The Nature Game

The natural world is but a simulation of flora and fauna entwined in a glorious dance for growth, survival and propagation. So too is this game.

Immerse yourself in a soul-stirring simulation of plant and animal life at a scale unparalleled in gaming before. Take control of legions of insects from a variety of species and set forth into a harsh ever-changing world teeming with rich floral life aand creatures with unique skills and life stories. Plants and insects in DoN are not mere visual props, but living entities that grow in real-time from say a seed to sapling or from a chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly.

From the tropical climes of dry summers and wet monsoons to temperate climates of spring, summer, autumn and winter, DoN models the ecology and lifecycles of various species, weather changes, seasonal changes, day and night activity changes for nocturnal, diurnal or crepescular creatures - all painstakingly crafted for creating a rich world with few limits!

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Here's the current roster of creatures. More animals (and plants!) will be added over time!

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Gameplay Modes

1. The Life of Animals:

  • Experience Life as various creatures in a rich micro-world built to an unparalelled level of scale and detail. Eg: As a newly hatched caterpillar you truly are a 1mm sized tiny speck dwarfed by a giant, living world around you.
  • Flora and fauna are not props, but Living, Growing entities that undergo lifecycles of their own.
  • Birth, growth, metamorphosis, mating, reproduction are planned features
  • Multiplayer support is planned for the future.

2. Nature Sandbox:

  • The original vision of DoN; play as any invertebrate, bird, reptile (and eventually mammal) with fully simulated plant life, animal lifecycles, metamorphosis, mating, hunting, seasonal and ecological changes.
  • The current version of the Nature Simulation is heavily Work-In-Progress.

Check out DoN's youtube channel for more videos.




Behind DoN's development


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Hey, I’m Venugopalan Sreedharan, the developer behind Drunk On Nectar. DoN began with a simple dream; to allow players to wander amidst nature as one of its subtle winged beauties - the insect pollinators. Over time the potential for all encompassing Nature and ecology simulation was clear; thus began Drunk On Nectar's grand conquest of the gaming world!


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Welcome DoN's Beetle!



Several new creatures including Ladybugs, Praying Mantis and Lacewings were recently announced for DoN's upcoming Creature Quest entitled "Venu's Garden" - a series of quests inspired by real-life animal stories transpiring in DoN's living garden.

The Ladybug beetle is almost there! See for yourself in the quick video overview above.

Is it a Ladybug? Or a Ladybird?





Major bugfix in latest Steam patch

A major movement issue that was ruining player experience has been finally fixed. This bug, which resulted in abrupt jerks and other movement wonkiness is now no more and the end result is butter smooth movement.

If you previously found the controls or movement a bit iffy, do give the latest patch a try! The camera has already been vastly overhauled thanks to community feedback from the recent Creature Quest and now with movement also polished, I can say with certainty that this is the most fun version of Drunk On Nectar to play, to date. Any feedback on the latest patch is welcome!

Here's a Jumping Spider effortlessly prancing on a steep wooden stalk all thanks to the new patch:


Where there's a Ladybug, Ants, Aphids and Mealybugs cannot be far away...

With the lead character of this play ready, its time for the other members of the cast to step up on stage.

Mealybugs will be added next. Living up to their I'm-an-annoying-scale-insect proclivities, the mealy ones will eke out a living on plant stalks, sapping their plant hosts of nutrients, while excreting honeydew for their ant accomplices. Where ants are around, aphids cannot be too far away either.

As a ladybug you will go around ridding the garden of scale insects (while humoring your enormous appetite for mealybugs) while also thwarting the efforts of ants who will fiercely guard their cattle of Mealybugs and Aphids.

Venu's Garden - Release ETA

An initial version is slated for release in 1-2 weeks. The first iteration will focus on Ladybirds and Mealybugs. Ants and Aphids will be onboarded over time along with Praying Mantis and Lacewings too.

Finally, multiplayer/co-op support and lifecycles (like that of the Monarch Butterfly, which enjoys a full, richly detailed lifecycle depiction in Drunk On Nectar) will be added to bolster either the quest or the core simulation (i.e. The Life Of Animals / Nature Sandbox game modes) or both.

Several other Creature Quests have also been planned for DoN. This particular one is of enormous significance for the game though (and in many ways a change in gameplay direction) so do keep the feedback coming at all times!

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Last words... Er... GIFs!

I leave you with some more Beetle GIFs :)




Thanks a lot for reading! Feel free to post your feedback below :)


Milkweed plants released, Sandbox mode gets new content!

Milkweed plants released, Sandbox mode gets new content!

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Milkweed plants have finally arrived to beautify DoN's landscape. Sandbox mode gets new goodies including the ability to plant caterpillar armies (Yay...

Lady Love Leaderboard released! Win prizes by getting on the leaderboard!

Lady Love Leaderboard released! Win prizes by getting on the leaderboard!

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Steam Leaderboard support for DoN's latest map available! Join the contest and win nifty prizes :)

Metamorphosis - Mission Monarch Complete!

Metamorphosis - Mission Monarch Complete!

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DoN has now become the perhaps the first game ever to successfully depict an entire animal lifecycle. From egg to larva to pupa to adult, let us celebrate...

Play as Monarch Caterpillars!

Play as Monarch Caterpillars!

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DoN's Monarch Caterpillar has been released! Download the patch on Steam and give the little ones a try!

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como baixa isso

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drunkonnectar Creator
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Hey, is that a question about how to lower your settings in-game? If so, you should be able to go Settings->Video and fine-tune various settings in there. There are also performance friendly world presets (maps) that do away with all the fancy props, etc to provide maximum performance.

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rh5sucho
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New animals! ;) Vinegaroon, Amblyigid and Trap jaw ants please.

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So lots of wide jaws and long limbs? :)

Mother Amblyigids appear to carry their babies on their backs much like some other species do. Apparently they need to successfully carry their babies all the way up to their first moult for them to survive. I'm seeing some interesting gameplay mechanics here :)

Btw. Did you get a chance to try out the latest patch yet? Major camera improvements have gone in so let me know if you're still having camera issues; Adding new species will be easier if the existing camera/controls are satisfactorily to players as that will provide a solid foundation for some of the trickier long-bodied invertebrates (eg: caterpillars which are releasing soon).

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On one of my previous comments, I asked for centipedes so do you think of adding them? Plus, could you add creatures that live underground, and it looks like a completely different game? If you can, you are in my top 10 favorites. But you are still awesome. I also have found that the game lags a lot, and the controls are a bit hard. I am not trying to be angry or rude, I'm just stating a fact.

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Mm, centipedes. I cant think about them without thinking about humans. You know what I mean, right?

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Hey rh5sucho, the patch for camera improvements is out! Do try it out and if you're still having camera/control issues feel free to let me know, more than happy to add further improvements to camera/controls as they're such a huge part of experiencing the game.

Here's a link to the patch announcement:
Steamcommunity.com

I've noted your previous suggestion of scoprions/whip-scorpions btw! The former would do nicely with a desert biome although new biomes are very distant on the game's current roadmap.

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drunkonnectar Creator
drunkonnectar

Hey, no problem, I'm definitely interested to hear more your control issues. Are you having camera issues or is it the control scheme itself? Also is it a particular species that's hard to control? There is a known bug that causes wonky camera stuttering when the FPS goes low and that might have been affecting you (fix coming in next patch).

Re: lagging, what are your specs? Do other UE4 games that you may have run similarly? The micro-world scale of the game makes it very performance-intensive both CPU and GPU wise and over time this is only going to get even more demanding than less as it grows... things like the underground gameplay you suggested will take time especially because of performance tuning/optimizations needed to keep what's above and below running together smoothly.

Finally, centipedes... seems like a lot of people have been asking for centipedes of late! I'll need to do some more research on them to understand where these creatures best fit into DoN's roadmap and vision.

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rh5sucho
rh5sucho

I can help you out a little bit on centipedes! I am a fan on hexapods and there relatives. Most centipedes are venomous, so they will be a great addition to be a predator. They live in rocky places and deserts which could be a nice addition to the game!

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drunkonnectar Creator
drunkonnectar

Thanks! So many species, so little time!

I can't provide a specific timeline for when things like deserts/etc will make it into the game, but I can assure you that all this feedback/ideas have been carefully noted. The next few months are already jam-packed with things like animal lifecycles, multiplayer support, etc but over time hopefully many of your requests will have made it into the game :)

Rocky places/deserts will make for an amazing addition but it will take a lot of time to get that far.

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rh5sucho
rh5sucho

Unless you want me to not stop, I will stop giving you ideas of new creatures. I just love giving ideas to games and mods!

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drunkonnectar Creator
drunkonnectar

No problem at all! I love your enthusiasm for the game and knowing that people like you are interested in seeing more greatly bolsters the development effort, so thank you!

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rh5sucho
rh5sucho

If you want to have a new creature in your game, ask me! Speaking of new animals, could you add scorpions or whip scorpions! You have a spider, now you could have it's sister orders! If you can they would be awesome! (As usual.)

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rh5sucho
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"Are you having camera issues or is it the control scheme itself?" Well, when I try to move around, the screen goes all over the place. Sometimes, I get a little dizzy around that. But the answer is camera issues most likely.

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drunkonnectar Creator
drunkonnectar

Thanks for the detailed feedback! Do the "Player Cam" or "Free Cam" alternate cameras help?

The next patch has major camera improvements to the land based movement (I'm guessing Jumping Spider was species was you had issues with). The camera is no longer right next to the character so there's a lot more room visually, better FOV.

Will let you know when that patch is out, thanks for your patience.

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rh5sucho
rh5sucho

The Jumping Spider was. The camera was crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks! ;)

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