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. Read More...

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0.2.4 Released

9 months ago News 13 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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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cptmashek Jul 4 2014 says:

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 Jul 8 2014 replied:

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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cptmashek Jun 13 2014 says:

This looks supremely fantastic! Signing up on the forum and hope I can contribute to this promising project. :3

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Drakoblare May 27 2014 says:

Downloading now. Hope my laptop can run it

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ThatBucktoothKid May 24 2014 says:

Oh boy!,I cannnot wait to play

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DavinOrdo May 19 2014 says:

Hey guys you have any plans for a Parasitic intelligent species like the Goa'uld from Stargate?I think i would be really cool to play as one and/our meet them in game.

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Seriously_Unserious Apr 30 2014 says:

Is there any progress?

It's been about 4 months since the last update. This game looks great and I hope you will continue with it.

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NickTheNick May 4 2014 replied:

In fact, if you check out the forums you can see we are quite active (except less so during the current exam season). We do have a new release out too (0.2.2). Unfortunately, we haven't spent much focus on keeping ModDB up to date, so we will need to get on to that.

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Seriously_Unserious May 5 2014 replied:

That's great to hear. I'll have to check out your forums. Yeah, keeping your game updated here would be a good idea, this is a great marketing tool for you and going a third of a year without updated makes your project look dead.

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Guest Apr 25 2014 says:

I was going to make a game called thrive based on spore back in 2010 but never got around to it , I find this funny and wil most certainly buy this game

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