A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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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

Published77 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS
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 Version 1.0 826 MB
niva-osx.zip Version 1.0 830 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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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 :)

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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!

I Really Wanna Play But It Wont Download For Me

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What's the problem? Did you download it from here, the site or with the itch.io client?

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I must admit, It was really really REALLY hard for me to click the exit button once i finished the game for the first time. It still is to and i've now played it multible times.

I must ask HOW? how is it possible for somone to create such a beautiful game and then acually be ok With giving it out for free. If i could i'd send a 50 dollar donation at the minimum


Thank you very much for your nice comment, we really appreciate it!

Although some people encouraged us to offer NIVA for a small amount of money, we decided against it, not only because the game still has some teething problems and we didn't have the time to fix them within the scope of a student project, but also because we felt like offering our game for free matched our vision of the game very well. So we hope in this way we can enable as many people as possible to find a source for peace and relaxation within NIVA.


It doesn't pick up my controller, even after I used Xoutput to emulate the 360 controller from my controller. Also the camera seemed to not able to change in height on the mouse after a while. Other than that, it's a really great game and really pretty! I like exploration and that it can be done at my own pace.

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I did some video footage on my Twitch channel. You guys can check it out through this link: NIVA 11min Preview 2016 12 15



Loveing this, very well made. Great work!

I don't know what to feel about this game; I like it a lot, but I feel like it not done yet. First off I would like a story or something that tells me who I am what I am why I'm there and what I have to do. Also, this is a game for the use of a controller you can use a mouse and keyboard, but it doesn't work so well. The info about how to do stuff is showing with a controller, and I feel like it would keep a lot of people away from this game. And sometimes I fall over som glitch like I was falling through the ground, so I was under the ground.


wow just wow, very refressing feel.


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. :)

I'll be playing the game tonight on stream Beam.pro/Kitty_haz_Claws part of my indie game night :)


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!!

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