This Living Worlds app is a modern recreation of a set of dynamic pixel art scenes first published in the early 90s as part of an "illustrated personal organizer" named Seize the Day, and seen as screenshots across the Internet since then. These scenes were created by Mark Ferrari, legendary artist from such classic games as Loom and The Secret of Monkey Island as well as the recent Thimbleweed Park. Now, 25 years later, Ian Gilman, the original software developer, has resurrected the Living Worlds, with Mark's support and additional code from Joseph Huckaby. There may be copycats, but this is the only authentic version from the original creators!
This release of the app contains the first eleven scenes in their full glory. The sun rises and falls in real time, storms pass through, flowers bloom, the moon and stars cross the sky. Smaller details like chimney smoke and animal footprints come and go. The image "lives" throughout the day, drawing you in, suggesting stories, and rewarding quiet observation.
Throughout 2019 we'll continue bringing these worlds back to life, releasing a new scene every month as part of this app; no additional purchase necessary.
Join us for this 25th anniversary celebration of these unique artworks!
* November scene!
Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful revival of software as old as me
I never tried Seize the Day in its heyday, as I was more or less an oocyte at the time. However, I discovered the incredible palette-swapping animated pixel art of Mark Ferrari many years later, and fell in love immediately. It was not long after that I discovered Seize the Day, and even managed to get it running in an emulator! I think the whole concept is magical, and I endeavor to create something as beautiful in my time.
I was overjoyed when I heard the artwork was being revived in modern form. The app is very relaxing, and the ability to swipe across the times of day and see weather and light fade in and out is absolutely beautiful. I think the added logbook and scavenger hunt ideas are a very nice touch too! They encourage me to check in often and become re-immersed in the scenes.
As others have said though, I think the app would benefit *immensely* from the addition of the soundscapes that accompanied Mark Ferrari's artwork on whichever HTML5 website first revived it (or new soundscapes -- any fitting sounds really). The app would then become a nice white-noise/relaxation tool for sleeping, studying, working, etc. In this way, the app would then fill the same role that another wonderful site/app, AmbientMixer, fills for me.
All in all, a wonderful app. Carpe diem!
Better Than the Original!
The original Seize the Day application and these related “Living Worlds” were a staple for me back in the days of doing everything on the PC. The reality is that these Living Worlds are even better on the iPad. For those that have commented there is not much to do with them other than to open the app and look at them, I disagree. The beauty of running Living Worlds on the iPad is that you can run them in split screen mode! Keep the Living World open on one half (or third) of the screen and run whatever else you want on the other half. This way it is always open no matter what you’re doing. Just like the old Seize the Day but better! Can’t wait for the rest of the months to roll out. Thanks for bringing this back and doing such a great job recreating this experience.
Fun! But where’s the calendar?
This app is so charming and relaxing, I’m really glad to see these worlds brought back! I agree with other reviewers that it would be even better with the soundscapes—even if you’re not able to use the originals it would be great to have something similar for ambience. I would also suggest recreating the calendar/planner functions of the original software. When I first saw this I expected it would basically be a port of the original and I was a little disappointed to see it was just the art by itself. Maybe it will be possible in the future? It would be wonderful to have such a beautiful fantasy adventure themed planner again, especially since I was a bit too young to have much to plan when it was first around! In any case, this is a lovely and nostalgic little app and I’m glad it was possible to make it!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.