Nano Park Studios reveals slice-of-life RPG Petal Runner for PC as it oozes Game Boy Color era visuals

Developer Nano Park Studios and publisher iam8bit have announced slice-of-life RPG Petal Runner at the Day of the Devs 2024: Summer Game Fest Edition event. It primarily takes its pixel art visual inspiration from RPGs released on the Game Boy Color. The title is coming to PC via Steam.

In Petal Runner, players take control of Cali and Kira as they train to become Petal Runner motorcycle couriers in the city of Sapphire Valley. It's a coming-of-age tale that has them venture out of the city, make deliveries, discover new friends, and encounter minigames along their journey.

Watch the reveal trailer for Petal Runner down below, along with more information and the first screenshots for it.

iam8bit Presents and developer Nano Park Studios – a Canadian indie studio founded by popular pixel artist Brandon James Greer (also known as BJGpixel on YouTube) and programmer Danny Guo – are thrilled to announce Petal Runner during today's Day of the Devs 2024: Summer Game Fest Edition. The all-new slice-of-life RPG weaves an imaginative tale about virtual life elevated by meticulously crafted visuals that hearken back to the best of the Game Boy Color era.

Petal Runner is a coming-of-age story set in a cyberpunk-inspired, pixel-art-powered open world. Players join Cali and Kira as they explore the sun-soaked city of Sapphire Valley and train to become specialized motorcycle couriers known as Petal Runners. Once they're certified, they'll make deliveries, meet new friends, play minigames, and discover a wholesome slice-of-life story about growing up and letting go.

"Companionship with our pets is a special thing we want to capture in Petal Runner," says Nano Park Studios programmer Danny Guo and pixel artist Brandon James Greer. "Our design philosophy is to modernize the feel of retro classics that inspire us, while incorporating mechanics and minigames that feel fresh within the RPG structure.

"We've been working on this secretly for the past few years; we're putting a lot of ourselves into this project, and we're excited for people to experience this first major release from our new studio."

"We immediately fell in love with Petal Runner's look and vibe, and we knew we had to help Nano Park bring their vision to life," says Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners and creative directors at iam8bit. "We started iam8bit Presents to help nurture cool indie projects, and we're thrilled to be a part of Petal Runner's journey."

Wishlist Petal Runner now on Steam. 

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