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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Players: Single-player
Tags: Education
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Description
Release date: Q3 2016
Niche - a genetics survival game
Niche is a fresh blend of turn-based strategy and simulation combined with roguelike elements. Shape your own animal tribe and find an ecological niche for it to live in.

Gameplay
Keep your tribe alive against dangers, such as hungry predators, climate change and spreading sickness. Resource management and smart breeding based on real genetics are key in Niche. All worlds and animals are procedurally generated.



Niche is played from a top-down perspective, giving the player a god-like view over the board. Rounds are represented by a day cycle, in which the player controls animals to move and perform actions (collecting food, scouting a new field, mating, attacking a predator, etc). Animals have a limited lifespan, which makes procreation indispensable. An animal’s characteristics are defined by its genes, which are being passed on to the next generation. The player is rewarded with gene points for completing given tasks and for producing offspring. These points can be spent to unlock new genes, which increase the possibilities for evolution. Challenges come in form of animals dying and dwindling resources. The game is lost, when a player's tribe goes extinct. In the next game a new world is generated, but the previously unlocked genes stay in the world.

Games that inspired us
- The Creatures series
- Spore (mainly the first stage)
- The Curious Expedition
- Black & White
- Don’t Starve


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.

Future plans
Niche is far from finished. We want to add more content such as new genes, biomes and field types.
We plan to release the game on Steam Early Access in Q2 2016.
Working together with a community has proven to be a great way to improve and expand our game.
We are super excited to expand our playtester group and welcome you guys to the family.

More infos
If you'd like to…
… try the demo
… join our Facebook playtester group
… sign up for our newsletter
visit our website: http://niche-game.com/

We hope you like Niche :)
Thank you for your opinions and your support!

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277 Comments
ChalopaG Oct 16, 2016 @ 9:36pm 
a question.. what if my last animal alive is blind? haha
Alt of Yajan Sep 30, 2016 @ 7:12pm 
Hi, I'm not here to boost but promote your released game to over 500,000 real people [no bots are used]. My service is very cheap and I hope you will take me up on my offer.

Please contact me on steam
http://steamcommunity.com/id/TradeCityOwner/

:Fleur_de_Lys:Regards ATOMIX:Fleur_de_Lys:
Tenzin May 24, 2016 @ 11:27am 
I hope this game gets out soon, looks great!!!
Llama May 20, 2016 @ 3:15am 
i cant wait!:steamhappy:
Redtail Animations May 11, 2016 @ 6:37pm 
Uploading a video here pretty soon. Had a very fun, but emotional 45 minutes (I am redtail or @TheLoneFireWolf btw)
Melly May 10, 2016 @ 10:55am 
Tried the demo and got stonewalled by another species that had 1 movement, 1 attack and could not gather berries in any way (I could only reproduce with them and end up breeding these undesirable traits, or else die off), while being slowly cornered by predators. 10/10 Little Red Riding Hood 2016 simulator
Sheevee  [author] May 8, 2016 @ 2:52am 
@enya.stillblood
Strange! Come join our playtester group :)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NicheGame/
Gargaduk May 2, 2016 @ 8:24am 
Gratulations for getting kickstarted! Now hoping the stretchgoal gets reached :fishing:
Enya May 2, 2016 @ 8:05am 
This game is amazing, I'm definitely buying, but I was hoping to try out the demo and it crashes on the "this is a demo" page :C Any ideas, community?
Sheevee  [author] Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:36pm