Tomorrow, December 12, indie studio Dragon Whisperer Games launches Bacterium, the new shooter that takes you on a Fantastic Voyage through a microscopic world.

It’s the future, and the old ways of doing medicine are no longer effective against the highly evolved super-plagues affecting humanity. To save mankind from plunging back into the Dark Ages, a new form of treatment is invented: one involving microscopic nano-bots. The bots are injected into the body, where they seek and destroy the bacteria. Simple, no?

It only sounds simple until you play as the nano-bot. Waves of micro-monsters head your way, each based on an actual real-world disease. You also have to contend with white cells, who don’t know the difference between you and an invading superbug.

– Originally created during a 2017 Game Jam from the concept of “Waves”
– Unique visuals and art style bring the “internal” battlefield to life
– Authentic real-world viruses and diseases, with a little science-fiction thrown in
– 2-4 player local co-op
– Battle inside the body of the person you are tasked with saving, facing off against both the disease itself and their ragged, hostile immune system

Bacterium launches on Steam tomorrow, with a 20% off sale during its first week.

As the 21st century wore on, the earth’s natural environment continued to decline at an alarming rate. Rising from this new dark age are powerful diseases and illnesses, reminiscent of the plagues from times long passed. The probability of becoming infected by a serious illness has sharply increased, while at the same time traditional medical techniques have become less effective.

In the face of such an onslaught, large-scale pharmaceutical companies have begun to invest large amounts of money and manpower into the study and development of nano-machine technology. From this medicinal arms race the NCR (Nano Core Robot) was born – a new and highly effective weapon in the war against sickness. But is this truly the savior we have been calling for, or is there something more lurking beneath the surface?