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.
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Very Positive (163 reviews) - 96% of the 163 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
203.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
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.
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
nimbus is a game for the ages and will surely set the bar for 1996. i give this game a b/5
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
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.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
"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.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
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.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
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
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2011
F%#$ING AWESOME!!! Until the very end. Outstanding! Good work...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2013
I really enjoyed this game, and so did my children.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
Nimbus is a glider game. You don't have an engine, your engine is gravity, and special platforms within the game like bumpers, speed ups or other graviational devices. The game starts off real easy, but it gets tremendously difficult. This is not a game for the faint of heart, neither are the achievements. This is one of the most difficult games I've ever played. However, the devs did a really good job of programming the physics and of desiging the levels. Pick this up if you're up for a challenge.
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Ramsay
40.3 hrs
Posted: June 24
Fun little platformer (sortof). If you're into speedruns then this has excellent support for sharing best times ( http://nimbus-world.net/ranks.html )
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BC
16.3 hrs
Posted: June 18
Severely overlooked game.

Buy it if you enjoy skillful maneuvering with a touch of puzzle-like elements.
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everRampager
4.3 hrs
Posted: April 29
Nimbus is surprisingly good. The controls are tight, great level design, highly recommended given the price.
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Kristy Blackclaw
6.7 hrs
Posted: March 30
Fun original and relaxing.

It a race/puzzle against the gravity.

Not sure try the demo

100% recommanded
Try beat my time
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Good-Natured Filth
6.8 hrs
Posted: December 31, 2015
A fun little game that was very challenging, even though I play on Easy. The "boss fight" seemed really out of place with the rest of the game, though.
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WittNV
3.9 hrs
Posted: December 4, 2015
No PAUSE button :(
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Monozeroth
5.6 hrs
Posted: October 18, 2015
Reminds me of an old Sega game for some reason.

Plays a like a momentum driven platformer. Nice design, music, and atmosphere. Controls are simple, but take a bit getting used to, as it's 2D flight.
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A. Wizard
4.4 hrs
Posted: October 1, 2015
This is a weird but interesting game, it is been a long time since i played it to make a review, but compared to most bad games i played recently, Nimbus is very good.
Actually i remember having more fun playing this and its demo than most games i played this week.
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~~~~Spoon
15.4 hrs
Posted: August 31, 2015
I loved it. It has a great soundtrack, intuitive and challenging gameplay, upbeat (and approachable) art style, and just feels like a complete game.

I shall now honor the game with a haiku:

Rocket rides the nimbus
It cries out at unmatched speed
But that's the wrong way
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J.Barrows
13.7 hrs
Posted: August 12, 2015
This game is absolutely delightful. Simple concept, but with complex action puzzles
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