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Niche a genetics survival game

NAME
Niche –
a genetics survival game
LANGUAGE
Multi
YEAR
2020
GENRE
Simulation

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Evolve your own animal species based on real genetics, survive and explore a variety of biomes!

Niche – a genetics survival game is a fresh blend of turn-based strategy and simulation combined with rogue-like 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.

Key Features:
– Living, dynamic world to test your survival skills
– Breeding system based on real genetics
– Over 100 genes to shape your species
– Procedural worlds and animals
– 5 biomes featuring different predators, prey and flora to explore
– Game mechanics inspired on population genetics

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.

Games/books that inspired us:
– Spore
– Don’t Starve
– The Creatures Series
– Warrior Cats

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