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: Carrion

A horror game where you play as the monster, from Phobia Game Studio

New Release: Kunai

A metroidvania with a charming protagonist and a focus on grappling, from TurtleBlaze

New Release: Witcheye

A colorful retro-style actioner with lots of cute but dangerous enemies, from Moon Kid

September 29, 2020

New Blip: Mechblaze

Mechblaze (a.k.a. MECHBLAZE) is the latest mech combat game from Astro Port and a continuation of the shared "Astro Saga" universe, which includes Gigantic Army, Steel Strider, and several other games. Argo Express, an undercover military organization that uses a delivery service as its front, is once again called upon to make a special delivery... of steel! (Cue wailing electric guitars!) It's the year 1989, and humankind is taking a well deserved break after the defeat of the extraterrestrial Gogoh Army, but peace doesn't last long. A secret society executes a worldwide attack, and you take on the role of a Manned Combat Robot pilot as you blast the hell out of other mechs, war machines, and massive bosses. The game features six action-packed stages, 13 different weapons, and a range of difficulty levels to suit newcomers and mech combat veterans alike.

The game is coming soon to PC.

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

September 23, 2020

New Blip: Mighty Goose

Blastmode promises some honking good times with Mighty Goose, a run-and-gun shooter inspired by arcade hits like Contra and Metal Slug, but starring a planet-hopping bounty-hunting goose. Like the games that inspired it, Mighty Goose delivers fast action, screens full of bullets, plenty of enemies to destroy, and lots of fat explosions. You face off against odd creatures, armored foes, bulky war machines, and screen-filling bosses that come at you from all directions while you blast them with your rapid-fire armcannon, use secondary weapons like shotguns and arcing electricity orbs, gear up in a heavy mech suit of your own, or turn the enemy's combat vehicles against them.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One next year.

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

September 16, 2020

Early Arrival: Haak

Haak, from Blingame, is a dark post-apocalyptic metroidvania. The game features a focus on fast combat and acrobatic movement as the cape-wearing protagonist performs jumps, air dashes, and ground slides to navigate the environment and fight enemies. His unique weapon is an electric hook that he can use to attack enemies, deflect projectiles, activate switches, and grab onto floating grapple points to fling himself into the air. Enemies come in mostly robotic forms, and there are dangers in the environment as well, including crumbling platforms, electrical beams, and crushers. Along the way, he interacts with NPC's to learn more about the world and take on various side quests.

The game is now available for PC via Steam Early Access.

New Blip: Itorah

Itorah, from Grimbart Tales, is an action-adventure with a terrifying premise: You are the last remaining human in a world populated by masked creatures. You take on the role of the eponymous Itorah who explores the cursed world of Nahucan, which has been overcome by evil and is threatened by a great plague. Itorah traverses some traditional genre locales as she ventures through lush forests, darkened spider lairs, and ancient temples, battling beasts and bosses with what appears to be a large handmade axe, which she can use to string together combos or toss Thor-style to hit enemies at a distance. Itorah gains new abilities that aid in environmental traversal and help her to uncover the mysteries around what has happened to the human species.

The game is headed to PC next year. A demo is available on Steam.

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

September 15, 2020

Target Acquired: Spelunky 2

Mossmouth returns with a follow-up to one of the most beloved indie games of all time. Spelunky 2 follows up on the finely-distilled roguelike platforming of Spelunky, but adds a slew of new elements to entice players to delve into the depths once again. The new game adds some sweet fluid dynamics that are as pretty as they are dangerous, especially when a waterfall pushes you down a passage at high speeds, or when a pool of lava gives way and sends molten death flooding down at you. The game also features online 4P co-op... which could end some friendships depending on your companions' skill levels, because things can get hairy in a hurry when the griefing kicks in. You can play as Ana Spelunky (daughter of the original game's protagonist), who has a gun that lets her clone kitties (!?); Roffy D Sloth, who can fire arrows and use them as platforms; Margaret Tunnel, who is a demolitions expert; or Colin Northward, who can teleport. The world has grown more complex as well, with layered levels that let you flip between two sides by passing through doorways... and now you can ride animals, which can be sacrificed Yoshi-style to give you a bit of last-minute lift when jumping over deadly obstacles.

The game is now available for PS4 via PSN, and it's coming to PC on September 29