really nice art style and visuals but the keyboard controls aren't that great
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
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.
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
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
|Published||238 days ago|
|Tags||3D, artgame, Atmospheric, Cozy, Exploration, forest, harmony, nature, Relaxing, Singleplayer|
|License||All rights reserved|
|Asset license||All rights reserved|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Mouse, XBox 360 controllers, Gamepad (any)|
|Accessibility||Interactive tutorial, Textless|
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really pretty and nice but its really laggy and the controlls are not varry good
What a beautiful and wonderful game. It doesn't need anything added to it. I managed to get lost a lot but that's a cool thing about it. It makes me explore more. I loved it!
Here's my video!
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Hi! This game is a really cool game! I like the concept of the game and would be awesome if more features are added and I made a video on youtube in INDONESIAN! Check it out! TERIMA KASIH!
I actually managed to complete the game without having a clue what I was supposed to do. The narrative that I got from it was lovely as well.. Nice work.
An absolutely beautiful game! Hope you wanna watch a cat play it! <3
This game is beautiful beyond comparisson, please keep doing what you do and inspiring people like myself to keep trying
Beautiful and amazing. I was sad when I finished as I wish is was longer. Art is amazing and puzzles clever with a simple controls. I could so get into a bigger world with more puzzles. Love it. <3<3<3!
Check out this let's play videos! :D Awesome game!
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Dear NIVA players, thank you very much for all your support and comments. We appreciate your feedback and really enjoy watching the let's plays posted here.
Also some people have been wondering about update plans for NIVA, but because it was our final student project a lot of the team members have already finished studying and left the university.
However, four members of our team are staying together and form a company by the end of this year to create experiences similar to NIVA. Therefore we would be happy if you follow us on these platforms:
So stay tuned and look forward to our next game project!
It really been a fantastic adventure playing this game. Very relaxing
I found some glitches while playing thought you might want to know.
This was a pretty fun game, to bad it was short though.
Here's a video I made on it.
I just recently downloaded this game and I really really want to play it, there's so many good reviews! However I can't seem to...play it.
It will only load when I have it at high settings, and if I press "new game" it pauses up and doesn't play. I've tried just about everything from moving the files from one disk to another, trying compatibility mode, running as admin, and even redownloading. Nothing appears to get this game to run.
Is there anything I can do to get it working?
EDIT: I've tried lowering the resolution (my screen is humongous) and while it helps with the frames on the menu screen, the game still does not run when I press "new game".
The game needs rather high specs to run and is sadly not optimized for weaker graphic cards. Please see recommended minimum system requirements for further information. We are very sorry if you are thus unable to play the game.
Thanks for the awesome game! Reminded me of Princess Mononoke and Okami a bit. Two things I love dearly.
Beautiful Game. Love the graphics. Did get lost a couple times, though.
Hi everyone! Here's my let's play of this stunning game, hope you like it!
My YouTube channel is growing pretty fast now, so it would be great to get you on board too! Subscribe for daily let's play videos (indie games and big titles). I'd love to connect with you guys! Hope you'll drop me a comments and a like and I'll be looking forward to checking out your channels and messages!
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For those of you using the x360ce program and the Mayflash GameCube controller adapter who are having trouble getting the game to pick up the controller:
1. Configure x360ce with the adapter in PC mode (the switch on the side of the adapter), then close the editor.
2. Start NIVA with the adapter still in PC mode.
3. While in the menu, switch the adapter to WiiU mode and wait until you hear Windows recognize the controller, then switch back to PC mode. You may need to reconfigure the "A" button in the editor and redo the process, however.
I also checked the boxes in the images in the third comment down here: https://github.com/x360ce/x360ce/issues/295 (the comment by tom2ross) . If the steps I outlined don't work, try checking the boxes shown in the photos, then hit "Apply/Synchronize Settings"; ignore any errors.
Also, if you're not using the Mayflash adapter, but your adapter has a way to switch between two modes, try that, too.
These are the steps I used to get it working. I hope this helps someone!
Thanks for your tutorial on how to use an alternative controller, using a GameCube controller to play NIVA sounds awesome!
I loved the game, had a ton of fun playing it and I'll definitely be going back to it some point soon to just chill out and explore!
Well that was a nice little romp in the woods. A bit disorienting at times and I'm not sure I saw all of it, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Playing this game was an experience, which I will not forget for a long time. Despite it not giving a simple instruction besides the two actions, you can really immerse yourselve in the beautiful world and listen to the relaxing music. The ending is exceptionally well done, but I will not spoil it here. All in all I can only recommend this FREE! game for you to play and enjoy. Thanks to the developers for this great experience!
Thanks for your kind words! :) We feel really encouraged by your review and we're happy you had a good time playing NIVA!
How do I unzip it?
Beautiful. Pretty taxing after a while but lovely all the same.
when will next update/version come out?
I played this game a while back! Loved being the FOREST GOD! got lost, but still lots of fun!
This game is magic, it's so stunning! It has so much potential and it's amazingly relaxing when you play it!
Thanks for developing this amazing game! To all nature-lovers out there, get this game and support the developers!
I had a go in my let's play video above here! Hope you enjoy it. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions or games I should play. And subscribe for daily indie game let's play videos!
This game is absolutely beautiful! The artisitic style is what first attracted me to it. And then once I realized I could play like I was the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke, I was sold! Thank you for making this game, and I sincerely hope that you make more like it. I hope you enjoy my playthrough that I uploaded as well.
What a beautiful and beautifully made game. I admit I did have to resort to a youtube vid to help me at one point as I could not for the life of me figure out what I was doing but that entire game was so worth it. I can't believe something so detailed and amazingly put together was free! Thankyou, and well done indeed, I loved playing this.
Ounce you go into the world of Niva, you feel like it's hard to get back out of this wonderful but colorful place. The game really has brought my curiosity to explore every new area while also the music is so calming and relaxing which made it such a nice environment to play. A few glitches here and there but it's a over all really cool game, and maybe if it had an option to interact with some of the creatures in the game which can make it even more fun for small mini side game stuff.
Ganz wunderbar <3 Die Steuerung ist zwar etwas ungenau beim Springen (Gamepad), und manchmal steckt man in den Meshes, aber das sind nur kleine Wehwehchen, die man locker wegstecken kann. Die Schönheit der Welt und des Gameplays überwiegt :D
A beautiful world, love the creatures and the plants. Just had to much difficulty with the camera and getting stuck. Has potential.
I must admit this was an amazing game!!! very beautiful and elegant in its own way. I'm happy I played it :)
A very beautiful and calming game. The puzzles wern't too hard nor too easy. I really enjoyed playing this :)
Absolute lovely game! A few issues with the controls and some tweaks could be made to the gameplay, but overall, it was an absolute pleasure to play and you have my thanks. Good luck with this game and any others you work on down the road. I look forward to seeing them!