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A game where the pixels themselves are elements; for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox, Windows Phone 7, Android, and iPhone/iOS.
A game where the pixels themselves are elements; for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox, Windows Phone 7, Android, and iPhone/iOS.
1,006 backers pledged $13,616 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

Sandbox, Sounds, and Pixel Help





  • Added pixel help (hold control, click on any pixel)
  • Sandbox mode and a pixel selection screen
  • Added more editor tools (drawing straight lines, copy paste, etc)
  • Added crash tolerance (now when it crashes, it will flash red and keeps playing)
  • Added music in and fading between songs
  • Sound effects (jump, hurt, death, crab, ogre. helicopter, etc)
  • Got rid of the cooldown bar, now there's just a limit of how many player made pixels we can have on screen
  • Made asset loading threaded (loads more stuff up quicker


Its been a while since the last update so I figured I'd make a few videos. The focus right now is to finish up Sandbox mode and get the editor documented (the editor is not very easy to use at the moment). Progress on the game has been slow, but its still moving forward. Thanks again for all of your support.

Menus & Source


It's been way too long since I've posted. I wanted to let you all know I'm still working on it.

Since the last update I've added:

  • Menus / options
  • Cooldown bar to prevent too many pixels
  • Kids mode (basic version, more work to do)
  • Popup text for element pickups / minor animation & color flashing
  • A hud element that shows your current element
  • Fixes for falling through the world
  • Fixes for the build not running on certain computers without permissions
  • Pixel sounds (though they need work)
  • A few more elements
  • A script to quickly make new builds

I've also made the decision to release the source and content for Pixel Sand, in the hopes that anyone who would be willing to help with development could. I'm going to keep working on the game every week as I've been doing, but I could use programming assistance to wrap it up.

The source code is located here:

The content (levels, art, sounds, etc) is here (run SetContentPathToHere.bat):

I will also be focusing on the Sandbox, as a few of the users expressed the want for the classic style sandbox (like the original alpha, but better). I could definitely use assistance in this area.

Thanks everyone for your support.

A Minor Release


For backers only. If you're a backer of this project, please log in to read this post.

Update (New UI)

Hey everyone. I wanted to demo some of the UI that's in the game now. We added triggers that let users add dialog to their own levels. The element pickups are now manageable in a very Minecraft-esque inventory (primarily for puzzle building so that you can hide element pickups in different places). We've also added a health bar and more pixel types... like Bees! The streaming support has vastly increased, with everything being done to utilize multiple cores to avoid any lag spikes.

Our main focus is getting a build out to our $100 backers with the editor included. Our goal is to have a website where you can upload and share content, including new levels, your own pixel types, custom characters, etc. Currently the editor is a little clunky, though in the last 3 weeks its literally gotten 150% better with Undo/Redo, Zooming, Painting guides, etc.

Before getting the build out, we've only got a few things to do:

1. Make it so the editor can change levels. This sounds stupid, but right now we just happen to know what files to edit to make it change, so it hasn't bothered us, but we know it will annoy everyone who uses it.

2. Finish the file uploading on the website. Currently right now the game supports loading content from Zip files, including png images, pixel types, levels... all the content that defines the game. This means it's really easy to make mods of the game. We've already done work on building a website that supports uploading, but a front end with users and searching would be nice.

3. Fix two major crashes. In the latest version we've included crash logging, and already we've noticed two major crashes that seem to elude us. These crashes are nasty because they're a result of unsafe threading operations :(

Having said all that, we're dedicated to get a build out by July 3rd, even if the website isn't ready. Wish us luck!

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Another Mini-Update

I made a short video showing off some of the progress. It's not an incredibly polished video, but it does show off the day-night system, building structures, nuclear explosions, climbing, death / respawning, and streaming of the world (though streaming needs a bit of a tune-up, as it lags a bit and causes hiccups). The music is by Matt Spencer. You can listen to his work for Pixel Sand on his Sound Cloud, and feel free to comment!

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