New Release: Iconoclasts

A metroidvania set in a colorful world, from Konjak

New Release: Wulverblade

A sword-based brawler set in ancient Britain, from Fully Illustrated and Darkwind Media

New Release: Snow Fall

A weapon crafting platformer starring a winter-clad warrior, from EHTechnology

New Release: Treasure Adventure World

An open world island-hopping action-adventure, from Robit Games

New Release: Light Fantastik

An unusual platformer spanning a light world and a dark world, from Hayali

March 18, 2018

Target Acquired: Light Fantastik

Light Fantastik, from Hayali, is an odd platformer with light puzzle-platforming elements. Set in a land where a sickness has transformed everyone into squares with eyes, one square takes it upon himself to trek across the world in search for a cure. There is a light world where everything is clearly visible, and a dark world where things are obscured, and the square must move between both in order to navigate the environment. This is done by pressing against white wavy lines that act as connection points between worlds, and later via teleportation points. When travelling into the dark world, the square can jump considerably higher, but the lower visibility makes it harder to spot enemies and platforms. In addition, controls in the dark world are reversed, adding further challenge to environmental navigation. As the game goes on, the player takes on other forms in the dark world, including a square that cannot stop jumping, and a circle that cannot stop moving.

The game is now available for PC via Steam. Check our coverage here.

March 15, 2018

New Blip: Noita

Nolla Games is a studio made up of Petri Purho (Crayon Physics Deluxe), Olli Harjola (The Swapper), and Arvi "Hempuli" Teikari (Environmental Station Alpha), and they have returned with Noita. The game is a physics-based action platformer, but what sets it apart from the other games in the genre is the fact that physics are applied to every pixel in the game world, bringing about shenanigans you haven't seen since the PixelJunk Shooter series, only this time in a chunky pixellated world. You can freeze water and then blast through chunks of ice, smash objects to make them break and collapse, cause lava to flow into an open space, electrify pools of water, or burn through flammable gasses to ignite the air in a room and burn through your enemies... or yourself if you're not careful. This is a roguelike game featuring spellcrafting, permadeath, and procedurally generated environments filled with dangerous enemies and elements.

The game is coming to PC via Steam but does not yet have an announced release date. Watching the trailer is highly recommended to grasp the possibilities that rise as a result of the Falling Everything Engine.

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

March 13, 2018

New Blip: UFO 50

Over at 8 Bit Horse, we manage to get through a game a week, so imagine our surprise when we found out that a team of developers has decided to create a single release with a total of 50 games! We've made it through some multi-game collections before like Retro Game Crunch (7 games) and Pixel Session Vol. 1 (5 games), but nothing like this. So, we have no idea how we're going to tackle this one when it comes out, aside from covering nothing but this for an entire year. At any rate...

UFO 50 is a collection of 50 games from a collection of developers including Derek Yu (Spelunky), Ojiro Fumoto (Downwell) Eirik Suhrke (Skorpulac), Jon Perry (Time Barons), and Paul Hubans (Madhouse). The games cover a variety of genres and play styles, including shooters, RPG's, puzzlers, brawlers, and platformers, with single player, cooperative, and competitive games in the mix. Each game has a single director in charge of the concept, but with other team members contributing assets, design, and programming assistance. They games aren't quite as long as traditional commercial titles, but they aren't throwaway 5-minute experiences either. The collection is essentially a 50-in-1 cart, but not filled with Chinese knockoff crap or reskinned versions of other games.

The game, er, games are coming to PC in 2018, with other platforms to follow. The trailer is below should give you some idea of what you're in for:

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

March 11, 2018

Target Acquired: Treasure Adventure World

In 2011, Robit Studios released a freeware game called Treasure Adventure Game, an action adventure title with a large open world to explore, creatures to kill, puzzles to solve, and treasures to find. The game took Stephen Orlando more than two years to create. Now, he he's back with a vastly expanded version of the game called Treasure Adventure World which features new content, new music, and a new visual style. The player controls an adventurous girl who sets out with her parrot to traverse a number of islands – to which she sails in a magical shrinking/growing boat that fits in his pocket when not in use – speaking to NPCs and embarking on various quests, slowly opening up the world metroidvania-style as new abilities and equipment are earned, such as digging down through piles of dirt and diving beneath the the sea.

Treasure Adventure World is now available for PC via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store. Check our coverage here. The original Treasure Adventure Game is also available for free on GOG and FilePlanet.

March 8, 2018

Target Acquired: Zwei: The Arges Adventure

If you prefer the Japanese side of action-RPG's, complete with its spikey-haired protagonists, chibi characters, fat kittens, and heavy leanings toward the pastel section of the color palette, then you may want to check out Zwei: The Arges Adventure from Nihon Falcom, which just made its US release. The game is the first entry in the series (released simply as Zwei!! in Japan) and a direct predecessor to Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, and if those words make sense to you, then you probably already know about this game. The game is set on the continent of Arges and features Pokkle and Pipiro, a pair of step-siblings who find themselves thrust out of their daily routines and into a grand quest as they search for a set six of holy idols that have been stolen from a shrine. They're not trying to save the world, however, but are in search of fortune and glory, as a huge reward has been offered for the idols' return. The game features plenty of silly humor with an overall lighthearted feel, a food-based leveling system, and a handful of minigames.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store.

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