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Vanitas


Vanitas. A memento mori for your digital hands.
To lift you up when you're feeling down. And drag you down when you're up too high.

Everything flows, nothing remains.
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.

Sometimes, when you're depressed, it's good to see something depressing.
A contemplation of the fleetingness of life. To help appreciate what you have.
A meditative experience. A spiritual toy. A reminder of the preciousness of existing.

Designed by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn.
With Zoë Keating on cello.

Referring to still life paintings from the 16th and 17th century, Vanitas presents you with a gorgeously rendered 3D box filled with intriguing objects. Close the box and open it again to see new objects. You can move the objects by tilting your phone or pushing and dragging the objects with your fingers. To create pleasant arrangements that inspire and enchant. Some objects decay. A flower blooms. A bubble pops. Life like an empty dream flits by.

- Beautiful, tactile realtime 3D graphics.
- Subtle sound effects.
- Surprising musical punctuation by renowned avant cellist Zoë Keating.
- Realistic physics.
- 35 Different 3D objects with multiple states arranged over 12 stages.
- Simple, intuitive and direct interaction through multi-touch and tilt.
- Random combinations can generate over 40,000 different dynamic interactive pictures, each capable of inspiring contemplation.
- 24 Quotes on the topics of life and vanity from The Bible and from famous authors such as Rimbaud, Nietzsche, Sappho and Kundera.
- Win a gold star each time you get three identical objects.

From the makers of independent games milestones The Path, Fatale, The Endless Forest and The Graveyard.
Created at the occasion of The Art History of Games symposium in February 2010 in Atlanta.
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About Vanitas
Vanitas. A memento mori for your digital hands.
To lift you up when you're feeling down. And drag you down when you're up too high.

Everything flows, nothing remains.
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.

Sometimes, when you're depressed, it's good to see something depressing.
A contemplation of the fleetingness of life. To help appreciate what you have.
A meditative experience. A spiritual toy. A reminder of the preciousness of existing.

Designed by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn.
With Zoë Keating on cello.

Referring to still life paintings from the 16th and 17th century, Vanitas presents you with a gorgeously rendered 3D box filled with intriguing objects. Close the box and open it again to see new objects. You can move the objects by tilting your phone or pushing and dragging the objects with your fingers. To create pleasant arrangements that inspire and enchant. Some objects decay. A flower blooms. A bubble pops. Life like an empty dream flits by.

- Beautiful, tactile realtime 3D graphics.
- Subtle sound effects.
- Surprising musical punctuation by renowned avant cellist Zoë Keating.
- Realistic physics.
- 35 Different 3D objects with multiple states arranged over 12 stages.
- Simple, intuitive and direct interaction through multi-touch and tilt.
- Random combinations can generate over 40,000 different dynamic interactive pictures, each capable of inspiring contemplation.
- 24 Quotes on the topics of life and vanity from The Bible and from famous authors such as Rimbaud, Nietzsche, Sappho and Kundera.
- Win a gold star each time you get three identical objects.

From the makers of independent games milestones The Path, Fatale, The Endless Forest and The Graveyard.
Created at the occasion of The Art History of Games symposium in February 2010 in Atlanta.

User reviews of Vanitas
I love this app. Beautifully put together and awesome to kill time. Definitely not for those who rush or are looking for action. This app is for the type of person who loves to enjoy the brooding aspect and to reflect on the objects within the box. Well worth the money and overall amazing.
Jan 14, 2012
Android Market Comments
A Google User
May 23, 2014
Best app for Android! I love Vanitas! Low resolution in the font of the 24 quotations, in big displays like Galaxy Note 3, please, fix the resolution in the fonts.
A Google User
Jun 21, 2013
ATT Pantex Neat, meditative app. So many apps are variations on a few basic themes. I always like finding something completely different. Price seems high for how much I will play it tho.
A Google User
May 6, 2013
Keeps uninstalling itself Love this toy, don't love reinstalling every time I want to play it.
A Google User
Apr 11, 2013
Art for the digital generation Beautiful vanitas momento moris every time you open the lid. Absolutely lovely.
A Google User
Mar 16, 2013
A wooden box of life and death Like the developers say: "To lift you up when you're feeling down. And drag you down when you're up too high." The graphics and the sound are beautifully crafted. This game doesn't have a goal, but holds a lot of atmosphere and stuff to reflect over. Every aspect of it has a symbolic value.