A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

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In a universe driven by targets, a faceless corporation employs you to create an evolving ecosystem you can never hope to control...

Intelligent Design is a sandbox god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. You create species of plants, herbivores and carnivores, but once created you can only sit back and watch evolution happen. As your ecosystem develops you will build research stations to study your creatures. Research allows you to unlock genetic engineering abilities, which can lead to some really weird and unexpected consequences. Great power comes with great responsibility however, since when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes...


  • Fully modeled artificial life with genetics and AI
  • Genetic crossover through breeding
  • Genetic mutation caused by radiation
  • A climate model which tests the robustness of your plants and is effected by the ecosystem you design
  • Invest in genetics research to unlock new abilities
  • All of the data collected during your game is exported to xml for you to analyse
  • Online leaderboards

Minimum Specifications

  • Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
  • Quad core CPU @ 2.3 GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • Large ecosystems may cause performance issues on systems without dedicated graphics cards.

Recommended Specifications

  • GeForce GTX 780 or equivalent
  • Quad core CPU @ 3 GHz
  • 8GB RAM

This game has been greenlit by the Steam community. Purchasing the game on itch will allow you to download the early access version here and get a steam key (PC and Linux) on release of the steam version.


The single track was created for the game by MIDIEvil Studios.

Follow me on twitter @DrSeanWalton for more information or contact me by e-mail seanwalton.dev@gmail.com. Feel free to monetize any videos/streams of this game.

Discuss the game in the forum here at our subreddit r/IntelligentDesignGame/ on the indieDB page or on the incremental games plaza. Use the subreddit and forum below to ask for support.

Intelligent Design: An evolution sandbox

v1.6 Release Notes (05/03/2017)

  • Changed some wording for controls
  • Removed save location text
  • Research UI stays when looking at a research station
  • Improvements to memory management
  • Fire effect looks correct on larger plants
  • Performance improvements
  • Re-balanced level curves
  • Added background panels to UI
  • Buildings menu appears when upgrade button is available - to help you compare prices of upgrades to buying new buildings
  • Improved control information

The Mac version will not be supported on steam, I don't have the resources to test it. The file is available here for Mac users who bought the game previously.


Buy Now$4.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

IntelligentDesignMac.zip 81 MB
IntelligentDesignLinux.zip 80 MB
IntelligentDesign64bit.zip 68 MB
IntelligentDesign32bit.zip 66 MB