Close search results
Close search results

Dr Umgebung's School
of Life

Play YouTube video
Please enter a valid email address
Please choose a platform
How young was your child when they first played this?
How does your child play this? Alone, with friends, with family? How did they discover it and what kept them coming back for more?
:   :
To verify your input please enter your email to create an account.

Play OverviewPlay Overview

Dr Umgebung's School of Life (2018) is a strategy simulation game. The life it simulates is a sealed terrarium that you must maintain by completing certain tasks. It's an unusual combination of science, gardening and pet simulation that educates as well as entertains.

Starting with a simple empty sphere you work to create exactly the right conditions to make soil, water and an environment that you can grow plants in. You have controls over the air composition and the temperature, and as you progress a seed bank of plants to use.

Once you have the basics mastered you can start adding animal life to your terrarium. By end of year 3 you should have a self-sustaining ecosystem. Maintaining your sphere with the correct atmosphere that supports life is not easy, and although tasks are straight forward in isolation, balancing the settings to be suitable for all different lifeforms is much harder.

The result is a fascinating educational experience that teaches you about the fragility of an ecosystem while providing a fun strategy game. You can learn about the science behind gardening, weather and climate by experimentation and experience rather than reading it about second-hand.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Dr Umgebung's School of Life (Sokpop) 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
There are lots of games similar to Dr Umgebung's School of Life (Sokpop). Here are some we picked for you:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Collecting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Requires strategic thinking and patience but, like growing beans in a jar, the thrill of seeing things grow can work for really young players.


Dr Umgebung's School of Life

Steam Store PC -
App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can purchase the Sokpop games in different ways:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/01/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Collecting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 2D Side-On and Weather

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

Subscribe to our free newsletter

Carina Initiatives
Contact Us