Thrive's goal is to encapsulate the player in the wonders of the universe, and to allow them to manipulate the virtual world around them in any way they please. Our game will contain multiple editors where players can create and modify technology, culture, organisms, and entire solar systems.
When a player tires of creation, or wishes to test what they have made, they can move on to actually playing the game, and experience the evolutionary progression of a species from a eukaryotic single cell to a thriving civilization. At any point in the game, a player can play as a single organism and experience the world through their senses. Later, as organisms group together, the player can move into an RTS-style play where they command several units at once- from a few footsoldiers to fleets of starhips.
Along the way from cities to colonized planets and beyond, special tools will be discovered by your species. These "God Tools" allow for easy manipulation of entities within the game- merging together the editors and gameplay to allow the player to reshape their universe from within.
If you would like to be part of this incredible project , and can donate any amount of time at all, we are actively seeking the following:
- Graphic Artists
- 3D Artists
- Legal Advisors
- Software Developers (Games)
- Scientific Advisors
- Composer (Soundtracks)
- Sound Effects Engineer
- Promoters
- People with cool ideas and visions for the biggest game ever conceived!

If you are at all interested in contributing, please go to our Development Forums. REMEMBER that we are a FreeWare and OpenSource project, and that because of the revolutionary nature and monumental scale of the project, this game will not be completed for some time. We're all looking forward to having your help!

You can keep up with Thrive development on Facebook.

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9 comments by RevolutionaryGames on Aug 22nd, 2014

Due to technical difficulties, our announcement here is quite delayed from our postings on other sites, but we're glad to be ready to present it.


Version 0.2.3 Released!

3 months after 0.2.2, and here we are with a new version of Thrive!

We now have a Linux version (sources too), hosted on GitHub:

And the Windows version, for almost everyone else:
If that one doesn't work try this one:


  • We know the microbes still look like honeycombs, and we're working on fixing it (see this awesone prototype by Pat Owen) but it's pretty hard.
  • The GUI is currently being put together, and so are sound effects. So, we're releasing again in a few weeks, as soon as those are ready, as a treat for you all :D
  • We know the chloroplast button is missing -- the difficulty of adding new buttons is one big reason we're working on a complete GUI overhaul.


  • All the features from the previous release
  • Multiple AI species! Other types of microbe all swimming around, and it's easy for modders to add new ones too!
  • Predation! Feed on the flesh of murdered microbes!
  • Saving and loading microbes! Wanna share your latest and greatest creations? Well now you can send your friends more than just a screenshot!
  • Mutation Points! Now making it slightly more annoying to make a giant microbe!
  • Photosynthesis! A new Chloroplast organelle that converts CO2 from new CO2 emitters (and water, from our invisible water infini-emitters) into Glucose and Oxygen, for all your energy needs!
  • Zooming in and out! Wanna keep an eye on the microbes spawning near you? Need more space to make ever-larger microbe monstrosities? Well, we've got the zoom for you!


  • Point mouse to turn
  • WASD to move around
  • Mouse scrollwheel to zoom
  • E to release toxins (if you have any)
  • P in editor to place chloroplast
  • ESC to bring up menu.
  • F1 to toggle alternate reality (Debugging feature)
  • ` to bring up console (Debugging feature)
  • F2 to switch between microbe stage and microbe editor
  • F4 to save your current gamestate
  • F10 to load your previous saved gamestate.
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Cell Editor Prototype

Cell Editor Prototype

Jan 13, 2010 Demo 45 comments

This is the earliest version of our cell editor. Enjoy and comment!

AI Editor Prototype

AI Editor Prototype

Jan 13, 2010 Demo 13 comments

Say hello to our first Prototpye! Many more to come!

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AProudSeparatist Jun 8 2012, 7:12pm says:

It is said on the FAQ in the Forum that the game will be released in separate parts, when will the first part come out?

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NickTheNick Jul 26 2012, 8:41pm replied:

I personally dont know, but rest assured that we are devoting effort to first release a solid cellular stage, then move on to the rest of the game!

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andcol May 21 2012, 9:29am says:

Great! Thrive is alive!

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5thHorseman May 20 2012, 7:34pm says:

Nice music pieces indeed.

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RevolutionaryGames Creator
RevolutionaryGames Jun 2 2012, 8:03pm replied:

There are more where those came from!

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AProudSeparatist May 8 2012, 2:13pm says:

Maybe you could make a stage beyond space? I mean, your species invents technology that allows you to travel to other galaxies, like an 'Intergalactic Stage'

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RevolutionaryGames May 8 2012, 10:48pm replied:

Currently, plans are for us to only include one galaxy- this is simply for complexity reasons, keeping both hard drive space and RAM more open. That doesn't mean you won't be able to explore hundreds or thousands of complex planets, many with novel species and stunning geography.

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crimsonspawn May 1 2012, 11:50am says:

I keep seeing "this will take a very long time to complete" is this in years or months? is there any kind of estimate on the time of any sort of beta or alpha?

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ThriveFollower Jul 14 2012, 10:52pm replied:

Another 2-4 maybe even 5 more years... at most...

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loga Apr 2 2012, 6:22pm says:

thrive i guess will never be completed ;( its been like 2 years since last update;(

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NickTheNick Jul 26 2012, 8:42pm replied:

The game is progressing, dont worry! We would never abandon this! The development forum is where the current action is at.

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Mr.Shit Jun 9 2012, 12:23pm replied:

why not make a simple game like a 2D one and sell it on steam and then you can get money and the the needed stuff to continue thrive.

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5thHorseman Apr 13 2012, 7:45am replied:

You do realize the scope of the project they have undertaken. By looks of it, this will be more complex than Spore when it is finally finished.

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RevolutionaryGames Creator
RevolutionaryGames Apr 10 2012, 7:47pm replied:

We're still working hard-this will take time. A lot of time.

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