Nimbus is a unique combination of racing & puzzling. The player controls a craft with no means of directly propelling itself and needs to use whatever is scattered around the levels to acquire thrust and reach the goal. Traverse a world map with several distinct islands in order to recover your lost love.
User reviews: Very Positive (131 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2010
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Nimbus is a unique combination of racing & puzzling. The player controls a craft with no means of directly propelling itself and needs to use whatever is scattered around the levels to acquire thrust and reach the goal. Traverse a world map with several distinct islands in order to recover your lost love. Light on story, but heavy on gameplay Nimbus offers several hours of increasingly harder challenges.

Key features:

  • Over 50 levels available on the main campaign
  • Unique game play that is easy to understand, but hard to master
  • A varied blend of levels that requires a combination of skill & puzzle solving
  • Plenty of opportunity for optimizing how you approach each level in order to beat the best times
  • Several trails, levels and ships to unlock
  • Loads of secrets & tricks

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: P4 2 ghz or faster
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 capable card ( NVIDIA GeForce 6 series, ATI 1300XT series or newer )
    • DirectX®: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 670 mb
    • Sound: Directx 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Colourful, accessible arcade action puzzle game where you manage thrust and inertia to steer your little spaceship thing through a gravity-shifting crazy golf obstacle course to the exit tile. Of course there are optional extra collectables along the way, alternate exits to alternate worlds, Super Mario World style, and enough new hazards and abilities to contend with that it kept my interest long before I ran out of new levels.

Works really well as a casual pass-the-pad multiplayer game. It's a lot more forgiving than something like Super Hexagon. Nobody's going to be on for too long but nobody's getting an early bath after five seconds. Well... not often.

Feels very much like a game you might find stuffed in a corner in a seaside arcade or find on an Amiga disk with half a Chinese label on it - you'll want to tell people about it, when you remember, but most of them will almost certainly never play it and you're not sure of the name or where you played it.

Maybe you should stop smoking weed.
Posted: September 25
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0.4 hrs on record
nimbus is a game for the ages and will surely set the bar for 1996. i give this game a b/5
Posted: October 15
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
"That falling game"

That's how this was described to me. I never thought I'd like it. But I love it.

It's such a shame the team has gone largely off the radar. I'd love to play a follow up.
Posted: June 22
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5.9 hrs on record
Absolutely lovable and earworm-worthy synth music; bright, effective and personal graphics, and instantly-easy-to-learn but absolutely-impossible-to-master mechanics.

Gather this with a fast flow (when you die you reappear on the beginning instantly, and there are no lives or continues), a pretty well crafted difficulty curve (when the hard levels begin appearing, you know you're in for easily one of the toughest challenges in videogames, think super meat boy but more) and just in case someone likes that, global rankings and steam friends rankings.
Posted: June 21
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19.9 hrs on record
I would call it a puzzle platformer, except there is no platforming involved because you can fly. However, it is a puzzle game that involves skill similar to platforming.
The game looks cute and relaxing, but is anything but. One of the hardest games I have ever played (I haven't play dark souls though). If you like repeating one bit over and over again to get a better time to repeat another level to get a better time ad infinitum to attempt to get one of the top global averages you will probably love this game.
Only lacks one thing, and that is a custom level creator that is integrated with the Steam workshop. This isn't bad though as there is plenty of hard levels to play after the main story is beaten. If you are worried about not much content don't be.
Posted: July 23
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2.7 hrs on record
vilken flopp
Posted: July 10
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4.8 hrs on record
Nimbus is the kind of game you play obsessively to beat your best time, the sort that satisfies the soul of a speed-runner; yet it has a satisfying serenity to it all, too. Hard to describe, easy to understand, this is one of those quirky puzzle / skill games that sticks with you (catchy music & all).
Posted: August 21
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2.1 hrs on record
Great game, simple idea, easy to pick up, but can be tricky to beat. Great soundtrack too.
Posted: August 23
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3.5 hrs on record
Fun Arcade Game! Yessssss!
Posted: August 12
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Nimbus is a lot of fun and very pretty, and it's basically just as challenging as you want it to be. There are a lot of optional levels, you can configure how you want the checkpoints to work, and your time records don't unlock any content or anything so it doesn't matter if you don't care about trying to accomplish them.

However...

If you _are_ interested in time records, be aware that Nimbus has one enormous bug: it bases its records on how much time elapses in the real world between the beginning and the end of the level, rather than how many game ticks pass in that time. So depending on how powerful your computer is, falling through the same vertical space without pressing any keys may take you anywhere from 4 seconds to 30 or more. Lowering your resolution and turning off graphical effects can help with this on some of the levels, but these are not adjustments you should be forced to make to fix a gameplay issue.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
202.5 hrs on record
Truly an amazing game.
It is extremely fun and addicting.
The game seems simple at first but with every added obstacle the ame become more and more complex.
The satisfaction of completing a level you first thought impossible is amazing.

I highly reccomend this game to anyone who enjoys this genre of games.
Posted: December 31, 2013
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Nimbus is an almost perfeect game. The sense of momentum and the feeling of zipping through the air is really fun. Shooting out of cannons, bouncing off of launch pads, diving from great heighs; it all feels good. The game introduces new mechanics, level features and techniques steadily throughout the game, so it's never stale. The music is great, and suits the relaxing and exhilarating aspects of the game very well. Collecting the coins and completing the scrapyard stages after finishing the main game is also very rewarding and satisfying. The graphics/art style are also superb.

Only problem I had with the game was that the boss battle felt a bit out of place, turning the game from acrobatic/racing game into bullet hell for the last level.
Posted: February 21
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
What a wonderful game, in every way! Beautiful, challenging and fun to play!

...and you can get the soundtrack for FREE here!:
http://carlkarjalainen.bandcamp.com/album/nimbus-soundtrack
Posted: April 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.6 hrs on record
Nimbus is easily one of the greatest games I've ever played, and certainly the only one I still want to replay.
Because Nimbus is all about friction - all about the mechanics of flight and soaring. Playing Nimbus is like riding a rollercoaster in 3D, without rails. It's like reaching your arm under your sofa to grab that single nickel with the tip of your nails. Nimbus doesn't have a physics engine - it has a HOPE engine. Your ship moves by the sheer force of your faith, trying to climb the ever-unsurmountable heights to get to the finish line.
Nimbus rewards daring, creative players.

Ah, and also it has a kickass soundtrack.
Posted: July 3, 2011
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
I guess this is a bit of a puzzle racing type of game. You control a ship and you have to bounce off of panels or use cannons to shoot yourself up. Then you guide your ship across the levels while avoiding things like spikes and crashing down. It starts off pretty easy but it gets difficult quickly. I normally don't really play these type of games (not for long anyway) but I do enjoy them from time to time. So depending on what you're looking for you might enjoy it as well.

[Rating: 73/100]
Posted: June 13, 2011
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Very fun game! Addicting, great music, stellar gameplay, it's awesome! Almost 20 hours in it and I'm not even done yet! Def. worth a buy
Posted: March 15
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Nimbus is a colorful puzzle game developed by Noumenon Games. You play as a ship with no means of directly propelling yourself and your girlfriend has been kidnapped. You go through tons of fun stages full of puzzles and hidden coins to collect. You can even play the stages for the fastest time. Nice game with colorful graphics and a smooth soundtrack fits altogether with the increasingly hard puzzles and loads of unlockables and several hours of fun. I recommend this game.
Posted: June 21, 2013
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Great game, simple concept, levels are combination of momentum conservation, with some puzzles. Soundtrack is almost worth the price of admission alone. Also has lots of tricks, challenging gold medals, and optional routes thru the worlds for speedrunning.
Posted: December 27, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Cute little game with beautiful soundtrack.
Posted: August 24, 2013
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Beautiful, different and addictive. This game is simply awesome, worth each cent. Specially with the 66% off :D
Posted: August 7, 2012
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