Would a creator god be amazed by his creation? How fast would he become bored? Would he, then, rain down fire and brimstone, just for the sake of it? Would he discard it for a fresh start? Let's find out!
WorldBox is not the fanciest nor the most original of titles. But it manages to evoke the right idea. Much like with other sandbox apps, there is no intrinsic purpose whatsoever in playing, the only impetus being your creative drive.
What got me to try WorldBox were the stunning screenshots on the PlayStore, featuring tropical-looking islands with golden beaches, lush vegetation, and menacing lava-spewing volcanoes. As I was browsing the gallery, I thought to myself: "This is sooo similar to that powder game, just infinitely cooler!" I was paraphrasing myself, but the essence is true. You're using various tools to drop/paint from a top-down perspective. Some materials are inert, while others are active and interact with the environment in multiple ways.
The WorldBox sandbox simulates three levels of water depth and four levels of terrain height, each piling up as you might expect: mountains cover up forests, which cover up soil, which sits on top of sand, which finally guards against shallow water. Furthermore, there is a handful of tools that let you add and remove water, insofar as to allow the creation of mountainous lakes as well as empty basins.
You can also populate your world with living things. There isn't much variety, but you can add in some sheep and wolves on land and several piranhas near the shore. Animals will affect the environment as well. Sheep will graze the grasslands, leaving bare soil behind and wolves will hunt and eat the sheep. Both will tend to multiply over time. I don't know what piranha eat, but they're a welcome addition to the scenery. Finally, you can add in humans, which will begin building settlements and expand them across the landmass.
However these humans won't build the Giza pyramids any time soon, so there's no reason to wait before blowing up their little set-up to smithereens. And there are many ways in which you can do that. Creatures die when you paint the terrain on top of them, but that's not the most dramatic demise you can grant in WorldBox. Oh, no. You have your choice between raining acid, raining bombs, setting fires, launching massive thunderstrikes, and, finally, with earthquakes, you can dramatically scar the land.
As much as these methods of destruction are great, many others are under lock. You can get them by purchasing the single Premium IAP. This purchase will also unlock more humanoid species, like orcs and elves, which have special interaction rules depending on who they meet.
Sandbox apps are sometimes more attractive than idle games, even if only because of the lack of obnoxious paywalls. Well, WorldBox has a paywall as well, but, as Madeline Albright once said, despite the degree of destruction upon its virtual inhabitants, I think the price is worth it.