Average Playtime: 2 hours

Niche - a genetics survival game

Add to
My games
Add to
Wishlist 18
Save to

Click to rate



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 exstinct 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 geneticsGames that inspired us:Spore
Don’t Starve
The Creatures series
Warrior CatsEducational 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.

Release date
Stray Fawn Studio
Stray Fawn Studio
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for macOS

OS X 10.9+ or newer
2 GHz Dual Core
nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
1 GB free disc space

System requirements for Linux

Ubuntu 14.04+
2 GHz Dual Core
nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
1 GB free disc space

System requirements for Nintendo Switch

System requirements for PC

7 / 8 / 10
GHz Dual Core
nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
DirectX Version 9.0c
1 GB free disc space

System requirements for Xbox One

Edit the game info
Last Modified: Nov 27, 2023

Where to buy

Xbox Store

Top contributors


2 edits


2 edits


1 edit
МОЯ СОБСТВЕННАЯ ПОПУЛЯЦИЯ ► Niche - a genetics survival game
Sep 25, 2017
Kuplinov ► Play
Genetics And Nature! - Niche Gameplay | Ep1
Oct 8, 2017
СОЗДАЁМ И РАЗВОДИМ ЖИВОТНЫХ - NiCHE Genetic Survival Game Выживание #1
Jan 5, 2018
Muzzloff Play
Niche - A Genetics Survival Game - My Kitty Family - Niche Gameplay Part 1
Sep 24, 2017
New Genetic HYBRID BREEDING Survival Game! - Niche Gameplay
Sep 19, 2017
NICHE #01 BIOLOGY 101 Niche Genetics Survival Game - Let's Play / Gameplay
Sep 29, 2017
View all videos
58,994 items
Special achievement to honor Erose. Breed an animal with Stinky Tail, Big Ears, at least one E Immunity Gene and name it Erose
Natural Selector
Unlock all genes
Special Youtuber achievement to honor EmmaUniverse. Breed an animal with Black Fur (no melanism), Yellow Eyes, No Pattern, Poison Fangs, one Claw, Nimble Fingers and name it Emma
Prehistoric Hunter
Breed an animal with Sabertooth Fangs, Mammut Feet, Hammer Tail and Megaloceros Horns
Ice Age
Find all 5 prehistoric genes
view all achievements
31 items
Highlight: Niche - A Genetic Survival Game Any% WR 33:15
Niche - a genetics survival game - First look!
i'm a survivor i'm not gon' give in i'm a survivor keep on survivin'
View all streams
128 items

Niche - a genetics survival game reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Early Access Review White dots, black stribes or simply a red fur and these adorable eyes. You will love your little Niche creatures once you get startet. This game isn`t only something for strategists but also for those who would love to create their own race of pandasharks and horned cats.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
The game is very diverse and fun, but not easy. You can become creative yourself and influence a lot through the genes and thus create your own world, but you will also fail. Just as in nature too. I have, as probably every girl, a weakness for animals, especially animals with big eyes. I just say "baby schema".
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Early Access Review Time flies while playing this beautiful and unique game about your tribe finding its personal niche in the different environments and various islands, constantly evolving and adapting your offspring is very fun and gets you into genetics in no t ime. One can really feel the effort the developers put into it. Thank you guys for this precious piece of art <3
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
I enjoy Niche Because it implements an unusual Idea. Personally, I find the Level of difficulty quite high. Maybe only because I had Dialed Biology at School. Your Question for a Review comes too soon for me, I hope to learn to understand the Game even better. At the Moment, I'm still struggling to maintain or improve genetic Traits. I find Automatic Storage very positive.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
This Game is so incredibly fun! :D You always think now you know how to make everyone survive for as long as possible, but then there is something new that you don't reckon with again and again it is about to start. Nice if you want to think or just let it be and look at what's happening xD. I've been playing it since beta and I have to say it's become so versatile and cool that you can sink hours of long running with it. ^^
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
I am very, Very much Fun for Niche:-) Even in School, I was very interested in Genetics and Inheritance, and having the whole thing as a Game now, I just think great. I also like the quiet Style of Play at Niche. Even Attacks by Predators are rather leisurely. Sclholich has enough Stress with getting enough food and Nesting material together and growing out the undesirable Genes. Even the simple Islands I find challenging enough, as I like to set certain Breeding Goals, etc. So I always have enough to do. So There's still a lot of Air up with the more difficult Islands. So I can probably look forward to many Months of Gameplay. Viewers on my Youtube channel also like to watch my Nune Bits spays.
read more