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 all twelve of the original 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.
This year we're adding ambient soundscapes to the scenes to enhance them further; one scene per month, starting with January.
Join us for this 25th anniversary celebration of these unique artworks!
* November sounds!
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!
Dropped my rain sounds to sleep to for this!
The pixel art is absolutely phenomenal, especially with the little events going on throughout the day. I’m writing this just after waking up from the snowfall and ambient sounds playing from the app. This app transitioned from “oh pretty pixel art, too bad it’s not a live wallpaper” to something I regularly open just to stare at to ease my mind while listening to the sounds, and finally to my new sleeping partner. I’m really giving it 4.5 stars but will bump this up to five depending on Pixelfabrik’s upkeep on the the ambient sounds (though I understand that those are not the critical points of the app). If anything, my only slight annoyance is constantly readjusting the time when I swipe up or down (iphone XR user). A “lock time” option would be excellent. All around though, I do not regret spending the money on this lovely app. Thank you for the quality of work you put in so far Pixelfabrik. Never caught that shooting star either lol.
I have been waiting years for this
I bought Seize the Day back in the day, and have missed the Living Worlds. I have kept looking for anything like it ever since. While the low res is unfortunate, it’s great to have the scenes back.
Update: I was informed of the new changes in Feb. 2021 and immediately downloaded the new version. The days are different now, not the same over and over. The scenes can progress (notably the leaf colors in October and the snow and Christmas tree in December). Days must be swiped through to move to the end or beginning of a month, though.
Overall a much-welcomed change. Still wouldn’t mind a calendar function though.
Old: I am realizing though that there aren’t 365 different days. It seems to be the same day repeating, but with a mixture of weather and the like. I’d love it if it could be redone with all the daily variations. Rainy days, clear days, snowy days, boring days, weird days. It was like another world.
I spent so much time jumping to specific times/dates in my salad days.... Would love to have that back.
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