Salmon Ninja, from Krax Games, is a grapple-based precision platformer starring a ninja who has entered the afterlife. Due to a bit of confusion, the ninja wanders away from the bright glowing light and finds himself on a path to Hell and trying to find a way back home for himself and his salmon companion. Despite its lighthearted tone, this is a game that is designed to kill players quickly and frequently, taking cues from numerous insta-death/insta-restart precision platformers. In addition to running and jumping, the ninja can slice enemies with his katana and can zip to any solid surface with his trusty grapple chain... but there is little room for error, as environments are packed with spikes, spinning saw blades, lava, and pits of acid.
The game is now available for PC via Steam. Check our coverage here.
In 2013, Fun Infused Games released Bad Caterpillar on Xbox Live Indie Games, and now they've returned with an enhanced Steam version. The game is obviously a take on Atari's classic Centipede (which has some of the best arcade cabinet art of all time), but this version features a selection of pilots with different speeds and ammo capacity, powerups that include a fast-firing laser, a 3-way shot, and a rail gun, and a number of pesky new enemy types. The game is now available for PC via Steam. Check our coverage of the original release here, along with an in-depth look at Centipede.
In 2012, Locomalito released Maldita Castilla for free on PC, and now the developer is revisiting the game with Cursed Castilla, a.k.a. Maldita Castilla EX, an enhanced version of the original game. The original game is excellent and is still available via the developer's website, and it's a must play for fans of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series.
The EX version of the game features two new levels, as well as new enemies and bosses, plus an illustrated bestiary that unlocks as you defeat enemies. In addition, the developer has rebalanced the levels and improved some of the game's finer details like the camera and some enemy sprites, and the game features remastered audio and additional music tracks not included in the original release.
The game is now available for PC via Steam and Xbox One via XBLA, with a PS4 version planned for release later this year. For more information on this game and Locomalito's entire catalogue, check our coverage here.
Earth's Dawn, from developer OneorEight, was released last year in Japan as Earth Wars and now it's headed to the West. The game is a stylish sidescrolling action-RPG offering a 100-mission branching storyline, a crafting system, and a variety of skills to be learned and applied in combat, allowing for fast melee combos and projectile-based attacks. The Earth has been overrun by alien invaders, and you lead a team of rebels who are turning the aliens' technology against them in a battle to reclaim Earth.
The game is headed to PS4 via PSN and Xbox One via XBLA on November 1, with a PC version to follow, as well as a physical release on PS4.
River City: Tokyo Rumble, from Natsume, is the latest game in the Kunio-kun series. For those unfamiliar, the series consists of Renegade, Super Dodge Ball, River City Ransom, and loads of other games, most of which never made it out of Japan. The new game is a proper sequel, starring the hotheaded Kunio and his band of ne'er-do-well friends as they tear it up in Tokyo, fighting kids from rival schools and eventually taking on a series of street gangs. Just like River City Ransom, the game takes place in a world made up of freely accessible interconnected areas, and beating up enemies earns cash that can be spent on health restoratives, stat-increasing clothing, and new combat moves. Aside from basic punching and kicking, the player can learn more than a dozen new moves during his face-punching journey. While the main game is single player only, players can fight alongside one of several AI companions, and there are download-and-play versions of free-for-all brawling and dodgeball that allow up to 4P competitive action.
The game is a 3DS exclusive and is now available via the eShop, as well as in physical form. Check our coverage here.