A downloadable game for Windows and Mac OS X

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NIVA is a pacifistic exploration art game.

The player slips into the role of a mighty forest god to restore the harmony in a mesmerizing forest and relieve it of a mysterious infestation. This shuddersome, mothlike infestation is drawn to the conflicts of the forest's inhabitants. Through observation and by using the abilities of nurturing and withering fascinating plants the player can solve said conflicts. NIVA's scenic art style, relaxing music and simple but intriguing game mechanics invite to explore the forest and have a rest from the stressful everyday life.

A controller is strongly recommended to play.

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Installation instructions

Unzip the folder anywhere you like, start NIVA.exe (on Windows) or NIVA.app (on Mac).

Recommended minimum system requirements

Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required) or Mac OS X 10, 3 GB RAM, graphics card equivalent to ATI Radeon 5570 or NVIDIA GeForce 430 GT with 1 GB memory, approx. 1,5 GB HDD space


We strongly recommend using a gamepad (Xbox 360/One Controller or PS 3/4 Controller) to play NIVA.

Controls with gamepad

Menu navigation: left stick and A / cross
Pause Menu: Start
Movement: left stick
Camera: right stick
Jump: A / cross
Positive aura: RT / R2
Negative aura: LT / L2
Reset Camera: RB / R1

Controls with keyboard and mouse

Menu navigation: mouse
Pause Menu: esc
Movement: W A S D
Camera: mouse
Jump: space
Positive aura: left mouse button
Negative aura: right mouse button
Reset Camera: Q


NIVA is a student project that was developed at University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria. You can find additional information here:

Official Website: www.nivagame.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nivagame

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NIVAgame

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW0s4ozTeexaBcVU7...

More information

Published37 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X
Publisherteam NIVA
Authorteam NIVA
Tagsartgame, Cozy, Exploration, forest, forest-god, harmony, nature, niva, pacifistic, Relaxing
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average durationAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, XBox 360 controllers, Gamepad (any)
AccessibilityInteractive tutorial, Textless
Player countSingleplayer


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

niva-win.zip 826 MB
niva-osx.zip 830 MB
NIVA Original Soundtrack (MP3 Files).zip 56 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more
NIVA Original Soundtrack (WAV Files).zip 527 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more


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The beauty and art in this game is incredibly astonishing!! I cannot praise this enough!!! So beautiful!


Stunning environments and a nice relaxing vibe. I covered this as part of my weekly Indie Freebies piece for Gaming Respawn: http://gamingrespawn.com/indie-game-spotlight/16854/indie-freebies-tenebra-niva-anxiety-lost-night/


Thank you for this well summarized and nicely written article, we're flattered!


Wirklich schönes Spiel :)

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Great looking game! I see what you guys mean about play with a controller however! Either way, I made a lets play video of it!

how long is the average gameplay on this? I'm a partnered streamer and would like to feature this game. :)

If you don't already know how to solve the riddles, the average gameplay will be about 45min to 1h 30min, depending on how much time you take to explore the whole forest. We would be happy to be featured by you. :)


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Amazing&beautiful. But it is so easy to get lost......

cant play it :(

Please contact us via our website www.nivagame.com and tell us your hardware specifications and operating system and why exactly you can't play NIVA, so we can try to solve your problem.


Look at all these positive comments Good Job!!


omg ı finnishd the game 15 mın its eazy but perfect

The itch.io app won't download even though I have Windows 10. It says, "there was a problem during setup: socket hang up" ??? idk what that mean but I bought the game already but now I can't use the app to play it, any suggestions on what I should do?

We are sorry, we couldn't reproduce that error. If you still have problems please contact the itch.io support or download the game directly from https://slyce.itch.io/niva.


Dear followers! Thank you for your support and all the kind words!

We wanted to let you know that we started a raffle where you can win a free custom artwork! There are two days left to participate. For details visit: facebook.com/nivagame


I absolutely love the game and the detail are so pretty :D

I would like a small character creation, that would be so cool!

But i have a problem, i don'tknow how to save or when it saves or ifit is even possible but i had to play everything 3 times again already :/ Can someone please respond :D Keep up the amazing work :3

The game does not provide a save option, so you will need to redo solved riddles when reloading the game. We know this is a bit of a nuisance, but it wasn't possible to implement a save option without sacrificing a lot of our production time. So we decided against it since the game can be played through easily within one session.

Thank you for playing and for your kind words!

Thanks! i can't solve the riddles because i am stupid xD but i hope you guys update soon so it will be an even more amazing game :D


Amazing game, this deserves more players good job team niva ! :)


The control sensitivities are in desperate need of improvements, but there is so much potential in this game. I absolutely love it.


It's amazing, but it needs some fixes. Like collision on some hills, a save feature, control improvements.


Looks like a great game my try it out when i get back home from work


beautiful game! love the aesthetic and the gameplay is fun! But, the camera controls using a mouse on a pc are sluggish and floaty. Will continue to play this game but more options to make the camera a little more responsive and not inversed would be a great improvement!


Thank you!! You can invert the camera in the options menu (press start/esc, select Options, check X or Y axis).


Just played it. What a amazing experience ! Instant-buy ! Maybe you could greenlight it on steam. :D

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