|A typical starting pool, zoomed in|
The creatures are generated randomly at the start from a number of geometric pieces of different shape and size, and they immediately begin to pursue one of the two objectives their 2-bit brain is capable of: eat and mate.
|mine? mine! mine mine mine!!!|
When hungry, two little green bars resembling a mouth will sprout from their bodies and they will try to swim towards the nearest little green pellet, the pool's only food source.
At first, the swimbots are very inefficient. They flail their limbs randomly when trying to go in a particular direction, and many end up swimming in circles, or even away from the pellet. Only those that can coordinate their movements well enough survive, leaving the rest to die a slow death at the hands of natural selection.
|Betty! How could you?!|
After mating they leave behind a little swimbot, a genetic average of the two parents, which rapidly matures. Sometimes the offspring will be born with a small mutation, which might help it survive and spread its genes, thus driving evolution forward in the pool.
After leaving the simulation run for a while, one or two species will start dominating the pool. These will be much more efficient swimmers than their ancestors, having gone through several generations of evolution in a single afternoon.
|Zerg rush kekekeke|
Gene Pool was created by Jeffrey Ventrella
The latest version of the game, for both Mac and PC, can be downloaded for FREE from here http://www.swimbots.com/