Download the game from itch.io, unzip the folder anywhere you like, start NIVA.exe (on Windows) or NIVA.app (on Mac) and you are ready to explore the forest. Please find our system requirements above.
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Our recommended minimum system requirements are:
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required) or Mac OS X 10, 3 GB RAM, graphics card equivalent to ATI Radeon 5570 or NVIDIA GeForce 430 GT with 1 GB memory, approx. 1,5 GB HDD space
We also highly recommend to use a gamepad (Xbox 360/One Controller or PS 3/4 Controller) to play NIVA.
Dear NIVA players, thank you very much for all your support and comments. We appreciate your feedback and really enjoy watching the let's plays posted here.
Also some people have been wondering about update plans for NIVA, but because it was our final student project a lot of the team members have already finished studying and left the university.
However, four members of our team are staying together and form a company by the end of this year to create experiences similar to NIVA. Therefore we would be happy if you follow us on these platforms:
So stay tuned and look forward to our next game project!
The game needs rather high specs to run and is sadly not optimized for weaker graphic cards. Please see recommended minimum system requirements for further information. We are very sorry if you are thus unable to play the game.
Thank you very much for your nice comment, we really appreciate it!
Although some people encouraged us to offer NIVA for a small amount of money, we decided against it, not only because the game still has some teething problems and we didn't have the time to fix them within the scope of a student project, but also because we felt like offering our game for free matched our vision of the game very well. So we hope in this way we can enable as many people as possible to find a source for peace and relaxation within NIVA.
If you don't already know how to solve the riddles, the average gameplay will be about 45min to 1h 30min, depending on how much time you take to explore the whole forest. We would be happy to be featured by you. :)
The game does not provide a save option, so you will need to redo solved riddles when reloading the game. We know this is a bit of a nuisance, but it wasn't possible to implement a save option without sacrificing a lot of our production time. So we decided against it since the game can be played through easily within one session.
Thank you for playing and for your kind words!
Thank you! We recommend using a gamepad (Xbox 360/One Controller or PS 3/4 Controller) to play. When using keyboard and mouse as input devices, please configure your mouse sensitivity via the system preferences of your operating system, as long as there's no option to adjust the mouse sensitivity within the game.
Thank you for your kind words! If you look closely you might discover a group of moths flying through the darker parts of the forest towards the last riddle, but it's most likely too gentle of a guidance. We appreciate your feedback and we are very happy that you liked it that much!
[spoiler] Hi Fellowplayer, you are really close to solving the first puzzle: did you realize that there are actually already destroyed plants around the area? Please pay close attention to what is next to them and think about the ability to let the root grow wherever you want :)
Also you asked for the second puzzle in the darker forest where the animals follow the light: have you already found out why the squirrels steal the light fruits and where they bring them? Now combine that knowledge with the ability to guide the other animals from A to B.
If you have more questions feel free to ask them here!