Cell to Singularity – Game Review

By Barath S. (L&T RBG)

Play the evolution of Life on Earth, all it’s past, present and future.

Cell to Singularity is an idle incremental science evolution game where you upgrade life, from a Single-Cell organism to multi-celled organisms, fish, reptiles, mammals, apes, humans and beyond.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Idle Incremental (clicker) games, they’re entirely based around clicking the screen (or something on it). You can give your hands a break, by unlocking upgrades and buying producers to increase the amount you generate each click and generate stuff in the background.

When you first open the main game screen of Cell to Singularity, you’re greeted with a primordial Earth, black and cracked with lava. Clicking anywhere on the screen grants your first entropy. With this, you can set the ball rolling in the evolutionary process. Upgrades (which cost entropy) consist of features like the moon, an ozone layer, volcanoes and life-specific upgrades, such as protein for amino acids and nuclei for prokaryotic cells. These lifeforms are your entropy producers: DNA and amino acids through to more complex organisms like sponges, flatworms, reptiles and eventually apes and humans.

At some point, after unlocking apes, you can generate your first idea, which unlocks the second currency: ideas. These advance humanity through the ages, giving rise to producers like Iron Age, Industrial Revolution, Information Age and Android.

Cell to Singularity’s user interface is clean and simple, although there’s a lot more going on than you initially expect. You have access to the home screen showing a representation of Earth next to the Sun, and as you go unlocking, from primordial soup for microscopic producers and a barren landscape for land-based producers to several scenes to show your scientific progress. Clicking on each view generates whatever the items within it produce. The research tree consists of an intricate evolution tree with titbits of information. All these with a background track of classical music.

As you get towards the end (or what looks like the end) of Cell to Singularity, progress starts to drag. That’s where the singularity comes in. Unlocking it for the first time ‘crashes’ your simulation and forces you to start again, but it also unlocks the Metabit upgrade tree. Here, you can purchase production modifiers and upgrade your simulation speed, making your next playthrough significantly faster. You will also have a Dedicated Dinosaur Simulation after the first primary universe simulation reboot.

Cell to Singularity makes a great in-the-background game, good for sporadic bursts of evolution. It is a commendable delve into a fun representation of evolution on (and off) Earth.

Available Platforms (Free) : PC / Android / IOS

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