May 25, 2016 4:03 PM | Thomas Faust
It's been a while since we last reported on Tyto Ecology, part educational simulation, part relaxing biological sandbox. The game has since been released on iOS and Steam and it allows you to create and manage your own ecosystems in small, self-contained "biodomes." The goal is to create rich, densely populated biodomes, based on life science principles, but of course you can just experiment to your heart's content instead.
The basic idea is to populate your biodomes with producers, consumers, and decomposers (such as plants, herbivores, carnivores, and fungi) without upsetting the delicate balance that keeps the ecosystem running. Introduce too many specimens of one particular kind into the system, and other parts might suffer or even collapse entirely. Tyto Ecology rewards experimentation and biodiversity and lets you unlock more organisms with time.