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Niche Spotlight – B.I.O.T.A.

B.I.O.T.A.

Today’s Niche Spotlight is B.I.O.T.A., a retro-inspired 2D Metroidvania by small bros and Retrovibe.

Take command of a squad of 8 mercenaries and investigate a remote mining colony overrun with vicious alien monsters. Rescue trapped scientists, upgrade the game’s 8 playable characters, and uncover the dark secrets behind V-corp’s illegal experiments.

Besides the standard 2D action-platforming, B.I.O.T.A. also features arcade-style minigame segments where you get to shoot down enemies in vehicles like submarines, mechs, and aircraft, as well as optional time trials and challenges. B.I.O.T.A.‘s Game Boy-inspired 8-bit visuals can be customized with 54 unlockable palette swaps.

You can find the launch trailer below.

B.I.O.T.A. is available on Windows PC via GOG and Steam for $9.99.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

B.I.O.T.A.

Pick your retro style and enjoy this ultimate run and gun throwback!

You vs. monsters
B.I.O.T.A. is a 2D metroidvania action-platformer, in which you command a team of mercenaries and investigate a mining colony infected by an alien plague. Explore a pixel art world packed with mutant monsters and deadly traps. Try to survive using a multitude of guns and various crafts, including a mech, a sub, and a starship.

The best of both worlds
B.I.O.T.A. mixes the charm of retro games (including two-pixel breathing animations) with the modern-day convenience of full controller support, quick saves, customizing the visuals at any time, and a soundtrack so chippy that you’ll want to record a cassette mixtape and listen to it on your Walkman.

Pick your retro
Craving for some old-school Game Boy esthetics? Looking for a neon-infused arcade style? B.I.O.T.A. has 54 unique 4-color palettes to unlock. Swap them anytime during your play to completely change the game’s 8-bit visuals.

Uncover corporate secrets
Take command of a team of 8 veteran mercenaries and switch between them to utilize their unique skills and weapons. Investigate the mining colony overrun by an alien plague and face 40+ horrific monsters that mutated out of the miners. Rescue the scientists, and uncover the truth about V-corp’s illegal activities.

KEY FEATURES

  • 54 unique 4-color palettes to swap
  • 8 playable characters to unlock and upgrade
  • Story campaign with two endings
  • Arcade levels where you control a submarine, destroy enemies in a powerful mech and chase starships in outer space
  • Additional time trials and target shooting game modes
  • Retro fun with modern-day convenience
  • 4 controller presets and 6 keyboard control presets to choose from
  • Energizing chiptune-synthwave soundtrack

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