Niche - a genetics survival game

Niche - a genetics survival game

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Sheevee  [developer] Aug 23, 2017 @ 12:42am
Release preview 0.6.0 - Feedback and Bug Reports (Full launch on September 21st omg!)
Hey pack!
Things are getting serious. We decided on a launch date: Thursday, September 21st 2017. That is just four weeks from now! Until then all new versions will remain on their separate branches. On launch day they will be pushed on to the main branch. Now we need all the help we can get to make sure the release version runs like a charm, so all new pack members discovering the game on launch have a great time experiencing it for the first time ^^

Please note: If you just want to play and enjoy the game DON'T play this version. This version is for bug testing and feedback. Your game will automatically update itself as soon as the update runs well and is pushed to the main branch.

The launch will be an extremly important event for Niche and our studio. We would love to keep adding more features to the game and really hope it will sell well enough to enable us to do so. All infos about Niche’s future here:


What is new?
- Distinction between story and sandbox mode, selectable start islands in sandbox mode
- Tutorial (finally!)
- Steam achievements
- 5 available save slots
- Polishing and bug fixes
- Ui is completly reworked (It took me a while to get used to it xD)
- Localisation to French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian (a huge thanks to our translators <3)

The tutorial includes a few references to the intro video (which is currently in production) which are probably a but confusing.


How to get the update:
> right click on Niche in your library
> click on properties
> select the beta tab
> select the dropdown and choose “release preview"
> the game will update, please wait (restart Steam if the game is not updating)
> play :D
> report bugs and leave feedback here
In case you speak German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian, please play the game in your language and report translation issues.

Leydaa has very kindly compiled a comprehensive list of all our bugs! Please view to her list here:
before posting your bug. (Unless it's one of those one-time reported glitches, then it would be good to confirm them.)


If you are a Youtuber/Streamer:
Please inform your viewers how to access the update and let them know it is a preview version.

This update features a lot of new content and we had to rebuild the game quite a bit. Because of this older save files will unfortunately not be compatible with this update.

We are really curious to hear if the game runs well on your computers now since we hope to have fixed some of the performance issues.

Thank you all very much for your time and support :)

Stray Fawn Studio
Last edited by Sheevee; Aug 27, 2017 @ 10:45am
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ser pounce Aug 23, 2017 @ 1:47am 
Okay, first time loading up, and.... it's still loading. Like, the trip from Adam's original island to the new one is still going after about 4 minutes? Unsure if it's a bug or just my computer (90% sure it's not my PC, as it's brand-new, but I could be wrong), but yeah, just wanted to put that out there. Really excited for when it loads up<3

EDIT: I'm running on a Windows 10 / Strix ASUS laptop
Last edited by ser pounce; Aug 23, 2017 @ 1:48am
Sheevee  [developer] Aug 23, 2017 @ 1:59am 
That sounds like a bug :/
Please quit the game and try to travel again.
ser pounce Aug 23, 2017 @ 2:06am 
It seems to work fine in Sandbox Mode, however, so I'm just baffled. Also a teensy bit exhausted. Will try Story Mode again in the AM. I can't wait to (re)test it out :3c
The firefoxlady Aug 23, 2017 @ 2:26am 
Hi guys! While playing the release preview version I noticed while trying the story mode that the tutorial skipped a line on me. Maybe it was on me because I made it day 2 very quickly, but I wasn't able to read the text before "Try and still if you can still walk..". Untill now things seem to run smooth. I noticed that the icons for eyesight +2 and blue eyes are exactly the same. That is a bit confusing. Also I was wondering if the tutorial tells you about nest building and collecting materials for it? Because I moved to the third island and as a player I would find it handy to know about that. Because I like to make lots of offspring with Adam and Eve and that goes easier with two nests. :)
Zarkate Aug 23, 2017 @ 3:24am 
Yay new build! Let the happy dancing and bug hunting commence :D

But seriously I can't wait for the full release. The devs have done great so far and will be looking forward to seeing how everything goes in the future.

:o shiny new start menu!

Travel bug is a thing but if you restart the game and travel again it seems to fix it..

also cracker jaws seem to be 30% cuter now :3
Last edited by Zarkate; Aug 23, 2017 @ 3:44am
shtanko Aug 23, 2017 @ 3:59am 
Yep, game got stuck in traveling screen, but after restart everything is OK.
Zarkate Aug 23, 2017 @ 4:27am 
The mutation menu could be a bit bigger... even with glasses on it can be a bit hard to see the icons
Zarkate Aug 23, 2017 @ 4:48am 
Umm... I removed a nest my twins were on any they kinda fused
Randomfull9 Aug 23, 2017 @ 4:56am 
Goes past two logo screens then will stay on a blank black screen for 2-5min before loading the menu.
Story mode - game crashes while on loading screen for story mode
tovaTrollunge Aug 23, 2017 @ 5:46am 
I accidentally skipped a day a few times because of the location of the button up top. It happend quite often when i tried to click on one of my packmembers that were "up north". Perhaps it would be cood to change that button in some way since it is so easy to click it unpurposley. :)
shtanko Aug 23, 2017 @ 6:02am 
Originally posted by tovaTrollunge:
I accidentally skipped a day a few times because of the location of the button up top.
Happened to me too)
Jojo Aug 23, 2017 @ 6:05am 
More or less astethitic stuff:
The family tree icons could be a bit bigger, they are really small, I don't have trouble reading them but I know some people will have.
The new DNA- helix looks cool is a bit confusing though.

When you remove a nest while the baby and the mother are in there they fuse a little bit together.
With the antlers it still says 'attacing action 1/ 0 shouldn't you remove it if you can't unlock the antlers that way?

Translation issues into german:
I can't really say if these are indeed mistakes or if they are supposed to be that way, you will see what I mean.
Ich würde "Steuerung" anstatt "Eingabe" verwenden, als ich es das erste Mal gelesen habe dachte ich mir so, "was soll denn Eingabe sein???" und dann dachte ich, "achso die meinen Steuerung".
Es heißt "großer" anstatt "grosser"
"Außerhalb" anstatt "ausserhalb"
Im letzten Abschnitt des Tutorials steht außerdem "befürchtete Jäger" meintet ihr vielleicht "gefürchtete Jäger"? Ich bin mir nämlich nicht sicher was "befürchtete Jäger" heißen soll ^^

Stuff I liked:
I started with the story mode so that was really cute! I would recommend to have a tutorial about leaving the first island with Adam. The eye textures and nose textures look really cute! Finally my spitsnouts aren't the demons anymore they were in the 0.5.1 version :D Oh and the cracker jaw looks a lot cuter as well.
It is nice to have an extra button to click before exiting the mutation menu... Still no wings though??? ^^
The water moves now, that is awesome and the waves sound effects as well!
The stripes look better now too!

Other stuff:
To always have to switch through Seeing, Hearing and Smelling is a bit annoying I liked the old way where we could choose what we wanted to do better.
I would like the family tree to be a seperate icon as well, so that you can access it without having to click on a creature but that is just personal preference.
The switching day icon at the top is a bit annyoing I accidentally clicked it one time when I wanted to do something on the top of the screen. Maybe moving it to another place?
Can you please sort the mutation menu? The fertility is on top and then the rest in the middle, I can't find stuff anymore as it is spread all over the place!
Attacking a crabbit sounds weird, my creatures aren't playing xylophone!
That bird XD I know you said it flies weirdly but I didn't know how WEIRD!!

All in all I didn't find any game breaking bugs so far. Female male ratio seems good so far too. I am really enjoying it right now! If I find more stuff I'll post again :D
catsandrathekitty Aug 23, 2017 @ 7:34am 
I've found a few bugs so far.
1- It accassionally doesn't save.
2- You can't rename creatures anymore. while its not gamebreaking, it was one of my favorite features and i know quite a few people miss it.
3- if you leave Adams starter island before the tutorial tells you to, it seems to load infinitly and I had to restart my computer because of it.
Jojo Aug 23, 2017 @ 7:52am 
Originally posted by catsandrathekitty:
I've found a few bugs so far.
1- It accassionally doesn't save.
2- You can't rename creatures anymore. while its not gamebreaking, it was one of my favorite features and i know quite a few people miss it.
3- if you leave Adams starter island before the tutorial tells you to, it seems to load infinitly and I had to restart my computer because of it.
You have to rename your creatures over the family tree :)
Snowy Owl Aug 23, 2017 @ 8:05am 
ok it happend in this version/update to, i had unlocked toxic body, and nimble fingers. deleted the save, and restarted still had it in the next/new one. and the one after that it was gone! what? is that supposed to happen or is that a bug?
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