HOUND

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  • HOUND

Breathe life into an empty void and watch as it grows, evolving into a world of your choosing. Your only goal is to create a complex ecosystem - it can be a brutal world of predators or a peaceful garden; breed an intelligent species capable of speech or a super-organism that will consume the stars. With HOUND, you make the world that you want.

HOUND gameplay is simple: you start with an empty world, build your ecosystem, design your first organism and throw it into the void. HOUND’s advanced artificial intelligence analyses your creation, finds it strengths and weaknesses, then gives it competition in your world. Watch as life evolves before your eyes - literally; the creatures exist in three dimensions, develop legs, wings and communication*. Your organism will fight for survival, stimulating successful mutation and increasingly more complex life forms.

Leave your new world for too long though, and the simulation will go out of control. Overpopulation, plagues or even a supernova explosion will turn your world into a wasteland… unless you fight back.

The AI speeds up natural selection and genetic mutation, so that your world will evolve in a matter of days instead of millennia. Every move you make changes the outcome - you can add new organisms, tweak the environment and more through communication with the AI. The twist? Working with the AI can be a productive partnership or a brutal rivalry.

Your application will be a part of a network that creates one global genetic database and a global ecosystem. AI is blank at the start, but as the network grows, it will
improve, building itself with algorithms, picked to fit your individual simulation, and over time your game will become more than just an evolution simulator, as the
built-in neural net learns the laws of mutation and genetic recombination.

Success in HOUND isn’t about earning “achievements” or beating levels. Success is controlling the program so that you create your perfect world by containing and stabilising a bursting stream of life.

HOUND gives you the tools and the assistance of a powerful AI to create artificial life, design and manage virtual ecosystems and interact with neural networks of high organisation. It is not a game, in the strictest sense; rather, it is a powerful engine you can play that will give you a new world in a small-scale simulation to shape and conquer.

*Our research team encourages all players to try to breed creatures that can communicate - talking is preferred - as that will help us with the scientific development of the project.

If you are reading this, thank you for sticking with the project through the long period of radio silence! We are very much alive and have been hard at work on a new version of the game. It is supposed to turn what we had before into a comprehensive gaming experience and make all the AI/artificial evolution related things happen in real time, locally, on your platform, without...

2018-12-31

This long-awaited update refines every aspect of the game's interface and finalizes the network protocol - genetic data will now be updated at regular intervals and is projected to be 95% renewed every couple of weeks! We also got rid of the grid of coloured squares and introduced a new concept in the game - "The Cloud of Genes". Genetic data of all the organisms in the system, organisms themselves and the user now share the same physical space.

2017-11-11

Well, that took a lot longer than expected... Nevertheless, it's here! This update brings voiced guides on game mechanics, both map and model editing, and expands the tutorial with detailed instructions on how to utilize various options, build nervous systems and architect the environments. All of the voiced parts now have subtitles, which can be turned on in the 'settings...

2017-05-26

While we are making final tweaks to the big tutorial (that we had to expand to address all the feedback), here is a small but important feature that will make our cooperation easier: you can now report bugs or give feedback on things, you feel, should be explained better, in the 'report bugs' section of the help section of the main menu. If you can't figure out, what a butto...

2017-04-16

First of, Ladies and gentlemen, we had our first genetic insertion! Basically, this means a restructured genetic database with lots of new creatures. If you look at your genome, it will be separated into sections, which represent now fully formed organisms. Technically, 95% of this information was already there, the thing just restructured itself. So, turn on your operator, ...

2017-04-10

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
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