It’s honestly very exciting for me, releasing a game on consoles for the first time.
Niche – a genetic survival game It started as a university project that I continued to work on after graduation as a hobby. With Nichja, my goal has always been to test and see if biological principles can be transformed into a fun game. And since I decided to study the concept of games, but it was always a little sad that I didn’t choose to study biology, I decided to try to mix my interests and I tried to make a play on the genetics of the population. . After I started posting about the project, I immediately realized that there are many players who share my interest in biology, animals and evolution. Breeders of cats, horses and dogs have joined the gaming community and have made sure to correct me if I misuse the game’s genetic system.
At the same time a development team began to form around it Nichja and we decided to try our luck and launch a Kickstarter. With the help of our community and coverage from various science websites, we were able to exceed our funding goal and begin working together on the game of our dreams. Since its first release on PC, we have continued to improve and expand the game for several months. And now Nichja finally reaching the consoles. What an interesting trip it was!
Niche – a genetic survival game is a simulation / strategy game for a player. Become the leader of a pack of mammals and try to survive against all odds. This is not a simple task, since the game world is fraught with dangers such as predators, diseases and climate change. Nichja presents a breeding system, based on true genetics, 5 different biomes to explore and procedurally generate worlds and animals with more than 100 different genes to model your own species.
In sandbox mode, players can create their own type of challenges with a variety of custom settings. In story mode, players experience the story of Adam, a small Nicheling puppy who is captured by a bird of prey and just escaped to be eaten. After his escape, Adam finds himself on a foreign island, far from home. Adventure from island to island, escape from carnivores, find new companions and adapt to increasingly dangerous biomes. Find your way back to your old tribe while building your unique genetic family.
One of the main inspirations for Niche is the Warriors series, a novel series about wild cats, which survives in the forest. I’m also a big fan of it Not hungry, Spores, and The Creature Series, which all helped me predict what Nichja it could become when I first started.
I hope this post has helped you to have a basic understanding of what Nichja it is and what led me and my team to make this game. If you like cute animals, genetics and survival games, this is the game for you. Nichja is available now on Xbox One!
PS: If you know any science teachers, the PC game is available for schools for free.
Niche – a game of genetic survival
Stray Fawn Studio
Niche – a genetic survival game is a cool mix of turn-based strategy and simulation combined with rogue-like elements. Train your own animal species like cat / fox / bear / dog based on true genetics. Keep your animals alive against all odds, such as starving predators, climate change and the spread of disease. Key Features: – Living, dynamic world to test your survival skills – Breeding system based on true genetics – Over 100 genes to model your species – Procedural and animal worlds – Game mechanics inspired by population genetics – 5 biomes featuring different predators, prey, and flora to explore educational aspects: While playing Niche, the player is introduced to the scientific mechanics of genetics (with dominant-recessive, co-dominant inheritance, etc.). The game also presents the five pillars of population genetics (genetic drift, genetic flow, mutation, natural selection, sexual selection). All knowledge is intertwined with the mechanics of the game. This creates the effect of learning by playing.