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.
You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:
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.
- 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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