Thrive is a free, open-source game currently being developed by an online volunteer team called Revolutionary Games. Drawing inspiration from numerous simulation and strategy games (in particular the original concept behind the PC game Spore), Thrive is a game about a species’ evolution from unicellular organisms to galaxy-wide space travel.

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 without compromising the former. The eventual game will contain powerful creation tools, allowing players to realistically craft organisms, technology, cultures, and even entire planets.

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Write Your Own Saga of Life

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 by using editors to modify technology, culture, organisms, and entire solar systems. Seven stages are planned – Microbe, Multicellular, Aware, Awakening, Society, Industrial and Space – though for the moment we’re only focusing on the first of these, as the whole project is a massive undertaking.

Simulate, Create

Explore the possibilities of simulation within a game context, competing against the game environment as you wield the forces of evolution. Create and edit an organism on its journey from insignificance to the stars, using all the creation tools at your disposal to rise above your adversaries, themselves products of evolution by natural selection as the game simulates its own ecosystem. Hunt or cooperate with a procedurally generated assortment of organisms as they collect and process resources in multiple biomes.

Difficulty levels can be set by modifying the rate of simulation in the world around you. Quicker evolution rates will pose a challenge as organisms can react to changes in less time, while slower rates won’t put you under as much pressure, so your imagination can run wild as you edit your own species’ anatomy. Choose your own way of playing.

Evolution is gradual, with minor changes made each generation for both you and other species. By collecting substances from the environment and processing them in a simulated metabolism, you can increase your species’ fitness rating, building resistance against extinction. Less successful evolutionary paths will die out, and only one may progress through the crucial transformative steps towards cell cohesion, terrestrial conquest, sentience, settlements and space travel. Will you thrive?

Rise to Galactic Dominance

From the lowly tidepools of your home planet, you will rise to cosmic prominence. Along the way, use behaviour, nation and technology editors, plus many more, to create a culture of your own. Design a roster of units and buildings using Function Parts to conquer the planet.

Defeat the armies of clashing nations within your own species, then travel off-world to do battle with the galaxy’s best adapted organisms. Control a fleet of starships of your own design, defending your own system and colonizing others. Build massive orbital structures, including the Ascension Gate. With it you can rise to a new plane of existence, even bending planets to your will. From your new perspective as the survivor of all life’s trials, watch over your domain, or go back and start all over again.

Join the Community

Along the way, trade save files and creations with friends, challenging them to survive better than you did in the same circumstances. Create brilliant technologies, or simply touch up an organism that could be a little more beautiful.

The game is completely free and open-source, so anyone can join our team provided they have the necessary skills. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you could help. Maybe you’re a talented artist or musician, a programmer, or even an expert in one of the various scientific fields we aim to simulate. We’re always on the lookout for potential new contributors.


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Full Devblog:

Revolutionarygamesstudio.com

A couple months after the release of 0.3.0, we are proud to announce the newest version of Thrive: 0.3.1. Although this update is not as major as the last one and does not have any new gameplay, it is full of features that make it a lot more fun to play.

Thrive 0.3.1 Environment


Thrive 0.3.1 Editor


In this release:

  • Linux Support
  • Parallax Background
  • Colored NPC Microbes
  • Symmetry in the Editor
  • Flipped Player Cell (Forward is now up in editor)
  • New .exe Icon
  • Cytoplasm
  • A bunch of bug fixes (Audio, Broken Membrane, No Chloroplast, Flagellum, Species Name)

Controls:

  • Point mouse to turn
  • WASD to move around
  • Mouse scroll wheel to zoom
  • E to release toxins (if you have any)
  • G to engulf other cells (you must be bigger in size)
  • ESC to bring up menu.
  • F2 to switch between microbe stage and microbe editor
  • F4 to save your current gamestate
  • F10 to load your previous saved gamestate
  • F12 to save a name-change
  • Symmetry button between undo and redo in editor
  • (Cheat: if you ever get frustrated by reproductase, just press ‘p’)

Download link:

Github.com

Happy Thriving!

v0.3.0 Released!

v0.3.0 Released!

News 3 comments

Here comes our latest release with updated cell membranes, new cell organelle models, improved AI, and more! Read on for more details.

0.2.4 Released

0.2.4 Released

News 13 comments

We are back (and we apologize for our absence) with the next release of Thrive!

Thrive v0.2.3 Released!

Thrive v0.2.3 Released!

News 10 comments

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. ...

0.2.1

0.2.1

News 22 comments

Our first official in-engine release, brought to you in the dwindling twilight of 2013

Thrive v0.3.0

Thrive v0.3.0

Demo 0 comments

The latest version of Thrive, including procedural membranes, organelle models and much more, is now available on ModDB. The last download here was posted...

Cell Editor Prototype

Cell Editor Prototype

Demo 46 comments

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

AI Editor Prototype

AI Editor Prototype

Demo 13 comments

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

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seanrfc123
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Wait...Wait...Am I looking at a game....that is Spore...only better and not for under 5 year olds??!!!

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GameMusicFLS(Liam)
GameMusicFLS(Liam)

If you are still looking for a composer/songwriter for your game, I would be glad to help out!

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NickTheNick
NickTheNick

Make sure to post your services on the forum, we would love to have you on board!

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Anoniman_Piotr
Anoniman_Piotr

Will it be non-target game? Does it have phases like in spore?
What are the system requrements?

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bobobobobiy
bobobobobiy

This is a little fishy. Latest update was over 6 months ago, and I can't post an application to get involved in the forum.

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NickTheNick
NickTheNick

Our ModDB page is currently behind when compared to our other outlets (the forums are the most active, as well as GitHub).

Applications work for everyone else, you should PM your issue to a mod on the forums.

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Ghoulnspex
Ghoulnspex

I love that I got too see the beings of cell stage and the engine thats running it a bit. Can't wait till ya'll get some game play in there.

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cptmashek
cptmashek

So, I have a few concerns: I am unable to post anything anywhere on the forum. I am also in #thrive IRC, but am the only one there. I've been chatting with people who have been either trying to gain more information, or find out how to join the team, since one can't post...

What are we supposed to do?

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Oliveriver
Oliveriver

As a newcomer you should be able to post only in the introduction sub-forum and reply to the Misc thread. The chat is largely unused I'm afraid - it should probably be removed.

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