Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Amazing presentation – Dark atmosphere – Distinct areas
  • Difficulty curve is a little off

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.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on November 29, 2013. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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