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There are 4,890 pieces. And what's more, this thing is barley held together. Each tile has an 8x8 brick in the middle (that you never see because of the trim), and only the 1x1 flat pieces on top are attached. The ones on the bottom are touching the 8x8, but are in no way connected. The trim is made of a bunch of the same cubes that are made with 3 pieces. The start and end pads are solidly built, except for the edges, which could be stuck onto the tiles beneath though. The graphic on them are also made out of 1x1's. It would have been VERY easy to reduce the number of pieces by replacing 1x1 flat pieces next to ones of the same color with larger ones, but it slipped my head. I'm sure you could make a version that is actually possible to build in real life without glue and anti-gravity, but I wasn't trying to be realistic with this.
And for anyone curious, the software is Lego Digital Designer, which is free.
Oh, and I made a gem with 3 pieces, but didn't put it into the little level I made.