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Nous (Windows)

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Description

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 can be exercised through multiple-choice answers during conversations, but the way gameplay is approached also affects it. Players can 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.

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Nous Windows Strange opponents appear.
Nous Windows This is an easy test.
Nous Windows All of a sudden you have an unlimited amount of points.
Nous Windows Nous grades your performance.

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The Press Says

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

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Development

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.

Related Web Sites

  • Nous (official website where the game can be downloaded, free of charge)
Sciere (245196) added Nous (Windows) on Oct 09, 2011