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ABOUT

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


CONTROLS

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


CONTACT

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...

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

niva-win.zip 826 MB
Version 1.0
niva-osx.zip 830 MB
Version 1.0
NIVA Original Soundtrack (MP3 Files).zip 56 MB
if you pay $5 USD or more
NIVA Original Soundtrack (WAV Files).zip 527 MB
if you pay $5 USD or more

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There's a game very similar to this one but it's multi-player without chat.

what game is it?

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Good question! It's been 4 months since I last had it but it was here on itch.io last time I checked. Basically, it's a deer in the forest type of game with no dialogue but has multiplayer capabilities. The deers horns/symbols change based upon what action the user takes and there's emotes. I remember it having some form of  vague puzzle-like element to it, but the entire game takes place upon a one map area so far.

The  visual difference between this one and that is that NIVA has a zelda-like cartoon graphic about it, where the other-game looked more of an UNREAL engine.  Haven't played the NIVA yet, so as far as its interactions are concerned not sure of., but both take place in a forest and stars a deer.

Is there any way to change the controls? I know the controller is best, but I don't have any, and I'd really like to use the arrow keys instead of WASD, as I'm left-handed... it's such a beautiful game, though!

Thanks for reaching out and the kind words! Unfortunately there is no way to change the controls within the game. Maybe you can find a keyboard remapper tool for your operating system to adjust the key mapping to your needs. We're very sorry we can't be of big help to you.

It's alright, I'll find a way (or just learn to work with WASD ^_^)! Many thanks for the reply!

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Nice short game, took me about 40 minutes roughly to complete it.
The main issue I had with this game is the controls were super clunky, the character would jump on it's own when you collide with the rocks on the floor.
But other than the movement, the visuals and sound design were amazing.

Not sure if you're still working on the game or not but fixing up the movement mechanics would certainly help, and would easily be worth $5 or more.

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I tried downloading it 5 times. and every time the zip file was corrupted and had no contents. please help

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Hi! 

I just tried it out and can download the ZIP with all Data. Unzipping and starting the game works as well.

Maybe the itch.io server had problems or your internet connection was unstable. 

If the error still occurs

  • What Operation System (OS) (Windows 7, 10, XP) do you have?
  • Can you download other files from itch.io?
  • Can you download other files from other websites?
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It only took an hour in total to finish, but I was wowed. Great visuals, fantastic atmosphere, lovely music, there wasn't anything to complain about.  An instant 5 stars from me. The only problem I found was occasionally when jumping up a cliff you would clip into it and get stuck for a bit.

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I know I'm super late to the party, but better late then never right? This game is beautifully stunning! I've just whipped up this video for my channel showing off the intro portion, but I'm probably going to do a full on Let's Play with greenscreen and mic! I'm in love!

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So beautiful !

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Played a bit of this for my channel as part of my itch.io let's play series. It's a beautiful world you've created. I'll keep coming back to this one when I wanna just chill for a while. Thanks for sharing this with the world.

I can't play this game, everytime I press Niva it doesn't open.

Whats wrong????

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If you are using a mac(unless windows has this too) go to Finder and go to downloads. Find Niva and right click it. There should be an option to open. If you don't have finder go to downloads or wherever you saved Niva to and try to right click.

If this doesn't  work I'm sorry. I'm no expert. This is just what i would try.

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Just a beautiful and relaxing experience.

Like something made by Studio Ghibli.

The art and the style are just astonishing.

We made a playthrough video.

Keep up the good work !!!

what the requirements to run that game?

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Our recommended minimum system requirements are:
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 also highly recommend to use a gamepad (Xbox 360/One Controller or PS 3/4 Controller) to play NIVA.

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Absolutely beautiful!

I really enjoyed the peacefulness of the entire experience!  I really hope that there will be a follow up of this game, because its just so amazing!

Thank you itch.io for creating such a masterpiece!

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Thank you very much for playing! A part of the NIVA team is currently in early development of their game Weaving Tides (www.weavingtides.com) and they are happy about every new newsletter subscriber.

how do you play this game on your computer

Download the game from itch.io, unzip the folder anywhere you like, start NIVA.exe (on Windows) or NIVA.app (on Mac) and you are ready to explore the forest. Please find our system requirements above.

hey in trying to figure this out because I don't know if you can play this game on a phone

Unfortunately not. You will need a pc with Windows 7, 8 or 10 or Mac OS X 10 to play NIVA. Also we highly recommend using a gamepad (Xbox or Playstation Controller).

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This game is very graphically gorgeous and defiantly would be great it had some kind of story added to it or don't because it feels like you can create your own story of why you are in the forest and why you were summoned? maybe I don't really know tho but amazing project/game.  

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Very  beautiful graphic.

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This game was incredible for the eyes. SO BEAUTIFUL.

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game look really good (i love this graphic) but playing it for longer time is boring. nice to play less than 5 times for me, but still look amazing

my video with game (in video i talking in polish)

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This was an enjoyable experience.

  • The game is very pretty to look at. The art style is simple yet clean, and successfully adds depth to objects.
  • The puzzles can give a player pause, yet not to the point of frustration.
  • Nothing is trying to kill you, yet the feeling of unease is there.
  • There are a number of bugs, and the controls can be a little stiff -- especially when jumping -- yet for the most part these do not distract from the experience.

About the problem with using K&M, I can think of two solutions: 

  • Adding a sensitivity slider.
  • Allowing the player to switch between the two camera modes by pressing a button rather than holding it. "Reset camera" is this second mode I'm talking about. While its purpose is only to center the camera, it would work as a second camera mode, since it would allow the player to turn with the mouse rather than the WASD keys.
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Decided to give this game a shot, and I loved it! :>

The artstyle and music in this game are gorgeous, it was a wonderful experience!

I even made a lil' video on it~

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Hi... this is my attempt of this beauty useing a controller, which worked great!

Loved it, style and simplicity with puzzles that was quite refreshing ;)

Thank you!!!

This game is actually really pretty and relaxing. 

 But I slightly broke it (you can see this in my video)

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really nice art style and visuals but the keyboard controls aren't that great

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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!


Filipino YouTuber here.

Check out my video and subscribe if you're new!

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!

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Check out this let's play videos! :D Awesome game!

Hope you liked my let's play videos. IF you did, please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and help me grow.
I'm also looking for connect with other Itchio games, so drop me a line, I'd love to check out your stuff and maybe collab in the future :D

Thanks mate, have a great day!!

Check out my other videos on my gamechannel
GENERAL NUKER GAMING

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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!

Best wishes,

Team NIVA

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It really been a fantastic adventure playing this game. Very relaxing

I found some glitches while playing thought you might want to know.


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This was a pretty fun game, to bad it was short though.


Here's a video I made on it.


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