Niche - a genetics survival game is a turn-based strategy game combined with simulation and roguelike elements. Shape your own species of animals based on real genetics. Keep your species alive against all odds, such as predators, climate change and spreading sickness.
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February 12

Patchnotes version 1.0.7

Hi pack

We just pushed a new build with some fixes and improvements to the main branch. Most of these things were already in place on the preview branch (version 1.0.6). A big thanks to everyone who helped with the testing <3

Improvements
- Improved tutorial, now fully localised
- Added new UI tooltips
- Updated credits
- Attacking rogue males prevents them from mating for a short time
- Option to change animal texture resolution
(Set to low to increase performance)
- Added support for 64bit Windows and Linux
-> Because of this you will now see a pop-up when playing with older versions on other branches. If you do, please choose the second option :)


Fixes
- Disabled UI key U, when renaming animals
- Leeches can no longer move on land
- Fixed problems with camouflage


Cheers and Thanks,
Stray Fawn Studio
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January 12

Results of the first community voting

Hi pack
Here are the results of the first community voting :)

The three most rated suggestions are:
- Call to attract wild Nichelings, as real animals call to attract mates.
- A set of new tail genes: Peacock, scorpion and fin.
- Gene changes: The armored body is impervious to leeches, the toxic body kills leeches, spiky body babies can't be picked up by blue birds
(we will also add prevention from cactus damage if you have armored body)

These 3 suggestions + a day counter will be added to the game, hopefully in the March/April update when we add wings and the whale island ^_^



Cheers,
Stray Fawn Studio
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About This Game



Niche - a genetics survival game is a fresh blend of turn-based strategy and simulation combined with roguelike elements.
Shape your own species of cat/fox/bear/dog-like animals based on real genetics. Keep your animals alive against all odds, such as hungry predators, climate change and spreading sickness.
If your species goes extinct the game is lost and your evolution needs to start anew.

Key Features:

  • Real genetics for breeding system
  • Over 100 genes to shape your species
  • Procedurally generated worlds and animals
  • 4 biomes featuring different predators, prey and flora to explore
  • Game mechanics inspired on population genetics

Games that inspired us:

  • Spore
  • Don’t Starve
  • The Creatures Series
  • Warrior Cats

Educational aspects:

While playing Niche, the player is introduced to the scientific mechanics of genetics (featuring dominant-recessive, co-dominant inheritance, etc). The game also features the five pillars of population genetics (genetic drift, genetic flow, mutation, natural selection, sexual selection). All knowledge is interwoven with the game-mechanics. This creates the effect of learning by playing.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 10
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Macintosh® OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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