificial Life HD is a cool little game/app/sim/whatever.. I like letting it run in front of me sometimes while I am at work. I would love a similar experience in another context.
05-25-2011, 09:54 PM
#8
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 179
Quote:
Originally Posted by sakinnuso View Post
Both of those games look fun, and I'll absolutely purchase them when they're available. However, I think that I'm looking for something that "looks" more like Gratuitous Space Battles as detail and on-screen mayhem goes, but plays more like an RTS (or tower Defense game) with *less* input.

I literally want to be able to alter a couple of things occasionally and watch tiny men or ships battle, evolve, battle some more, expand, etc...

I guess i just want THE SIMS with a lot less micromanagement. THE SIMS meets Gratuitous Space Battles, meets the app Artificial Life HD, meets Spore, meets Land Air Sea Warfare...

That's a tall order, I guess, for a big old digital galactic aquarium. Somebody's GOT to be working on that, right??

If somebody makes a cool looking RTS game that focuses on civilizations instead of just armies, and adds a feature that lets you pit computer v computer and allows you to watch --- and/or jump in at any point - THAT would be a winner on IPAD....

like watching an ANT COLONY!! That's awesome!!

SIDENOTE: I've already begged Cliff of Positech Games to make Gratuitous Space Battles for iPAD, but i don't think he's sold on the viability of the platform yet. More emails urging him might not hurt...
If you fly in our air combat game without shooting anything,
you can watch the AI dogfight going in the air space, quite primitive though.

Anyway I understand your interesting idea and may
start a lunch project for this.
Maybe a large group of AI Rome soldiers in battling.
05-26-2011, 02:52 AM
#9
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Oxford
Posts: 53
I know exactly what you're talking about OP. I would love something like that on the iPad and pay good money for IAP to spruce everything up.

Would save me buying sea monkeys!
05-27-2011, 04:01 PM
#10
Joined: May 2010
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 306
You can sort of do this in LASW, its very cool to watch. Simply set the AutoPlay game setting to true and the AI will play itself allowing you to build what you want and queue units, it will automatically attack each other, research technologies, etc. Set it to Robotic difficulty for best results. Before buying the iPhone or iPad version of the game you can download a free demo for Mac or Windows and try it out.

I am also doing a promotion right now where if you but the Mac or Windows version you get the iPhone or iPad version for free.

Developer of RTS Machines at War 3 for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.
RTS Land Air Sea Warfare for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.