Mudbox 2025 review: can this niche ZBrush alt still compete?

New features continue to develop this novel 3D sculpting app.

Mudbox 2025 review; a cartoon model of a car in a garage
(Image: © Gaoge Ren)

Our Verdict

The future of Mudbox is uncertain at best, but if you can put up with this then it continues to be a capable painting and sculpting software. If you want something pushing the boundaries of what’s possible you’re better off with ZBrush.

For

  • Autodesk integration
  • Centralised login process

Against

  • No new features
  • Only one bug fix

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Mudbox 2025 features

Price $100 / £100 annual, $15 / £12 monthly
Company
Autodesk
New features
Automatic sculpting, tactile brush modifiers, multiple camera settings, extended integration to Autodesk software, optimised for MacOS and Windows, enhanced sculpting tools, improved UI

Mudbox began life in 2001, when the founders of Skymatter were working on The Lord of the Rings. Its inception came after the team wanted to expand their tools, which were eventually utilised in the 2005 film King Kong. All of this attracted the attention of Autodesk, which acquired Skymatter in 2007. 

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The Verdict
2.5

out of 10

Autodesk Mudbox 2025

The future of Mudbox is uncertain at best, but if you can put up with this then it continues to be a capable painting and sculpting software. If you want something pushing the boundaries of what’s possible you’re better off with ZBrush.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.