New Release: The Vagrant

An action-RPG heavily inspired by the works of Vanillaware, from O.T.K Games

New Release: Flat Heroes

A technical platformer set in a minimalist world for 1-4 players, from Parallel Cirlces

New Release: La-Mulana 2

A puzzle-focused nonlinear action-adventure, from Nigoro

New Release: CometStriker

A planet-hopping arcade actioner, from Iced Lizard Games

New Release: Rifter

An aerobatic grapple-based actioner set in a neon synthwave world, from IMakeGames

August 16, 2018

New Blip: Carrion

Did you like Butcher? It was a super gory sidescrolling shooter from Transhuman Design, and now the studio has returned with an even bloodier and gorier game entitled Carrion. In this game, you control a sinewy amorphous alien creature that uses its grotesque appendages to grab a hold of people and furiously murder them, leaving behind sprays of blood in the process. Humans will do their best to stop you by using guns and other weapons... but you have the ability to pull out their spinal cords, so that's pretty fair. Rampage your way through a station killing everyone you find in a horror game where you are the monster.

The game is coming to PC but does not yet have an announced release date.

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

August 14, 2018

Target Acquired: Death's Gambit

Death's Gambit, from White Rabbit Interactive (game site), is an action-RPG where you explore a Medieval-era planet, taking on the role of an armored knight as he battles across a harsh landscape. The knight uses a number of melee weapons, as well as a bow and arrows and a large shield to face off against similarly-armed foes and larger-than-life monsters, but he must occasionally tackle gigantic towering creatures Shadow of the Colossus-style. In these encounters, the knight must ascend the bodies of the great beasts by using a grappling hook to attach to specific points, and keep the creature's movements in mind in order to avoid falling. The game world is nonlinear, with new paths generally becoming available as major enemies are felled, which allows the player to tackle the world as he wishes, or try a new path if he finds himself unable to move forward.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and GOG, and PS4 via PSN.

August 12, 2018

Target Acquired: La-Mulana 2

Developer Nigoro returns with a sequel to La-Mulana. This game picks up many years after the events of the first, and focuses on the original protagonist’s daughter, Lemeza Kosugi. Fortunately, she seems to be has handy with a whip as her father before her. Rather than adventuring through Egyptian tombs and catacombs, Kosugi takes to Norse-themed locales, although the look and feel is very much in line with the (enhanced) original. Once again, players will need to pay close attention to small details in the environment and hints that direct them toward puzzle solutions if they hope to make any kind of progress.

The game is now available for PC and Mac via Steam, Playism, Humble Store, and GOG. Check our coverage here.

August 7, 2018

Target Acquired: Dead Cells

Dead Cells, from Motion Twin, is a roguelike action-adventure inspired by the Castlevania series. Per genre conventions, the game features procedural generation and no checkpoints, so death returns you to the start of the game. However, it also features the open design of modern-day metroidvania titles, allowing multiple routes through the environment, along with a Souls-esque dodge roll. Gameplay takes place in and around a huge castle, with players facing off against various creatures and humanoid enemies - and their elite variants - plus some tougher boss encounters. Players make use of a variety of melee weapons, including spears, swords, and whips, as well as magic and projectile-based attacks.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Switch via eShop.

August 5, 2018

Target Acquired: Flat Heroes

Flat Heroes, from Parallel Circles, is a technical platformer set in a minimalist world. Players are tasked with completing more than 100 levels of increasing difficulty in the main campaign, which may be enjoyed by up to four players in drop-in drop-out local co-op, along with a number of survival and versus modes. Players have a limited moveset that he must use in increasingly complex ways as he dodges walls of projectiles, smashes though enemies, outmaneuvers heat-seeking missiles, and takes on challenging bosses.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and Switch via the eShop. Check our coverage here.