Niche - a genetics survival game
Niche - a genetics survival game

Niche - a genetics survival game is a turn-based strategy game combined with simulation and roguelike elements. Shape your species of animals based on real genetics. Keep them alive against all odds, such as predators, climate change and spreading sickness.

Niche - a genetics survival game

About this game:

Niche - a genetics survival game is a fresh blend of turn-based strategy and simulation combined with roguelike elements. Shape your own species of cat/fox/bear/dog-like animals based on real genetics. Keep your animals alive against all odds, such as hungry predators, climate change and spreading sickness. If your species goes extinct the game is lost and your evolution needs to start anew.

Key features:

  • Living, dynamic world to test your survival skills
  • Breeding system based on real genetics
  • Over 100 genes to shape your species
  • Procedurally generated worlds and animals
  • Five biomes featuring different predators, prey and flora
  • Game mechanics inspired on population genetics

Games/books that inspired us:

  • Spore
  • Don’t Starve
  • The Creatures Series
  • Warrior Cats

Educational aspects:

While playing Niche, the player is introduced to the scientific mechanics of genetics (featuring dominant-recessive, co-dominant inheritance, etc). The game also features the five pillars of population genetics (genetic drift, genetic flow, mutation, natural selection, sexual selection). All knowledge is interwoven with the game-mechanics. This creates the effect of learning by playing.

Specifications

Windows
Mac OS
Minimum
Recommended
OSWindows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 10
OSWindows® 10
Processor2 GHz Dual Core
Processor2 GHz Quad Core
Memory4 GB RAM
Memory6 GB RAM
Storage2 GB available space
Storage2.5 GB available space
Direct X10
Direct X12
GraphicsGraphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities
Languages Supported
  • AUDIO: English, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese - Brazil, Russian, Spanish - Spain | TEXT: English, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese - Brazil, Russian, Spanish - Spain
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