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!

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0.2.4 Released

7 months ago News 13 comments Report

Version 0.2.4 Released!

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Another half-year, another release! And this one brings you the long-awaited GUI update, which we kept promising soon while we were too busy to work on it! But it is done! And so we release! Yay!

Windows release

Note, the linux release this time is on mega, thanks to issues uploading to GitHub.

New Features

  • All the features from the previous release
  • A super-awesome new GUI! Yay!
  • New microbes, new behaviours!
  • Some microbes are now toxic, so be careful who you kill!
  • Others will hunt you down and shoot at you. Choose your battles wisely.
  • Revamped reproduction! Swim, eat, metabolize, reproduce!
  • Sound effects for everything, from button-clicking to microbe death!
  • New compound models, for ammonia, amino acids, and reproductase!
  • An arrow in the editor so people will remember which way is forward!
  • Name your species! Click on your species name in the editor, write something, then hit F12!
  • Thanks to the 2-week pre-release, we have fixed a whole lotta bugs!


  • Point mouse to turn
  • WASD to move around
  • Mouse scrollwheel to zoom
  • E to release toxins (if you have any)
  • ESC to toggle 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
  • F12 to save a name-change

Known Issues and Disclaimers

  • The save button in the editor to save your creation is working, but the load button does nothing. Instead you can open the console with '`' (the key left of 1) and enter: loadMicrobe("MyMicrobeName") and hit the enter key
  • You guessed it, honeycombs. Membranes are hard, but we now have another prototype, with some nice behaviour we're getting closer to putting in-game.
  • For other less major things, go see our Issue List.
Thrive v0.2.3 Released!

Thrive v0.2.3 Released!

1 year ago News 9 comments Report

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. ...



1 year ago News 22 comments Report

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

Microbe Stage Concept Animation

Microbe Stage Concept Animation

2 years ago News 27 comments Report

Developer Oliveriver created this animation to demonstrate the visual tone and GUI desired for the microbe stage.

Microbe Ecosystem

Microbe Ecosystem

2 years ago News 37 comments Report

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

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...
Cell Editor Prototype

Cell Editor Prototype

5 years ago Demo 45 comments

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

AI Editor Prototype

AI Editor Prototype

5 years ago Demo 13 comments

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

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tha_haax Oct 10 2010 says:

how far have you gone untill now? :D

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RevolutionaryGames Creator
RevolutionaryGames Oct 15 2010 replied:

Care to clarify?

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5T.M1C4A3L Oct 9 2010 says:

will you be able to play as a disease? like infecting cells, or infecting other creatures or animals to survive.

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RevolutionaryGames Creator
RevolutionaryGames Oct 10 2010 replied:

You will be able to play as a single celled organism, though not a bacteria. You could easily become a parasitic disease-causing protist.

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Sputak Nov 17 2010 replied:


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lol1234 Oct 6 2010 says:

YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!!! I am sooooooo thrilled about this game! everyone vote this up if you agree!!!!!

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Imagamer45 Oct 4 2010 says:

Glad to see this game rolling into motion. I started tracking this game a long time ago, and now it's beginning to pay off.

" soon as we have anything playable, it will be posted here."

That's a big plus as well. Keep the good news coming!

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Hendar23 Oct 4 2010 says:

This game will never, ever be released as described.

I really, really hope I'm wrong.

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RevolutionaryGames Creator
RevolutionaryGames Oct 5 2010 replied:

Hopefully, it will get even better. Thanks for your support!

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KOYK_GR Sep 27 2010 says:

ok no on-line but LAN!!! o come on! atleas 2 players!! we have older brothers you know!! and we whant to play to impres them!!

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RevolutionaryGames Creator
RevolutionaryGames Sep 28 2010 replied:

Sorry, we're not interested in multipolayer right now. However, we do forsee a lot of different ways to challenge other players indirectly, perhaps by creating challenging planets for them to try to survive on. If our game pans out how we envision it now, the possibilities for creation will be nearly endless. You could literally create an entire game based off of Thrive by creating the right content to make things happen.
Thanks for your support!

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