Universe Sandbox 2 Virtual Reality Game Review 

January 17, 2018
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Universe Sandbox 2 Virtual Reality Game Review

The creators of Universe Sandbox 2 have replicated the universe using stunning detail, high-quality graphics, impressive simulations and original music. This VR game allows you to rotate the axis of the earth, speed up time, let the planets rotate slowly in orbit around the sun, and much more.

You can create your own solar system or replicate the solar system adding some unique touches. Gamers can manipulate planets, destroy entire worlds, and basically play creator of the universe, all while listening to beautiful piano music that plays in the background.

When You Became the Creator

In the virtual reality world, you’ll sit in awe as you add or remove moons, create hectic environmental changes, and try your hand at the destruction portion of the game. Load up your solar system with too many planets and moons and you’ll risk serious collisions, which for some gamers, can be extremely satisfying.

This game will allow you to edit pretty much everything. Increase a planet’s mass, change a planet’s gravity, watch in horror as the effects of global warming take place, create new worlds out of iron or hydrogen and much more. Experimenting with the game we found that you can even create a nebula by crashing a couple of starts into each other.

When you’re destroying or creating your own solar system, there really is an unlimited amount of options in terms of what you can do. If you find yourself becoming bored with the serene universe you’ve created, stir things up by smashing the moon into Jupiter. You’ll love seeing each of the planets and stars in great detail. So, what’s the difference between this version of Universe Sandbox and the original? It’s actually a complete rewrite by a team that now includes a climate scientist, physics programmer, and an astrophysicist. This new version offers greater exploration and more power.

Some of the best features include climate simulation, terraforming, advanced collision simulation, stellar evolution, material system design, supernovae, dark matter, light warping black holes, and procedural planets and surfaces.

A Closer look at the Universe

What most gamers will find fascinating is the amount of minor and dwarf planets you can explore. The simulation on dwarf Planets and start exploring. You’ll quickly find yourself lost in this section of the game, which really focuses on the quality of the graphics and offers a deeper level of immersion. The solar system contains so many other bodies of mass that you’ll simply be blown away. Fortunately, the simulation for the regular solar system picks out several bodies of mass to visualize, such as lonely, cold suspected dwarf planet named Sedena, which orbits the sun much further than any other type of known mass. Sedena’s elliptical orbit means that its temperature runs around two hundred and forty degrees Celsius as it moves through the darkness at more than twice the distance than any other planet from the sun. To get an accurate idea of a planet’s scale, switch to graph mode. Graph mode lines up each of the objects side by side, putting them in order based on the statistics you choose.

Try mapping orbits, coloring them to indicate mass, acceleration, or velocity.

You’ll find an entire page that’s dedicated to simulations you can watch that are designed to produce fascinating spirographic trails. View climate simulations as the years finally take their toll on the polar caps, or explore new worlds, black holes, and stars.

Create an earth simulation adding hundreds of moons and watch the effects they have on the earth before they collide with each other.

There are tons of simulations, each offering different levels of scale and absurdity, or you can check out the presets and make adjustments.

The included tutorial is concise, easy to follow and gives you a great idea of the potential of this game and what it can mean as a teaching tool in addition to a game you’ll use for your own entertainment.

This virtual reality game should be used with the HTC Vive headset and the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset.

If you prefer using the Oculus platform, take a look at the Lone Echo Virtual Reality Game, one of the leading Oculus games on the market.

Pros

  • This game allows you to create your own solar system from scratch, assigning trajectories and placing bodies of mass, as well as denoting your solar system when you’re through.
  • The graphics and VR simulation will leave you breathless as you literally watch worlds collide, explore new areas in space, view climate changes, and learn more about the universe.
  • This game can be used as a great teaching tool for children, with adult supervision of course.

Cons

We felt that the included tutorial was very elegant, informative and well-done, we just wish there were more of them.

Time advancement should also be explained more clearly. While you’re given the power to speed up or slow down a simulation, the controls for doing so consists of a throttle that seems to work almost sporadically.

The creators of Universe Sandbox 2 have replicated the universe using stunning detail, high-quality graphics, impressive simulations and original music. This VR game allows you to rotate the axis of the earth, speed up time, let the planets rotate slowly in orbit around the sun, and much more. You can create your own solar system or replicate the solar system adding some unique touches. Gamers can manipulate planets, destroy entire worlds, and basically play creator of the universe, all while listening to beautiful piano music that plays in the background. When You Became the Creator In the virtual reality world, you’ll sit in awe as you add or remove moons, create hectic environmental changes, and try your hand at the destruction portion of the game. Load up your solar system with too many planets and moons and you’ll risk serious collisions, which for some gamers, can be extremely satisfying. This game will allow you to edit pretty much everything. Increase a planet’s mass, change a planet’s gravity, watch in horror as the effects of global warming take place, create new worlds out of iron or hydrogen and much more. Experimenting with the game we found that you can even create a nebula by crashing a couple of starts into each other. When you’re destroying or creating your own solar system, there really is an unlimited amount of options in terms of what you can do. If you find yourself becoming bored with the serene universe you’ve created, stir things up by smashing the moon into Jupiter. You’ll love seeing each of the planets and stars in great detail. So, what’s the difference between this version of Universe Sandbox and the original? It’s actually a complete rewrite by a team that now includes a climate scientist, physics programmer, and an astrophysicist. This new version offers greater exploration and more power. Some of the best features include climate simulation, terraforming, advanced collision simulation, stellar evolution, material system design, supernovae, dark matter, light warping black holes, and procedural planets and surfaces. A Closer look at the Universe What most gamers will find fascinating is the amount of minor and dwarf planets you can explore. The simulation on dwarf Planets and start exploring. You’ll quickly find yourself lost in this section of the game, which really focuses on the quality of the graphics and offers a deeper level of immersion. The solar system contains so many other bodies of mass that you’ll simply be blown away. Fortunately, the simulation for the regular solar system picks out several bodies of mass to visualize, such as lonely, cold suspected dwarf planet named Sedena, which orbits the sun much further than any other type of known mass. Sedena’s elliptical orbit means that its temperature runs around two hundred and forty degrees Celsius as it moves through the darkness at more than twice the distance than any other planet from the sun. To get an accurate idea of a planet’s scale, switch to graph mode. Graph mode lines…

8.1

Conclusion & Rating

A thought-provoking game that gives you total control over the future of the universe, and one of the best virtual reality games for adults on the market, the impressive graphics, simulations, and music work together beautifully. You’ll quickly find yourself lost in new worlds or caught up exploring new areas in space.   The type of graphics this virtual reality game offers is truly a thing of beauty, but the game itself may not be for everyone. Unlike a traditional VR game, there really is no game objective, missions to complete, or a role to play. This game was designed by professionals who are passionate about teaching people about the universe and the effects that climate changes can have on planets over the years. It really is an exciting educational game that can really open up our eyes to the dangers of global warming. We gave this game a high rating of four out of five stars.

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