Imagine a community of game-makers, building and interacting inside the same massive digital construct, itself a giant game. Either I’ve just Incepted ™ you or I’m talking about Jumala, the new free PC gaming platform that’s equal parts world builder and game.
With Jumala you can create your own world using a number of templates ranging from the ordinary (jungle, desert) to the extraordinary (alien galaxy) as a starting block. From there you can wander around the environment, shaping the terrain, changing the lighting, so on and so forth.
That’s not all you can do with Jumala, however. You can also include and manipulate gameplay elements, such as setting specific starting points for avatars, creating waypoints, and populating your world with enemies. Then you can step into the role of a player and go exploring, or share your creations with your friends and let them act as your playtesters.
As you and your friends immerse yourselves in Jumala, the benefits are tangible. Frequent play unlocks new tools and tricks via an experience-based leveling system, as well as access to new objects, themes and even sounds as you accumulate “Spark,” an in-game currency for use in the Jumala Marketplace. “Jumas,” another in-game currency, are available for purchase via microtransaction, but the availability of Spark means the only thing you have to do to be good at Jumala is play it.