Getting started

1. Download the binaries or sources

The simplest way to get alien on your system with Microsoft Windows is to use the installer. However if you would like to obtain the newest development version you can download the sources from a GitHub-repository. The master branch contains the latest stable versions whereas the developer branch may contain not sufficiently tested features.

2. Running simulation from given examples

After starting the program you find an empty universe. As a good starting point you can open an existing simulation from the examples. For instance the delivered simulation file invasion.sim demonstrates various aspects of the physics engine.

You can simply run the simulation by invoking the play button. alien delivers standard navigation functions such as zooming and scrolling. The rendered images can be improved using a glowing effect filter (could be enabled/disabled in View -> Glow effect). Furthermore the built-in editor can be activated at any time also during running simulation. It is recommended to use it only with a high zoom level.

3. Designing your own universe

The simulation software provides visual editing tools such as a graph and code editor for building own machines. Let your creativity and ideas run free! To obtain a deeper insight into the rules and mechanisms of alien please read the documentation. It describes how to design own machines featuring a desired behavior.