Niche - a genetics survival game.

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Sometimes I receive emails that I actually open! I know, inconceivable. 😆

Yesterday Humble Bundle sent me an email informing me of a Sweet Farm bundle currently available. Curiously, I went to the website and had a look, and Niche - a genetics survival game leapt out at me in the lowest tier.

After a bit of investigating, it was decided that this could be a good game for my son to get into, and so! I laid down $2, redeemed the code, downloaded it, and tested it out.


It has a tutorial that is very easy to follow, unfortunately you can't turn the tutorial off when starting new games. It is helpful though for the first playthrough and I wouldn't have had a clue what was going on without it.

Also unfortunately, it's a bit too lengthy for my son at the moment. The school holidays seem to have siphoned out all the patience he once had and now he's in instant gratification mode. We'll try again later.

However, I kept on going!


Via the easy-to-press 1,2, and 3 keys, you can change which sense you are currently using. 1 is sight, 2 smell, and 3 sound. It's handy for following your nose to find food or listening to hear any creatures that may be nearby.

There are peaceful creatures, aggressive ones, some that you can integrate into your pack, and some derps that roam around and sneakily impregnate your females with their horrible genetics.




I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to breed in kitty cat whiskers into my creature. Different body parts have different positives and negatives. The kitty cat snout allows purring and gives the animal the ability to heal other creatures around it.

Admittedly, I didn't really care about the ability. I just wanted my bloodline to be full of whiskers.

Crazy cat lady.


In the end, I didn't get the whiskers I desperately wanted but I did successfully breed in a good supply of green eyes into the gene pool.

With my two white guys -- one with spiffy tail used for fishing, and one with a fluffy tail that exudes a horrid scent -- and my big-eared cat-snouted creature, I headed for the teleport stone.

All of the creatures on the green tiles connected to the stone get to be transported to the next area and form a new pack, everyone else gets to stay behind. The two white ones had whiskers as a recessive gene and I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.


Several babies later, most of which were cursed with immunity deficiencies, and there are still no whiskers.

One deficient pup was born with a peacock tail and I umm'd and ahh'd about keeping him. He kept getting the rest of the pack sick so I eventually moved him by a food source to hunt for everyone while they focused on breeding.

You will see a pup in the water.
She is slowly drowning.

I haven't yet figured out a more humane way of killing off my rejects, but I can't have these poorly gene'd creatures running around New Island, getting everyone sick, and eating all the food.

Niche - a genetics survival game reinforces the fact that Nature Is Not Kind. The unfit and useless get left behind, and the strong and desirable win the game that is Life.


Until next time,

Thank you for stopping by! 😊


Screenshots courtesy of me, @kaelci, from the game: Niche - a genetics survival game.


enjoyed reading the full story, hehe. so one can say that inventing whiskers was rather a complicated task for the mother nature to do?

In my experience, Mother Nature must have had a horrible time creating the humble whisker! Hehe.😅 I will keep trying.