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Gridworld

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What is Gridworld?

Gridworld is an artificial life / evolution simulator in which abstract virtual creatures compete for food and struggle for survival. Conditions in this two-dimensional ecosystem are right for evolution to occur through natural selection.
Creatures live short and replicate fast. Evolution can therefore be observed in hours or days instead of thousands of years.

how does it work?

Creatures in Gridworld are a simple and abstract versions of biological life. They can be recognized as colored blocks moving around the grid. Just like in nature,
creatures have DNA, a digital code that describes the morphology of the creatures. in Gridworld, the dna describes the morphology of the neural network (brain) of the creature. In turn, the brain decides how the creature behaves during its life.
When a piece of dna is copied when creatures reproduce, there is a small chance of mutation in the dna. This leads to diversity in the dna pool. Natural selection causes those creatures with the best adapted genes to have more offspring. This causes the best adapted genes to increase in numbers while the weaker genes are decreasing in numbers and are eventually rooted out.
Through this process of natural selection, creatures become increasingly well adapted to their environment within each generation. And thus, evolution occurs.

How to use it?

The cool thing about evolution is that it is an autonomous process that requires no guiding hand.
You can simply start a simulation and take your hands of completely. When you come back to check after a day or two, you will find a thriving eco system of virtual creatures. You can do more than just simply observing though. Gridworld's simulations are highly customizable. The user interface allows you to tweak any simulation parameter or change the environment as you like.
This way you can set up your own experiments and watch as your creatures adapt to the world and conditions that you provide for them.

what is the goal?

Gridworld is not a game but an evolution simulator.
There is no real goal in Gridworld other than playing, learning, observing and experimenting.
The role of the user is mainly passively observing the process of evolution as it unfolds in the simulation.
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DopplerFrog
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DopplerFrog
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System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: 64-bit Ubuntu or equivalent
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Java has to be installed separately
Recommended:
  • OS: 64-bit Ubuntu or equivalent
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Java has to be installed separately

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or higher
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or higher
  • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Last Modified: Aug 28, 2019

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Gridworld reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Very interesting and well built "life Simulator." The little Game makes you really happy and captivates for an Hour on the PC. Even the Price of not even €1. is more than fair. If, at some point, there were achievements to come, the Game would be almost perfect. There's a lot more not to write about this great Game. Thanks to the Developer!
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Microsoft from Deutsch
You can change environmental conditions, influence the probability of certain mutations and place some simple creatures and than you watch what happens. Thats the whole game sounds simple but can be a lot of fun to see the small guys get more clever and adapt to their environment. Gridworld is awesome for people who are interested in evolution or who like to observe evolving systems and how those react to changes. It is not a real game it´s a simulation and you don´t do much in it other than observing and it often takes some time for soemthing interesting to happen. If this is no problem for you it is more than worth it´s price.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
"What is Gridworld?" That was my first Question. "99ct? Should I buy it? " Was my second Question. "I ... Don't get it ... ' Was my first Thought. "It was worth it for the Money!" Was my final Verdict. It's worth it, it's hard to understand at the beginning, but once you know what you want to do! Then you have a lot of Fun with this "Game." By The way, you should be one of those who doesn't have the Game yet and looks around the Reviews: Think about whether you like to watch artificial Life grow and eat, get along with how they reproduce and create new Kinds of themselves. If you like all this, you get on with it and have no Problem with Life Simulators: Calmly Spend a Euro on it.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
This is not a Game in the conventional Sense that should be aware of one before Buying. It's more of a Life Simulation of Pixels in a Petri Dish (whose "Landscape" you can design yourself). Imagine it's about growing as fast as possible "Clever" or interesting Pixels. Or if you don't want to breed, you let things take their Course and most of the time extremely interesting Things come into being, for example, after many Hours the Pixels have halfway learned not to run into the Lava, as this would mean the sure death ^^ I Personally, it was really very interesting to watch the little Pixels and I think everyone has fun on something like that will be pretty happy with that:) There are countless Settings (Attention-good English Skills or at least the Will to Google Translations should be available) Hab already has over 150 Hours of play (You can run wonderfully in the Background). For the Price, in any case, absolutely worth Paying, at least try it out!
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