THE SAPLING

A game about life and evolution

Optimization: what I did to make the game 300 times faster

Technical

A major point of feedback for evolution simulator The Sapling is that the players wanted larger levels. To make this possible, I spent three months op... [read more]

Tuesday 03 November 2020

Running The Sapling for 7 days straight: this is what happened

Announcement

To celebrate the release of the flower update of The Sapling, there was a 1 week live stream of the game on Twitch in the beginning of September. I ha... [read more]

Tuesday 06 October 2020

The Sapling: flower update

Announcement

Today the first big update for evolution simulation game The Sapling is announced: the flower update. It will release September 10th, and will extend ... [read more]

Thursday 13 August 2020

Breakdown of the visual style of The Sapling

Technical

How was the graphical style of The Sapling achieved? In this interactive breakdown I'll show you, step by step. At the bottom there's an interactive s... [read more]

Thursday 13 February 2020

Under the hood of the procedural music in The Sapling

Technical

This article is an in-depth interactive explanation of how the procedural music in The Sapling works. Furthermore, we see how I had to give up my pref... [read more]

Sunday 12 January 2020

The Sapling available in Early Access today

Announcement

The Sapling as available as an Early Access title today! In this post I describe how weird that feels, and aswer the question everybody has about this... [read more]

Thursday 12 December 2019

Six 3D models to explain the evolution simulation

Graphics

I am releasing six models created by playtesters using the plant and animal builders of The Sapling. Several bodyparts are annotated so you get an ide... [read more]

Thursday 28 November 2019

How player content works in The Sapling

Announcement

The Sapling was built from the ground up with community interaction in mind. This interaction goes both ways: players can take stuff generated by or f... [read more]

Thursday 21 November 2019

The Sapling main theme music available

Announcement

In this first devlog I announce the official release of the main theme sheet music, along with the sheet music and its separate layers.... [read more]

Thursday 14 November 2019