New Release: Chenso Club

A roguelike brawler starring 5 super-powered heroines, from Pixadome

New Release: Unichrome: A 1-Bit Unicorn Adventure

A glitch-style platformer-shooter starring a sassy rainbow unicorn, from Super8bitRafa

New Release: Remote Life

A horizontal shmup with twin stick shooter controls and prerendered visuals, from Next Game Level

New Release: Pocky & Rocky Reshrined

A combination of remake and brand new adventure, with new characters and abilities, from NatsumeAtari

New Release: Turrican Anthology Vol. I & II

A collection of games from the seminal eurostyle shooter series, from Factor 5

October 3, 2022

Target Acquired: Gigabuster

Gigabuster, from Waller, is an actioner heavily influenced by the Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero series, and stars Liz, a blonde-haired scarf-wearing fighter who is taking down CEO's one-by-one to stop them from funding "Happiness". You must break into nine different companies - offered in blocks of three that may be played in any order - using your ability to grapple, climb, dash, wall jump, and grind rails to make your way to the CEO offices to give them the beat-downs they deserve. Along the way, you slash enemies to build up a combo meter that lets you unleash a huge laser, and you can acquire upgrades, armor, and a number of melee weapons to help you in your fight.

The game is now available for PC via Steam.

October 2, 2022

Target Acquired: Unichrome

Unichrome: A 1-Bit Unicorn Adventure, from Super8bitRafa, is a platformer-shooter set in a glitchy world and starring a cute rainbow unicorn named Itchi. After she and several other animals awaken from stasis, the power-hungry Century steals a set of color-coded gems, thereby draining color from the world. Itchi must blast her way through TV heads and other enemies as she makes her way to each of Century's minions to defeat them and collect their gems. Along the way, she must complete platforming challenges while avoiding spikes, dashing over bottomless pits, and swinging through the air with her grappling hook... but most of her problems are solved with guns and sass. Throughout the game, Itchi finds an array of weapons, including a shotgun, machine gun, and flamethrower, each of which can be upgraded individually, allowing her smart-aleck mouth to write checks that her feisty ass can indeed cash.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Itch, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store. Check our coverage here.

September 29, 2022

Target Acquired: Dark Light

Dark Light, from Mirari+Co., is a gritty sci-fi actioner set in a cyberpunk world populated by supernatural creatures that are invisible to the naked eye. You take on the role of a Dark Hunter, and you use light from a hovering drone to detect these invisible enemies. Once they have been revealed, you can smash them with your trusty sledgehammer, or use one of many guns, melee weapons, or throwables that you encounter during your mission. Enemies range from loping ghouls to flying dragons to hulking abominations, along with more advanced foes capable of wielding weapons and shields. The game offers nonlinear progression and the ability to upgrade weapons and skills by collecting shards from defeated enemies.

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

September 27, 2022

Target Acquired: Moonscars

Moonscars, from Black Mermaid (game tweets), is a soulslike slasher set in a dark and unforgiving world. You take on the role of a clayborne warrior known as Grey Irma who is on a mission to find the Sculptor and learn more about her existence. Per genre conventions, the challenge level is high, and the only way to make your way forward is to die, learn, and die again. The game offers nonlinear exploration in a lovely (mostly grey) world, along with slick and brutal combat animations as you use magic and cleave your way through creatures of the night and grotesque bosses.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

Target Acquired: Black Witchcraft

Here's a game back from the dead... Black Witchcraft was originally announced for release at the end of 2015, but after it missed that target, and social media updates stopped in 2017, we dropped it from our Watchlist. But Quattro Gear has finally delivered their combo-based action-RPG inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The game features high-rez gothic artwork and some dark and twisted enemy and boss designs. Players control a witch with mechanical legs who carries a suitcase with a big red eye on the side. The suitcase is able to transform into a number of weapons, including a spear and a scythe for up-close action, and it can extend into a minigun for long-range asskickery.

The game is now availalbe for PC via Steam, and it's also planned for consoles... but I don't think that Vita release is still gonna happen.