Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Born was created from the absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,190 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 25, 2013

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"This hidden gem of an indie game. The game mechanics are unique, the artwork and music is beautiful. It has a steady difficulty curve from start to end."

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May 21

Nihilumbra v1.35 Released!!!!

Hello!,

We just released an update for Nihilumbra, these are the highlights:

- Bug fixes regarding a strange behaviour in a puzzle in Forest - Level 6.

- Bug fixes regarding a strange behaviour in a puzzle in Desert - Level 4.

- Bug fixes regarding a strange behaviour in a puzzle in Desert - Level Void.

We hope you enjoy playing Nihilumbra!,

-- BeautiFun Games Team

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January 29

Nihilumbra at Humble Bundle!

Today Nihilumbra appears at Humble Bundle along with 6 other awesome Spanish Games in the Humble Weekly Bundle 'MADE IN SPAIN'! This is a moment every aspirant to successful indie game awaits, and it has finally arrived for our good old pal Nihilumbra.

https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

Pay what you want ($1 for Steam Key)
AR-K
Nihilumbra
Spy Chameleon

Pay more than the average
Full Mojo Rampage
Deadlight

Pay $10 or more
Pixel Piracy
UnEpic

Remember you can pay what you want and split it between developers, Humble Bundle and Charity.

Born is having a beer with the other Spanish videogame heroes to celebrate!

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Reviews

“is the kind of game that many will look over because they think they’ve played things like it hundreds of times before. It’s not. This is a project filled with incredibly smart puzzle design and an important message at its core. Anyone who absentmindedly picked it up during a sale should do themselves a favor and play right now. If you don’t yet own it, then definitely consider making a purchase in the near future. Nihilumbra is a thoroughly enjoyable experience that will stick with you. (4.5/5)”
http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/12/07/review-nihilumbra/64848/

“The whole game is great, but for me the presentation takes Nihilumbra from being a fun and clever indie game to something really special. Its presentation rivals games like Braid and Limbo. Everything looks hand drawn and a bit ethereal, a mix between a Tim Burton movie and a Jhonen Vasquez comic. The visuals are complemented by an orchestral score that’s just Danny Elfman enough, and narration that is very well voiced for the story. The tone of the game is serious, and the presentation really supports that rather than undermining it and making it come off as silly.”
http://www.4colorrebellion.com/archives/2013/09/23/4cr-plays-nihilumbra/

“Nihilumbra shines brightest here (Void Mode). Where the story merely hints at the potential of behind its mechanics, Void Mode demonstrates their genius. It brings out Nihilumbra’s best levels, testing your mettle while retaining the game’s penchant for easily understood puzzles. The mode tests you without employing opaque logic, making you reexamine how you approach problem solving. Plus, there’s even a couple story hooks that bring some additional closure, thus sweetening the deal. (4.5/5)”
http://entertainium.org/pc/nihilumbra-review/

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About This Game

Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse.
Born was created from the absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This is where his long odyssey begins, in which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.

However, his experiences come at a high price. The Void must be one. It seeks to reclaim him and will never stop chasing him, destroying everything in its path along the way.
To survive, Born will have to condemn the earth he walks to its inevitable obliteration by The Void...

Advise: Nihilumbra has been designed in a way that everyone can enjoy its story, even without previous experience with puzzle games. However, players seeking for a challenge will find it on the second half of the game: the Void Mode.

Check http://www.nihilumbra.com for a browser demo!

For a better understanding about the game design and development process, we encourage you to read our Nihilumbra HD Gamasutra post-mortem.

Key Features


  • The ability to change ground physics using five different colors.
  • Use five worlds as your canvas and transform them at your will.
  • Original soundtrack composed by Álvaro Lafuente.
  • Unlock a great surprise by completing the game. Replayability assured.

New for this version
  • Voice Acting
  • Levels adapted to widescreen.
  • New HD Textures.
  • Improved and Fully Remastered Soundtrack.
  • Art gallery.
  • Re-imagined and intuitive controls and menus.
  • Improved atmospheric and weather effects.

Nihilumbra presskit.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Nihilumbra is not compatible with Apple Trackpad.
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
One of the best platformer games out there, Grab it guys!
This game is like real life, you start as a baby and learn the process of life each level while being chased or haunted by the void.
In each level you will learn new things and you need to apply what you just learn to complete the level.
The story itself is a life lesson for each and everyone of us.

I really love the narration, music and the artwork.
Really a beautiful and fun game. Thank you Beautifun Games.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
I can`t believe that I didn`t played Nihilumbra earlier. Its a wonderful game.

playing this game has a lot of feelings, its like beeing in an endless dream, full of hope, sadnes and happiness. But also it can feel being in a therapy, with an doctor who tells you how its feel to be depressive and how importan it is to feel that you can be something who can change the world, if not for others then for your selfe. All begins with a birth and all end with death.

You are a little nothing in this game, born as nothing and you thing you are nothing, but the more the speaker tells you the more you try to win. You learn and you see like a child, slowly but powerful, you learn that a little thing can be a little light, that this changes can move mountains. its like awakening from a depression into a live, a live you can love.

This game is an Artwork! its wonderfull and I`m happy that I finaly started to play this game!

10 of 10 Points

Pros:
Music
Level Design
Atmosphere
Story
easy to play
can be hard to master
different colors for abilities

Contra:
For now there is no contra
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Puzzle platformer, slow-paced, not very difficult. Main mechanic (besides moving your character) is altering game physics by "painting" 5 different colours (with different abilities, which are unlocked during main campaign) on almost any platform.

Campaign is short (~3 hours) which is basically a preparation for the harder mode (The Void, ~2x harder and longer), which is unlocked after beating the game for the first time. In this mode, you need to employ your platforming skills as well as brain cells a bit more. Good thing is, almost any level can be finished with different approach, using different colours which adds to replayability. Beating the hard mode will unlock a change which will give you the reason to replay main campaign again (I'll not tell you what that is ofcourse). This feature completely change the mood of the game (which is dark/depressing by its setting).

Steam achievements are not very difficult, most of them will be unlocked naturally by going through both playthroughs. Some requires higher skill and exploration, but nothing impossible for 100%.

Fair price, decent length, good game. I was pleasantly surprised. Totally recommended!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
It's a good puzzle-platformer, a well-done one, with no bugs or glitches and a pretty interesting gameplay concept, but it's still far from my favorites. It's got its merits, and I can only recommend it for them, but it made me appreciate it without liking it. Why? Well, there are some downsides, that many could easily ignore, but for me they were important:

- that narrator was a really bad idea. It seems like an attempt to recreate the Bastion one, but a shallow, totally unsuccessful one that rather annoys and feels unnecessary.
- the controls are only partially accurate. When it matters the most, like when trying to get the Pacifist achievement, one can easily notice they're rather clunky and imprecise.
- the game idea / storyline is somehow just pretentious. Yeah, I get it, void, searching, profundity, philosophy, whatnot, but it never really "communicates" something to me, it doesn't come with any true revelation or original idea. It ends up feeling just as superficial as the narrator's texts.

Anyway, I loved the background music, the graphics are nice, and the gameplay concept of using the colors to transform the world is really interesting in my opinion, and captivating.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Note: video review embedded below.

There’s a specific scene you revisit a few times throughout Nihilumbra. It begins with you falling, the world having been twisted into something surreal, yet oddly soothing. You don’t stay here long, but it was within these brief moments that I was able to collect the scattered thoughts swirling around in my head that I had previously been unable to make sense of.

These scenes represented to me what Nihilumbra was on a conceptual level. They’re beautiful, empty, and meaningless. The reason I was finding it so hard to take something away from Nihilumbra was because there was nothing there. It’s a gorgeous experience filled with expression, but its aesthetics are simply a mask with nothing underneath.

Nihilumbra tries relentlessly to carve out a philosophical core within its narrative, but it comes across as venting the poorly formed ideas of someone who has given up on the world rather than something profound. The writing feels forced and lacks any impact, obnoxiously attempting to make you feel something - anything - by simply stating those feelings as if that is somehow enough to bring them into existence. Ultimately the constant reminders that I was supposed to feel guilty or scared only caused me to become despondent and annoyed.

The detached way in which Nihilumbra handles morality makes it feel as if it doesn’t really care. It wants to come across as deep without having anything to actually say, filling its world with empty words that bounced off me as quickly as they reappeared.

Eventually I simply tuned the writing out and attempted to focus on the puzzle designs instead, yet doing this only brought out how similarly hollow and disinteresting those elements were too. Controlling various elemental powers which can be painted on the environment should provide endless interesting applications, but Nihilumbra never even scratches that surface. It provides you new tools at a steady pace but never a creative way to use them.

Puzzle designs repeat the same basic ideas the entire way through, often requiring no forethought as the answer is simply a slightly altered version of the tutorial. Nihilumbra isn’t just easy, it’s numbingly repetitive and unstimulating. The only time I felt challenged was in navigating the interface, which while not terrible tended to feel awkward and more suited to its touch-based origins than a mouse and keyboard. But then as if to mock me, completing the game unlocks “void mode”, which far from the simplistic main game radically raises the difficulty with cheap trial and error level designs. This doesn’t in turn make them any more engaging however, as the only thing being tested is your patience and how quickly you can move your fingers, rather than your puzzle solving skills.

Nihilumbra is such an exquisite game to look at, that it’s disheartening to see such lovely artwork was wasted on an experience that only manages to dull the senses. It functions, but provides no incentive to spend even a few hours to complete it. Playing it felt almost like it was actively pushing me out, unintentionally but forcefully, as if despite having outrun the void pursuing me it had already devoured the game itself.

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