World of Sand Zen-like Sandbox App for iPad (Review)

World of Sand iPad

World of Sand Rating: ★★½☆☆

Not all apps in the app store have to be about killing, racing or winning, in fact there are many that are just about the experience and that’s what World of Sand attempts to do.

World of Sand provides a sandbox in both the literal and actual sense of the world as you are provided with an endless stream of materials to combine, build and play with in your own unique ways, in fact the possibilities are endless.

Starting the app starts the four streams of materials from from the top of the screen and while this may look pretty there is much more to the game than watching 4 streams of materials falling down the screen.

World of Sand iPadThere are 16 materials to choose from including fire, water, oil, steam and snow to name but a few of them and you can either change each of the individual streams to start pouring the material of choice or you can select each of the materials and paint it directly on the screen where it will fall and react depending what it hits and mixes with as it does.

Choosing the different materials is as simple as pulling up the tool bar from the bottom of the screen and tapping the material you want. You can also reset the whole screen by sliding the reset button.

To begin with you’ll probably start with building the simple things like walls and containers for the materials to fall into and collect on, the materials all react according to there properties so for example if you create a container of oil and then pour water onto it the water will float to the bottom just as you would expect in real life while placing fire beneath a pool of water will result in it turning to steam. As mentioned previously the possibilities are endless.

While this can be fun the graphics of the materials are not that great in fact they are all simply pixels of different colors with no graphical differences between the liquids and the granular materials as one might expect.

World of Sand can be fun for a while and the reactions of the different materials is well handled, ultimately the fun starts to grow a little thin and you’ll soon find yourself wanting something a little more. You can play the online version here.

Pros

  • Excellent physics engine
  • Materials react well together

Cons

  • Graphics are too basic
  • No challenge

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Entertainment
Released: Jul 09, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 0.1 MB
Language: English
Seller: Jeremy Apthorp
© 2010 Jeremy Apthorp
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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