Vox (video game)

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Vox
Vox Game Logo.jpg
Vox logo
Developer(s) AlwaysGeeky Games
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows (Linux, MacOS versions on GitHub)
Release 8 September 2012[1]
Genre(s) Adventure, role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Vox is an independent voxel-based adventure and role-playing video game under development by video game developer AlwaysGeeky Games.[2][3][4]

Gameplay[edit]

Vox is an adventure and creation game currently under development and follows on from other voxel based games such as Minecraft and Infiniminer. Vox will have a big focus on player created content, and will allow the player to customize every aspect of the game.[5]

Players can create their own custom characters, weapons, items, monsters, NPCs and everything else in the game. Since everything in the game is made up of voxels, everything can be edited and customized using the same interface. The editors and tools that allow for creation of voxel objects and sprites are part of the game and built into the gameplay of the game. This allows Vox to further enhance the gameplay of other voxel based games, that only allow modification to the voxel world.

Vox also features a fully dynamic world that is populated with many interactive elements, such as monsters and NPC villages and will have a full story and adventure mode. This mode will also feature a dynamic quest system that will give the player greater focus and drive to do more in the game than just 'create stuff'.

Development[edit]

Originally, Vox started life as an entry into the Ludum Dare #23 competition, named "When Worlds Collide", with the source code and game prototype available for download. The core voxel engine technology was created over the course of the two day Ludum Dare Weekend.[6] Later the development was documented openly on a website titled "Let's make a voxel engine".[7] Vox was developed using an incremental release model and as new features and elements are added to the game, these are gradually released in updates. The latest available public demo version distributed via IndieDB is v0.28.[8]

Releases[edit]

Vox was first commercially released on digital distributor Desura on September 8, 2012[1] as playable Pre-alpha release version. In Jun 2013 the game was released via Humble Store.[9] On November 12, 2013 the game was also successfully Steam Greenlighted as "Early access" game.[10] As of August 2015, the game has not been updated in over a year.[11]

Open-source[edit]

Around end of 2015 the source code of Vox was made available as open-source software under the GPLv3 on GitHub.[12] Cross platform support via CMake for Linux and MacOS was added. There was development activity until 2016 by AlwaysGeeky Games.

Reception[edit]

As of August 2015, the game has received mostly negative reviews from Steam users.[11] In January 2017 Steam Spy guessed on based on available data around 20,000 owners.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vox on desura (archived)
  2. ^ "Introducing Vox YouTube video". YouTube. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vox Developer Talks Features, Music, and the Future With Indie Game HQ". IndieGameHQ. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "VOX: Explora A Tua Criatividade". GamingPortugal. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Vox on GiantBomb
  6. ^ "Ludum Dare Entry". LudumDare. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ letsmakeavoxelengine/ on sites.google.com
  8. ^ "Vox v0.28 Download". IndieDB. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Vox now available on the Humble Store! on vox-game.com by AlwaysGeeky (July 14, 2013)
  10. ^ Vox on Steam Greenlight
  11. ^ a b "Vox Steam reviews". Steam. 
  12. ^ Vox on github.com/AlwaysGeeky/Vox
  13. ^ Vox on steamspy

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