New Release: Hollow Knight

A dark insect-filled metroidvania, from Team Cherry

New Release: Salt and Sanctuary

A Dark Souls-inspired action-RPG, from Ska Studios

New Release: Nefarious

A game that places you in the role of a princess-kidnapping villain, from StarBlade

New Release: Bleed 2

An acrobatic shooter starring the purple-haired hero of the world, from Bootdisk Revolution

New Release: Double Dragon IV

A beat 'em up in the NES-series Double Dragon continuity, from Arc System Works

March 22, 2017

Signal Lost: Grapple Knight

Lovers of grapple-based games have had to deal with years of disappointment and a slow draw from a shallow well... and yet another game has lost its grip and fallen into the abyss. Grapple Knight showed a lot of promise as a retro-styled grappler, but the developer's website has vanished, their Steam Greenlight page still shows an expected release of 2014, and their final tweet was our own announcement that their game had been added to 2D RADAR... and that was in 2014. Comments on the Kickstarter page consist entirely of people trying to get the developer to respond or refund their money. Thanks to one of our readers for the tip on this deceased game.

Here's what we originally had to say about the game:
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… The world needs more grapple-based action games! Red Knight Games steps in to assist us with our goal/fantasy with Grapple Knight, an action adventure game featuring an axe-wielding knight who can swing through the environment and pull himself toward enemies with the use of a grappling hook. As you play, you unlock new abilities to assist you in your adventure. The game is inspired by classic 16-bit games and features colorful environments, numerous enemies, and the occasional boss creature.

March 21, 2017

New Blip: Remnants of Naezith

We've said it before, and we'll say it again... there just aren't enough grappling hook games out there. Fortunately, Tolga Ay is here to help with Remnants of Naezith, a high-speed precision grappler that makes Radd Spencer look like Nathan Spencer. One day, a treasure-hunting adventurer named Kayra is grappling his way though some caves and finds himself possessed by Naezith the Thunder Dragon. As it turns out, Naezith needs the Kayra's skills to escape the cave, promising him great treasure in return. In the bargain, the adventurer finds that claws have been permanently attached to his hands, allowing him to fire them off and create a grapple beam. Players must swing their way past spinning saw blades, burning lasers, and pools of water while maintaining momentum, with gameplay inspired by Super Meat Boy and Dustforce. In addition, player have the ability to air dash, wall slide, wall jump, and double jump in order to make their way through the extensive array of caves.

The game is headed to PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and will be out later this year.

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

March 19, 2017

Target Acquired: Hollow Knight

Team Cherry presents Hollow Knight, an action-adventure platformer set in the ancient subterranean land of Hallownest. The horned knight must traverse a large nonlinear world and battle dark insect-based foes with his trusty sword-like nail as he uncovers the mysteries of the land and searches for artifacts and treasure. Along the way, the knight gains new abilities, including a double jump, air dash, and energy blasts, allowing him to defeat enemies more easily and access new paths. Various NPC's offer aid - for a price - by providing maps of each region, crests that grant passive buffs, and a number of mysterious items.

Hollow Knight is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, and is also planned for release on Nintendo Switch. Check our coverage here.

March 17, 2017

Arrival Delayed: Sonic Mania

Sonic has veered into the slow lane for a bit (must be caught between bumpers). Sonic Mania has been pushed out of its Spring release window and is now set to arrive sometime this summer. The game is still headed to PC, PS4, and Xbox One as originally announced, and it's also coming to the Nintendo Switch.

It's no secret that Sega's most fondly remembered Sonic the Hedgehog titles were the 2D iterations from the Genesis era, and now - 25 years later - the company has decided to revisit these classics with Sonic Mania, an all-new game showcasing some of the finest moments from the series' 2D history, along with some entirely new areas for Sonic, Tales, and Knuckles to explore. The game is being developed in collaboration with Christian Whitehead and Headcanon, who worked on several modern re-releases of 2D Sonic titles, as well as Pagoda West Games. In addition, a new move has been added to the mix, called the "drop dash" which allows Sonic and pals to drop out of the sky and hit the ground with a burst of speed.

To tide you over, here's a first look at the new Green Hill Zone:

March 14, 2017

News: Momodora Coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, from Bombservice, will be arriving this week on PS4 and Xbox One! This is actually the fourth game in the Momodora series, but is a prequel to the original freeware games released on PC... and they're all great, so you should go and play them.

The latest adventure features Kaho, a priestess whose village has come under attack by evil spirits, but when she sets out to seek an audience with the queen in the Kingdom of Karst, she finds that it too has fallen under the curse, as the world of the living is being merged with the world of the dead, and spirits wander the streets. As in the previous games in the series, the player interacts with NPC's who are on quests of their own, occasionally crossing paths with Kaho... and sometimes getting in her way. This is an open-world action adventure with light metroidvania elements, and offers a longer quest than any of the previous games in the series, with numerous enemies and bosses to face along the way, and an array of active and passive buffs to aid Kaho in her quest.

You can check our full coverage of the game here, and get caught up on the first three games in the series here.