Vilmonic is a living virtual world. Your goal is to bring life back from the brink of extinction.

Protect and breed unique pixel-art life forms whose pixels and color have meaning. Experiment with natural and artificial selection. Craft tools, construct buildings and change the environment. Uncover the secrets of the past as you dig up ancient tech and fend off the mindless haywire zombitons.

Don't be fooled by the SUPER CUTE look, Vilmonic is a deep and complex ARTIFICIAL LIFE SIMULATOR!

Evolving genetic code generates each creature's pixel-art body.

The shape, or morphology, of each animatroid or fungol is determined by its genes. Genes control the bending of internal bones or branches. Pixels cover the bones to create the shape of the body. The shape of the body and the number of different pixels determine the physiology of the life form.

Pixels and body shapes determine biological function: hydration, nutrient use, movement, perception...

Each life form has a metabolism that processes hydration and nutrients at a rate determined by the metabo gene. The larger the life form (the more pixels in its body), the more hydration and nutrients it will need each metabolic cycle. Surface area determines how much hydration each life form evaporates. The more wrinkled the body is, the more surface area there is.

Simple graph-shaped brains create emergent behavior: fear, agression, attraction...

A simple set of rules, derived from genes, controls the behavior of each animatroid. Animatroids have external sensors (motion/scent/water) and internal sensors (hunger/stress/thirst). Animatroids' brains have attraction/repulsion relationships between these sensors. It is these relationships that determine each animatroid's behavior.

Natural selection and breeding are the only way to evolve your life forms - unless you "cheat" with genetic engineering!

Your animatroids and fungols will evolve over many generations into new species. The genetic code of each life form is passed down to its offspring during reproduction, with a chance of mutation. Evolution is a slow process. To speed things up, try crafting and drinking a lot of sugary beverages. Toxic waste can also be useful (and dangerous!) It can cause drastic mutations in offspring.

Export your creatures and share them with friends!




fig. 1 Exported Creature Cards, don't edit that genetic code!

Join the Vilmonic discord and contribute your research!
https://discord.gg/GT6YWJX

Try the lite version in your browser!
http://bludgeonsoft.itch.io/vilmonic-lite

Development News

Hype-O-Clock! Who’s going??? #hypeOclock #gamedev #undergroundgamedev https://t.co/qTUWWZzsfi

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UPDATE: Vilmonic now has FRENCH LANGUAGE SUPPORT! Thanks so much @Skywilly_GSS Next stop: Version 1.0 LAUNCH #gamedev #gaming #indiegames #or_more_accurately #undergroundgames https://t.co/yd0MR8W9JB

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Victoria on the Vilmonic discord has been doing some pretty great research into the genetic code of exported life forms. Join in the #scientific fun https://t.co/Wok54K39bS and help figure out the rules of this weird virtual world! #genetics #evolution #artificiallife #gaming https://t.co/ovCpyTcwhb

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Congrats to the drawing contest winners! Check out this great Vilmonic ART from (left to right) Vulcant (https://t.co/vethIrEDqD), Lolar7997, @WobblyPython and hand-drawn animation from Mantis987: https://t.co/SALZdHKJuX & https://t.co/1e8BiJkC3Q ! #art #gaming https://t.co/oqiuNMDhPa

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Vilmonic is #STREAMING ALL WEEK starting at 9PM EDT on @WobblyPython’s Vilmonic Art Rodeo! Enter the DRAWING CONTEST for a chance to WIN a Vilmonic #Steam key. I’ll be hanging out to answer questions and drop hidden Vilmonic secrets. Check it out! https://t.co/s8KzzJXPEY #twitch https://t.co/SmU6Uz3lKy

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