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— from the Greek sarx meaning “flesh”, and phagein meaning “to eat”.

Sarcophagus is a one-man game project in the sandbox/survival genre. It’s heavily inspired by the works of Sisyphus and the idea of the ennobling power of labor.

You start your lifespan in a shallow environment of (an allegory of) the cave and slowly work your way to a blooming garden by building and maintaining the cave’s ecosystem.

The game is deceptively empty at first, but make to mistake - you can populate it all by yourself.

By no means it’s a god sim, food always will be a problem (you must grow what you eat) and you’ll have to face some other human-specific limitations like an overwhelming urge to multitask, a pain of managing priorities, limited inventory space, absence of game’s wiki and author’s inability to communicate in good English.

The game is more on hardcore’ish/demanding/oldskool side of a spectrum and requires some exploration, learning and adjusting to its quirks.

It’s not a clone of anything, the purpose of creating the game was not an imitation of things I like but rather playing in a sandbox and looking at the ways things unfold. Sandbox game created as a sandbox project. So meta.

How to play:

  • Get Ice Shards.
  • Knowledge is power. Inspect everything you can.
  • Some items/blocks can be brought to The Machine for useful info and transformations - pay attention to  sign.
  • The Machine is your friend.
  • » Telegram channel with news and releases.

    » Discord server with news and releases.


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    Click download now to get access to the following files:

    sarcophagus-mac.zip 51 MB
    Version 0.10.48
    sarcophagus-win.zip 39 MB
    Version 0.10.48
    sarcophagus-linux.zip 35 MB
    Version 0.10.48

    Development log


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    Do you have (or have you thought about making) a discord for the game?


    There is a telegram channel but I guess discord is more popular. Let's try discord, I'll add link to next game build. https://discord.gg/j7c2ytY


    I love the game, I wish I knew how to make a tool with chop tho lol


    sharp stone + bone + sinew

    sinew? I think I've never found that so far


    it's a living tissue

    or former living

    ohhh... I see where this is going...

    cool blog thingie you have by the way! (http://spectator.ru/)



    Looks like the osx build is broken. Fails to start.

    Mac: Open a Mac app from an unidentified developer.

    Mac: To fix “app is damaged and can’t be opened” launch Terminal and then issue the following command (source): 

    xattr -cr /path/to/application.app

    oh wow let me try it out!

    It worked! Thanks :)


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    Here you go!