B.I.O.T.A. Review (Steam)

Our B.I.O.T.A. Review explores this 2D Metroidvania action-platformer set in a mining colony infected by an alien plague. In B.I.O.T.A. you can choose your hero, fight gruesome monsters, and customize your 8-bit retro experience with swappable 4-color palettes.

B.I.O.T.A Review Pros:

  • Pixel art graphics. 
  • 204.71MB download size. 
  • Steam achievements. 
  • Controller support. 
  • 2D Run and Gun gameplay. 
  • 24 palette choices. 
  • Graphics – CRT level, color rendering set to lo-fi or hi-fi, and screen shake. 
  • Four controller layouts. 
  • Two modes are play and arcade. 
  • 3 save slots. 
  • Can skip or fast forward cutscenes/conversations. 
  • Change the palette whenever you want from the pause menu. 
  • A retro atmosphere with modern mechanics. 
  • Tutorial signs as you play. 
  • Instant save with a button press. 
  • Hub area to interact with characters, save, spend credits in the shop and do training exercises. 
  • World map level select. 
  • Four-way shooting controls. 
  • Map uncovers as you play. 
  • Four characters to play as initially and each has unique weapons, stats, and special attacks. 
  • Actions wise you can jump, shoot four ways, wall jump, and fire special attacks. 
  • One life and you have a health bar, death restarts the level either overall or at a teleporter. 
  • Collectibles are specimens that unlock new palette choices. 
  • You can only carry so many credits until you find upgrades. 
  • Teleport back to the hub whenever you want. 
  • Secret areas and routes to find. 
  • 12 upgrades can be equipped at a time. 
  • Respawning has you at the exact same point as you saved, health-wise and credits wise. 
  • Gets very addictive. 
  • Huge boss fights. 
  • Gates/elevators can be found and these unlock a shortcut to a new area. 

B.I.O.T.A Review Cons:

  • The mouse cursor stays on the screen. 
  • Doesn’t explain anything outside of here is how you jump and shoot. 
  • Slow starter. 
  • Upon respawning at the hub base you resort back to the original character each time. 
  • You always go back to your last save point upon respawning which is fine until you leave an area and hit the hub save point. 
  • Takes a while to get going and for you to feel it out. 
  • Very much a game that punishes you for not saving regularly, having you lose large chunks of progress if you are lazy. 

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Developer: small bros

Publisher: RETROVIBE

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!