Irish start-up BatCat Games launches P-3 Biotic twin-stick shooter for PCs

19 Jul 2012

New Dublin-based indie developer BatCat Games has unleashed its twin-stick bacterial shooter P-3 Biotic on IndieCity and IndieVania. P-3 Biotic was released on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games marketplace in January. The game itself features real-time lighting and particle effects and centres around killing infectious bacteria.

The start-up said today that since it released P-3 Biotic on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games it has been working on “radical” cellular mutations resulting in a PC version with increased graphical fidelity, global leaderboards and achievements, and an expanded and remastered soundtrack.

Users can apparently pilot the game’s MK4s nano-ship inside a petri dish against 14 waves of infectious bacteria as they attempt to destroy the nucleus, a bio-engineered organism that grows at the centre of the dish.

Gamers will be able to use both mines and weapon power ups to wipe out tough bacteria, and collect energy dropped by fallen enemies to keep the nucleus healthy, according to the company. The aim of the game is to keep the nucleus alive.

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BatCat Games itself was co-founded in early 2012 by software developers Andrew O’Connor and Andrea Magnorsky along with Sean McDermott, an artist. The start-ups focuses on creative immersive games for iPad, PC and consoles.

Magnorsky said the team has since taken on another artist.

“We are supported by Enterprise Ireland under its Competitive Start Fund which has allowed us to focus on our gaming development,” she said.

And BatCat Games is now working on its next game, which Magnorsky said will be for the iPad initially.

“It will be a visually stunning 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up set in a fantasy version of feudal Japan, and featuring a combination of constant runner and traditional combo-based fighting game mechanics. We are targeting that game for iPad and PC in that order,” she explained.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic