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This is the original prototype of Terra Nil which is being developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital. You can find the full version of the game here and wishlist it on Steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/1593030/Terra_Nil/ 

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Terra Nil is a reverse city builder about ecosystem reconstruction.

Turn a barren wasteland into an ecological paradise complete with different flora and fauna, then clean up after yourself to leave the environment pristine. This strategy game/city builder/puzzler subverts the conventional goal of the city builder genre. Terra Nil is about the restoration of a ravaged environment, where the lightest touch is best.

The whole game can be played with the mouse: 

  • left/right click select/deselect
  • middle button to pan 
  • scroll wheel to rotate / zoom

There are also keyboard controls:

  • arrows or wasd to pan 
  • z/x to zoom 
  • r to rotate


MacOS Catalina Users:

If you are struggling to run the game, you might need to change permissions. Try running the following command from the terminal in the folder containing the app:

sudo chmod a+x "Terra Nil.app"/Contents/MacOS/*

If this doesn't work, please download the OSX DMG and use that instead. You will have to CMD+Click and Open the app to allow it to run

Other credits:

The following audio was used under the CC-BY-3.0 licence.

The following audio was modified and used under the CC-BY-3.0 licence. They were shortened and edited to loop seamlessly.

The following audio was used under the CC-BY-4.0 licence:



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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Terra Nil 0.41 Windows.zip 65 MB
Terra Nil 0.41 OSX.zip 67 MB
Terra Nil 0.41 Linux.zip 71 MB
Terra Nil 0.41 Windows 32 Bit.zip 62 MB
Terra Nil 0.41 OSX DMG.zip 71 MB
OBSOLETE JamVersion TerraNil.zip 85 MB

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I wish there was a beta version so I could play it on browser like Minedustry

I was moved by the way in which all biodiversity returns to its habitat, after everything has been a wasteland, I zoomed in on the bear and every little animal and insect that was around. This game is a great piece, there would have to be thousands of games like that, that create awareness about what surrounds us, beautiful 10/10
Hello, it's me again, it would be good that after the barren island, there is an island with cities, some abandoned and others to reform eco-friendly, it would be very incredible, there should be a menu where you can do cooperative economics, along the campaign, and one last island in the ocean with plastics and others, even if I get carried away, haha

hola, soy yo otra vez, estaría bueno que luego de la isla yermo, alla isla con ciudades, unas abandonadas y otras para reformar eco-amigable, seria muy increible, deberia haber un menú donde poder hacer economía cooperativa, a lo largo de la campaña, y una última isla en el océano con los plasticos y demas, aunque me deje llevar, jaja 


which version should I download? 32 bit windows.zip or 32 bit windows.zip?

Idk what the game is like yet i havent started it, but there no settings. You can only change music and sfx volumes but thats it. No getting out of fullscreen or changing quality or anything. Can you guys please add that?

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The full game is a sure sell to me :). Awesome chill gameplay. **edit Preordered it with a down payment ;-)

Awesome game, reminds me of simAnimals. Also I made a video of the new demo. I am looking forward to it. 

Reminds me of ANNO 2070. Minus bang-bang-boom-boom, which isn't so much fun in a game like this anyway.

I had the amazing luck to play this game on the steam demo festival, this game has come a long way! I cant wait to see it when it reaches full release! 

Thank you for supporting this project here!

This game is a certified banger. Can't wait for the full release on steam!

You can't convince me that some of you devs actually played the mountain level on hard and then let that thing be in the game as it is.

The steam demo Look great! and is a really nice touch to the game! love how the game has evolved, noticed though that the steam demo had some heavy performance hits when moving the camera and dragging an object to be built at the same time, also noticed that when i dug a water path through a river it didn't flow out into the new path which seemed odd. but great game and really looking forward to the release :D

its nice seeing that this game is getting an overhaul

I like it! Really struggling with the mountain level. Lost count of how many times I've failed so far! I either struggle with placing enough beehives due to lack of trees (kinda make it work by burning stuff). Or I don't have enough money/water to place steam plants, then run out of money and fail. 
I will not let it beat me... 

you can cnrl click to start a fire easily

Odlična igrica, sve mi se dopalo, tema i koncept, sretno sa gradnjom ostalih igrica!

Currently stuck on the last level, but I've found the game quite enjoyable!

the 40.41 dont run on lubuntu
have you any idea how i can download the v0.40 ?

just saw this is being published by devolver. congrats! this game was fun as hell and I can't wait to get it on steam!


Thanks for the lovely support everyone!

Hey! I just got an email saying this game is gonna get published by Devolver Digital. WOw! Super stoked for you and your team. Goodluck with the release. This game still remains as the one and only itch.io game that's on my desktop while the rest stay in a folder, ha. 

How do I start a new game? Also, is there a way to force Windowed mode? This would be an awesome game to chill with while something is playing on the side.


Hey there, you need to click on a region on the map. You can force windowed with CMD line arguments in this version but no other way, I remember there were some comments about it below

Hey, thanks for the reply. I will look at the CMD line arguments and maybe create a BAT file if it works. Also thanks for telling me how to start a new game!

I have to say, the game is super chill and very lovely to look at and play. The concept of progress by re-greening the map is so so rewarding.

I don't know if it's OK to ask for things in the comments here, but I would love to see more detailed artwork when zooming in. The art style is gorgeous, and some more detail when zoomed in will go a very long way to making it even more enjoyable. 


Trailer was sick, looking forward to the full game. I do hope there are some new mechanics, would especially be nice to have maybe one time use powers or something that could help you recover from an unwinnable situation. Either way looking forward to the game.


So happy to see the trailer for the big release! GOOD LUCK!

Hope you do us a solid and release the commercial version here.

See my post :)

I love it! It's relaxing and strategic at the same time, I finished it in one sitting.

Great game! Love the idea it’s really inspired me to learn how you did it!


Hello! Just bought the game and enjoyed it. I notice that on my laptop, I can't view... uh. Now that I look, I see there are pan/rotate controls that I didn't notice at all while playing. It might be a good idea to highlight those in the game itself for those of us who don't notice them on this page. I was going to say the game was made harder by my being unable to see the landscape edges!

Mountain is actually impossible to pass, even on Easy. I don't know if I'm just logically illiterate, but there's either not enough trees or currency to spread Fynbos or to contain the bushfire after setting part of it on fire.


Yeah, this level frustrated me. I got to being *almost* there, with 42% completion, everything done but a little more fynbos. But now I'm stuck and have to start over because I basically can't ever undo forest growth and can't put it where I want it. Also, fires don't seem to burn forests, contrary to what the burner's tooltip says.


You can rebuild toxin scrubbers on the ruins after a fire, it makes things much easier, you can limit forest growth and have farmland just next to the trees for fynbos.

(And you can use the trees you planted for beehives too, not just the natural ones, seems obvious but took me a while to figure out).

Hey! I really like the game, so I decided to mention it on one of my youtube videos! 

I keep running into a bug on stage III on the Mountain level. When I place the conveyance ports etc, I'm not getting any currency back. Essentially I'm just depleting my currency until the level is lost, even if I otherwise could have won. 


Is there an android version?

Been playing it for days now and I honestly can't wait for the full release soon! 

Downloaded for free, played, enjoyed... supported! Amazing, thanks for making. The ecosystem left at rocket launch was spectacular!

Civilization but peaceful

I love it, very original and meaningful. Challenging gameplay too. Thanks a lot

Absolutely incredible. Challenging, fun to play, very beautiful pixel art along with a very interesting gameplay : i had a lot of fun ! Great job.

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I really liked the gameplay, a very different take on, uh, city building games ? Not sure how to classify this, but the way it makes you think about space is fun. I like the art style, the music was nice and relaxing. I'll be keeping an eye on the 2.0 version, that's for sure.

I do think there is something extremely ironic to be using gigantic metallic structures (that definitely required a lot of deforestation and destruction, etc. to build... ?) to restore the environment. I like playing the game, but it feels really off in how utopic and unrealistic the premise and the message is, but perhaps the problem there is just me.


Picked this up tonight and wow, it's amazing! It's everything I want from this type of game; the style is good, it feels good to play, there's satisfying feedback, and I love restoring plants to an area. Def gonna donate to this project and give you a follow! I hope the best for this project! :D


I remember playing this a few months ago! I adore the art style, hope to see more!

Amazing game! It triggers the fan of my machine a lot on bigger levels though: It would be great, if visuals like the bloom effect could be deactivated for weaker machines – e.g. with the Unity launcher menu.

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