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New game

We discovered a new game at GDC that's been my addiction for the past few evenings. It's Niche, a genetic survival game that's sort of a cross between SimLife and Watership Down. You start with Adam and Eve, a pair of little foxlike creatures that don't have an official name yet, and you have to breed your people into a whole tribe while exploring their territory, finding food, and fending off carnivores and illness.

It's made by a small group of people from Switzerland, an indie team, and it's still in the very early stages. They've been Steam greenlit but haven't started a Kickstarter yet, and the publically available build of the game is still a demo version that you can't save. I shut down my computer every night because it has a really loud fan, so I've been obsessively playing the beginning of the game every evening but rarely making it past generation 10 or so.

At GDC they had a little stall and they were running a contest where if you could breed your little tribe to ten members, you would get on the list for a free early access key when they get that far. We are on the list. :) If you join their Facebook playtester's group, you can get a bleeding-edge recent version of the build which is better balanced than the public demo.

The best part about it is it's turn-based. And it has nothing to do with war. It's rare to find a good turn-based strategy game that's not about nation vs nation.

 

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susanacts
Mar. 30th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
I am interested in playing this game you talk about. Is there a way to download it?
pyraxis
Mar. 31st, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
Yep, you can get it on their site, here: http://niche-game.com/
Hit the "Download the demo now" button.
susanacts
Apr. 5th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
Dig it! I am going to download Niche to my phone if that will work. My name is Susana and I'm a game addict. Niche is my newest addiction. Does this mean I am still healthy? LOL!
pyraxis
Apr. 5th, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
Actually I don't think it will work on the phone, the build is for a PC.
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