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Noble Ape Simulation creates a random island environment and simulates the ape inhabitants of the island's cognitive processes. The Simulation is open source and features the Ocelot landscape rendering engine and the scripting language, ApeScript.

What's New

Version 0.697:
  • Fixed ApeScript threading for debugging output
  • Fixed Apple windowing and dialog levels

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
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This is a FUN thing!

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Version 0.697
Meiner2er Member IconReview+4
Meiner2er
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Of course it’s a game. The programmer plays with the users. ;-)

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Version 0.693
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Tomis
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I find it inspiring that a complex simulation such as this is only 64k. It could easily have ended up being some slow 5MB java joke. But instead the developer went with efficient design. Kudos sir.

Perhaps MacUpdate can see fit to place this program in a more appropriate category than "Games"

It gives hope that there are still programmers who can write compact efficient code. Especially on MacOS X.

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Version 0.680
Pieteropie
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Did you mean 643K ??

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68kmla
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Quite a wild simulation, the brain view is captivating.

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Version 0.671
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Anonymous
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a file doesnt have to be huge to be complex. if you admit you know nothing about the program, why rate it?! i want to thank the developer for making this.

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Version 0.669
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Anonymous
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The interface is certainly attractive, but I really need details on what/how these ape cognitive processes are being simulated before I will be impressed. Hard to believe such a small program is actually doing anything sophisticated. Perhaps you could some references to journal articles describing the models on which this simulator is constructed, please? Or is it top-secret?

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Version 0.668
Noble Ape (Developer)
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Thanks for your comments. There is quite a bit of mathematical and philosophical discussion of the cognitive simulation in the original Noble Ape Manuals and Noble Ape Philosophic. Both documents are on the documentation section of the Noble Ape site. Also I wrote a margin about the cognitive simulation in my article on Noble Ape in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Google "Barbalet Computer Graphics IEEE" for links to the article. In short, there is nothing top secret in the Noble Ape Simulation. It is all open source.

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Anonymous
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If you go to http://www.nobleape.com/sim/ it should address most of your concerns. Why not become a contributor?

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Anonymous
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Yeah, what he said! And also, where is the "fire" button for this game? I can't seem to kill or capture anything.

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Anonymous
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I'm writing this review primarily to help restore the rating given to this application to a halfway decent one. I'd hoped that some people who post reviews on this site realized what kind of application they were rating, but apparently I was wrong. This isn't meant to be a terribly entertaining program, and I admit that I couldn't hold my attention for very long, but this at least needs to be appreciated for the amount of effort it must have taken to make this. This program is an impressive simulation mechanism, and it should not be reviewed by peolpe who clearly don't know what they are looking at.

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Version 0.668
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Anonymous
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One might easily fail to appreciate NA. At the very least, though, I would expect one simply ito gnore it, rather than heap abuse on it. A simulation might seem boring to someone whose highest aspiration each morning might be to reach the next level of his favorite first-person shooter game.

Sorry, just pouring my ration of gasoline on a fire that is struggling to shed light on anything whatsoever.

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Version 0.668
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Anonymous
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This is about the oddest application I've ever seen. It reminds me of the 6800 days, when applications had long names and you still didn't know what they did... Held my attention for about 15 seconds, before I became bewildered and trashed it. Definitely a scientific app - not for laymen.

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Version 0.667b0
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Anonymous
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Being that this is freeware, I have to say thanks for putting the time into it. I agree that it would not be the sort of thing that I would pay for but then again, it's free. Keep up the good work.

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Version 0.666
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Version 0.694
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Downloads 19,220
Version Downloads 134
Type Games / Simulation
License Free
Date 25 Feb 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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