Game of Life, by Conway Games, is one of the simple and entertaining life simulation sandbox games that can be played in a web browser. The game is based on user input and observation. The main purpose of the game is to create a colony of cells and then to watch and see how they grow and interact with one another.
You start the game of life with a plain white grid. Using the mouse, you can click on the cells of the grid, bringing them to life. When multiple living cells are placed next to each other, they begin to interact. The cells are color coded so that you can keep track of them. Blue cells are alive and green cells are dead.
The Game of Life comes with a number of preset patterns which you can use to get started. These patterns, like the acorn pattern, provide a solid base when first beginning a game. There are also tools that allow you to create more complicated cells. Still life cells don’t move at all, oscillating cells move constantly but remain in one area, and spaceship cells travel throughout the entire game grid, usually in a straight line.
The original Convey’s Game of Life is a math-based game, so it may take some time to learn how to play. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy and exciting to create vast populations of cells. This is a great game to play alone or with a small group of people. It is fun for a group of players to provide input and debate about what the next move should be. The game can become stale however if you don’t mix up your playing style. All in all, it is a great low-stress web browser based game that you can use to entertain yourself for five minutes or several hours.