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A nice way to introduce middle school students to an upper secondary school would be a tour. However arranging a tour might be troublesome for everyone and it's not something that can be done every day. Thus the idea of a virtual tour, or more like an exploration, was born.

Niilu is the nickname of Niinivaaran lukio, an upper secondary school located in the city of Joensuu on top of the hill called Niinivaara. The project Niilu is a slick remake of the school and its surroundings in the form of a game.

Don't be scared though, it's not meant to be educational. A free-world isometric exploration game can be interesting to anyone.

For more info about the school take a look at its website (in Finnish).

The release version 1.1 is bundled with the following languages: Finnish, English, Hungarian and Norwegian.

Wish to contribute? We're looking for as wide localization as possible for this product. If you feel that you can make a translation please refer to this guide.

What's more there is a special tool for translating written by ed in .NET. Download the tool here. This guide helps in the usage of the tool.

Finished translations can be sent to feedback@planar-studios.com

System requirements notice

This piece of software requires DirectX 9 August 2008 runtime. Download it from here.

Sound compatibility issue notice

The use of module-format background music tracks may be an issue on some systems. There is a compatibility patch available to the game which replaces the module tracks with ogg vorbis encoded music. Download it here. For more info refer to support-page.

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Niilu Full version 1.1

Niilu Full version 1.1

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Installer for the full version 1.1 of Niilu, an isometric virtual tour of a Finnish upper secondary school.

Niilu Sprite Graphics Library

Niilu Sprite Graphics Library

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This graphics library consists of all the sprite art in Niilu, which is a presentation game for a Finnish school. Licensed with Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial...

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Mavis130
Mavis130 - - 1,688 comments

Just stumbled across this. Looks like a neat idea, I'll definatly try it!

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