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Just starred playing this game, it is so pretty and soothing

I just finished the game, and I'd like to say that it's gorgeous. It remind me of Fe, which is a game where you play as a little fox that helps the forest because of these creatures called the silent ones. NIVA's super relaxing and I almost fell asleep while playing! My only issue is that it's a bit laggy and sometimes I glitch into the cliffs, but I can easily get out so it wasn't a personal issue for me! Nonetheless, very pretty and cute game!

hey i need help, i downloaded the game and it saved as a file and im having trouble actually playing the game because its in a file.


Seemed beautiful but made me motion sick after just a few minutes, which doesn't normally happen to me for games. :(


So beautiful and cool animals! You feel like the forest god in Princess Mononoke.

I'm really sad to say but I couldn't download this on my Mac because it said that they detected malware and they couldn't fix it so if I could get another download that maybe doesn't have some sort of malware or something then that would be great.

don't come in, sad x'c

I understand the first area - popping the growths with the vines. The second (I think) is gathering the hummingbirds. The third has something to do with the Owl/Squirrels, the fruit trees, the other creatures that eat fruit, and the tent-plants. I can't figure out areas two and three. nor do I know if there's any areas past that. Anyone have any advice?

I wasn't sure what I was meant to do but it is a very beautiful game.

First off, beautiful game. 

Secondly, I had no clue what I was supposed to do. The aim of the game, fighting off the infection, doesn't appear in the actual game as far as I am aware, so I just wandered around aimlessly exploring.

It was still enjoyable because it was so darn pretty, but I really feel as though you guys should include directions in-game. 

Perhaps a cut-scene at the start will do?

There's a game very similar to this one but it's multi-player without chat.


what game is it?

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Good question! It's been 4 months since I last had it but it was here on last time I checked. Basically, it's a deer in the forest type of game with no dialogue but has multiplayer capabilities. The deers horns/symbols change based upon what action the user takes and there's emotes. I remember it having some form of  vague puzzle-like element to it, but the entire game takes place upon a one map area so far.

The  visual difference between this one and that is that NIVA has a zelda-like cartoon graphic about it, where the other-game looked more of an UNREAL engine.  Haven't played the NIVA yet, so as far as its interactions are concerned not sure of., but both take place in a forest and stars a deer.

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I think you are thinking of the non-violent magical deer forum art game "The Endless Forest", by Tale of Tales (prototype 2003, main release 2005-2009).

It has a rerelease called "Second Decade":

Not to be confused with Deer God, a 2D platformer in a voxel style.

Is there any way to change the controls? I know the controller is best, but I don't have any, and I'd really like to use the arrow keys instead of WASD, as I'm left-handed... it's such a beautiful game, though!

Thanks for reaching out and the kind words! Unfortunately there is no way to change the controls within the game. Maybe you can find a keyboard remapper tool for your operating system to adjust the key mapping to your needs. We're very sorry we can't be of big help to you.

It's alright, I'll find a way (or just learn to work with WASD ^_^)! Many thanks for the reply!

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How did you do please ?

My Xbox controller doesn't work and when I change control WASD to ZQSD that doesn't work too...

Edit : I finally find a way :

Alt + Shift (in this order for my computer), to put my keyboard in qwerty (only work when doing this in game!)

Launch game, click on new game, then put keyboard on qwerty if you're in azerty)


Nice short game, took me about 40 minutes roughly to complete it.
The main issue I had with this game is the controls were super clunky, the character would jump on it's own when you collide with the rocks on the floor.
But other than the movement, the visuals and sound design were amazing.

Not sure if you're still working on the game or not but fixing up the movement mechanics would certainly help, and would easily be worth $5 or more.


I tried downloading it 5 times. and every time the zip file was corrupted and had no contents. please help



I just tried it out and can download the ZIP with all Data. Unzipping and starting the game works as well.

Maybe the server had problems or your internet connection was unstable. 

If the error still occurs

  • What Operation System (OS) (Windows 7, 10, XP) do you have?
  • Can you download other files from
  • Can you download other files from other websites?

It only took an hour in total to finish, but I was wowed. Great visuals, fantastic atmosphere, lovely music, there wasn't anything to complain about.  An instant 5 stars from me. The only problem I found was occasionally when jumping up a cliff you would clip into it and get stuck for a bit.


I know I'm super late to the party, but better late then never right? This game is beautifully stunning! I've just whipped up this video for my channel showing off the intro portion, but I'm probably going to do a full on Let's Play with greenscreen and mic! I'm in love!


So beautiful !


Played a bit of this for my channel as part of my let's play series. It's a beautiful world you've created. I'll keep coming back to this one when I wanna just chill for a while. Thanks for sharing this with the world.

I can't play this game, everytime I press Niva it doesn't open.

Whats wrong????


If you are using a mac(unless windows has this too) go to Finder and go to downloads. Find Niva and right click it. There should be an option to open. If you don't have finder go to downloads or wherever you saved Niva to and try to right click.

If this doesn't  work I'm sorry. I'm no expert. This is just what i would try.


Just a beautiful and relaxing experience.

Like something made by Studio Ghibli.

The art and the style are just astonishing.

We made a playthrough video.

Keep up the good work !!!

what the requirements to run that game?

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Our recommended minimum system requirements are:
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required) or Mac OS X 10, 3 GB RAM, graphics card equivalent to ATI Radeon 5570 or NVIDIA GeForce 430 GT with 1 GB memory, approx. 1,5 GB HDD space

We also highly recommend to use a gamepad (Xbox 360/One Controller or PS 3/4 Controller) to play NIVA.


Absolutely beautiful!

I really enjoyed the peacefulness of the entire experience!  I really hope that there will be a follow up of this game, because its just so amazing!

Thank you for creating such a masterpiece!


Thank you very much for playing! A part of the NIVA team is currently in early development of their game Weaving Tides ( and they are happy about every new newsletter subscriber.

how do you play this game on your computer

Download the game from, unzip the folder anywhere you like, start NIVA.exe (on Windows) or (on Mac) and you are ready to explore the forest. Please find our system requirements above.

hey in trying to figure this out because I don't know if you can play this game on a phone

Unfortunately not. You will need a pc with Windows 7, 8 or 10 or Mac OS X 10 to play NIVA. Also we highly recommend using a gamepad (Xbox or Playstation Controller).

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Very  beautiful graphic.


This game was incredible for the eyes. SO BEAUTIFUL.


game look really good (i love this graphic) but playing it for longer time is boring. nice to play less than 5 times for me, but still look amazing

my video with game (in video i talking in polish)

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This was an enjoyable experience.

  • The game is very pretty to look at. The art style is simple yet clean, and successfully adds depth to objects.
  • The puzzles can give a player pause, yet not to the point of frustration.
  • Nothing is trying to kill you, yet the feeling of unease is there.
  • There are a number of bugs, and the controls can be a little stiff -- especially when jumping -- yet for the most part these do not distract from the experience.

About the problem with using K&M, I can think of two solutions: 

  • Adding a sensitivity slider.
  • Allowing the player to switch between the two camera modes by pressing a button rather than holding it. "Reset camera" is this second mode I'm talking about. While its purpose is only to center the camera, it would work as a second camera mode, since it would allow the player to turn with the mouse rather than the WASD keys.

Decided to give this game a shot, and I loved it! :>

The artstyle and music in this game are gorgeous, it was a wonderful experience!

I even made a lil' video on it~


Hi... this is my attempt of this beauty useing a controller, which worked great!

Loved it, style and simplicity with puzzles that was quite refreshing ;)

Thank you!!!

This game is actually really pretty and relaxing. 

 But I slightly broke it (you can see this in my video)

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really nice art style and visuals but the keyboard controls aren't that great


really pretty and nice but its really laggy and the controlls are not varry good

What a beautiful and wonderful game. It doesn't need anything added to it. I managed to get lost a lot but that's a cool thing about it. It makes me explore more. I loved it!

Here's my video!

Filipino YouTuber here.

Check out my video and subscribe if you're new!

Hi! This game is a really cool game! I like the concept of the game and would be awesome if more features are added and I made a video on youtube in INDONESIAN! Check it out! TERIMA KASIH!

I actually managed to complete the game without having a clue what I was supposed to do. The narrative that I got from it was lovely as well.. Nice work.

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