Copyright 2004-2006 by Daisuke Ogihara (Department of Human Communication, University of Electro-Communications, Japan)*

*Current affiliation: Tecmo Koei

RomperSand is a novel artificial-life-oriented interactive art. You can play 3D-GoL (Conway's Game of Life) in a virtual sandbox. In RomperSand, two distinct sets of state-transition rules are combined together: one for simulating physically plausible motion of virtual sand particles and the other for realizing the GoL-like dynamic behavior of living structures. Players can operate several virtual tools to create, destroy, and interact with these structures.

Download RomperSand (version 1.2.2, for Windows only; 24.9MB)

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Read our paper (PDF)
Daisuke Ogihara and Hiroki Sayama, Playing a 3D Game of Life in an interactive virtual sandbox, Advances in Artificial Life: Proceedings of the Eighth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2005), M. S. Capcarrere, A. A. Freitas, P. J. Bentley, C. G. Johnson, and J. Timmis, eds., pp.481-490, Canterbury, UK, 2005, Springer-Verlag.

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