Bionic Bay

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Mureena
Developer: Psychoflow Studio (EU), Mureena (US)
Release Date: 2023

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'Bionic Bay' Is A Physics Platformer Coming To PC In 2023 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 3, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT

Bionic Bay is a unique physics based platformer with action, creative game mechanics and a mysterious world crafted with exceptional detail.

An ordinary man in an extraordinary world. Bionic Bay is a new kind of a 2D platformer. It introduces a unique Swap mechanic, allowing players to interact with the physics-based world in new ways. The immersive gameplay is completed by spectacular environments and creative level design.

The core gameplay in Bionic Bay is built around the Swap mechanic. The idea behind it is quite simple: the player has the ability to swap position between the character and the selected object. The catch is that whatever inertia these objects have, it remains after the swap. As our game is heavily physics based, this gives lots of intriguing possibilities in level design. Also, it is a lot of fun to use it.

The art in Bionic Bay is quite distinctive. Assets are pixel art and we have used relatively small pixel sizes. To add realism and tone, the lights, glows, and shadows are not pixelated and are presented in a fairly realistic manner. We have also located the in-game cameras fairly far. This makes using swap mechanics more convenient but also makes the overall feel of the game more spacious and epic.

Levels in Bionic Bay are unique in multiple ways. There is a large variety of objects, devices, explosives, liquids and traps - each with their own physical properties and functions. The end result is an experience, which feels fun and a little bit different every time you play it.

I’m a Finnish game designer/artist working at my independent game company Mureena. Before Mureena I co-founded Frogmind in 2012. There as a two man team we created indie hits Badland and Badland 2. Those games earned a good amount of success including Bafta nominations and Apple Design Award. However, I departed Frogmind in 2016 to continue making independent, high quality video games.

I’m currently creating Bionic Bay in collaboration with the Taiwanese Psychoflow Studio. Our journey started back in 2019 when I was skimming through Reddit and came across a video with a genius game mechanic. I thought that it was innovative and versatile enough to build a whole game around it. I contacted the programmer who had sent the video. He turned out to be just a student living in Taipei, Taiwan. We started a conversation in Discord and got along very well and so the development for Bionic Bay started. Even still today 99% of our communication is purely texting in Discord but it has actually worked out really well. Needless to say, the global pandemic has not really affected our work.

Key Features:

  • Innovative swap mechanism offers players a new way of interacting with the environment. It can be used to move, defend or attack.
  • Stunning environments with an incredible attention to detail
  • An extraordinary world with massive levels

Bionic Bay is coming to PC (Steam/Epic Games Store) in Q1 2023.

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