Nous (Windows)

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Nous is a single-screen arena shooter that offers fast-paced gameplay, as well as interaction with a computer programme called Nous that seeks its identity and purpose.

Somewhat like System Shock's SHODAN or Portal's GLaDOS, the computer constantly communicates and interferes with the player's craft during gameplay. In its search for its identity, Nous will recompile itself several times, based on the player's choices and offers itself as an improved version. This influence may be exercised through multiple-choice answers during conversations, however the way gameplay is approached also affects it.

Players may burst into opponents to create combos or take a completely different approach to suck and draw them to a sphere similar to the gates in Geometry Wars' pacifist game mode. That way foes are converted into friends and they provide health. When annoyed, the computer programme launches different kinds of tricks to test the player, including fake crashes, distorted screens, unlimited points, forced Game Overs, and it even projects another active window from the player's computer behind the gameplay.


Nous Windows Do you become greedy while playing?
Nous Windows This is an easy test.
Nous Windows Main menu
Nous Windows Building up a large series of combos

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Indie Game Magazine Oct 16, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95


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The initial game was an arena shooter called Dr. Gravity, but the team cancelled it in favour of developing Nous, which borrows elements. An alpha video of Dr. Gravity can still be viewed here.

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  • Nous (official website where the game can be downloaded, free of charge)
Sciere (385438) added Nous (Windows) on Oct 09, 2011