New Release: Spirits Abyss

A roguelike platformer filled with dark humor and arcane creatures, from Caiysware

New Release: Spinch

A psychedelic rainbow-filled fever dream of a platformer, from Queen Bee Games

New Release: Alwa's Legacy

An open-world metroidvania adventure and follow-up to Alwa's Awakening, from Elden Pixels

New Release: Crypt Stalker

A sidescrolling actioner inspired by the NES-era Castlevania games, from Sinclair Strange

New Release: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

A brutal isometric action-RPG filled with grotesque creatures, from Still Running

January 20, 2021

Target Acquired: Skul: The Hero Slayer

Skul: The Hero Slayer, from SouthPAWGames, stars a young skeleton warrior and member of the castle guard, as he fights against brave heroes, plucky adventurers, and warriors of light, across a colorful pixellated world. Skul's king has been taken by an army of the living, and he must kill them all by smashing them with his bone club and tossing his skull Decap Attack-style, or he can take on new abilities by swapping skulls... By taking off his skull and replacing it with others, he is able to gain new abilities and weapons, such as equipping a warrior's helmet in order to attack as an armored knight with a sword, or using a samurai's skull to perform quick slashes with a katana.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and it's coming soon for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

January 19, 2021

New Blip: ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights, from Live Wire (game tweets), stars a girl named Lily who awakens to a world that has fallen into ruin due to a cursed rain that transforms living beings into undead creatures. The game is an open-world metroidvania with multiple paths of travel available, and new skills unlocked by defeating creatures known as the Blighted. Lily begins her journey in the basement of an ancient church, emerging into the rain-soaked Kingdom of End. This gloomy landscape holds beauty, as nature has overrun the workings of mankind and bloomed into lovely flora, but the world is now inhabited by deadly beasts that Lily must fight as she uncovers its mysteries. Throughout her journey, Lily defeats bosses to free the spirits of long-dead warriors that aid her in her quest, allowing her to attack with swords, bows, magic, and more, and granting her new environmental traversal abilities.

The game is coming to PC via Steam Early Access on Thursday (1/21), with the full version due this Spring on PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox S/X.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our 2D Watchlist.

January 13, 2021

Early Arrival: 30XX

In 2017, Batterystaple Games released 20XX, which featured colorful fast-paced robot action inspired by the Mega Man X series, but with a roguelike twist. And now, a mere 1,000 years later... er, a few years later anyway, they have returned with a follow-up entitled 30XX. The game once again features roguelike action with single player and 2P local or online co-op options. You take on the role of a blue armored character who can fire regular and charged buster shots similar to X, or a red armored character with a sword that plays more like Zero. Combat is fast and fluid with detailed characters, colorful environments, and lots of enemies and bosses ready for a good thrashing... plus new powers to unlock, and a level editor.

And you don't have to wait until the 30XX to play it, becuase it will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 17, with releases on PS4, Switch, and Xbox One to follow.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our 2D Watchlist.

December 29, 2020

New Blip: Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf, from Delta Shore Games (game tweets), is a Mega Man-style action platformer set in a colorful world. You take on the role of Leaf, a treasure hunter who recently discovered a pair of magical gauntlets, which he must use to defeat the vile oppressor that he accidentally awakened. The game also features two other playable characters in the form of the pink-haired Petal and the helmet-wearing Thorn. Grabbing more powerful gauntlets allows you to unleash stronger projectile attacks, and there are loads of different subweapons with different firing types... plus loads of areas to blast your way through, with more than 70 levels on offer. The whole experience is done up in a classic 8-bit style with bright colors, charming enemy designs, and an upbeat chiptune soundtrack.

The game is coming to PC and Mac in 2021.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our 2D Watchlist.

December 26, 2020

New Blip: Olija

Olija, from Skeleton Crew Studio, is a swashbuckling adventure set in an Asian fantasy world and featuring a group of castaways who have found themselves stuck in the country of Terraphage. A man named Faraday leads the group on a mission to escape the clutches of a mysterious woman named Olija, aided by his trusty harpoon. This harpoon serves many purposes, allowing Faraday to slice through ropes, slash through enemies, and zip to the harpoon's location to quickly traverse dangerous trap-filled environments. He can even impale an baddie and pull himself to the enemy's position to deliver a killing blow. This versatile weapon allows players to strategically target enemies from a distance, attack in multiple directions, and get up close for fast-and-furious melee action with a number of secondary weapons.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on January 28.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our 2D Watchlist.