A celestial flower blooms, as a vicious wasp protects. Complete their entwined symbiotic life cycle in a realm crawling with hunger!

Indie game developer Caleb Wood today announced that his visually stunning hand-animated twin-stick arcade shooter Nidus is available now on PC via Steam for $8.99 / £7.49 / €8.79, with a special 20% discount for its first 5 days on sale. Experience the fusion of striking visuals and dynamic gameplay in this stunning arcade experience.

In Nidus, players immerse themselves in a captivating world where a celestial flower and its protective wasp unite for intense, fast-paced action. Mastering their symbiotic bond will be key for players to overcome waves of enemies and conquer the challenging bosses. With the wasp’s close-quarter combat skills and the flower’s supportive abilities, players must strategically unite to progress through the game’s challenges solo or with a friend.

“I’ve always been a fan of arcade games with strange and unique input methods, and wanted to create something a little innovative while bringing my unique skill set in animation to the process” said Caleb Wood, solo developer of Nidus. “I’m really happy with the combat system and think it not only offers a new challenge but helps to immerse the player in the strange alien ecosystem. Mastering this symbiotic gameplay is a unique experience that I can’t wait for players to get a chance to try for themselves!”

Nidus Features:

  • Unique Symbiotic Combat System: Use the celestial flower’s supportive abilities while slicing through the swarm with the wasp, working in unison to complete their natural life cycle
  • Surreal Hand Drawn Animation: Immerse yourself in an absorbing, stunningly hand-rendered realm filled with strange and dangerous creatures 
  • Skin Crawling Bosses: Fight your way through hordes of challenging enemies and encounter nightmarish bosses with exalted higher forms
  • Dualistic Upgrade System: Evolve your flower for defense, or wasp for attack to grow in unison and defy the odds
  • 20-30 Minute Runs: Try new gameplay tactics and vary your path through the upgrade system to beat your top score and compete in the worldwide competitive leaderboard
  • Solo or Local Co-op: Master the symbiotic combat system alone or with a friend via local or remote play