New Release: Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Shantae continues her adventures in a colorful metroidvania, from WayForward

New Release: Resolutiion

A stylish actioner set in a beautiful and surreal world, from Monolith of Minds

New Release: Plokoth

A short precision platformer set in a beautiful world, from a student development team

New Release: Ultracore

A legitimate retro shooter brought back from 1994, from Digital Illlusions and Strictly Limited Games

New Release: Inexistence Rebirth

A retro-style metroidvania expanded from the original Inexistence, from Jonathan Brassaud

July 5, 2020

Target Acquired: Inexistence Rebirth

Inexistence Rebirth, from Jonathan Brassaud is an expanded and updated version of the original Inexistence, released in 2016. The new game is built on a faster and more powerful game engine, and it offers a graphical overhaul, gameplay and level design tweaks, an interconnected world with a metroidvania map, and new post-game content. You take on the role of Hald, whose sister has been imprisoned in a stasis field by the evil Claos, so he ventures across the world to build his strength and learn new abilities so he can defeat Claos and break the spell. The game offers sword-based action supplemented with ranged magic, and lots of hidden treasure chests containing gold and equipment to help you on your quest. By defeating certain bosses, you gain access to a double jump and other abilities to help you access new areas, eventually allowing you to enter the castle and take on Claos himself.

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

July 2, 2020

New Blip: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes, from Still Running, is a horror-based soulslike action-RPG featuring grotesque monsters and brutal bloody kills. You are on a mission to defeat the Seven Acolytes, individuals who have gained incredible power by allowing themselves to be possessed by malevolent deities... but these deities cannot act without bodies, so destroying the hosts will rid the world of them. But being a soulslike, death means that you begin the game from the start, with all of the acolytes reborn. You slash your way through enemies and bosses, spilling buckets of blood and looting corpses for items that will allow you to unlock perks and equipment. The game features dozens of weapons, from the melee variety to a number of different guns, allowing for a lot possibilities during combat.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One later this year.

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

July 1, 2020

New Blip: Spinch

Some games are colorful, and then some games are colorolorolorful... like dropping acid and watching Scooby Doo while mixing Fruity Pebbles with Smurfberry Crunch and listening to no-holds-barred clown wrestling. And that is Spinch, a psychedelic precision platformer from Queen Bee Games, the studio behind Onion Force. You take on the role of the eponymous Spinch who is on a mission to rescue his missing offspring, often while being chased by Spinch-eating monsters. Fortunately, Spinch is quite agile and can jump, wall jump, and dash his way through the environment, and he'll want to search out as many of his children as he can, because Spinch fights bosses using his children as ammunition, which are the kinds of antics not seen since Offspring Fling. The game features art and animations by cartoonist Jesse Jacobs, and a retro electronic soundtrack by James Kirkpatrick.

The game is coming to PC and Switch on September 3. It's worth watching the trailer to see what kind of madness you're in for.

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

June 30, 2020

New Blip: Rogue Legacy 2

Rogue Legacy was a pretty big hit, so what do you do when that happens? You make another one! Cellar Door Games, the studio with the euphonic name, returns with Rogue Legacy 2, a game where you play as a line of descendants - each with different abilities - as they fight through a procedurally generated world. You never know what you're going to get, but you do control how you tackle the world, so you can take things slow and easy to build up your character for the current run, or go bananas and try to get as deep as you can. While each player character is lost forever when they die, you can upgrade certain stats to give your child a better chance at survival. The new game offers an enhanced visual style, a new selection of weapons, and more environmental variety... as well as metroidvania elements that let you unlock new abilities to expand your exploration.

The game is coming to Steam and Epic Store early access for PC on July 23.

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

June 28, 2020

Target Acquired: Ultracore

Ultracore is a eurostyle shooter created by Digital Illusions (now known as DICE) that was originally intended for release on the Amiga, Sega Genesis, and Sega CD back in 1994 under the name of Hardcore, but it got cancelled in a nearly-finished state and sat on a disused hard drive until it gained new life in 2019 thanks to ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games. Using a Genesis dev kit and collaborating with some of the original developers, the game was finally released as a pack-in ROM for the Analogue Mega SG before finally receiving a physical Sega Genesis release from Strictly Limited Games. And now the game is also available for other modern platforms with some control tweaks to allow for dual analogue shooting action. You must blast your way through five huge levels filled with robotic baddies and bosses, turning them into exploding sprays of particles as you try to find Captain Vance's secret hideout and stop him from destroying your homeworld. Along the way, you'll encounter numerous upgradeable weapons to help you deliver maximum firepower while you hunt through branching levels for secrets.

The game was originally released for Sega Genesis and is now available for PS4 via PSN and Switch via eShop, and a Vita version is in development as well. Check our coverage here.