New Release: Mother Russia Bleeds

A bloody drug-filled brawler set in an alternate 1986 Russia, from Le Cartel Studio

New Release: RunGunJumpGun

An auto-scrolling actioner with gun-based jumping, from ThirtyThree Games

New Release: Pharaoh Rebirth

A bunny-based action adventure across Egypt, from Krobon Station

New Release: Featherpunk Prime

A neon-packed horizontal twin stick shooter, from Super Hatch Games

New Release: Seasons After Fall

A season-shifting puzzle-platformer, from Swing Swing Submarine

September 29, 2016

New Blip: Wulverblade

Wulverblade, from Darkwind Media and Fully Illustrated, is a sidescrolling beat 'em up taking place in Britain in 120 AD. You control one of a pair of burly bearded men with swords and shields - or badass woman named Guinevere - who brutally slash their way through opposing armies, spraying blood across the battlefield. Battle your way though the rolling hills, forests, caves, cities, and enemy fortresses taking down enemies and bosses with a variety of melee weapons. Locales and certain key characters are based on their real world counterparts, and the game is presented in a dark illustrated style. Go it alone, or team up with a local companion for 2P co-op.

The game is headed to PC, Mac, Linux, and Xbox One later this year.

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

September 26, 2016

New Blip: Bleed 2

Remember Bleed? We sure do. Bleed was a stylish acrobatic shooter starring a purple-haired heroine named Wryn. Well, Bootdisk Revolution hasn't forgotten either, and now they're following up with a sequel entitled - you guessed it - Bleed 2. Wryn wryturns... ahem, returns... and she's more agile than ever, dashing through the air with her pistol and energy blade, wrecking shop on gun-wielding freaks and looking sharp doing it. The wry Wryn wrecks wrongdoers with reckless abandon as she deflects bullets, leaps across flying missiles, and curves between incoming projectiles while aiming shooty death in their direction. In addition to the high-flying action, the game features dozens of bosses, unlockable weapons, and new playable characters, as well as 2P local co-op.

Bleed 2 is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam at the end of this year or the beginning of next.

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

September 25, 2016

Target Acquired: RunGunJumpGun

Taking a page out of the book of No Time to Explain, RunGunJumpGun from Thirty Three Games stars an action hero who uses his oversized weapon as an enemy-sploder and a bullet-propulsion system. The lone soldier must deal with enemies and dodge projectiles while keeping himself suspended over pits of spikes and lava in a post-apocalyptic world. The player must rapidly switch between firing forward and firing downward, and making a mistake sends him hurtling backward. Gamers will need fast reflexes and an incredible tolerance for high-contrast oversaturated mayhem flying at their meaty faces from all angles.

RunGunJumpGun is now on PC and Mac via Steam. Check our coverage here.

September 24, 2016

Proximity Alert: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is the sequel to Azure Striker Gunvolt, from Inti Creates, the studio behind behind a number of latter day entries in the Mega Man series, as well as Mighty No. 9. The hero of the original game, Gunvolt, makes a return, using his electrical abilities to defeat enemies directly and chaining together arcs of electricity to wipe out groups of foes. A new playable character is introduced in the form of Copen, Gunvolt's rival, with entirely different gameplay, focusing on dashing quickly around the environment and unleashing barrages of homing missiles. Also borrowing from Mega Man, Copen can copy boss abilities and turn them against his enemies.

The game is headed to the 3DS via the Nintendo eShop and a physical release - which also contains the original game - on September 30. For more details about the Gunvolt universe, check our coverage of the original game here.

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

September 22, 2016

Target Acquired: Klang

Klang is an unusual game from developer Tinimations, offering a mixture of platforming and rhythm action. You take on the role of Klang, a fellow who has been imprisoned by Soundlord Sonus. Equipped with a tuning fork, you fight your way through enemies with the proper timing to dodge their attacks and deflect sounds back at them. In addition, you must hop across platforms to avoid sound explosions, climb up walls that are constantly being bombarded with energy, and even take on some challenging bosses. The rhythmic timing-based gameplay is backed by EDM composer bLiNd.

Klang is now available for PC via Steam.