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Niche - a genetics survival game   
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  4/28/2016

The game, Niche, has gone to Kickstarter! I think some were interested in the game in past mentions. So thought I would post the news here for everyone! :D
Here's the link to the Kickstarter

I have tried the game and I enjoy it immensely, so I recommend checking it out at least :) It also says on the kickstarter that creatures is one of the inspirations :D

 
Mtorolite

Mtorolite
United States  


  4/28/2016

I've played around with this game. The lack of a save function is what kills it for me though.

I can't bring it all to reason you've
Convinced these people that all
Their ancestors were wrong, disoriented they
Do not know where they belong

 
evolnemesis
Code Monkey

evolnemesis
United States  


  4/28/2016

Biolology, lol... Looks interesting anyway... Also quite cool that it has what seems to be diploid genetics, so that features like dominant/recessive and codominant genes are possible... Though I can see lacking the ability to save as a downside right now for sure... I'd definitely have a strong urge to want to save progress and things that I thought came out looking cool... Though I think that limitation will go away as the game is developed further.

"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."
"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan

 
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  4/29/2016

Yes, they are aware that the save function is missing currently. It is part of their development decisions to not have a save function as the game is going through so many versions still. Adding new features and such. But once they have landed more securely in the development and it's more a matter of bug fixes and compability with previous versions they will add it in :) So it's coming!
 
Papriko
Peppery One

Papriko
Germany  


  4/29/2016  2

So it is a deliberate decision to avoid permanent complaints like "I lost my savestate! My savestate is corruped and won't load anymore! D:"? Kind of a bummer that you can't save because of that, but somewhat genius at the same time.

Lets play plants! Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis...
 
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  4/29/2016

Yeah! xD I kind of love it, since all the time they'd have to spend on those complaints are put into developing the game further instead xD
 
evolnemesis
Code Monkey

evolnemesis
United States  


  4/29/2016  1

Yeah, as a programmer I totally appreciate the decision, it makes a lot of sense... With the genetics and everything else changing constantly, there would be no real way to keep a stable save state format. I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on this game, it looks very cool and the devs look like they know what they are doing and are working to make the genetics side at least very realistic and interesting. I really like the soundtracks and graphics they have come up with so far as well... They are quite pretty.

"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."
"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan

 
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  4/29/2016

Yeah, Philo at the very least has a long history and interest in biology. And I think the rest of the team do as well. So it's definitely something they are passionate about getting 'right' while making it fun to learn as well.
I think it's a really cool concept, and the strategy with it, to survive in different climates, makes it kind of hard. Because there is always the chance aspect. Sometimes you run out of the opposite sex, sometimes a wild male sneaks in to breed with your females before your own males have a chance, or get females pregnant with genes you really don't want to pass on and kept them away from the breeding. Sometimes you find nothing but predators everywhere you look and that one gene that would really help is shining with it's absense. So then you have to flee to somewhere less pedatory and perhaps find stray animals to join the pack. :D

 
Mtorolite

Mtorolite
United States  


  4/29/2016

Digging paws are overpowered though. Just breed for two digging paws and you never run out of food sources.

I can't bring it all to reason you've
Convinced these people that all
Their ancestors were wrong, disoriented they
Do not know where they belong

 
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  4/29/2016

I sent that message on to Philo, Mtorolite :D
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


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  4/29/2016

Thanks for the news on the kickstarter, it looks really interesting. :)

My TCR Norns
 
Rha

Rha



  5/1/2016

There's several kickstarters I'd like to back this month but no extra money for that. It really bugs me because with Niche I can buy the game later but some things are once in a lifetime..

The no savegame thing adds another challenge to it but I can't really imagine playing one game for more than a day or two, I once cleared out the entire map and I suppose there's nothing after that so why would you want to keep on playing on that map.



 
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  5/1/2016

The new system has islands, so when you are done with one island you move on to the next. Or that is how I understood it, I haven't had time to play the latest version yet :)
 
SpaceShipRat

SpaceShipRat
Italy  


  5/18/2016

Retweeted by Hello Games, lucky guys :D
 
jcnorn

jcnorn
Sweden  
Moderator



  5/18/2016

That's awesome! :D
 


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