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Vilmonic is a living virtual world. Your goal is to bring life back from the brink of extinction.

Protect and breed unique pixel-art life forms whose pixels and color have meaning. Experiment with natural and artificial selection. Craft tools, construct buildings and change the environment. Uncover the secrets of the past as you dig up ancient tech and fend off the mindless haywire zombitons.

Don’t be fooled by the super cute look, Vilmonic is a deep and complex artificial life simulator!

  • Evolving genetic code generates each creature’s pixel-art body.
  • Pixels and body shape determine biological function: hydration, nutrient use, movement, perception…
  • Simple graph-shaped brains create emergent behavior: fear, aggression, attraction…
  • Natural selection and breeding are the only way to evolve your life forms – unless you “cheat” with genetic engineering!

Story

In a strange and lonely distant future, you are the last caretaker of the final few life forms left on the planet.

Protect your animatroids and fungols, guide their evolution into new species, and balance the fragile ecosystem.

Science
Use observation and experimentation to learn the hidden rules of the world and its weird biology.

Sit back and watch as natural selection takes its course. Step in and steer evolution by manipulating the environment or by using artificial selection and breeding.

You must work from within the world to change the world, you have no godlike powers. Spread dangerous toxic waste to increase reproductive mutation rates. Drink sugary beverages to speed up time and get a better view of the process of evolution.

Crafting
Uncover the secrets of the past as you dig up eons of buried trash and ancient tech. There’s a lot of it! It’s not junk though, everything has a unique purpose and use.

Craft new tools and construct buildings and roads and farms to help you create your world.

Cooperation
You are not totally alone. There are others like you, but they don’t care about you or your important task. The uncaring, haywire zombitons are everywhere! They’re violent, selfish, and love to build their own cities. Figure out how to live with them, or risk their wrath!


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Vilmonic 1.0

Vilmonic, a living world of PIXELS, GENETICS and MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY is now live on Steam and on Itch.io!


Vilmonic is a truly living world of evolving life forms with emergent behavior. It was founded on the principles of the strong claim of artificial life that computational systems can actually be living systems.

And yet it is also a super cute, mellow and fun crafting sandbox game.

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Your goal is to bring life back from the brink of extinction.


Protect and breed animatroids, generative pixel-art life forms whose pixels and color have meaning. Experiment with natural and artificial selection. Craft tools, construct buildings and change the environment. Uncover the secrets of the past as you dig up ancient tech and fend off the mindless haywire zombitons.

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Vilmonic is a deep and complex artificial life sandbox.


Each creature's body is programmatically generated from its genes, which control the bending of hidden bones to create unique pixel art shapes. Each shape is important. Those pixels determine how many nutrients a creature needs each metabolic cycle. The ratio of outer to inner pixels determines how much hydration is evaporated or retained and whether that creature needs a wet or dry environment.

And there are the Braitenberg-style neural-net brains that evolve to produce emergent behavior from a very simple set of rules.

Genes to Morphology to Physiology!


Genes shape morphology which defines physiology, all working together to determine each organism’s fitness for survival.

There are other life forms too. The main food source are fungolites, which also have their own genetic code, and there are haywire evolving zombitons – steer clear of them!

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It’s about Science


Use observation and experimentation to learn the hidden rules of the world and its weird biology.

Sit back and watch as natural selection takes its course. Step in and steer evolution by manipulating the environment or by using artificial selection and breeding.

You must work from within the world to change the world, you have no godlike powers. Spread dangerous toxic waste to increase reproductive mutation rates. Drink sugary beverages to speed up time and get a better view of the process of evolution.

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And Crafting


Discover the story and mysterious history of Vilmonic as you dig up eons of buried trash and ancient tech. There’s a lot of it! It’s not all junk though, most of it has a unique purpose and use.

Craft new tools, dig rivers and make islands, construct buildings and roads and farms to help you create and personalize your world.

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And Cooperation


You are not totally alone. There are others like you, but they don’t care about you or your important task. The uncaring zombitons are everywhere! They’re violent, selfish, and love to build their own cities. Figure out how to live with them, or risk their wrath!

fig. 1 Export your creatures and share them with friends. Don't edit that genetic code!
Export Creature Cards like these!


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Join the discussion on Discord! Set up experiments and report your findings. Take part in community challenges, and suggest new ones. Share your creatures. Share your worlds!

Android and iOS coming SOON...

Vilmonic!


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Vilmonic UPDATE: Version 0.30.00

Vilmonic UPDATE: Version 0.30.00

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Vilmonic UPDATE: Version 0.30.00 Includes a ton of in-game MUSIC and new TASKS and ACHIEVEMENTS!

UPDATE: Procedural Generation of Sprites

UPDATE: Procedural Generation of Sprites

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Finalizing the new morphology/sprite generation algorithm in Vilmonic. Had to disable colors so I could get a better understanding of the diversity of...

VILMONIC Evolution & Life Simulator Game on Steam Early Access!

VILMONIC Evolution & Life Simulator Game on Steam Early Access!

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Vilmonic, a cross-platform evolution and life simulator sandbox game is now on Steam Early Access. Vilmonic takes place in a lonely distant future where...

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crystalbrittle Creator
crystalbrittle

Status: Still working on new evolvable brains for animatroids.

Toying with having the weights of the anims' neural graphs tied to the morphology of pixel art "internal organs", the shape of which are determined by genetic rules.

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crystalbrittle Creator
crystalbrittle

Update: Version 0.27.00 is here!

I kept adding new items to this release, but had to force myself to stop and roll some of them out for the next update. I made changes to the nutrient-use system, which required SO MUCH balance testing, basically me running loads of simulations (i.e. games) and checking statistics to make sure I didn't mess anything up. Still no DNA tweaking in this update, I just can't figure out how I want to implement it in a way that doesn't feel like a cheat - but soon!

So what's new?

* New dungeon walls and floors! They're now the zombs favorite structures.
* Toxic waste is now a crafting material.
* Added tables and chairs.
* Added more avatar body parts.
* You can now analyze zombs (beta).
* More stuff to craft, like the Fungiburger! Plop one on the ground and your anims will eat it up. Or feed one directly to your anims if their health is low. Or eat one yourself if your health is low. Or eat one if you just want a snack.
* Other stuff...

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crystalbrittle Creator
crystalbrittle

Vilmonic is launching on Steam TOMORROW, June 15th! Store.steampowered.com Please help spread the word.

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