Coming Soon: Noita

A physics-based roguelike set in a world where every pixel is simulated, from Nolla Games

New Release: Arcade Moonlander Plus

A gravity-based spaceship game inspired by Lunar Lander, from Daniel Griffin

New Release: 198X

A narrative adventure told through the lens of 80's video games, from Hi-Bit Studios

New Release: Outbuddies

A retro-style metroidvania set in an expansive subterranean world, from Julian Laufer

New Release: The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors

A fully remastered rendition of an unsung classic SNES brawler, from NatsumeAtari

November 14, 2019

Early Arrival: SteamDolls - Order of Chaos

SteamDolls - Order of Chaos, from The Shady Gentlemen, is a steampunk metroidvania featuring fast combat and brutal stealth kills. In a world overrun by industry and an authoritarian government, you take on the role of The Whisper - David Hayter - who dons a helmet and wrist blades to deliver his personal brand of anarchy to the streets... and to expose the dark secrets of those in power. The game is being developed in conjunction with a graphic novel (and a VR game) set in the same universe, and this artwork carries over into the game, which also features hand-drawn cutscenes. Also, beware the friendly naked witch.

The game is currently available for PC via Steam Early Access, with a playable demo.

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

November 12, 2019

New Blip: Steel Assault

Steel Assault, from Sri Kankanahalli (game tweets), is a sidescrolling actioner set in a dystopian America (is there any other kind?) 20 years after the nation's fall. You take on the role of a resistance soldier named Taro Takahashi who infiltrates Washington D.C. to take down an evil army in a vibrant retro-style world filled with lovely pixel art. Takahashi is a versatile melee-based fighter who is able to slide along the ground to close ground on enemies or dodge through them, perform a jetpack-assisted double jump, and extend a cable that allows him to grapple onto platforms to jump up onto them, or walk hand-over-hand across the cable to cross gaps or ascend through narrow passageways. Enemies are colorful and varied, with bosses and minibosses that are over-the-top in all the ways you'd expect from the console classics that inspired their designs.

The game is coming to PC in winter of 2020, with console versions coming at a later date. Check out the level playthrough below for a look at the intense gameplay and zipline mechanics.

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

November 10, 2019

Early Arrival: 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 now in Early Access for PC via Steam and GOG. Check our preview here.

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

October 31, 2019

Target Acquired: Cathedral

Cathedral, from Decemberborn Interactive, is an NES-style action-platformer starring a red-armored knight fighting his way through dungeons and cathedrals filled with dark creatures. Players must complete platforming challenges, avoid pits of spikes, hop on moving platforms, and activate switches to make their way forward, all the while slashing enemies, blocking projectiles, and performing downward strikes to take down enemies and bosses. Outside of dungeon diving, players interact with NPC's in villages to learn more about the world around them. Players can also acquire new items and equipment to enhance their combat skills and movement abilities to attack enemies from a distance and reach new areas.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and GOG.

New Blip: Neon Abyss

Neon Abyss is the latest from Veewo Games, the studio behind Super Phantom Cat. This is a roguelike run-and-gun shooter that sees you playing as a member of the Grim Squad, a group of mercenaries hired by Hades to bust into the Abyss and unleash hell upon the New Gods. Per genre conventions, you'll encounter random weapons and perks. And to keep the action high, everything is stackable and there's no limit to what you can carry... which leads to some unusual and deadly combinations. Further adding to the mayhem are eggs that you can find, which hatch to become pets that support you in battle, and the longer you can stay alive, the more they evolve.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, and Switch in 2020. A demo is available on the game's Steam page.

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