New Release: Armed with Wings: Rearmed

A fluid sword-based actioner set in a dark world, from Sun-Studios

New Release: Monolith

A hybrid shmup twin-stick roguelike dungeon crawler (better than it sounds), from Team D-13

New Release: Cryptark

A privateering twin-stick roguelike salvage operation, from AlienTrap Games

New Release: Serious Sam's Bogus Detour

Serious Sam returns in a top-down twin-stick shooter/dungeon-crawler, from Crackshell

New Release: Splinter Zone

An endless action-platformer inspired by Mega Man, from Mokkograd

July 23, 2017

Target Acquired: Serious Sam's Bogus Detour

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is a 2D Serious Sam game from developer Crackshell, the team behind the top-down dungeon crawler Hammerwatch. While Serious Sam is known primarily for his enemy-spewing 3D outings, this is not his first foray into the land of indie-developed 2D, as he has previously blown up baddies in Serious Sam: Double D XXL, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, and Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack!. In fitting with the developer's previous work, Sam's latest adventure sees him blasting his way through a top-down environment with his traditional array of armaments, from standard small arms to lasers, rocket launchers, and miniguns. Familiar foes return in the form of Gnaar, Kleer Skeletons, and the infamous Beheaded Kamikazes, spewing forth in large numbers, per series conventions. Players can move and aim independently, and destroyed enemies leave behind sprays of blood and chunky bits when killed. The game also offers online cooperative and competitive modes.

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is now available for PC and Linux via Steam. Check our coverage here.




July 18, 2017

New Blip: The King's Bird

Serenity Forge, the developer behind Four Sided Fantasy, returns with The King's Bird, a momentum-based platformer with fluid movement inspired by Dustforce. You take on the role of a cape-wearing bird girl who navigates a dark world, sliding down slopes, jumping off walls and running across them, and hitting surfaces from every possible angle while traversing obstacle-laden environments. Something that separates this game from similar acrobatic platformers is the ability to use the girl's cape to glide quickly through open areas, building up speed when moving downward and then swooping back up to land on a platform or cling to a wall for a moment before dashing away again.

The game is coming to PC and Mac, and possibly consoles, but does not yet have an announced release date.




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

July 16, 2017

Target Acquired: Cryptark

Cryptark is the latest game from AlienTrap Games, the developers behind Apotheon and Capsized. The player commands a small armed vessel which he uses to infiltrate a number of heavily defended procedurally-generated alien spacecraft. The ships' defenses come in the form of sentries, drone spawners, and robotic ships, all of which the player must destroy or bypass in order to reach the core and destroy it. The rewards the player receives can be used to upgrade his ship's arsenal to take on new targets of ever-increasing power on his way to the titular Cryptark itself.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and PS4 via PSN. Check our coverage here.




July 13, 2017

New Blip: Yoku's Island Express

Over the years, many developers have experimented with mixing pinball mechanics into other genres, with examples including Pinball Quest, Odama, and Rollers of the Realm. Developer Villa Gorilla aims to do the same with Yoku's Island Express, an open world action adventure starring a dung beetle named Yoku who has recently accepted the role of postman on a tropical island. The dung beetle's ball acts as the game's pinball, with the beetle tethered to it, letting out cute squeaks and flailing about whenever the ball is launched. The player must use flippers to knock the ball around, bouncing it off of bumpers, activating switches, and breaking environmental objects in order to move across an array of themed environments. Along the way, he interacts with NPC's, goes on quests, and contend with giant creatures spread across the land.

The game is coming to PC via Steam, as well as Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2018.




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

July 11, 2017

New Blip: Nightkeep

Do you like killing skeletons and seeing red numbers appear over their heads while they crumble into a pile of bones? Do you like maps made of blue rooms, red highlights, and white outlines that show interconnected areas? Do you like ascending clock towers? Then Nightkeep, from RPG2 Heaven, should be right up your vania. The game is an action adventure starring a young woman named Arietta who is armed with a magical sword that she uses to slash through hordes of monstrous creatures, and she also has access to a variety of throwing weapons straight outta the Belmont playbook, including knives and axes. Along the way, she discovers helpful items and relics that can boost her stats, as well as earning traditional metroidvania moves like a slide, double jump, and back dash that aid her in combat and allow her to reach new areas.

The game is coming to PC via Steam but does not yet have an announced release date.




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