Thrive is a game about the universe- we want to let you play however you want, make whatever you want, and live however you like. Thrive will be a free, open-source game created by an online community of dedicated volunteers. Our team seeks to accomplish two major goals: create engaging, compelling gameplay that respects our players' intelligence, and remain as accurate as possible in our depiction of known scientific theory.

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This prototype uses endocytosis as a major mechanic in modeling the microbial ecosystem. It showcases a Darwinian evolution system and a real-time fluid dynamics simulation environment.

Posted by RevolutionaryGames on May 11th, 2013

Our programmer untrustedlife has been working hard on a prototype that models the microbial ecosystem. At this point, it's basic, but beautiful to watch in action. From a few original microbes in a resource-rich environment grow dozens of strains and hundreds of individuals that compete over resources that are continuously being depleted as they try to maximize their own progeny.
All of this is occurring in a real-time fluid dynamics simulation where the environment is continuously turbulent and nutrients and cells are sent on diverging paths through the liquid environment.
We're very proud of this prototype, and believe it's an excellent way to investigate the ecology of microbe stage. We plan on implementing more varied bacteria, introducing genetic mutations, and making it easier to see which strains are different from others in the future.

Controls are simple- Once you've gained a flagella through endocytosis (soon to be changed to mutation), you can move your cell by clicking and holding LMB on the location you want to move to. However, the current is quite strong, and you'll have to plan your route carefully in order to get where you want. To speed up time, press F1, and to kill your own cell, press F3.

Download the Prototype Here

We hope you'll enjoy this and gain insight into the deeper-level environment simulation we plan to include in Thrive.

Once again, thank you for your support
~sciocont, Revolutionary Games Team Lead

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Förster44
Förster44 May 12 2013, 11:11am says:

Very nice! Though I don't understand what is represented on the screen and what it means to gameplay^^ Is there a detailed explanation somewhere?

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RevolutionaryGames
RevolutionaryGames May 12 2013, 1:21pm replied:

The screen contains cells like yours- you control the green one, and the bacteria in the ecosystem around it. Some bacteria have a chance of being engulfed by your cell and becoming mitochondria (endocytosis), others can be engulfed and become flagella, which allows your cell to move around.

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Förster44
Förster44 May 12 2013, 2:11pm replied:

Cool, thanks!

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Guest
Guest May 16 2013, 11:48pm says:

Neat. There should be an option to control the strength of flow.

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RevolutionaryGames
RevolutionaryGames May 20 2013, 2:39am replied:

(L)eft (M)ouse (B)utton.

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Peenut2k7
Peenut2k7 May 20 2013, 6:37pm says:

While it is a good concept, and a nice prototype for a promising game, it's a bit difficult. Maybe smoothen it out a bit for the less skilled?

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RevolutionaryGames
RevolutionaryGames May 21 2013, 10:46pm replied:

Any specific suggestions to bring that about?

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Deukhoofd
Deukhoofd Jun 21 2013, 6:34pm replied:

How about a Tutorial window, so people know what to do?

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Peenut2k7
Peenut2k7 Jun 29 2013, 4:19am replied:

A bit more control over your cell, a somewhat slower decreasing life bar, and a faster route to flagella.

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RevolutionaryGames
RevolutionaryGames Jul 18 2013, 12:03am replied:

Those all sound like good suggestions. We'll give them to our programmer to help improve it. However, remember that these are only meant to test gameplay mechanics, and the real polishing up is for the main game.

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sailatlas
sailatlas May 21 2013, 9:18am says:

Suddenly, the project looks alive again. How great!

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spy227x
spy227x Aug 12 2013, 6:52am replied:

That IS a feature. However, to evolve to further stages (get fire and stuff), you will need to evolve to land, get given tech by aliens, or develop SCAWBA (Self Contained Above Water Breathing Apparatus.)

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butternub11
butternub11 Jul 16 2013, 10:51am says:

Hey umm can someone who works on this game just guess the full game? im guessing 2014 march the 8th

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butternub11
butternub11 Jul 16 2013, 10:52am says:

I mean when the full game will be realesed

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alexavarya
alexavarya Jul 22 2013, 12:53pm says:

Clicking the button in Rapidshare does not work. Other downloads on the same site are working, just not yours.

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Graykin
Graykin Aug 7 2013, 2:03pm replied:

I concur, hitting the download button comes up with a "File not found" error. It's a shame, I'd like to try this out. :-/

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RevolutionaryGames
RevolutionaryGames Aug 7 2013, 7:05pm says:

Thanks for bringing that up. We'll check with our programmer to fix the issue.

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schrodingers1kitty
schrodingers1kitty Aug 9 2013, 6:12am says:

Still down(File not found) xD cant wait to test this prototype
:D used yalls cell editor, that was dang good work.

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spy227x
spy227x Aug 10 2013, 1:50pm replied:

Yeah, if anyone has a copy it would be nice to post it on fileswap or something as a mirror

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spy227x
spy227x Aug 20 2013, 10:07am replied:

Yeah...
I hope these guys fix it.

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schrodingers1kitty
schrodingers1kitty Aug 30 2013, 7:36am says:

Damn still not fixed.

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CrazyCanadian24
CrazyCanadian24 Sep 26 2013, 4:25pm says:

What bothers me about this is that you've decided to host it on RapidShare, which requires an account to use - an account that I don't have, and don't plan on getting just to download a simple prototype. No offence, but who's idea was it to put the file on RapidShare? Because that was a pretty lame move. PLEASE refrain from doing it again.

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Grakiao
Grakiao Oct 6 2013, 5:31pm says:

Download link is not working, you mind rehosting it somewhere else?

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schrodingers1kitty
schrodingers1kitty Oct 24 2013, 6:38am says:

Made a RapidShare account to get the download but um, no way to download it, in fact it don't even show up. Common guys its been a couple of months now.

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spy227x
spy227x Nov 9 2013, 2:24pm says:

download link still broken!

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CrazyCanadian24
CrazyCanadian24 Jan 7 2014, 9:19pm says:

I really hope this isn't an example of the support we can expect for Thrive when it's finished, because frankly, this is unacceptable. The prototype is hosted on a site that you need an account for to access, which is a very VERY bad move, the download link within said site itself is broken which is TERRIBLE, and eight months later NONE of those problems have been addressed or even acknowledged. I'm disappointed, Revolutionary, I expected more from a non-profit developer.

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IddeCoolGuY
IddeCoolGuY May 29 2014, 11:32am says:

Plz rehost it on mediafire or somthing

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