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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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: