Every now and then you come across an app that doesn’t fit into a particular mold, and that’s exactly what Topia World Builder is. Topia isn’t exactly a game, but is a world building simulator reminiscent of Sim Earth, Spore, The Sandbox, and Populous. You now can control an entire world with just your fingertips in an extremely powerful app that is just made to be touched. Topia allows you drag your finger across the screen to build mountains, form valleys, create rivers, expand or decrease oceans, and so much more.
The app lets you play as a god forming the entire world to your heart’s content. There’s truly no limit to what you can meld your world into from creating worlds that look like Earth to truly unique alien planets. You can even just write words on your planet, and can also change the color of the sky, land, and oceans. The app is a sandbox that allows your creativity to run wild like no other app around, and it’s so effortless with the brilliant touch controls. The interface appears in the upper right allowing you to switch between the various functions to determine what your finger will do.
Topia comes with six preset worlds to manipulate, but you can also create your own with various sliders to determine the beginning layout. Once your world is created, you can then add in wildlife with six different types of animals. There are three types of herbivores, two types of predators, and one bird. You can grow huge herds on your planet, and then add predators to keep the sizes in check. Once you add in animals, there’s a constant supply of motion and life on your world with every animal interacting with one another. The animals are a bit foolish in running into rivers and oceans, but that’s part of the animal design.
Speaking of design, the 3D worlds are absolutely gorgeous, and it’s great to see them manipulated and come to life on screen. It’s also great to pinch and drag with two fingers to move about your world, although the menu in the upper right is a bit tedious. The app could use some game elements to offer some optional goals or strategy. Topia World Builder isn’t easily comparable to any other experience as it allows for such great creativity with such smooth controls to turn world building into finger painting. It’s an extremely entertaining app that is truly remarkable for its distinctive nature, and outstanding design. There are so many possibilities, and you can spend a surprising amount of time simply playing around in the powerful sandbox.
Topia World Builder ($0.99, Universal) is a should buy for only a dollar that is absolutely packed with value and entertainment that can truly appeal to anyone by providing so much potential to every different set of eyes.