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Boti: Byteland Overclocked Review: A Nostalgic Byte Into Platforming

  • Vibrant and colourful world
  • Engaging puzzles and platforming mechanics
  • Cooperative gameplay enhances the fun factor
  • Lack of controller support at launch
  • Occasionally annoying banter from One and Zero
  • Visual disruptions due to camera angles and character intrusions

A PC code was provided to SVG for this review. "Boti: Byteland Overclocked" will be available on September 15, 2023, for PC.

2023 has been a year inundated with titles competing for the zenith of graphical prowess and narrative depth. Sometimes, though, a good old-fashioned platformer offers a welcomed break from all the powerhouse productions. "Boti: Byteland Overclocked" takes a spirited leap back to the essence of gaming joy: delightful platforming. While it might not exactly share the spotlight with behemoths like "Ratchet & Clank," Boti's adventure through a whimsically constructed digital world carves a niche that is both refreshing and nostalgically familiar. It offers a byte-tastic journey, albeit with a few glitches in its programming.


"Boti: Byteland Overclocked" introduces you to a vibrant and playful circuit-based overworld that evokes charming visuals reminiscent of titles like "Astro's Playroom," "New Super Lucky's Tale," and "Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake." The game manages to stand on its own, though, thanks to a visually stimulating world that pulsates with a life of its own. The innovative blend of colorful aesthetics and intriguing puzzles invites players into a haven of lighthearted fun.

Navigating through this virtual playground feels smooth and intuitive. It is a canvas where younger players and fans of cutesy platformers will find themselves lost in a cozy world of circuitry and wires — along with the viruses and bugs that aim to destroy it. The array of hidden items and rewards beckon explorers to check every nook and cranny, promising hours of exploration and delightful discoveries.


Mechanical bytes and bits

At its core, "Boti: Byteland Overclocked" pulls generously from the beloved platforming trope handbook, offering everything from double jumps to butt slams. These features allow for a gameplay experience that feels both familiar and engaging. However, the sheer reliance on tried and tested mechanics sometimes fails to bring a breath of fresh air to veteran players, offering little in the way of innovation.


Nevertheless, "Boti" does well at what it's attempting to be — a homage to old-school 3D platforming that sparks joy and is ultimately accessible to all skill levels. It doesn't aspire to walk alongside giants, yet proudly parades its charm and nostalgic gameplay with undeniable gusto.

A standout feature is the game's seamless transition between solo and duo gameplay. The co-op circuitry offers a delightful binary rhythm that adapts effortlessly, offering players the chance to revel in camaraderie or to enjoy a solo expedition. Combat encounters and puzzle-solving double up in fun when enjoyed in the company of a friend, giving the game a social angle works well.

A few short circuits

It's not all smooth sailing in the binary world. The absence of controller support at launch poses a significant drawback. Despite a functioning keyboard and mouse system that is good enough, the lack of controller support dampens the gaming experience, withholding the potential for more fluid gameplay dynamics.


Journeying through Byteland is accompanied by a soundtrack that fits well within the contours of the game's whimsical world. The musical crescendos that players can compose via the game's unique rhythm-genre feature bring an additional layer of engagement. It's an interesting addition to the game, to say the least. It feels a bit out of place, but who doesn't enjoy a pipe-sliding mechanic?

On a similar auditory note, the journey is one that is often interrupted by the redundant and somewhat irritating banter coming from Boti's binary buddies, Zero and One. Their dialogue, especially phrases like, "Sock it to 'em, Boti," quickly descends from being cheerful to being particularly grating, breaking the immersion and occasionally causing an eye roll or two.


Boti's escapade is generally a visual treat, with camera angles that offer a generous view of the vibrant world laid out for exploration. However, this experience is marred by occasional intrusions from Zero and One, who have a tendency to float into the viewing area, causing mild to moderate visual disruptions. Although the developers attempted to remedy this with a semi-transparent visualization of the characters, it's still enough to be a nuisance, interrupting the visual flow of the game.

Also, "typewriter" moments occur where the screen starts shaking and jumping erratically on regular ground, not just at precarious edges. These moments cause a disruption that can sometimes hinder the gaming experience, leaving you wishing for a smoother visual journey through the byte-laden lands.

A byte worth taking

"Boti: Byteland Overclocked" offers a playground where innocence meets adventure. Its primary audience is unapologetically younger players who may be eager to step into a world where every corner holds a promise of joy and light-hearted fun. It's a title that attempts to stand tall, borrowing elements from its notable contemporaries yet striving to offer an identity that is uniquely "Boti."


However, this ambitious endeavor is somewhat stifled by a collection of minor glitches and nuisances that prevent it from reaching the pinnacle of platforming glory. While it offers a hearty dose of enjoyment, it doesn't really bring anything new to the genre.

Still, it's an enjoyable and worthwhile journey that offers a unique twist on a timeless formula — one worth taking for any fan of classic 3D platformers, or anyone who enjoys dabbling in some digital sightseeing. Just go into the light-hearted adventure with measured expectations. This is a $20 game (with a 20%-off discount at launch), after all. For that price, though, "Boti" offers an experience that's worth your cache ... er, cash.