A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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In a universe driven by targets, a faceless corporation employs you to create an evolving ecosystem you can never hope to control...

Intelligent Design is a sandbox god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. You create species of plants, herbivores and carnivores, but once created you can only sit back and watch evolution happen. As your ecosystem develops you will build research stations to study your creatures. Research allows you to unlock genetic engineering abilities, which can lead to some really weird and unexpected consequences. Great power comes with great responsibility however, since when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes...


  • Fully modeled genetics which govern creature behavior
  • Genetic crossover through breeding
  • Genetic mutation caused by radiation
  • A climate model which tests the robustness of your plants and is effected by the ecosystem you design
  • Invest in genetics research to unlock new abilities
  • All of the data collected during your game is exported to xml for you to analyse
  • Online leaderboards

Support our Steam Greenlight campaign here. Everyone who buys the premium version will get a steam key if the campaign is succesful.

There is no auto-save, manually save and load with the system menu.

Despite simplistic graphics the underling model is quite intensive, a mid range gaming PC is recommended. Try the free version before you buy.


The single track was created for the game by MIDIEvil Studios.

Follow me on twitter @DrSeanWalton for more information or contact me by e-mail seanwalton.dev@gmail.com. Feel free to monetize any videos/streams of this game.

Discuss the game in the forum here at our subreddit r/IntelligentDesignGame/ on the indieDB page or on the incremental games plaza.

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Mac and Linux versions are untested by me, I just compiled them using unity. Any issues post them in the forum below.

The primary difference between the free and paid version is that in the paid version there is an option to unlock all genetic engineering abilities without researching them. This is designed to give everyone the chance to try the full game for free and say thank-you to those who support the game by buying it.

v1.5 Release Notes (08/02/2017)

  • When you look at a research station the relevant button is selected automatically
  • You can no longer accidentally select the system menu when navigating with the cursor keys
  • Tutorial message stays on screen more
  • Fixed bug in creature behavior and improved performance


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

IntelligentDesign32bit_Free.zip 66 MB
IntelligentDesignLinux_Free.zip 80 MB
IntelligentDesignMac_Free.zip 81 MB
IntelligentDesign64bit.zip 68 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more
IntelligentDesign32bit.zip 66 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more
IntelligentDesignLinux.zip 80 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more
IntelligentDesignMac.zip 81 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more


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