Metacritic (PC): 74/100
Metacritic (iOS): 86/100
Release: Jun 2012
Reviewed on: iOS


Site Score
Good: Amazing presentation – Dark atmosphere – Distinct areas
Bad: Difficulty curve is a little off
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Nihilumbra blends puzzles and platforming gameplay to deliver a very interesting and dark game for PC and iOS devices. Entering the game world as Born, a creature that comes from the nothingness that is the Void you’ll adventure out into the foreign land.


The Void wants you back though and chases you relentlessly around the world, refusing to stop until you rejoin the nothingness that created you. In a cruel twist of fate all the amazing places that you explore in the game world will be consumed by the void and cease to exist as it devours them in its hunt for you.

Your journey is Nihilumbra is narrated over by small sentences at each new zone which help to provide a backstory for your current situation and generally have dark undertones that pose some very confronting questions about your existence as Born.

For the most part gameplay in Nihilumbra follows a fairly standard platform formula with players moving and jumping with Born over a number of game levels. Nihilumbra incorporates a number of Void grown enemies that the player must avoid as Born has very little power to dispose of them.


The core feature in Nihilumbra’s gameplay though is your ability to add colour to the game world which changes the way that the environment acts. The game is split into five different areas that each have their own colour to unlock. Colours include blue which makes surfaces you paint slippery, green which makes objects bounce, brown which makes surfaces sticky, red which allows you to burn monsters and finally yellow which allows electricity to flow.

In order to succeed players will need to mix and match all of these colours together to solve a variety of puzzles that prevent them from moving forward and as far away from the Void as possible. It’s this dark journey away from the Void that makes Nihilumbra such a high quality puzzler and an absolutely stand out in the iOS market.


  • Great blend of puzzles and platforming.
  • Interesting narration throughout your journey.
  • 5 very different areas to explore each with a new colour.
  • Some impressive puzzles to solve.
  • On Windows, Mac and iOS.

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Nihilumbra, 7.9 out of 10 based on 9 ratings
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